Do you take photos for Instagram? Are you shy in front of the camera or do you feel lost as soon as it’s time to start posing? What to do? Where to look? How to look good in photos?
I’ve lately been doing loads of research on flattering poses JetsetBabes use in their Instagram photos. I thought of sharing 5 that I feel are popular poses, but also that are foolproof of always looking good in an image! If you’re struggling to get your Instagram photo game going, you should check out these tips that I’m going to share with you today!
Sitting on the staircase & looking to the side, shot from below
Photos become interesting when there is an interesting angle to it. We have been schooled to think that taking a photo from below will result in a very unflattering position for the model, but that’s actually not always the case. Today, most of the JetsetBabes on Instagram take their photos shot from below because it gives the body a longer silhouette.
In the photo I’m showing, you can see that it does the same thing, even when sitting down. The way the model sits with her legs (slightly toward the camera), makes the legs look very long. This pose is very flattering if done correctly; it’s all about the angle and how you place your legs so it creates this long optical illusion.
Walking in stairs & giving your side to the camera, shot from below
Another photo that is taken from below, but the beauty of this picture is that they have used movement (her walking) to make this image more interesting. It’s a great trick for street style photography as it gives the image so much more life!
Also, her pose is very flattering and looks good because it’s captured from the behind but diagonally: almost from her side! Keep that in mind when trying out poses, don’t only get stuck doing the usual “straight from the front” pose, experiment with different angles!
The side pose with one foot gently back, shot from below
A beautiful London shot (minus the construction work in the background). I want to give you more examples of good “side poses” because they are effective! I think this is the most common JetsetBabe pose when it’s not the usual “front” pose.
Here you can see that she is most probably standing still when posing, but she is not just standing normally. She is giving her shoulder to the camera, which is a great trick if you want to appear more slim and elegant in a photo. She keeps one foot slightly more forward than the other, and the back foot she gently lifts the heel of the ground to make the pose look more natural by adding movement.
The way she holds her head is also quite good because she doesn’t look directly into the camera (most probably, can’t see for her shades, but I assume). Instead, she looks just pass the photographers shoulder, giving a nice tilt to her head pose and a good angle for her face.
The side pose showing off your shoulder, shot from a normal height
This pose is lovely to add in front of a beautiful background like you have in this shot. The important factor when you do the shoulder pose is that you have to push the arm out of your body when posing. If you hold it normally against your body you will end up having a fat looking arm (because it’s pressed to your body).
Keeping your head in profile by looking to the side, works really well in combination with the shoulder and the from diagonally/behind angle.
Another side one about this photo. It’s not only the gorgeous pose, but it’s also because that the photographer has used “the rule of thirds” in this image. The model is placed not in the center of the picture, but slightly more to the side (google the rule of thirds, and you will know exactly what I’m talking about). It gives more depth to the image and makes it look more interesting.
Natural movements while having coffee, shot from below
One of the most common images out there must be when you sit at a table in a café or restaurant, and someone takes a photo of you. Usually, they all look the same, but there are ways to spice them up a little bit.
First of all, the photographer needs to try out different angles. In this photo, you can see it’s taken slightly from below, and it works! Second of all. She is not doing the usual “look at the camera and smile.” While that always works for group photos, if you want to take more interesting Instagram pictures, it won’t work because it looks very plain.
You can’t always predict what will make a photo look good, but you should always experiment and try different ideas. The photographer must take loads of pictures; he should snap away as much as possible, as long as every shot is in focus!
Then your job as a model is to try to play around with as many natural movements as possible. Take a sip from your coffee, run your hand through your hair, look around a little bit, adjust something on your clothes, take something from the table in your hand, look to the side and start laughing… and so on. You get the picture! It’s all about trying to play out a natural scene in front of the camera with the hopes that the photographer will catch some of them and it will look nice.
The point is that an image becomes less stiff and more interesting to look at, when the model does something, even if it’s something small like adjusting her hair (like in the image above.)
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