I’m praying for a thunderstorm its so hot on the highveld – so everyone strip those tops and bras off and lets go do an Topless African Rain Dance – we may even cause a car accident or something to make today that much more interesting! Today, I’m going to talk about something I’m terrible at but tell people often what and how to do it. Does that make me a hypocrit? No! That makes me a behind the scenes kinda person, as a photographer and even a makeup artist at shoots everyone gets to the point where they have flat fresh run out of ideas of how to pose the model. Here are a few of the things I tell people alot…
When preparing for your photoshoot as a model, there are numerous steps you can take to ensure you are comfortable while posing and your end result will look more natural. Mostly, this comes from experience in front of the photographer’s camera. The more you practice and set up photo shoots, the more your posing will appear as if you just strolled across the photographer just looking that fabulous as you always bloody do. Duh! You are a model after all.
Before you head to your photo shoot, pick at least ten poses that you really like from fashion or glamour magazines, or poses you’ve learned from previous photo shoots. Take time to practice each pose in front of a mirror until you feel comfortable and have the confidence of knowing you look great doing these poses.
Also, focus on what to do with your hands and pay attention to facial expressions. A pose is virtually dead and unimaginative without a “look”. You should be able to close your eyes, imagine a thought, open your eyes and sell that thought. Practice this technique and your photos will come alive.
So enough of the admin, and lets get onto fun stuff – awkward poses! Below is my choice of 20 awkard and BAD model poses and these pictures should of never made it on the internet, ahem photographers – although I did wonder how these models got themselves in some of these poses!
I do admire this model for being incredibly flexible but feck! That just doesn’t look normal…. Models/potential models – do not try this pose at home! You may get yourself into a knot….
Where to start with these two. On the right: This woman is stepping out of her shoe, and looks incredibly bored/tired/simpy awkward! If her back leg was straight this may have worked but probably not!! On the left: this model just looks like she needs to pee, badly and if she opens those legs she is going to leave a large puddle on the floor. Models, please ensure you pee before your photoshoot!!!
“Excuse me, WTF are you doing? I’m about to run a race against Hussain Bolt” said the mode. I have no words, really. Just don’t do that again please Mr….
The only way this shot would be awesome would be to photoshop the chair out and make the model into a Powerpuff Girl fighting someone evil, otherwise its just a terrible picture.
GYMNASTICS! Oh no, its a model, posing with a guitar doing the splits – because thats what people always do with guitars, correct? Ehhh…. ok then!
Models hear it all the time, “arch your back, you’ll be stiff tomorrow….” This however this is something else…. This makes my back and legs sore just looking at it…. Ouch. Next!!
Shame, poor model looks terrified, looks like something out of a horror movie, I just keep on wondering if the giant spider is going to eat him or not….
This dress is so stiff, the poor model can barely move!!
At first glance I liked this picture, but look at the model, she ain’t loving life!
another model that needs the bathroom! Whats up with them?
Not only does her facial expression make her look like a deer in the headlights, I don’t think she knows what she is doing either…
Don’t we all do this and lay ourselves down over kiddies tables and use the floor as a pillow?
I can’t perceive what she was trying to convey here, but whatever it was, it failed unless she wanted to look like she had a stick up her backside… just saying.
Left: Yes lady, we all know how male dogs pee. This is an incredibly flattering picture of this model. Right: I think she’s gonna come and kill me in the middle of the night with that glare…. Why is everybody always so bloody serious??
Remeber to always pose with poise and grace! If not, you may look like some of the above mentioned posing mess ups.
Don’t forget to do the rain dance!