Have you ever been in a situation where you're having your picture taken, your friend tells you to do something cute... but you have no idea what to do? Trust me, I have been there, and I KNOW how you feel!
That's why I've made this quick guide to help you look your best in even the most spur-of-the-moment pictures look really high-end!
Here are my five favorite go-to poses that I use in portrait sessions!
1) The Classic Portrait
This pose is a classic! It's the one every portrait session has to have, the one mom or grandma probably has framed on the mantel or the one sitting on a loved one's desk.
For this pose, all you have to do is look at the camera and smile! You can do this standing or sitting for variety. And, I love to point the belly button slightly away from the camera but leave the face towards me. This will be really beneficial to creating a more flattering look for your picture.
2) Look Down
If you thought of Les Miserables when reading that, we need to chat musical theatre! BUT, in all seriousness, giving even simple poses a little bit of a different emotion will leave you with a lot more variety from your session! We'll talk a little bit more about this later, but if you look at this example, the pose is simple (just standing - sideways in this instance)... but the change in emotion makes it look different from other poses!
This pose is one of the easiest ways to make your photos look a bit more complex! This can be done sooo many ways. Try walking to the camera, away from the camera, across the screen (like in the first example), vertical shots, horizontal shots, etc. Pair this with some different emotions, fiddle with your dress, add a twirl... you could do this the ENTIRE session and get so many different pictures!
4) "I Have Friends"
So, this one can be used when walking, sitting, or standing. All you have to do is laugh behind your shoulder. I call this the "I Have Friends" pose because it kinda looks like you're laughing at a joke one of your friends said behind you.!
5) The Leg Pop
This one is a little quirky, but it's a great way to change up a simple standing pose and give it a little bit more character! If a leg pop doesn't suit your personality, try other types of kicks (i.e. pretend you're splashing through a puddle on a rainy day, etc.). The possibilities are endless!
BONUS!!! For even more unique shots, try focusing on some details! The edges of lace dresses, jewelry pieces, etc. are great for pairing next to portraits!
See you soon,
Caitlin S. Cornett