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Kaylee Lynnx
Posts: 8
Temple, Texas, US


I'm short. Yes, 5'2 - 5'3ish.
What are good poses, angles, clothing styles, etc. that will give me great shots?
Thanks smile
Oct 21 13 09:43 am  Link  Quote 
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Creative Lion Images
Posts: 41
Hobart, Indiana, US


Shooting shorter models from a slightly upwards angle can make them appear taller...as do poses with legs pointed at the camera...seems to work for me and I shoot lots of shorter models
Oct 21 13 10:24 am  Link  Quote 
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Fotografica Gregor
Posts: 3,984
Alexandria, Virginia, US


for standing full length compositions, *any* model should be shot with the camera at a level no higher than her hip bone - and more often around knee level - unless she is turned a bit away from the camera -

beyond that looking "tall" is more a matter of your proportions than anything - if you are thin enough for your height you will look "long"....
Oct 21 13 10:30 am  Link  Quote 
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Marc Damon
Posts: 6,562
Biloxi, Mississippi, US


This model is 5'3"
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/090930/20/4ac42720c76c1_m.jpg

And this one is 5'10"
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130913/15/52339876cf53f_m.jpg
Oct 21 13 10:34 am  Link  Quote 
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Jute of Memphis
Posts: 26
Memphis, Tennessee, US


there are many techniques you can do.. and many your photographer can do to make you appear longer/taller.   Vertical patterns on the clothes and background.. camera angles. and retouching will work.  The greatest issue you will have are agents and editors that prejudge on your data sheet when hiring.
Oct 21 13 10:42 am  Link  Quote 
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L A U B E N H E I M E R
Posts: 8,238
Seattle, Washington, US


Kaylee Lynnx wrote:
I'm short. Yes, 5'2 - 5'3ish.
What are good poses, angles, clothing styles, etc. that will give me great shots?
Thanks smile

poses, angles, clothing styles are secondary to your facial expression.

confidence, peacefulness, strength, happiness, etc will help you the most.

Oct 21 13 12:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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Creative Lion Images wrote:
Shooting shorter models from a slightly upwards angle can make them appear taller...as do poses with legs pointed at the camera...seems to work for me and I shoot lots of shorter models
Fotografica Gregor wrote:
for standing full length compositions, *any* model should be shot with the camera at a level no higher than her hip bone - and more often around knee level - unless she is turned a bit away from the camera -

beyond that looking "tall" is more a matter of your proportions than anything - if you are thin enough for your height you will look "long"....
Jute of Memphis wrote:
there are many techniques you can do.. and many your photographer can do to make you appear longer/taller.   Vertical patterns on the clothes and background.. camera angles. and retouching will work.  The greatest issue you will have are agents and editors that prejudge on your data sheet when hiring.

These are three, good, value added posts.  Thank you for addressing the models issue with helpful information!

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Oct 21 13 12:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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afplcc
Posts: 5,957
Fairfax, Virginia, US


Kaylee Lynnx wrote:
I'm short. Yes, 5'2 - 5'3ish.
What are good poses, angles, clothing styles, etc. that will give me great shots?
Thanks smile

Hands and feet matter tremendously.  Posts with the hands or feet that create flowing, long lines also create visual illusions that extend the body or the flow of the specific line.  That's why a nude pose of the model standing on her toes is going to look substantially taller than a flatfooted model.  it's not just the 2-3 inches gained by standing on your toes.  It's being flat on your feet stops the line or flow of your legs.  Ditto with hands--closed fists vs.open fists or extended fingers.  Models who've studied ballet or ice skating (even if they're novice models) tend to really get this concept and are usually superb at this.

As far as clothing, anything that cuts you off at the waist or is choppy is going to make anyone look shorter regardless of their height.  Anything that is flowing or has vertical or diagonal lines (rather than horizontal lines) is good.

As for specific poses and angles, that's very body and lens specific.  But if you follow the advice I mentioned earlier about how you use your hands and feet, the lines and flow you create, plus the earlier posts, you'll be able to create poses that don't make you look like a surf.

