One of the most common questions I get is how to pose for photos on Instagram. I’m not saying I’m a top model by any means, but after 5 years of experience being in front of the camera (and being a photographer) I’ve been able to gather some helpful tips when it comes to posing.
If you’re interested in learning more, keep on reading!
My very first tip (and most important!) is to move while being in front of the camera. What this does-
- Makes the photo look more natural, because you’re not forcing a pose
- Produces a wider variety of choices when choosing the final images
If you were to do the similar pose for every single photo, and say that post doesn’t end up looking good, you or the photographer is not going to be happy with the end results. When you switch up your poses a lot, you have more choices in the end to choose from. It also doesn’t look as forced.
HELPFUL TIP- Take a lot of images so you have more to choose from. You have a better chance of finding an image you like.
Use Props! This is a great tip if you’re just starting out and feel uncomfortable being in front of the camera. This gives you something to work and play around with. Some of my favorite props to use are-
Other prop ideas-
Of course use what fits your personality. Here are a couple examples-
Brainstorm your images/poses before you go. Pinterest is a great platform to find a lot of “posing inspiration.” Although I don’t personally practice this tip, it’s supposed to be really helpful to practice in front of a mirror. Also, thinking of it from a photographer’s perspective can help.
Utilize your closet! Clothing is so important when it comes to posing and feeling confident. Plan a cute outfit ahead of time unless the photographer requests something else. Tying back into tip two, you can use your clothing as a prop. For example, if you are wearing a flowy dress, use it as a prop and move it around. You can also put your hands in your pockets, or play around with your hat.
For the final tip- LET GO OF WHAT PEOPLE THINK! You have to accept that you’re going to look funny sometimes trying out different poses, and that’s okay. I included some examples below of poses I thought would look good but…well… don’t. And that’s okay.
When you try out a bunch of movements (which you should be doing) you will learn that some look good and some don’t. Confidence also comes with practice, so don’t be too hard on yourself at first.
Whether you are posing professionally, or just want to look better for Instagram, incorporating this advice will help you step up your game. Remember, practice is key!