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Resendez Lavalais
Posts: 305
Baytown, Texas, US


I always feel that 75% of my photos would look better if my models used their arms more wisely than just holding them down to their side

Being that I work with models who no experience what would be some helpful tips to make poses and shots more interesting
Oct 31 13 10:58 am  Link  Quote 
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Danielle Reid
Posts: 4,011
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


If it bends...bend it
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GRMACK
Posts: 1,758
Bakersfield, California, US


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paragonfl
Posts: 288
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


stand in from of them and tell them to copy your movements... then go through the positions YOU want them to try.
Oct 31 13 11:17 am  Link  Quote 
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Silver Mirage
Posts: 1,560
Plainview, Texas, US


I only know two rules:

-- Keep the elbows bent, at least a little bit. Avoid letting the arm hang straight.

-- Avoid "dead hands." Try for a natural sense of movement or posture in the hands.

Other than that, look at lots of pictures and see what others do.
Oct 31 13 11:17 am  Link  Quote 
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Paige Thomley
Posts: 572
West Bend, Wisconsin, US


I'd suggest working with dancers. We move more, including our hands.
Oct 31 13 05:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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Rays Fine Art
Posts: 6,015
New York, New York, US


Resendez Lavalais wrote:
I always feel that 75% of my photos would look better if my models used their arms more wisely than just holding them down to their side

Being that I work with models who no experience what would be some helpful tips to make poses and shots more interesting

I'm not sure that it applies directly to your question, but it may be useful.

When I first started shooting models and was even more inexperienced than my models, I collected lists of interesting images, poses, etc. from the internet and from model sites for my own reference.  When I needed to ask a model to dress up her poses but couldn't adequately describe what I was after, I could just pull out the notebook, point to a picture and say  "There, that's what I mean."  I even gave a couple of copies out to brand new newbies who asked for them. 

I now have them on my studio computer and rarely need to consult them for myself, but they're handy and if a model indicates an interest, it's nothing to burn them to disk and give her a copy to take home and study--kind of an extra little thank you as well.

All IMHO as always, of course.

Nov 01 13 07:31 am  Link  Quote 
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Rays Fine Art
Posts: 6,015
New York, New York, US


paragonfl wrote:
stand in from of them and tell them to copy your movements... then go through the positions YOU want them to try.

I do this all the time.  I have some terrific pictures of models rolling on the floor laughing! smile

Nov 01 13 07:32 am  Link  Quote 
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Mortonovich II
Posts: 705
San Diego, California, US


Hands are the #1 giveaway of a model's skills. Few have it naturally.

Grab magazines and have them mimic the poses. It's going to take practice!!!
Nov 01 13 09:01 am  Link  Quote 
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Chelsea Marlo
Posts: 132
Portland, Oregon, US


Tell them to create shapes with their arms, at the very least have some space between their arms and torso if their arms are down because it's more flattering to the waistline.
Nov 01 13 09:10 am  Link  Quote 
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Isis22
Posts: 2,424
Muncie, Indiana, US


I am fond of my hands so many of my poses show them off. I prefer natural poses versus dramatic. Some women are just naturally sexier and I think it's hard to teach how to pose. You can show them but that doesn't mean every model will "get" it.
Nov 01 13 10:26 am  Link  Quote 
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Ross Clark
Posts: 164
Mansfield, Ohio, US


paragonfl wrote:
stand in from of them and tell them to copy your movements... then go through the positions YOU want them to try.

+1

Nov 01 13 10:34 am  Link  Quote 
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NothingIsRealButTheGirl
Posts: 32,561
Los Angeles, California, US


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Euchante
Posts: 85
Atlanta, Georgia, US


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imcFOTO
Posts: 579
Bothell, Washington, US


Rays Fine Art wrote:

I do this all the time.  I have some terrific pictures of models rolling on the floor laughing! smile

Me too. The funny part is that I will show a pose and then end up holding it while still shooting - must look very odd but all good fun.

Nov 04 13 10:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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imcFOTO
Posts: 579
Bothell, Washington, US


Resendez Lavalais wrote:
I always feel that 75% of my photos would look better if my models used their arms more wisely than just holding them down to their side

Being that I work with models who no experience what would be some helpful tips to make poses and shots more interesting

Absoutely. Straight arms is just as bad as straight legs (and facing the camera) - rarely interesting. As others have said just browse photos of the best models (including here) and you'll rarely see a bad arm or hand position. Bent is good - if all else fails, hands on hips is better than nothing at all. Also watch hand/finger positions - long and elegant - not clenched! Someone said to look at dancers - excellent - ballerinas know how to use all their body parts for instance.

Nov 04 13 10:34 pm  Link  Quote 
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LA StarShooter
Posts: 1,797
Los Angeles, California, US


If there is no vision, no power of conception, then it is harder for the model to achieve the goal as she doesn't know what it is. For portfolio development I send them the poses and directions before the shoot, then it just becomes one of refinement.

I direct and tell them where to place hands, feet, and what attitude, etc.

If it's commercial about the clothes, that is even easier.
Nov 04 13 11:34 pm  Link  Quote 
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Janine Valentine
Posts: 70
San Francisco, California, US


Bending is better.

I would highly recommend practicing poses a few times a day. It sounds kinda goofy, but like most skills practice makes perfect. Learn how your body looks if moved in certain ways in front of a full sized mirror.

A bent arm or even slightly bent arm almost always looks better in photos.
Nov 05 13 01:44 am  Link  Quote 
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Samxiam
Posts: 677
Englishtown, New Jersey, US


Resendez Lavalais wrote:
I always feel that 75% of my photos would look better if my models used their arms more wisely than just holding them down to their side

Being that I work with models who no experience what would be some helpful tips to make poses and shots more interesting

A mirror may seem awkward to pose in front of as the positions seem "unnatural" but it truly was my best friend and the result is amazing. Have them try various positions in front of a mirror,remember THAT pose/s and go for it during a shoot!

Here's 2 I created in front of my mirror then did in my shoots:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/13190850
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/33684291

Hope it's helpful smile

Nov 05 13 02:21 am  Link  Quote 
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Eliza C new portfolio
Posts: 3,344
Monmouth, Wales, United Kingdom


Modelling is like acting but we dont speak to express . We use facial expression, pose and gesture.

Best thing to do is study classical and romantic paintings and vintage fashion magazines. They were masters of hand/arm gesture conveying emotion, statement and elegance. With artists Michelangelo and Jacques Louis David, Hogarth and Gericault are some of the most inspiring.
Nov 05 13 05:41 am  Link  Quote 
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