Despite how widely varied and beautiful models may be, they all use a set of standard poses to flaunt the clothing they wear or the style of hair that they’re wearing. There are even standard facial expressions to demonstrate the effect of cosmetic products or reactions to other commodities we use. This article will describe a few of them.
The Head Head/Facial Pose
Photographs that focus on the face or the head emphasize conservative but noticeable makeup and relaxed hair. You’ll notice that the smiles on these models are conservative as well. It’s a genuine smile – but it isn’t exaggerated either.
The Body Pose
Photographs that focus on the entire body are also known as full-length shots and they require a full-length pose. These poses always position the body into an asymmetrical position so that viewers aren’t subjected to boring arms-by-your-side and feet-apart stances. Gentle twists or waited-hip stands are used to create interest.
The Movement Pose
Some photographs need to capture a product in action – whether that action is a sports move or it’s a quiet yet flirty look. When striking one of these poses, you might be asked to smile, laugh, or show a particular emotion that the client feels will befit the product that’s being promoted.
The Lifestyle Pose
Similar to the Movement Pose, this pose attempts to emulate body movements, stances, and facial expressions found in everyday living. Some examples are poses that suggest a quiet thoughtful moment, anger, blushing, happiness, hope, love, and of course, many more.
Use A Reference as a Guide
Peruse through a few of the well-known magazines to find examples the above poses and then try them out yourself. Do this in front of a mirror of have a fiend take some practice photographs of you while you do them.
If you notice that you’re having trouble with conveying a particular pose, practice, practice, practice, and practice it until you get it right. And keep practicing until you can convince even yourself, that you’re really involved in the activities implied in movement poses, or that you really feel the emotion behind head and facial poses.
Thinking about a particular event in your life can help you access the emotions associated with it. So if you need to strike an excited pose, remember a time that you were excited and show it! If you need to look confused for a humorous pose for example, just think about any event in high school. There are plenty of confusing resources you can draw from there!