5 Tricks on How To Pose Naturally
2. Ask your friends / bf / family members to take pictures
- The Picky Friend, who takes ages to shoot because he wants the greatest picture on earth when you keep repeating ‘it’s a digital camera, you can take more you know’;
- the opposite, The Clicking Friend, the one that presses the release button continuously: when you are moving, when you are changing outfit or when you’re talking. And you end up having some really hilarious pictures and a memory card full in 5sec;
- The Clumsy Friend, who doesn’t know how to take pictures or keep the camera still;
- The Photographer Friend, who knows more than you on the subject and wants to let everybody know BUT blogging photography is different and you don’t know how to explain it to him anymore.
- be with more than one friend: use the excuse of eating an ice cream later or a waffle. When you are more than three, people tend to consider you as a group doing something so they just go their way. Plus you have some more people around you to distract you. Distraction also means feeling natural and getting natural pictures.
- find spots in town a little bit hidden. Maybe a car parking with nice graffiti, a narrow street where cars can’t pass or a corner in the park not full of kids. Instead of getting right in Piccadilly Circus you know, maybe a residential Notting Hill road would do for you.
- when actually shooting, just talk or dance or do something funny to break the ice and then the pictures will come out naturally.
4. How To Pose Naturally
Firstly it is different for everyone and very personal. For instance I love profiles, I don’t really like to smile and my favorite is looking down. It gives a very flattering appeal to me. But I have also other suggestions for when you don’t feel good with your make-up, you have puffy eyes or simply it is one of those days when everything goes wrong.
My top 3 tricks are:
- Wear sunnies. Even if it is cloudy, if don’t feel comfortable looking straight into camera, this could be a great solution;
- Look down. Again, if you don’t like looking directly at the camera (for instance, I don’t like those pictures) look at some point of the ground on your side in order to have a 3/4 profile.
- Jump. Sometimes you can select the quick 10 pictures, jump and have flying images.
- Do It Yourself. Which is the following point.
Most importantly, everything comes with time and experience. I am now much more confident than one year ago because I know how I want my pictures and because I am slowly caring less of what other people think.
I really hope these tricks might be helpful for you (Leta, thanks for giving me the inspiration for this post!!!). If you have more ideas and tips please do share them and let me know. As a blogger I would love to always have a personal photographer but as a film photographer I want to be the photographer myself so you can see I have a few problems going on! xx