Do you know much about ballet posture? If not – research it. Head up, neck is elongated, shoulders down and back, back straight. Excellent posture will make anybody look better.
The easiest tip to remember: whatever comes forward and towards the camera looks bigger. Whatever goes further away from camera looks slimmer.
It is about projecting forward with the face, one of the shoulders, and pushing back with whatever needs to be slimmed 🙂 Putting the weight on the back foot, leaning forward towards the lens – that applies to standing, sitting or lying down poses.
Leaning towards the camera is paramount when you want a flattering, slimmer in all the right places silhouette
So when standing, leaning or lying down the person – place them at 45% to your camera with hips going away and then leaning towards the lens.
It is especially important when creating plus size boudoir photography poses.
For some shots keep her arms away from the body – create the space between an arm and the body. For other shots you can push her elbow into the bust line to create a beautiful curve.
Always try to achieve an S-shape with their body.
Bend one knee slightly and place it in front of the other to make her legs appear thinner and her figure looking more like an hour-glass. Actually bend everything that you can bend!
Straight arms, legs or body, that are facing camera straight on, are not flattering for curvy types.
Symmetry of arms, hands, legs placement can be flattering for 4-8 size girls, but definitely not for voluptuous women.
Always try to avoid them standing flat on both feet. Always placing weight on one leg, pushing hip of the same leg slightly out. For example - weight on the left leg, left hip to push out and having right leg with a knee across a left one.
That creates a beautiful shape.
And you have the opportunity to place a piece of clothing or material in front of the client, masking some parts of the body.
Posing tips when creating a sitting pose are:
Never sit your client on their bottom flat on, only on one cheek, mostly on one hip only, having their weight held by their legs – almost like they are about to stand. Imagine sitting on the horse – a lot of weight is being held by your legs to keep the right posture.
Make them sit on the edge of the seat with a straight back and have tension in their calves as well, placing feet on their toes.
Crossing their legs at the ankle will help create Old-Hollywood classic, sexy and elegant poses.
to make their face looking slimmer, younger;
to avoid double-chins,
to show cleavage.
You can shoot from above standing on a ladder for some effects or standing in front of the client.
If they do – make sure they don’t look at you either lifting their brows that will create wrinkles, or look at you through the lids of their eyes. That looks wrong. You need to make sure to ask them to lift their chin and stretch their neck out as much as they can so they can give you perfect eye-contact.