This pose is a magical one. It’s magical because when you’re put in it, you’ll automatically smile. But, not just any smile–a natural, genuine smile. You’ll involuntarily tilt your head slightly to one side so that you can place your fingers in your hair. And, that simple movement will change your mood. That mood change allows you to connect with the camera and with yourself. Any stiffness or awkwardness you may have felt because my lens is incessantly pointed at your face, begins to leave you. The result–that lovely, unstrained smile. Today, I’m breaking down the two main reasons why this pose is a great one for eliciting a natural smile from you during your portrait photography session.
Sometimes when the only command you’re given is to “smile,” you become self-conscious. If you’re not used to having a camera constantly pointed at you, you may start worrying that your smile and your body placement are both awkward. You may start wondering whether or not you’re doing this posing thing correctly. And, suddenly, you feel robotic and inhibited, and it shows.
So, this pose works its magic and gives you a much needed direction. When you’re given a bit more guidance, it allows you to focus on something other then your smile–which, honestly, may no longer even look like one. Once we bring your limbs and your hair and that slight head tilt into your portrait photography session, you’ll begin to relax. A relaxed you is the you I want to photograph, and the one you’ll want to see in your images. Giving you something to do with your hand is the first reason this pose works in getting to your effortless look.
*If you’re wondering what pose can do the same thing for males, check out my post on leaning forward, Male Pose: The Lean Forward. Slightly folding forward and bringing their arms with them to rest on their thighs or on the back of a chair accomplishes a similar relaxed look during a portrait photography session for men.*
Once you become relaxed, another magical thing happens–you start to feel more like you. And, you’ll stop wishing there was a full length mirror in front of you so that you can check your posture and your smile every second. Then, you’ll start to connect with the camera! That’s how this pose changes your mood. Instead of feeling rigid and unsure of yourself, you feel slightly playful. You may even feel more like a supermodel. But, even a supermodel needs the right pose to elicit her unfeigned smile. I guarantee you–this one does the trick every time.
Getting that natural smile from you during a portrait photography session is easy when using this pose. Even though you may start your shoot feeling slightly embarrassed or bashful, that will change. The simple act of bringing your hand up to touch your hair has the power to do that. Adding that little movement changes everything. It distracts you from over-thinking each thing you’re doing or not doing. And, it allows you to really show up to your portrait session as authentically you.