Hiring a photographer for a professional shoot is the best way to capture a moment forever, whether it is for an engagement, wedding or family portrait. A professional photographer is also a must-have for head shots, if you are looking to break into a career of acting or modeling.
A photographer will have plenty of ideas for the shoot and will recommend locations, clothing and poses. However the customer can research posing for the camera ahead of time, to adapt their photo session with their own sense of style and to convey the image and emotion that they most want to express:
Tips for Posing at a Professional Photo Shoot
1. Angles and Gaps
If your photo is taken straight on, with your hands by your side and your feet together, you will look wide and the photo will lack character and presence. The best way to flatter your figure and look animated is to create gaps and angles with your body. This is as simple as placing your hands on your hips and posing on an angle or standing with your feet crossed, one hand on your hip and the other in your hair.
Some people may even want to consider looking in the mirror beforehand, to determine which side of their face looks better. It is commonly known that most faces are not symmetrical and in the case of a breakout, taking more pictures on, and "your good side" will result in a better shoot overall.
2. Think Emotion
Usually when a photographer pulls out the camera many people default to the wide, cheesy grin. This is great in a casual photo with friends but a professional photo shoot demands more character and personality.
One tip to convey the emotion that you want for your photos is to envision how you felt at a relevant time and to express this feeling with your facial features. For example, a photographer may have a couple looking at each other for an engagement portrait. Think of the difference it will make between the couple simply smiling at each other, or thinking of the first time they said, "I love you." The overall impact is significant.
3. Avoid the Double Chin
Creating the best angles for your body and conveying emotion in your facial features will result in a great picture, unless of course, you have a double chin. Many people's instinctive reaction is to pull their head back when they are confronted with a camera. Instead, make a conscious effort to pull your chin away from your chest. This may feel funny at first, and look strange outside of a portrait, but it looks much better in the picture.
Of course, your photographer will help to make the photo shoot the best it can be, especially since the result will reflect upon the photographer's talent as a professional. Finally, always discuss your objectives and goals with the photographer so that the shoot can be a collaborate effort and as a team, photographer and client will work toward the best possible photo shoot for the customer's intention.
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