Ed

Oct 23 13 07:16 am  Link  Quote 
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DBIphotography Toronto
Posts: 3,072
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Uhmmm......guys? Ermmmm.......please read her OP again, thanks. She didn't ask how she could appear shorter/taller/thinner/alien-like/etc, she asked for posing-advice for poses suited for shorter models. Does everyone equate her "better" with meaning "taller"? Some of my favorite models have been 4'11".

Having a very calm & confident demeanor I find suits shorter guys n gals tremendously well, and tends to render the viewer more focused on any expression they're (hopefully) exhibiting. Besides that, the question has far too many variables and is too vague for me to try and answer it with anything more specific hmm  Sorry. Good luck!

5'5"

http://www.dbiphotography.com/img/s5/v130/p493392944-3.jpg

http://www.dbiphotography.com/img/s10/v101/p374932137-3.jpg

5'3", 3rd month modelling at the time:

http://www.dbiphotography.com/img/s10/v113/p1666876517-3.jpg

IMHO alone;

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Oct 25 13 01:47 am  Link  Quote 
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B R U N E S C I
Posts: 25,319
Bath, England, United Kingdom


Nudes.

Nobody cares how tall you are if you're pretty and naked! smile

Aside from that, avoid photographers who shoot down at their models, wear skinny clothes that show off the length of your legs and always wear heels!




Just my $0.02

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Oct 25 13 01:55 am  Link  Quote 
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Rik Williams
Posts: 3,093
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Marc Damon wrote:
This model is 5'3"
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/090930/20/4ac42720c76c1_m.jpg

And this one is 5'10"
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130913/15/52339876cf53f_m.jpg

Oh my! How tall are you then?


Wakka wakka wakka.... Yes I do realise how poor that joke was.

No offence intended.

Oct 25 13 01:59 am  Link  Quote 
Model
MelissaAnn
Posts: 3,587
Seattle, Washington, US


That Italian Guy wrote:
Nudes.

Nobody cares how tall you are if you're pretty and naked! smile

Aside from that, avoid photographers who shoot down at their models, wear skinny clothes that show off the length of your legs and always wear heels!

+1

Also, wearing short styles of skirts and shorts that show the maximum amount of your leg, standing on your toes (or pointing them) if you're not wearing heels, and paying close attention to your posture (shoulders back, suck in your tummy, stand up straight) will all help you to appear taller. Higher waisted styles will also give the appearance of longer legs, and wearing pants that are a couple inches too long with heels will definitely make you look taller.

Oct 25 13 09:59 am  Link  Quote 
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Jolly Rauncher
Posts: 1,515
Seattle, Washington, US


I can't say any more than anyone else has, they all make very valid points. If your photographer knows what he's doing, he will be able to compensate for your height and usually make you "appear" taller through the use of angle and other techniques. I can't tell you how much it matters, I've received photos back that made me look EVEN SHORTER than I already am, and nobody wants that. 

What you can do for yourself is study the poses of other short models. The Mayhem model search is a good place to start, as you can enter in a height search. See what they are doing with their bodies/clothes/etc and try to learn from them. Mosh is petite (for example) and she poses beautifully and looks amazing in her shots.
Oct 25 13 10:06 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Komelian
Posts: 26
Denver, Colorado, US


ANTM had a season on petite models with very good tips, but I can't remember anything specific... Check it out though for good ideas....
good luck.
Oct 25 13 10:15 am  Link  Quote 
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Jess Belle
Posts: 6
Raleigh, North Carolina, US


Lauren Calaway was interviewed by MM and her article featured many great tips for shorter models, I highly suggest reading it.

Don't let it hold you back! I am 5'0 and I have been in several local runway shows for local designers and many of them have asked me to walk for them several times. Sometimes when I reply to online casting calls, I explain that having a shorter model can be BETTER than using a taller model 1.) they don't have to use as much material so it is a little cheaper for the designer 2.) Most models on the runway are freaking giraffes so when walking with other models on stage who is the audience going to pay attention to the most? THE SHORT GIRL because she stands out.

