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Shooting Fashion: Posing

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

38 comments

  1. explorette

    explorette

    Editorial Jump is the best! lol

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  2. tasha_dylan

    tasha_dylan

    its gotta be editorial jump! great article!

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  3. freckleface

    freckleface

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

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  4. densong

    densong

    editorial jump!!=)
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  5. lawypop

    lawypop

    great tip for my "models":P

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  6. gameboypsycho

    gameboypsycho

    Awesome and funny :-)
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  7. mediabrus

    mediabrus

    Thanks for the inspiring tips!

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  8. ali55

    ali55

    awesome! funny :)

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  9. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Great!!

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  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.

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  11. shhquiet

    shhquiet

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

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  12. nerdsoup

    nerdsoup

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

    chypreamber

    Fantastic! Love it :) Great shoes by the way
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  15. chypreamber

    chypreamber

    Fantastic! Love it :) Great shoes by the way
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  16. caramel

    funny
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  17. liquorice

    liquorice

    Really funny!

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  18. j_robert

    j_robert

    loved it. broken down doll is my fav

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  19. wannabechef91

    wannabechef91

    i learned a lot thru ANTM. LOL

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  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!

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  21. ariannapaloma

    ariannapaloma

    my goood! this article is amazing!

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  22. tetrahexadecabyte

    tetrahexadecabyte

    Ohh this is amazing, useful , and funny , !

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  23. rahela

    rahela

    lol great 'D

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  24. evelyna

    evelyna

    so useful !!!

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  25. reneg88

    reneg88

    ohhhhh boy! hahaha this is great! :)

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  26. paperplanepilot

    paperplanepilot

    the guy's funny haha

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  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
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  28. weaver

    weaver

    so fucking hilarious. love.

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  29. marissa

    marissa

    hahaha this one was just too funny, awesome!

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  30. icuresick

    icuresick

    Nakakatawa! Hahaha

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  31. ceduxi0n

    ceduxi0n

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

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  32. babybath

    babybath

    Fabulous! Haha

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  33. neja

    neja

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

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  34. sc-ting

    sc-ting

    this is so fun! :D love it.

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  35. nigelk

    nigelk

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

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  36. dearjme

    dearjme

    HAHAHA so true so amazing.

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  37. peropero

    peropero

    i must confess i tried the editorial jump, with clearly less glamour:
    http://www.lomograph(…)os/14354907
    hahahhaha

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  38. pageantcake

    pageantcake

    You are hilarious and awesome! This is so helpful, to be frank, and just hilarious!
    over 2 years ago · report as spam

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