All things being equal, posing is arguably the most important part of a photo. Think about it: the background is gorgeous, the light is coming through your hair and your face is positively glowing, but you are standing at an angle that is incredibly unflattering. Are you going to like that photo? NO way. No matter what size we are and how great our outfit is, there are GOING to be certain positions and angles that just don't do us justice and make us look our worst.
I will be the first one to tell you that if I don't like the way I look in a photo, the first thing I am going to do is untag it from any social media (if a friend posted it). If the photo is mine, I take every precaution to ensure that it never sees the light of day. And that is something we just DON'T want for our clients. We want you to be feelin' yourself in every photo.
To illustrate my point, I'd like to show you some photos in this 4 part series where I'm 1000% NOT feelin' myself and how minor tweaks to posing made a HUGE difference.
POSING OFFENSE #1: Smushed arms and slouchy shoulders.
POSING SOLUTION #1: Want to look 15 lbs lighter? Yes, please! By creating space between my arms and my body, I make my arms look about half as big. Also, by bringing my shoulders back and slightly arching my back, I create a much more flattering silhouette of the rest of my body.
This is probably the easiest posing problem to fix, with the most well-known solution. More to come on other posing challenges in our next post!
Erin at Blush and Bloom