Self-Portraits, Not Selfies

Self-Portraits, Not Selfies

Yes, I’m guilty of taking numerous shameless selfies all the time, and there’s nothing wrong with selfies at all. A few years ago, however, I embarked on a self-portrait project as I felt getting in front of the lens would make me a better photographer behind the lens because I would experience what my clients experience in front of my lens when I am photographing them.

What’s the difference between a selfie and a self-portrait? A selfie includes using a hand or selfie stick to hold a camera or mobile phone to take a photo of yourself.

A self-portrait is more involved. It includes a tripod and a remote or timer to trigger the camera to capture the image. It involves putting thought into lighting and posing, and having a really good technique to capture a sharp image.

Has my self-portrait practice made me a better photographer? I would say “yes”, hands-down. It has made me understand the importance of good direction when posing my clients for portraits. It has also made me more aware of the details to look for before I click the shutter button.

Self-portraits have also allowed me to exercise my creativity, which overflows into my fashion and portrait work. I am also much more empathetic with my models who rely on my expertise in lighting and posing but have some anxiety in if they’re getting their part right.

Self-portraits have taught me a lot about successfully photographing people, be it fashion, portraits or headshots and the progression of my work proves that.

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3 Basic Model Posing Tips

3 Basic Model Posing Tips

This month I wanted to cover a few dynamic tips on posing for up-and-coming and models. Photographers have so many things to stress about during a photoshoot and love models who know their bodies and what poses work for their look during a photo shoot, instead of having to be coached in posing throughout a shoot. As a photographer, we will guide models as to what we want for our vision, but spending more than 2 minutes instructing a model on the exact pose we’re looking for can be very frustrating. Below are a few tips that photographers will be grateful for when shooting models.

Angles. Photographers are looking for geometrical angles in the poses of their models – specifically triangles – as triangles tend to evoke a stronger reaction out of a viewer due to its simplicity and completion of shape in an image. We look for triangles in arm poses, leg poses and 3-person images.

Dynamic Feet. Both feet pointed in the same exact direction can be very bland and feel posed. What I mean by posing feet dynamically is when one foot is posed completely different from the other. You might have one foot pointed outward and the other straightforward toward the camera. You might have one foot arched up onto your toes or even have your feet crossed. These subtly different types of poses with the feet make for a much more interesting composition.

Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Posing. Symmetry works well for straight on faces in seeing eyes, nose and lips mirror one side to the other. However, when implementing symmetrical triangular angles in the arms straight on with the camera makes women, especially, look like bodybuilders rather than model posed in a more attractive way. When placing one hand on your waist, be sure your other hand falls on a hip or somewhere above the waist (be it flowing fingers in the hair or fingers or hand on the shoulder or chest).

Practice and implement these three pose techniques in your upcoming shoots, and you’ll not only come off knowing how to work your body, but you’ll also take a little bit of work off of the photographer, which could end up in a call-back for additional work.

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