The photograph is not only about the still, it is all about the photographer emotion involved in it. When you look at a beautiful picture everyone sees the picture, but no one ever thought of the process or the emotion or the risks that a photographer has ever faced it.
Especially in fashion photography, one must have a strong foundation for that to manifest properly in your image. Forget the lighting, focus or pose, first you need to question the frame. There should be a unique style of every photographer and the photographer success should lie with this style.
These days everyone is acquiring cameras for many purposes, be it a personal shoot or professional or the content of their blog or for the travel diaries; whatever the reason it might be, at the end of the day we expect our photos to be marvelous and go wow we see each time A great image can be captured by following a few of these “ground rules.”
A model should know how to pose for a photo shoot and a photographer should know how to mold a model for the perfect photo.
The basic things a model should know for posing a photograph.
Practice, Practice and lots of practice are needed for a model. It could be in front of a mirror, or in front of a friend/relative or it could be an industry professional. One should know how you really look when posing and it can help to rectify the flaws immediately. Listening to the advice from others during these practicing sessions can change the pose better.
Understanding the body gaining awareness is vital so that one can gain a perspective of how your figure is viewed.
Nothing can defeat the person who is really confident. A committed and confident model who performs well at a fashion shoot will earn a strong reputation.
Considering the Feedback
It is always better to ask the feedback from the superiors and colleagues. Some might suggests and hints which are useful. Considering this feedback gracefully ensuring to try out the idea ASAP. Never ever decline or refuse their suggestion as the experience of the industry experts, because this will help you become an exceptional model.
Follow the Nose
All amateur models instantly feel the need to keep their eyes on the camera, but preferring opposite is the ideal thing. A model should always glance off camera as “follow your nose with your eyes,” as it reduces the amount of white in the eye and eliminates the awkward over rotating eyeball.
Bounce the Shoulders
Shoulders play a crucial role in framing the face of a model. Raising one shoulder higher than another will add dimension and strength to the image.
Chin Out and Down
Keeping and pushing chin forward and then down when faced directly towards the camera, jawline seems to be big from the photographer perspective. The model should be moved slightly to their side profile.
Opening the Mouth
When a model opens the mouth it could completely ruin the look of the photograph. Keeping the mouth closed, the jawline clenches and adds extra weight to the sides of their face. It might also give negative energy to an image, a bored neutral look. Keeping the mouth slightly open, the jawline is elongated and gives a subtle intimate invite to the viewer.
Shake the Concrete Feet
In fashion photography, shoes are a vital piece of the wardrobe. But, they are often overlooked because legs and feet are never easy to pose. This is the reason why many photographers avoid the full body shot and go right for an easy three-quarter image. But, when it is really a mandatory thing to capture the full body and the shoes, it is better to implement motion.
Any model should relax their hands as if they were in a ballet, spreading the fingers lightly, slightly broken at the joints.
Cut the Chimping
Chimping, a term used in digital photography to describe the habit of checking every photo on the camera display (LCD) immediately after capture.Chimping is the deadly habit that can kill the energy of a shoot.Beng curious to look over the photos is fine, but sometimes it might look awkward.
Being confident and posing as a model is not so easy as people think. Keep experimenting and keep talking. Connect with your photographer and be patient, because unless you’re communicating, you’ll never get that perfect pose.