As a model, you are required to put on some kind of performance for a camera. It is up to you to create a storyline and a character to portray. In this article, you will be given tips on how to pose.
Modeling is quite similar to acting in the sense that you are playing with a range of emotional expressions. Practice in front of a mirror. What kind of story do you want to tell? Having a visual of an ad or scene in your head can help with this process. If you're doing a Las Vegas style shoot, for example, what kinds of expressions could you experiment with? An ad that you could envision is the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. The models have a playful, seductive, excited, and devilish persona. What if you did a shoot with a fairy tale theme? Maybe then you would want to play with an innocent, whimsical, charming, and serene expression. Having that story board lined up can lead to greater results while shooting. Some more expressions you could play with are alluring, happy, sarcastic, angry, sleepy, sad, coy, flushed, embarrassed, surprised, confident, shy, curious, amused, sensual, sexy, and laughing.
How should you position your head and body in a shoot? To start with the head, think of tilting it at various angles versus always keeping it straight. It adds an interesting effect. As you tilt your head, think of looking down, up, or to the side. Looking right at the camera the whole time is not the most effective tactic for shooting. Keeping your chin down is also important. There's a lot you can do with your hands. Experimenting with touching your face and neck can make the shots more alluring. Having a prop is great too like a hat or purse or even a piece of furniture to sit or pose on. Play with angles and find which ones you look best at. Also, watch out for shadows!
In the business of modeling, pain is beauty. Some poses may not be comfortable as opposed to others. Don't allow it to show on your face.
It is vital that you take into account what directions the photographer gives you and to throw in some of your own suggestions, so it's a collaborative effort. Having the eye of the photographer can help you find the best poses for each shot.
The most important thing with shooting is to smile, above all things, and have fun! This is your time to sparkle!