In many situations, you will find that women can be easier to photograph just because they tend to be more at ease in their clothes and in front of the camera. Many men are extremely uncomfortable wearing the clothes they are expected to and they may feel self-conscious when someone is staring at them telling them to smile or pose. This is, of course, not true in all situations. You may have male subjects who are perfectly at ease and female subjects who are stiff and uncomfortable.
No matter if you are working with a relaxed or tense woman, when you are photographing, you need to make sure you pose the subject properly. It is extremely important that women always look feminine and that poses are always slimming. Because of this, there are special challenges to photographing women. To make it easier, here are five tips for posing women. Use these tips and you will find posing can be much easier.
- To create a slimming effect, have the woman turn to the side. While keeping the hips turned to the side, have her turn at the waste so her shoulders and upper body are facing the camera. You can then have her drop one shoulder. With either hands on the hips or arms crossed, this will create a slim, feminine look.
- Never have a woman put weight on her front leg in an image. The weight should always be on the back leg. This will allow the front leg to bend slightly at the knee and her legs will look longer and slimmer.
- Be careful with distortion. You can try different camera angles like tilting it up to make her look taller or shooting down to make her look slimmer. However, if you allow her hands and feet to be closer to the camera than her body, then she will look distorted and no woman wants to have giant hands or feet!
- When you choose the hands on the hips pose, have her place her hands slightly higher than her hips, just below the waist. This will actually give her a more defined waist, which will make her look slimmer.
- When shooting a close up, you can easily create a feminine look. Have her turn toward the side and swivel her shoulders toward you. She should then drop the shoulder farthest from the camera and tilt her head toward the higher shoulder.
Posing women does include a different set of priorities. You need to make sure the subject always looks slim and feminine. This means avoiding too many straight lines and it means always accentuating and slimming the waste.