One of the main questions that many bloggers get is – how did you get so comfortable in front of the camera? To be honest, I’m not always fully comfortable in front of the camera. The photos that you see published on my blog and social media are just a collection of hundreds of photos that were taken. When I go into editing, I get very picky with the pictures that I want to publish, and it’s not always about lighting or framing. Sometimes, I just don’t like the photo because of the face that I am making or the way that I’m standing. Over time, I have been able to get more and more comfortable in front of the camera and derived ways to which I end up with the perfect shot. Though I am still working it all out, here are some big tips on how to pose for photos like a fashion blogger.
This look was rented through Nuuly – but if you’re looking for a similar style search “Dip-Dyed Dress”
The first piece of advice that I’m going to give you on how to pose like a fashion blogger is to get out of your own head. Stop overthinking it. When you overthink how you’re going to pose, you end up with a facial expression that either looks like you’re trying too hard or that you are in mid-thought. If you find yourself overthinking because you’re not quite sure what your angles are then practice in front of a mirror. Honestly, that is the best way to find out what your best angles are so that you can share with your photographer whomever it may be. You may think it’s awkward, but it’ll all pay off.
The next piece of advice, and the most important, BE YOURSELF. Many of us do this thing where we go on Pinterest or social media and find inspiration for a look that we are trying to recreate. And that’s amazing to do because we all look for inspiration. But the trick is to use it for inspiration and not directly copy it. Take the photo and add your own personality to it and make it your own. Look at those inspirational photos and pull how the idea, the props, and maybe even the color balance. But don’t directly copy it because you want your photos to show off who you are and not how you’re trying to be someone else.
With those out the way, you’re probably looking for some posing techniques, so here there are.
TOP POSING TECHNIQUES
- THINK TRIANGLES – Creating shapes in a photo is always great, and for fashion, the triangle is a strong shape to create dynamic fashion and lifestyle photos. You can create them with your own body by bending your arms or legs, and you can create them by angling your body against fixtures that you are around. In my post about outfits not needing shoes, I posed using the triangle technique by standing sideways and pulling up my leg.
- DON’T ALWAYS LOOK STRAIGHT AT THE CAMERA – Some of the best fashion and lifestyle photos look natural. And naturally, you’re not always looking at one spot. So look over your shoulder, look past the camera, or look up as if you are basking in the sun.
- MOVE AROUND – Many great photos are caught when the subject is walking, playing with the outfit, and moving around. I’ve worked with quite a few photographers and each one of them has told me to keep moving. Even now, working with my husband as my husband as my photographer, I move naturally and those end up being the best photos.
- INTERACT WITH YOUR SURROUNDINGS – You picked that background for a reason, so don’t be afraid to interact with it. Sit on the benches around you, lean against the building, or actually naturally as you wound in the space if you weren’t taking photos. By interacting with the surroundings, you’ll create a more dynamic photo.
- SHOW OFF THE LOOK – Make sure that you’re showing off the piece that you are wearing. As a fashion and lifestyle blogger, I would hate to have photos in a post that are hiding the product that I am trying to share or the outfit that I am giving tips on.
Overall, just make sure to HAVE FUN! If you end up feeling tired, over-exhausted, and feeling as if this was another day at work and not a day of creativity, then you did something wrong.
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