I felt it was time to share a few tips when it comes to posing for Instagram photos. I’ve been doing this blog/modeling thing for a little while now, and this is one of the areas I feel most confident in. Like anything in life, when you start something new, it can feel awkward. This is definitely true when posing in front of a camera/iPhone while someone on the other end takes your picture. Also, like most things in life, the more you do something, the less awkward it becomes. If anyone is just starting out with their blog/influencer space, I can assure you, photo shoots will get easier as time goes on.
So, whether you’re new to the influencer space and are looking for a few tips, or, you’re just looking to add some fun poses to your IG feed, I’ve got you. Scroll below for my go-to poses and tips for making your IG photos the opposite of basic (IDK what the term for that is…)
First Things First – The Angle of Your Photos Matters
If you take nothing else with you from this post, be sure to remember this – the angle your photographer is shooting at MATTERS. THE most flattering angle for any pose where you’re standing in the photo, is the up-angle. It makes everyone instantly look skinnier and taller, and makes you look like you have mile-long legs (who doesn’t want that??). It also brings more creativity to your photos. While most basic Instagrammers are taking straight-on shots on sidewalks, you can switch up anyone’s feed by experimenting with really high up-angle shots.
A few tips – stand on top of something (i.e. a ledge, stairs, table), while your photographer shoots from the ground. If there’s nothing to stand on, have your photographer get on the ground, almost like they’re laying down (I know it sounds ridiculous, but hey, you want creative IG photos, right??). This will assure you get that creative up-angle shot. Check out bloggers Payton Sartain and Tezza for some super cool examples.
See the first photo, below, of the up-angle. The second photo is from straight-on. See how much taller and flattering the first photo is?? It’s like magic people.
Posing on the Ground
When posing on the ground or sitting down, the opposite from standing is true – a down-angle is more flattering. Have your photographer take the photo from almost above you, where the ground you’re sitting on is the full background. This automatically is a more flattering shot, and you won’t get anything in the background that you didn’t plan to be there. See another great example of this from Payton Sartain. And see a few of my own examples below:
Also, if you want your legs to look longer and have better posture when sitting, sit on a ledge or something that gives your legs somewhere to go. See below:
One of my favorite things to do on any shoot is add movement to my shots. This is a sure way to mix it up and add creativity to your poses. A few ideas to get you started – walk past the camera, walk towards the camera, leap/hop/jump around, kick your legs in the air, whip your hair around, hang from something, take large steps, use a scarf or kimono and wave it above your head, the possibilities are endless. Some examples of this can be found here, here and here, as well as below.
Frame Your Face
For close up shots, it’s fun to play with hand motions that frame your face. This gives the shot a not-at-all-basic look, and brings a little femininity to your photo. It’s also a great idea if you have hand jewelry you want to accentuate, or, if you’re having a bad make-up day. Just put your hand in front of your face to hide yourself. See below. Brittany Xavier also does an amazing job at this.
If All Else Fails, Use a Prop
Props should be your best friend during shoots. They instantly add a little something extra to your shots, and are an easy way to mix it up when you’ve run out of ideas. ANYTHING can be a prop – flowers, drinks, buildings, fences, phones, newspapers, cameras, food – the list goes on. To spark your imagination, take a look at Brittany Xavier and Officially Quigley for this one.
If I ever feel my poses are getting stale from shoot to shoot, I take some time before the shoot to scroll through my favorite bloggers and draw inspiration from their most creative poses. Sometimes you just need a kick start to your creativity when you’re having a block. Just remember, if you feel awkward or silly when trying a new pose, you’re probably doing it right! Who cares what you feel like when you’re trying a crazy new pose? Most likely, those are the photos that will turn out the most creative.
Photos by Todd White