I am more of a photo journalistic type of photographer. I love capturing the real moments, when people are not aware of being photographed. But that is not always the option (even though I do try to squeeze a few images like that into the session), so knowledge of how to pose a person is crucial.
Recently, I was lucky to stand in front of a camera of another professional photographer.
I had my pictures done in the past, but those were done by my friends who were still in the process of learning how to take pictures and work with their cameras.
This time it was different. Even though that particular photographer is one of my best friends, I still felt like "Holy carp, she sees me and she is trying to capture it all!". I tried my hardest to pose naturally, and I admit, it is really hard. To be honest, I had no idea what I was doing, trying to recall how would I pose my clients... What a professional photographer am I, huh? yes, I asked myself that question right away.
Needless to say, some images came out awesome, but on some of them I look like I was caught in the last moments before death caused by an epilepsy. That has taught me a lesson. Now I actually KNOW how it feels to stand in front of a camera. I can relate completely and that is why I wrote this post.
Posing for a photographer is not easy (that is one of the reasons super models get paid so well). So here are some tips for my clients, who feel a little self conscious and are worried they will not look their best. I recommend to try these poses multiple times at home prior to the shoot and see which ones fit you the best.
If I see you looking unnatural I promise to let you know and help you.
I found these drawings online at a Digital Photography School, and I tried them all myself. It is fun!!
There are many other articles about posing, including children, families, posing for boudoir, etc., I suggest to check them all.