6 Posing Tips for Bloggers from Model Coach De'Ana Fierce
I am so excited about today’s topic because it's something that bloggers ask me about frequently and I think it can really help you feel more confident on your next blog shoot!
I want to introduce you to De’Ana Fierce, a Petite Model Consultant & Coach! (She is so talented, y’all.)
She's going to be sharing posing tips you can use on your next blog shoot! She also blogs about petite modeling and provides resources to help you express your personality in your photos.
I also want to give a huge thank you to Riane of Stello Style who graciously modeled all of De’Ana’s tips and made our day even more fun. :)
Without further ado, here’s De’Ana!
Blogs are an avenue to express your visual creativity. Bloggers are building relationships across the globe and some are even getting the opportunity to work with major brands because of their blog.
This is why I believe bloggers are models too. If you're a blogger, at some point you have modeled for your blog or another brand.
A model is defined by Merriam-Webster as, ‘A representation to show the construction or appearance of something.’
Therefore nine times out of ten, if you have a blog you are performing some type of modeling for your blog.
Most blogs consist of photos to give the viewers a visual take on what they are presenting. With all of this in mind you want to make sure you are doing a great job in your photos.
It is very important to show your personality in your photos to continue to build your blog community. Your blogging community enjoys viewing your blog because they can partake in life experiences with you.
So you want to make sure you are comfortable and confident in your blog photos. Let’s say you're heading to your blog shoot. You have gorgeous accessories and the latest trends in your wardrobe — but when you arrive on set, you get a brain fart.
You start asking yourself, what am I supposed to do with my hands? How do I pose for this picture? Okay, I’m just going to sit in all of my photos…but wait, how do I do that? You simply have no idea what to do!
I know how stressful this can be so today I have 6 Posing Tips for Bloggers. These tips are easy to follow and will help you look and feel confident in your photos. Let's get into it!
Tip #1: Shoulders Down, Chin Low & Neck Elongated
Normally you will start your photo session by standing. When you are standing, you want to lower your shoulders and tilt your chin down towards the ground. These both are small movements that make a huge difference in your photographs.
When you are tense, your shoulders tend to inch upward which hides your neckline. By lowering your shoulders you open up your neck, which helps your neckline to appear elongated.
Keeping your chin down is a great rule of thumb to make sure your nose doesn't stick up towards the sky, plus it keeps the viewers from seeing straight up your nose.
Tip #2: Hand Placement
Hands are an extension of our bodies but whenever we get in front of the camera they don’t belong. Weird, right? So to make sure you treat your hands as one when you are posing for your blog, feel free to play with accessories such as sunglasses, jewelry, purses and even your hair.
Gently rub your fingers through your hair and move it around a little bit. You want to appear in your natural state when you're taking your pictures and rubbing your fingers through your hair may be an everyday activity for you. Don’t leave it out of your blog photographs.
Tip #3: Faux Walking
That’s right, you don’t have to take full strides in your blog photographs. When you want the photographer to capture you in the walking pose all you have to do is take one natural step forward, plant your feet and rock forward and backwards.
While doing the rocking motion you want to appear as though you're walking, so make sure you swing your arms and stay open towards the camera.
Tip #4: Open to Camera When Walking
Whenever you're walking during your shoot, don’t forget where the camera is located. You want to make sure you are open to the camera or have both shoulders visible.
This is a great way for the photographer to capture the details of your clothing. Plus, we get to see more of you in the photo as well.
Tip #5: Feet Placement
In most blog photos, you don’t see much of the blogger's feet. So when you do want to capture your latest shoe game, you want to make sure the placement of your feet are correct.
Make sure your feet are in a straight line — you don’t want to stand with slanted feet. You can also keep one foot straight and place your other foot to the side. This helps you to show off the details of the shoes that you might not see otherwise.
If you are standing profile, you can hold your feet in place as though you are just stopped walking and took a quick pause. This pose definitely adds character to your photograph.
Tip #6: Seated
When you get tired of standing, you can take a seat on a nearby bench and complete your look while enjoying the breeze.
Seated postures are very good to express the type of day you're having. Seated positions also help you to relax a tad bit more than standing. You want to make sure when you’re sitting that you don't slump over. Keep a strong and straight back and torso. You can explore different ways to bring attention to the rest of your wardrobe like gently touching your shoes and grabbing your garment.
Taking blog photos doesn’t have to be hard. You want your viewers to take a ride with you and enjoy the experience with you as if they're there.
This helps build your community and gain more opportunities in the blogger world!
I hope you found these tips useful and when you have a chance to try them out, let me know what you think! I love receiving and reading your comments, so please share them with me.
You can also find more tips on my blog!"
Megan here! I truly hope these tips are helpful on your next shoot! And I’d love to know if there are any other topics you’re wanting to learn so I can bring them to you!
P.S. If you're in the Dallas area (or will be visiting this summer) and are interested in shooting for your blog or business, I'd love to meet and shoot with you! You can find out more details and book a shoot with me here.