Top 3 Poses from Straight Size to Plus Size
I get a lot of questions about how to pose women, and most of them are questions about posing for curvy women. As far as we seem to have come in self-acceptance and body size acceptance, it’s still so hard for women to fully embrace their self-perceived flaws. This is an issue I have seen from size 2 to 22. In fact, I find the smaller sizes to actually be way more hard on themselves. When women reserve a session with you, they want to know that you will take care of them by posing them in ways that will flatter their body type, no matter what size they are. I find that when photographers get nervous about this, it’s not because they don’t know what they’re doing, it’s because they are so afraid of offending someone. But trust me, your client just wants you to take charge and do what it takes to make them feel and look comfortable in their own skin. If you’re a bit timid in this, I always recommend going in with a game plan and some go-to poses that you know well to fall back on. Here’s a little trick that I used when I was just starting out and it worked for me so much I have never had an issue with how to pose women. Ever. All I did was think about what parts of my body I would want camouflaged if I were in a shoot and how would I pose myself to hide those areas. I know that sounds so simple that it couldn’t possibly work, but it did and as I said, I’ve never had a problem with posing. With that said, I’d say about 50% – 75% of the poses I use for straight sizes are super easy to modify into poses for curvy women. A few things to keep in mind when you’re considering posing for women.
Angles angles angles.
I’ve seen photographers put a woman in a pose that looked great in their head but once they got their client in it, they felt it didn’t execute well. They got nervous and just moved on without taking a minute to walk around their client and see what that pose looked like from different angles. What you see right in front of you may not be the best shot, but walk left or right and I bet you either nailed it on a different angle, or you got inspired to move one hand, arm or leg and POW! Jackpot! Always always always do a 360 when you get a woman in a pose to see what else you have before moving on.
Sit, stand, lay.
Always put women in a variety of positions so you can nail down which are best for her and to also give you variety to choose from. This will also help you develop more confidence in trying new things.
Show women what you want.
Show women what you want. Don’t just tell them, use your own body and face to give your clients a visual of what you want and explain to them why. When they see that you’re willing to do what you want them to do, the ease will set in for them bit by bit.
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Since posing is so visual, I’m including a video for you to watch so that you can see my favorite 3 poses I use ALL THE TIME that easily modify for straight to curvy in a flash. As always–practice practice practice! Never practice on game day. Ask your friends, give shoots away….do whatever you want, but you will only learn if you practice.