Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes…..Remember that song?
This song is a good one to sing to yourself when posing for photos. One of things I often hear when I photograph women is “I’m not photogenic” or “I never like my photos.” We are always so hard on ourselves and are our own worst critic. I think part of the reason many of us do not like our photos is that we don’t know how to pose.
So here are a few tips with the Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes song as a reminder, that will help you feel more confident in front of the camera and hopefully love your photos.
1. Head: Channel your inner turtle and gentle extend your forehead forward. This tiny adjustment helps elongate the neck and avoid that dreaded double chin.
2. Shoulders: Be sure to angle your shoulders. You don’t want to take a photo where your shoulders are straight on to the camera. A little twist in your torso angles your shoulders and provides a slimming effect.
3. Knees & Toes: Stand with your feet in an L position with your knees slightly bent. Your front foot toes should be pointing towards the photographer and your back foot’s toes should be pointing out to the side. Next, put your weight in your back leg. This will give you a casual, relaxed stance.
4. Hands: Ok so this doesn’t fit the song but we need to address the question of “What should I do with my hands?” My two go to suggestions are to either put your hands casually in your front pockets (not the full hand, only your fingers) or take one hand and grab the other’s wrist. Either of these options give your arms a nice natural bend with out having to do the hands on hip move.
I apologize if I just created an ear worm of Head, Shoulders, Knees an Toes……
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