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Miranda asks: “Hi Mr Kate! I’ll be honest, I feel a little silly for asking, but I’d like to know how to pose for photos. I always end up just standing and smiling, which is fine, I think I have a nice smile, but I don’t know how to do anything with my body. It’s mainly for group shots (parties,  weddings, etc), but I know so many people who just pose like champs, and I just feel ridiculous. Also, my boyfriend is a very tall dude 2m (I only know metric) and I’m 160cm, so I’d love tips to pose with him too. Thanks heaps, Miranda x”

My Answer:

Hi Miranda! What a fun question! It is so funny that there are good and bad ways to pose for photos. It is mostly a personal thing, because there may be poses that make some people look stellar in pictures and some, not so much, the trick is to figure out your favorite poses that work for you! I learned the hard way because I never practiced before I found myself on a red carpet and there are definitely some not-so-great photos out there of me posing on a red carpet for various film and TV stuff I’ve done. But now, thanks to having a blog where I post photos of myself weekly (some call it ego-mania but I call is self love), I’ve learned the poses that I think look best for me, my body and my face…. and some funny ones too!

Below are some photos showing poses that we’ve coined with funny names. I also pulled some group and couple photos from my Facebook so you can reference group posing and couple posing… I totally hear you with the tall boyfriend thing – my bf Joey is 6 foot and I’m 5’1″!

Here are my favorite poses to help you find yours!…

  • Or we could also call this “The armpit sniff” – When posing solo, I often employ The Look Down pose (see it in most of my OOTD posts). It makes you seem effortless for a more candid pose.

  • I like The Arm Tuck pose when posing in the center of a group of people. If you tuck your elbows in at your sides and angle your palms forward or hold someone’s back next to you, it is always slenderizing. I also always cock my head slightly to one side. I prefer the right side of my face so you’ll most often see me shifting my face slightly left. I think it gives you more dimension and personality rather than staring straight at the camera.

 

  • The Pop Your Collar is a great pose to look candid. Give yourself some “business” to do in the photo like adjusting your collar or pushing back a lock of hair and you’ll always look effortless. Also, notice my crossed legs in the above pic, I think it is a slimming pose if you can make it look natural.

  • The Sideways Snuggle is a go-to pose for me when posing with my bf Joey or a friend. Angling your body completely towards the person you are standing next to will make you look slimmer, it also allows you that side-face angle that I mentioned in The Arm Tuck. Make contact with the person’s face or chest and the resulting photo will be intimate and flattering.

  •  Ya know, The Jackie Chan leg kick or fighting pose when you want to look playful and silly! …apparently I like those shoes!

  • These are some of the only photos I’m okay with from the red carpet. These were taken at the LA premiere of a movie I acted in called Burning Palms. The Lolly-Pop Head is easy to achieve when you’re a petite person because almost always, the person taking the photo is taller than you! Lolly-pop head basically means a slightly overhead angle that makes your head look big and thus, your body look smaller. I also employed The Hand On Hip (see below) in these photos. If someone is taking a photo of you, ask them to stand on a step or angle the camera down at you and see if you like the result!

  • A super easy pose, the Thumb In Pocket, makes you look like you’re chillin’ like a villain. This is an easy pose to do solo or in a group photo. 

  • A classic group photo pose is The Hand on Hip. This is an essential pose if you are at the end of a group photo line-up. If you don’t put your hand on your hip, you risk your arm looking wider than it actually is because of the angle of the lens. Putting your hand on your hip accentuates the nip of your waist and slims your arm. I also try to angle my chin down in group photos unless I’m being a ham. Bending one knee is also a good reflex so you don’t look stiff.

  • Okay, maybe not so practical but The Bunny pose is fun and funny and gives you something to do with your hands if you’re feeling awkward. 

  • If you have no make-up on or are just having a ‘I don’t want to show my face’ kind of day, try The No-Makeup Kiss pose. In this photo above, we were out to breakfast with friends and when I saw a photo was about to be snapped, I hid my face in a kiss! This pose will allow you to still participate in a photo enthusiastically but not have to feel self-concious.

  • Kind of like The Look Down (above), this could also be called The Look Away. The Birdwatcher is a good way to look candid and also elongate your body by bringing your hands up to your face. I was acting like I was pushing my hair back (or watching birds), but bringing your arms up makes your torso stretch and if you pose to the side and cross your legs, it’s instantly slimming!

  • Pose at your own risk when using The Flasher. This is a silly pose that will give the photo action and humor… it’s up to you if you want to be wearing a slip (or underwear) when you do The Flasher!

I hope these gave you some ideas for your own picture poses. Let me know what are your favorite poses or if I missed any good ones! Comment below and remember to always feel good about yourself, even if you encounter a bad photo.

xo!

(red carpet photos via stylebistro.com)

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