Posing Techniques for Models

by pazza

One of the things I find people have misconceptions about is modeling itself. A lot of newbie models are surprised what they go through after a shoot. The following day almost every single muscle of your body hurts because often times a photographer asked you to hold a pose for a long period of time or told you to experiment and you went with some positions that were not really comfortable but sculpted your body well. Your emotions also take a toll on you – the following day you feel hollow, and it really does not matter wether you were portraying a fun-loving or heart-broken mood. A good model puts a lot of emotions into a shoot, so it’s no wonder she feels drained the following day.

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Today, however, I want to talk a little bit about posing during a photoshoot. It seems that the public perceives a model learns a set number of poses – hand on hip, shoulders turned with leg extended, fingers touching the mouth – and snaps from one to the other as a photographer is shooting. In fact, it is the complete opposite. Sure, often professional photographers walk into a shoot with a few sketches – those are the poses that a model absolutely has to cover. However, what a good photographer always does is he lets a model move freely. He knows that new poses and acute real emotions cannot be staged and are found in the flow of a model moving fluidly. In a way, it is almost like acting in a muted film. Experienced models know how to go from one feeling to another, one move to another, and need no or very limited pointers coming from a photographer. Here is a video that I feel portrays what real modeling all about very well –

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