WHEN YOU DECIDE TO START blogging and you become the subject in front of the lens, you realize that it’s not as easy as you had thought it was. The image of yourself that you have visualized in your head doesn’t often match the preview on the camera, and after a good number of photoshoots, you realize that you are a pose repeater. You keep doing the same thing. You tilt your head in a certain direction or angle, or you repeatedly place your arms and legs in the same position. If that’s not you, and you are a natural born poser, well then, lucky you.
First off, a disclaimer: I don’t see myself as a good poser. In fact, I still find myself too stiff for my liking. Through practice though, I have found what works for me. I developed some tactics that help me best showcase the clothes I am wearing because my main goal is to visually tell a story with my outfit. I want to capture an emotion and hopefully make the viewer want to replicate it in their own way. Truth is, after some time spent blogging, you get bored with the regular “pretty blogger poses” and you want to take it to the next level.
You want to evolve.
For those reasons, I am constantly researching and trying out new poses and angles. As a content consumer, I like coming across varied content and reciprocally, as a content creator I like putting out something new, if possible, unconventional. Since I am not a pro, I can’t offer you technical tips on posing, but I can share with you some practical tips that have helped me. So here we go:
2/5 Look busy.
I always find that I look more natural in photos if I appear to be doing something like leaning on a railing or a wall, working on my phone, preparing to eat, pulling on my bag straps, looking for or at something, sitting on a chair or similar. The action doesn’t have to be realistic. I mean, you will not see me dressed up and perched on the side of a fancy building in real life, but it gives the photo a very dynamic quality that makes it interesting to look at. You can also use props depending on what you are trying to communicate.
1/5 Research, save, screenshot!
What are you doing on Instagram or Pinterest the entire time if you are not collecting “data”? If you want to work on your poses, start taking notes. Instead of just absentmindedly liking photos, stop and think “Why exactly did I like this photo?” Carefully study the subject’s body language and try to identify the emotion that the photo is stirring up in you. Decide if you want to provoke a similar emotion in other people. Next thing on the list? Save the photo. Or screenshot it. Build a mood board-like folder and reference it when on location with your photographer buddy. Don’t completely copy it, because that might come off as unnatural. Just give it your own twist.
3/5 Move in slow motion...
I like when photos look dynamic even when you are standing still. In order to capture a more natural pose, try moving your body in slow motion, like slowly raising your chin or softly swaying your body. You could also tousle your hair. The slow motion makes the body look more relaxed because you are not straining to keep up a pose.
I also like dynamic photos, of course. Those walking blogger poses are really the best for capturing very candid looking shots. They capture how the clothes react to movement. Even those poses can be done in slow movement. The photo of me climbing up the stairs in this post is actually me slowly moving back and forth two steps. Looks legit, right?
4/5 Test angles.
I don’t know if it’s self-induced or real, but we all believe we have certain angles that make us look good. I rarely, like reeeeeealy rarely take selfies, so I really don’t know how to turn and angle my face to get subjectively the best effect. But when someone else takes my photos, my body naturally turns to one side, my head tilts back, and my eyes shift to a faraway point. I don’t plan it. It happens. So in order to avoid being repetitive, we try to shot the same pose from multiple angles and distances in order to see which one looks the best. Try it!
5/5 Do something weird!
Do an unconventional pose but with subtlety, unless, of course, drama is what you are going for. For someone whose style is often labeled as elegant or ladylike – the right term is eclectic, but who is arguing – when it comes to posing, I prefer the slouchy, or, as I like to call them, the: I’m too cool to straighten my spine for you poses. Don’t get me wrong, I like dignified and elegant poses as well, but slouchy poses feel more innovative to me so that’s why I like experimenting with them.
Your mirror at home should be your first practice point. Raise an arm over your eyes. Prop a leg on an elevated object. Do a dance pose! Seriously. Try to have fun. People are going to judge you anyways, so let them judge you for doing something you truly like and enjoy. In the end, blogging should be fun.
So have fun!
What works best for you? Share in the comments below!
// Shirt: Stradivarius
// Skirt: my design
// Bag: Carpisa
// Sandals: Suite Blanco