Us short models are unique and you should embrace it!
Oct 27 13 02:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
imcFOTO
Posts: 566
Bothell, Washington, US


Kaylee Lynnx wrote:
I'm short. Yes, 5'2 - 5'3ish.
What are good poses, angles, clothing styles, etc. that will give me great shots?
Thanks smile

Short dresses and heels help legs look longer (no really lol). Photographers should also know to shoot from a slightly lower position - looking down on a short model makes it worse. But really it's more about proportion I think than absolute height - at least for photographic models.

Check out Kristy the model (#779356) - 5'2", experienced and a knock out. Lots of shots of her.

And a personal plug for myself as I shot with her today:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/2601472/330368

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/131027/18/526dc01fbf646_m.jpg

Oct 28 13 12:05 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Gabby57
Posts: 346
Coppell, Texas, US


While she was not a model, at 4'11" Veronica Lake is the subject of many, many timeless images.  You might do a search of images of her and study her poses etc.
Oct 28 13 08:10 am  Link  Quote 
Model
orias
Posts: 4,850
Tampa, Florida, US


Kaylee Lynnx wrote:
I'm short. Yes, 5'2 - 5'3ish.
What are good poses, angles, clothing styles, etc. that will give me great shots?
Thanks smile

ok photographers can make you seem taller on their end with angles  as has been mentioned

however on the  model front you are slender which helps...

elongating poses: are those that elongate the neck, torso, and legs.  so standing with full leg extension or angling of at least one foot towards the camera if you are sitting or squatting down.  keeping your neck straight or angled upwards and not curled downwards.  straightening out of the back and putting out your chest will elongate your torso.  take up as much of the camera frame as possible and have preference to vertical shots as opposed to horizontals.

elongating clothing: will show your wrists if long sleeved and ankles if full pants,  will be slim fitting or flared at one part such as a mermaid cut dress or slinky top with puff sleeves.... the tight portions will draw attention there so make sure thats the majority.  if you're wearing a shirt it will appear to elongate you if you see your collar bones and/or tummy peeking out.  heels are great but you dont want it to seem like you're compensating so go for a mid height versus a high height.

Oct 28 13 09:29 am  Link  Quote 
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veypurr
Posts: 214
Albuquerque, New Mexico, US


Gabby57 wrote:
While she was not a model, at 4'11" Veronica Lake is the subject of many, many timeless images.  You might do a search of images of her and study her poses etc.

Veronica Lake was only 4'11! That's crazy! She definitely appears taller in photos.

Oct 28 13 10:21 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Gabby57
Posts: 346
Coppell, Texas, US


veypurr wrote:

Veronica Lake was only 4'11! That's crazy! She definitely appears taller in photos.

That's the height I read.  It's one reason why she was Alan Ladd's (5'6") favorite leading lady. 

I think most of the images were taken with view cameras so that dropping the front standard a little should have helped.  Her's is a tragic story certainly, but those images will never go out of style.

Oct 28 13 10:34 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Dekilah
Posts: 4,799
Detroit, Michigan, US


A lot of it has to do with how the photographer shoots you. If a photographer shoots down on you, you are going to look shorter. But often the model may not have much say in that.

Generally speaking, elongating your body will help. Even simple things like arranging your hands or posing them a certain way can help. Ballet hands or "Barbie" hands are a good place to start. Standing on your toes, or in heels also elongates your legs. Try to extend things more than you tuck them in. Practice will help and your body will start to learn how to flow into poses that are more flattering. It took me a long time, but I finally got there.

I really know very little about wearing clothing for shoots, so I will leave that someone a bit more experienced in that.
Oct 30 13 09:55 am  Link  Quote 
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Rachel-Elise
Posts: 1,650
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US


It really helps to find great photos of shorter models, see the similarities in how each poses, and then practice based off of that. That's what I did. (If you want, you can check out my port; I think my "Glamour" folder might help you. It's where I think I happen to have the best poses for short girls.)
Nov 01 13 03:47 am  Link  Quote 
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