For many of us, that means beautiful sunshine, lots of fun with friends and family, maybe a vacation or two, and a whole lot of outside down time!
For me, it also means portrait time! With beautiful weather comes great opportunity to capture beautiful portraits, and so today (and all this month), I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photography tips. Today’s tips are about posing!
Here are my FIVE FAVORITE POSING TIPS FOR GIRLS.
1. IF IT BENDS, BEND IT
One of the easiest ways to flatter a girl in a portrait is to bend her. For example, have her shift her weight onto her back leg, then allow the leg closer to camera to bend. Or have her place her hand on her hip, to bend her elbow. Even her neck looks better with a slight turn. This is a great way to give a girl some direction with her posing (which helps to relax her), while creating a flattering pose for her.
2. SHOOT FROM ABOVE
Another simple posing tip has more to do with YOU than her. When you are taking your photo, have your camera just slightly above her eye level. This does two things. First, it allows a bit more light into your girl’s eyes, creating what are called “catchlights”. Absolutely beautiful. Second, it extends her neck just ever so slightly, keeping a natural pose, while eliminating any squished or double chins, which can happen to any of us, and which no one wants! So shoot from slightly above.
3. TURN HER TO PROFILE, THEN CHIN BACK… BOOM
This is such a simple, yet flattering tip for any girl. It creates a slimmer, and more feminine look, and creates great impact for your girl to express herself with her eyes and face. All you do here is turn your girl to the side, so her body is in profile, and then have her turn only her chin back to you. Keep the chin slightly lower (so you’re not shooting up her nostrils), and that will open up her eyes. Catchlights, soft smile, a bent elbow, and you’ve got a gorgeous portrait. Boom!
4. THE BROKEN DOLL POSE
Another pose I love, I can only really explain it by calling it the “broken doll pose”. Have your daughter sit facing you. Have her put her knees together, but separate her ankles. Then have her turn her toes in. She can then rest her hands on her lap, drape them over her knees, or bring one hand softly under her chin. She can look straight at you (remember to shoot from slightly above) or she can bend that neck and look off to the side. I love this pose for its feminine and innocent look. It works with girls of all ages.
5. THE SUPERGIRL POSE
I used to actually discourage moms from shooting in this manner, but now I love using this pose. First let me explain what it is. Rather than shooting from slightly above your girl, with this pose, you want to squat down and shoot her from a lower perspective. Adding to this, have her stand straight, feet slightly apart, hands on hips, and looking down at you. Like a superhero.
I used to discourage this pose because it’s seen as somewhat masculine. But now I see it as empowering. I love to create portraits for girls where they feel strong, where they feel powerful. And studies show that if you stand in this pose for even just a few minutes (before a job interview or important event), you will feel more confident and perform better. So I’ll take that as a great reason to pose my daughter- or any girl- like this for a few minutes.
So yes, I highly encourage the SUPERHERO pose for portraits of girls. Because strong is beautiful.
And there you have it- my FIVE FAVORITE POSING TIPS FOR GIRLS!