Anyone I shoot, I always advise not to pose, but to stand or sit like a person is comfortable. You need to understand that only models and public people who do this not for the first time can pose beautifully, so just be yourself and stand like you usually do in front of a mirror. You can briefly look away, relax, exhale, and then look back at the camera. At parties, the coolest are the moments when there is a slight insanity. To do this, it is not necessary to get drunk, you can simply use the objects in hand, move and smile a lot. If you still feel insecure in front of the camera, just put on your glasses.
A successful photo is an accident, a combination of many factors, but there are some tricks that can help. For example, shooting with your favorite music is always nice and easy. Therefore, if you are shooting with a photographer, ask to put your favorite track. Secondly, taking pictures with glasses is much easier. You always look great in them (and the photographer is in reflection too). And third, do not hesitate to be ironic and fooling around, unless you are taking a passport photo.
Do not lower your chin, do not rotate your eyes, tilt your head slightly
Philosopher Roland Barth wrote that the portrait is a closed force field in which four types of imaginary intersect, oppose and deform each other: being in front of the lens, I am both one who I consider myself, one who I would like to be considered , one who the photographer thinks and one who he uses to perform his art. Therefore, when a person feels that he is in the field of view of the lens, he turns himself into an image and involuntarily begins to pose, that is, he constantly imitates himself, which gives a persistent feeling of fake.
In general, photographing is a game, and it is important that both the photographer and the photographed one feel relaxed, and the model behaves as naturally as possible and does not pose. You can follow the advice of the Czech director Peter Zelenka, who worked with non-professional actors and achieved maximum naturalness through constant rehearsals. And when in the evening the actors got tired of posing and grimacing, they began to work well.
In general, you need to choose the correct shooting angle, otherwise the structure of the face and body can be disturbed and choose the “working side” of the model's face. You can try to take pictures alternately on both sides of the face, when it is at an angle of three-quarters, so tangibly more parts of the face fall into the frame than when shooting in profile or full-face ”.
Three main advises
01. Tilt your head
Models can tilt the head slightly to the side. But this posture can usually be compensated by slightly lifting the shoulder, towards which the tilt is made.
02. Do not lower the chin
The classic case when a model, embarrassed or trying to hide some of its flaws, presses his chin and tilts his head forward. This is dangerous because the brows are enlarged, the neck becomes comically small, and the jaw, on the contrary, enlarges. On the other hand, you do not need to throw your head back if you do not plan to have a comic picture: the neck and the nose will turn out to be too cartoonish. A well-known trick is to lift the chin up to reduce wrinkles and folds. But in this case, the photographer should make sure that the bulging chin and nostrils are not too large. This problem can be partially solved by choosing a slightly higher point of shooting, as well as a slight tilt of the body forward and raising the chin.
03. Do not smile if it does not suit you
It is necessary to recognize the cruel fact after all - not all people go to smile. Very often, the smiles in the photographs turn out to be tortured and joyless, or, even worse, contrived and fake. To achieve a spontaneous and sincere smile, something must make the model smile.