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Baby steps towards a perfect pose

May 06, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

There's so much to think about isn't there? If you've read any of my previous blog posts on posing you'll see that it's not all about having a killer smile or sultry looks. You have to think about what you hands, arms, hips eyes and … today's topic, feet are doing. If you forget to pose one of these body parts it's not the end of the world, but it can be the difference between a great pose and a “meh” pose.

So, feet. To put it very briefly you want to avoid having your feet pointing straight ahead and having them in the same plain as one another. You also want to avoid equal distribution of your weight into both feet. It's easier if I show you what I mean and I do have a video in my Pose like a pro guide (see main menu), but I will try my best to describe it in words.

You don't want you feet to look like you are a soldier standing at attention... yes it looks neat and tidy but it certainly doesn't look relaxed which is generally the look you are going for in photo session.

To avoid this rigid, awkward look, you have many options; I will go through a few here.

  1. Take a step forward. This is a dynamic pose and works well to show movement and makes for an interesting pose – if you get it right. When taking a step forward make sure you are not flat footed or it will look staged and … well posed. Your weight should be in one of your feet – not both. Taking a step gives you an opportunity to push your hip out on the weight bearing side which introduces curves which I keep harping on about. Just in case you've forgotten, curves are good!

  2. Have your left foot facing forward and your right foot about 45 degrees off to the right... this is not a precise measurement; I didn't get my protractor out so take your best guess. It's best if your right foot is not in line with your left foot. Have your weight in your left (forward facing) foot. This gives you a relaxed appearance and once again (you guessed it) allows you to push that hip out. Curves, curves, curves.

  3. Have your weight in your right foot and cross your left foot over keeping a soft bend in your left knee. This creates a narrow point at the knee which is which creates a pleasing silhouette.

And that's your very brief guide on what to do with your feet. For more information on posing your feet head over to my pose like a pro with your feet video.

 

 


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