Koryn Locke wrote: A lot of the poses you guys are complaining about are the ones that photographers request most frequently from pro models during paid shoots.
Ain't it the truth!!! Not gonna lie when I first started I did them all. (Hand bra too) But now its all I can do not to roll my eyes when I'm asked. I once shot with a photographer (lingerie shoot) who asked me to do almost every single pose in the Cliche 101 Handbook. I did them all since he was paying me, but I was hoping to get something I could use myself (and give him something that that least 15 models he'd worked with hadn't done) so I said, "I had an idea if its okay with you..." And he's like, "Yeah sure let's try it" And then its click click click, "Okay that was cool can I get you to put on hand on your hip and look like you're mad..."
Model doing the splits, inverted. We get it photographer, you wanna see how far open her legs can be so you can fantasize about screwing a gymnast in some pose that you would break your neck trying to perform on her. Models, I think it's cool that you're physically capable of doing the pose.
There are other ways to say you're sassy and that you don't care that your tits are out.
My absolute favorite was when I was pregnant and looking for a maternity photographer to do my personal maternity pictures. I looked EVERYWHERE and I came across this one site of a guy who did maternity in studio. Up until that point I'd seen a million maternity studio portraits that were beyond cheesy. Like mall 'glamour shots' from the nineties. This guy seemed like he had a pretty good studio setup and some of the poses were really sweet and creative. (In spite of seeing quite a bit of been there done that and cheesy poses) Then I saw the deal breaker.
The shot was framed from the shoulders to just under the belly. The mom was wearing jeans. There were a man's hands (assuming this was the baby daddy) creating a hand bra for the mom, both hands were flipping off the camera. The mother's hands were on her stomach, also flipping off the camera.
Not exactly the sweet and nurturing image I was looking for. That one photo was such a complete turn off that he was immediately off my list of photographers to contact. There was no way I was going to pay him to take photos of myself or my newborn.
Jules NYC wrote: Posing should be natural, not contrived.
I guess the only time it looks odd is when someone who clearly doesn't *do* fashion/editorial, does it.
It's like putting Snooki in a couture gown and calling it a wrap.
I wanna say it was Harper's Bazaar but it could have been another magazine but they once did a spread with the 'ladies' of Jersey Shore as a 'make under'. They did their hair and makeup in a very pretty, natural way and put them in couture. They actually did look really pretty in some of the pictures. It looked like the team had put a TON of work into making it happen. Who knows how much retouching had to be done. And how many times the photographer had to say "STOP MAKING THE DUCK FACE AND PUT DOWN THE PEACE SIGN NOW!"
I am getting tired of the ones in Vogue/Bazaar/takeyourpick of the model running, skipping, or jumping into the air. Sometimes it looks amazing if the legs are up really high or flying out all wild and crazy, but the ones where it looks like they just sort hopped lazily like a sleepy rabbit gets on my nerves. Erm, you're wearing like $60,000 worth of clothes right now and you are getting paid more than my husband makes in a week do to this one photo shoot. Also I paid like $7.85 for this magazine and I don't want to see the same pose on every other soo... yeah... thanks.
I wish to God I had a dollar for every time a photographer told me to meet him at the friggen railroad tracks. It reminds me of senior portraits.
Brick walls are pretty bad too but not always. If there's some cool graffiti or interesting murals or something... When I was in school the art teacher used to take 10 points off of any assignment turned in that involved brick walls, railroad tracks, and cemeteries. On the back of the photos or cover sheets he'd write CLICHE in red ink.
I was once asked to do a hand bra where I was supposed to dig my nails into the flesh of my boobs like I was going to rip them off and make an angry face. Does that count? Lol!
I totally have done the Victoria's Secret pose. On my first ever shoot. And never did it again after that.
And some of you might hate me for these:
Anything Marilyn Monroe ever did first. Seven Year Itch one with the white dress. NO NO NO! The Playboy pics with her on the red satin sheets. NO NO NO! Nobody can ever do it LIKE she did or BETTER.
The Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's ones. I've seen like, 2 or 3 where it worked... sort of... All the others just make me want to hurl.
Girl on car, but its obvious that it wasn't for a car show or a magazine because the girl is... eh and the car is like, a Honda Civic with dirty windows. Are you for real right now? Girls on bikes too.
Half naked model in a broken down rusty car you found in an abandoned trailer park or in the woods somewhere. I have seen it done well but not very often anymore these days.
Model on knees in the sand facing away from the water, hands in damp hair, mouth partly open. Oh how sexy and original.
Back to camera, looking over shoulder, one foot in the air. Even better if the bottom of the shoe is scuffed. Also the ones where the model is on her knees and bending over slightly (lookit mah bewty ya'll) and looking over her shoulder. Shoes are scuffed and have some gum on the bottom.
Pulling one side of the panties down, but not like you're gonna take them off, just that your hip has gotten too hot and you're trying to get the breeze to cool it.
Oh my gosh my bra strap has fallen down! I should grip the cups of my bra as hard as I can to see if maybe the straps will magically go back into place!