Shooting Fashion: Posing

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Let's face it. Having models, especially new or inexperienced ones like most of our friends, strike different kinds of poses is no walk in the park. Thankfully we now have a guide!

Unless you’re really, really, really good with people, I’m sure you’ve encountered this problem. You’re awkwardly shooting a friend or a model, then you’re suddenly frozen like a deer caught in headlights. Or is it the other way around and you’re channeling your inner model but can’t quite get there yet? Don’t be caught unawares and flatfooted again with this nifty and hilarious guide by Lester Brathwaite from fahionindie.com.

1. The Stride

What you’re thinking: I’m on my way to werq, get out of my way — oh, look a camera — I’m giving — now I’m walking away.

What you’re doing: Walking slow enough to get in frame and making sure your legs are spread wide enough apart for a dynamic shot.

2. The Editorial Jump

What you’re thinking: You know I feel so great right now I’m just going to fly everywhere I go today, while still looking relatively motionless. Oh, look a unicorn…gorjuss.

What you’re doing: Squatting before jumping and giving face at the apex of your jump.

3. The Pensive Jut

What you’re thinking: I’m deep in thought — about what, who cares? But I’m looking at the solution to all my problems way off in the distance…and it just winked at me.

What you’re doing: Hand on hip, other hand at an opposing but complimentary angle with one leg straight and the other slightly bent.

4. In Repose

What you’re thinking: Ugh, it’s sooooo hard being this glamorous, but I’ve got to keep it together. Waiter, where’s my goddamn cocktail? Oh, there it is…with a Vicodin chaser. Quelle surprise.

What you’re doing: Staggering your legs, framing your face with your arms, sucking everything in and finding your light.

5. The Stroll

What you’re thinking: Oh, look! I’m walking again! This is becoming a habit. I’m going about my way, but for some reason everyone around me keeps dying of envy…and I. Love it.

What you’re doing: Catwalking towards the camera slowly either giving full face to the camera or feigning distraction.

6. The Broken-Down Doll

What you’re thinking: I haven’t eaten in 4 weeks, my coke dealer isn’t picking up his phone and if someone doesn’t pour something alcoholic in, on or near me, I’m literally going to die. But I look great, right?

What you’re doing: Weird angles, lots of slouching, while still showing the garment.

7. The Wistful Coo

What you’re thinking: I’m caught in a violent hurricane of couture but my inner calm — brought on by years of yoga and a small army of morally-suspect pharmacists — keeps me the smizing eye of the storm.

What you’re doing: A slight hunch, a graceful hand and an expression that says you might not really know where you are.

8. The Dynamic Sit

What you’re thinking: Yes, this is sitting but you know what this isn’t: Super Bowl Sunday. So I’m not lounging back with a bowl of goddamn nachos in my lap. Pardon me while I throw this leg up and concentrate on being effortless.

What you’re doing: Hunching, creating angles with your legs and space with your arms.

9. The Couture Hunch

What you’re thinking: I’m so thin that to prevent my ribs from caving in on themselves I have to hold them in place. I may have dropped a lung while in mid-hunch, but I dare you to tell from my face.

What you’re doing: Arms akimbo, you hunch until you’re basically doubling over and sucking in everything while splaying your legs out at awkward angles.

10. The Dynamic Stand

What you’re thinking: Here I am, world! Take a good long look because I just officially shut shit down and own every one of you. You’re welcome.

What you’re doing: Once again, arms akimbo, but a strong stance that is at once seductive and powerful.

So how do you guys find it? Personally, I’m a fan of the Wistful Coo. The name alone exudes fashion and extravagance. Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to use these tips for our Fabulous Fashionista and Lomography Lookbook rumbles as well!

This week, Lomography Magazine is dedicated to fashion! Read our editorial articles related to fashion and submit your own Requested Posts for September 2011!

written by cruzron on 2011-09-07 in #gear #tipster #vogue #shoot #posing #models #fashion #top-tipster-techniques

38 Comments

  1. explorette
    explorette ·

    Editorial Jump is the best! lol

  2. tasha_dylan
    tasha_dylan ·

    its gotta be editorial jump! great article!

  3. freckleface
    freckleface ·

    Hahahah! This is brilliance. I love the broken down doll :)

  4. densong
    densong ·

    editorial jump!!=)

  5. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    great tip for my "models":P

  6. gameboypsycho
    gameboypsycho ·

    Awesome and funny :-)

  7. mediabrus
    mediabrus ·

    Thanks for the inspiring tips!

  8. ali55
    ali55 ·

    awesome! funny :)

  9. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Great!!

  10. natchan
    natchan ·

    Brilliant! So nice to see The Couture Hunch being mocked, oh how I hate that pose; so unnatural, so unflattering, SO OVER-USED!!!!
    This gave me big lolz, thank you.

  11. shhquiet
    shhquiet ·

    hahahaha nice article, Ron!!!! :))

  12. nerdsoup
    nerdsoup ·

    Heh, I've learned more from this than I did watching all those cycles of ANTM!

  13. graymalking
    graymalking ·

    Funniest article I've seen here.
    And "Concentrate On Being Effortless" sounds like it should be the title of a self help book.

  14. chypreamber
    chypreamber ·

    Fantastic! Love it :)
    Great shoes by the way

  15. chypreamber
    chypreamber ·

    Fantastic! Love it :)
    Great shoes by the way

  16. caramel
    caramel ·

    funny

  17. liquorice
    liquorice ·

    Really funny!

  18. j_robert
    j_robert ·

    loved it. broken down doll is my fav

  19. wannabechef91
    wannabechef91 ·

    i learned a lot thru ANTM. LOL

  20. knipseritis
    knipseritis ·

    love it, thx, now i'm prepared for some more shootings (sorry i don't put in here anything of that, but my friends don't want to be seen on lomography.com. weird, isn't it?)

    oh, and: BROKEN-DOWN DOLL FTW!

  21. ariannapaloma
    ariannapaloma ·

    my goood! this article is amazing!

  22. tetrahexadecabyte
    tetrahexadecabyte ·

    Ohh this is amazing, useful , and funny , !

  23. rahela
    rahela ·

    lol great 'D

  24. evelyna
    evelyna ·

    so useful !!!

  25. reneg88
    reneg88 ·

    ohhhhh boy! hahaha this is great! :)

  26. paperplanepilot
    paperplanepilot ·

    the guy's funny haha

  27. ninachoj
    ninachoj ·

    :D :D
    sooooo coool!! :D
    already on the phone asking my friend to be my model... :D :D
    the editorial jump is my fav!!! :D

  28. weaver
    weaver ·

    so fucking hilarious. love.

  29. marissa
    marissa ·

    hahaha this one was just too funny, awesome!

  30. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    Nakakatawa! Hahaha

  31. ceduxi0n
    ceduxi0n ·

    i completely lost it, snorted juice out my nose. thanks, lomography <3 *wipes keyboard*

  32. babybath
    babybath ·

    Fabulous! Haha

  33. neja
    neja ·

    The couture hunch is called the fashion orgazm among the russian fashion world:)

  34. sc-ting
    sc-ting ·

    this is so fun! :D love it.

  35. nigelk
    nigelk ·

    Great tipster!! It brought a smile to my face.

  36. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    HAHAHA so true so amazing.

  37. peropero
    peropero ·

    i must confess i tried the editorial jump, with clearly less glamour:
    www.lomography.com/photos/14354907
    hahahhaha

  38. pageantcake
    pageantcake ·

    You are hilarious and awesome! This is so helpful, to be frank, and just hilarious!

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