Posing can be tough if you are not used to being in front of the camera. A common concern for many people and the question that I get the most is how do I look natural in front of the camera? This is actually a very common concern. Whenever you are in front of a camera you get nervous and awkward and aren’t really sure how to stand or where to put your hands. This is why I have come up with a method that works and I teach it to my clients to help them be comfortable in front of the camera and pose very natural. Honestly it’s like not even posing at all.
Step one. The first thing I do is pick a background. You always want to have a good background whether you’re out in nature or whether you’re taking a picture at home of your kids or a picture out in the city with friends you always want to pick the background first. So in order to pick the background you always want to make sure that there’s no distracting objects in the background or something that just doesn’t fit with the picture. The next thing you want to do is take a sample shots with your phone that will in sure that you know where you’re going to stand and that if it’s the vision that you have. It helps if you’re with someone and they stand in the place where you’re going to be standing may be with them or alone.
Step two. So maybe you have someone taking the picture for you and you are good to go. When I don’t, I ask a random stranger to take a picture of me or my family when I’m out somewhere and don’t have a tripod and I’m just simply using my phone. Wherever I am someone is always willing to just snap a quick picture of me. This is why its so important to have a game plan when you are getting ready for a photo. You don’t want to over extend the courtesy someone has given you by asking for more photos.
Step three. What I’ve learned to do is have go to poses that I can transition from so that I am moving in the place that I’m standing and this really makes a really huge difference in making photos look as natural as possible. So whenever you have to take a picture of yourself you never want to stand there stiff as a board, just staring at the camera. The best thing to do is get into the position that you’re thinking of and then move out of that position and move into a different one and keep moving around shifting from left to right front to back rotating and whoever snapping a ton of pictures of you is bound to get a good one and that you’ll fall in love with. The key is to keep moving but staying with the background.
OK just because you subscribed to my blog, I’m going to give you two bonus tips for posing. 1. You want to take the picture as soon as possible so you want to tell the person that’s napping those pictures for you to take it as soon as you get to the spot you’re going to be taking the picture that you don’t want to stand there more than a few minutes because you will get stiff and you will settle into a pose and it just won’t work. For example when I’m taking pictures of my kids I asked them to walk to a certain spot and is soon as they turn around and look at me I snap the picture. 2. If I want them to smile genuinely I simply crack a joke and snap a picture it gets the best genuine smiles. This works with my clients as well. Sometimes all you need to do is bust out with a joke and it gets everyone smiling genuinely and natural.
So next time you’re out and about and you need a picture taken use these tips it will make it so much easier on you the person posing and the person taking the picture.
Thank you guys for reading my blog I hope that was helpful for you if there’s anything that you want me to blog about please post in the comments. And if you have any posing tips that you would love to share I’d love to read them below.