Anyone who hasn’t been in front of a professional camera before or simply doesn’t like photos can end up feeling a bit stiff when posing.
It’s completely natural to feel nervous before your senior photoshoot, but you still want your images to look natural and highlight your personality and style…which is why I’m here! To help you achieve that look.
Here are a few ways that you can pose more naturally and enjoy your upcoming session.
- Keep It Light-Hearted
One way to feel more relaxed throughout your session is to talk to your photographer (me!). Get comfortable, be a little silly, and have some fun. The result is photos that look more authentic. I’m here to get to know you and make sure you enjoy yourself. If you haven’t decided on a photographer yet, make sure you choose someone you feel comfortable with.
- Lean Back Slightly
This is a very slight lean and should be done from your waist. This minor movement stops your body from tensing, making you look more natural in your photos. Yes, it might feel weird at first but don’t overthink it!
- Lean Into the Frame
Another way to make your poses more natural is to lean into the frame. Again, this needs to be very slight, almost as if you’re leaning in to listen to someone telling a story. If you had to try doing this right now, you would immediately see how your posture and demeanor changes.
- Keep Your Hands Busy
It’s only until you’re standing in front of a camera that you realize your arms and hands aren’t doing anything. TRUST ME…when I have to get in front of the camera I immediately freeze and think “WHAT DO I DO WITH MY HANDS?” Like I haven’t had them my entire life.
To stop your poses from becoming awkward, keep your hands busy. Place your hands in your pockets, twirl a finger around a lock of hair, or use some props. What you do with your hands depends on the photo style and story you’ve decided on.
- Get Moving
Not every photo needs to be posed, you also have the freedom to move around and have some fun. Walk, spin, laugh, lay on the grass, do whatever makes you feel most like yourself. If you’re not sure what to do, don’t worry… that’s why I’m here!
Remember it’s important not to overthink your session. When you get too nervous about doing the right thing, the anxiety will automatically affect how you look in your photos. Do something that will help you feel more relaxed before your session and let me help you with the rest.
Christine Lee Photography specializes in high school senior photography, family and children photography in Plant City, Lakeland, Riverview, Apollo Beach, Tampa, and Fishhawk, Florida.