Model

Kate Emme Perry

Posts: 28

Long Beach, California, US

While taking photos, I am kind of lost on how to hold my mouth/lips. Any exercises or tips? Thank you.

Sunny

Jul 09 13 07:17 pm Link

Artist/Painter

Grin Without a Cat

Posts: 439

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Your photographer should be giving you direction on what he or she wants you to emote.  If they are not, you can ask what they want (they may or may not know themselves), or you can just pick an emotion you feel is appropriate to the shoot and take the facial pose on your own.  Remember to really try to feel the emotion, though.  You can't just try to pose your facial muscles a certain way without the feeling behind it or it will just come out looking forced and faked.

Jul 09 13 09:11 pm Link

Model

Kate Emme Perry

Posts: 28

Long Beach, California, US

Grin Without a Cat wrote:
Your photographer should be giving you direction on what he or she wants you to emote.  If they are not, you can ask what they want (they may or may not know themselves), or you can just pick an emotion you feel is appropriate to the shoot and take the facial pose on your own.  Remember to really try to feel the emotion, though.  You can't just try to pose your facial muscles a certain way without the feeling behind it or it will just come out looking forced and faked.

You're the best.

Thank you!

Jul 09 13 09:23 pm Link

Model

Snuff Elles

Posts: 593

ADGER, Alabama, US

One photographer told me to put my tongue behind my top teeth so I wouldn't have such a 'moody mouth' and it seems to work for me smile

Jul 09 13 09:33 pm Link

Photographer

Antediluvian Design

Posts: 1137

Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US

Give em the Zoolander...smile

Jul 09 13 09:46 pm Link

Model

Tara_Nicole

Posts: 72

Port Jervis, New York, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:
Give em the Zoolander...smile

.   😁   😂😭 best advice lol

Aug 01 13 05:28 pm Link

Photographer

Photos by Edward

Posts: 59

Phoenix, Arizona, US

I agree with Grin… your photographer should be giving you direction. He's the one that see's the composition. A good model seems to pose well automatically but there's always a minor adjustment here and there.

Aug 01 13 06:07 pm Link

Model

Tiffiney C

Posts: 570

Los Angeles, California, US

Don't rely on a photographer to pose you. They don't know what works for you the way you should and everything does not look the same on everyone. Pose in the mirror. Use your webcam to give yourself a mini beauty shoot. Take photos of you posing and learn what looks good for you and what doesn't. Learn how it feels when you smile, pout, scream, laugh, smirk, etc the way that looks best for you. Practice makes perfect. Good luck.

Tiff
www.TiffineyC.com

Aug 01 13 06:11 pm Link

Photographer

Zohaib Maqsood

Posts: 39

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Tiffiney C wrote:
Don't rely on a photographer to pose you. They don't know what works for you the way you should and everything does not look the same on everyone. Pose in the mirror. Use your webcam to give yourself a mini beauty shoot. Take photos of you posing and learn what looks good for you and what doesn't. Learn how it feels when you smile, pout, scream, laugh, smirk, etc the way that looks best for you. Practice makes perfect. Good luck.

Tiff
www.TiffineyC.com

I guess it's a mix of both the photographer telling what they want and the model giving it their own creative touch !

Aug 01 13 08:36 pm Link

Photographer

Ken Warren Photography

Posts: 925

GLENMOORE, Pennsylvania, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:
Give em the Zoolander...smile

If nothing else, this should elicit a suggestion for a better expression from the photographer. Unless it's "silly faces hour"...

Aug 02 13 09:24 am Link

Photographer

Camerosity

Posts: 5317

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

You want your lips to be relaxed. I've shot a few models who pressed their lips tightly together or curled them into some strange shape. Neither is good. Both are generally signs of not being comfortable - and both can take a lot of time to fix in Photoshop.

If you feel tension in your lips - or in any of your facial muscles - spend a few minutes in the dressing room (or even on set) just making faces. I have models do this whenever they seem to be tense, and I shoot each face. Making faces helps helps them relax the facial muscles - and looking at the photos and laughing at them helps models relax too.

Athletes stretch before a game or competition to stretch and relax their muscles. Public speakers and singers do vocal exercises before going onstage. Musicians tune their instruments and play several riffs before a performance. Models can benefit from exercises too.

Beyond that, expression comes from the eyes and lips. Think in terms of expressions - not what to do with your lips. The mood and purpose of the shoot determine what expressions are appropriate.

As a general rule, it looks better if the bottom row of teeth doesn't show in photos.

Aug 02 13 10:14 am Link