There are two kinds of people in this world. There are those who just look naturally beautiful without even trying when a camera is thrust in their face, and there are others who make their friend take hundreds of potential pictures before they’re happy with the final shot. One of the main reasons for this hubbub is the fact that finding the right pose that suits you and looks good on camera can be hard. What do you do with your hands? Are candid pictures better? What on earth do you do?
Do your research
One of the best ways to find out what works for you is to do your research. While it might seem pretty awkward to look back at all of the photos that have ever been taken of you, these pictures can actually give you an insight into what works for you. Make a note of all of the ones that you think you look happiest and like your natural self in, and then work out what you did and how you were posing to make the final picture look this way. Some people work better with an actual pose that they can rock every single time without much effort, while others work better when they are caught off-guard. It’s finding what works for you.
Work in motion
If you look at a picture of someone standing right in front of the camera with their arms and legs pinned to their sides, there’s a high chance that you’re going to think that they look pretty awkward. That’s because these photos are pretty awkward. They seem too forced, and they seem too contrived, which is why professional photographers always try to take photos of people in motion. Instead of sticking your legs together and standing to attention, put one foot in front of the other and make it seem as though you were captured walking to or from the direction of the camera itself.
Keep your hands busy
In the same way that straight legs can make you look too forced, the same can be said for your arms. When you think about your arms when someone is taking a picture of you, it can all get a bit statue-esque. You begin to wonder why your arms look so weird, and you just can’t find a way to make them look natural. Well, it’s all about keeping your hands busy. By using the things around you – such as your bag, a coffee cup, or either your actual phone if you’re taking a selfie – you can make your arms and your hands look much more in tune with your body.
Work your angles
Although you may not be a model by trade, there are certainly a few model techniques that you can incorporate into your posing. One of the best ways to make the most of your photo and your body is to push both sections of your body in different directions. Push your bottom half away from the camera, and lean in with the top half of your body. This is a pose that celebrities and influencers have perfected over the years, and it seems to work wonders for your body proportions and the look of the photo overall. Give it a try.
Trying to take a lovely photo is sometimes hard when you don’t know how to pose correctly, but it doesn’t need to be hard.