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c.  Keep the ARMS AWAY from the body, if they are pressed against the body not only can it make your arms squish out and look fat, but it can make your body visually wider. If you put a hand on the hip it creates a gap (or negative space) around your torso and making you look slimmer.


D  Hands

Hands can be used to add to the mood of an image.  Humans are always using their hands when they talk.  So it's not surprising when posing you suddenly wonder what to do with your hands.

As said so often, the trick is to keen them natural.  If the photographer asks you to move a hand to say your shoulder, invariably it will look forced and artificial. A great tip is to pretend that you are a ballerina and have been asked to draw your hand across your shoulder.  All of a sudden the hand has grace and movement and the photographer can snap it at the perfect moment.

Good and bad hands
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If you wish to create slimmer hips, try keeping your feet together or your knee turned inward.  This can also be achieved by angling the body to the side while shoulders are turned towards the camera.





Elongate the neck. Models often develop commanding poses that make themselves look taller. Feel tall. Don't slouch. Try extending your neck, don't just raise your chin as nostrils aren't attractive, but feel you are moving your ears forward and up.  Long necks always look elegant.



A caution about your limbs. Keep them natural and avoid straight lines. Aas mentioned above, if possible allow your elbow to float away from your body slightly, so that we can see some air through the gap.  Not only does this make you thinner, but shows the attractive curve of your waist/hips.

Stray limbs create awkward photos.  Is it really natural to stand with a hand held above your head, holding out your dress. Pointing skyward.





Play with accessories










This section refers to some of the Hi End fashion, where all the rules change.

One of the most famous is Mario Testino.  This features a China Vogue shoot.  Here



   Yes its super important, and most beginners struggle.   Try these looks in front of a mirror,\\\\


ry and focus on different options for each emotion for each area of your face, you eyes, mouth and angles you can tilt your face to try and more strongly emphasize the emotion.   For more Click here


Another good video of a shoot.

Click here to view this great video.  Ben Trovato “The Falling”



. Click here to view.   BREED by Trivolta 

2. How to become a model. 

Read some excellent advise.  Model Rhythm.



Separate the chin and neck from the shoulders and direct your client to move her chin out and down.


Have your subject to relax their shoulders and pull them back. This opens up the chest to emphasize the body’s natural curves.


Bent elbows and careful placement of the arms helps with framing and leading lines. Create negative space around the body to avoid the added bulk that results from keeping the arms close in to the torso.


Pay close attention to wrists. Move the hands to make them look soft and natural, and make sure the arms and wrists are posed in a way that matches the flow of the legs. Check out this short clip (


Waist movement can make or break a photo. Bending the waist sideways and back emphasises the female shape.


Another flattering move is to push one side of your subject’s hips back from the waist. This adds an S-curve to your composition, especially if you’re shooting straight on.


The position of the knees directly affects the contour of the hips. Direct your client to pull their knees up (which helps make the waist look smaller) and also cross their knees — a move that emphasizes the hips.


Combat ‘bird feet’ by turning one ankle toward the camera. Always avoid posing the feet symmetrically — no one stands with two feet mirroring each other!


For emotion (connection) in a photograph; Lower the eyes just a bit, and send the eyes a different direction than the face. And a bit of smile would help


Video Tips

Sue Bryce :   Beauty Portrait  ,  Soft Mouth,  Smile Eyes,  Hands,  Glamour, Glamour 2,  Glamour 3


SOME FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS, possibly relevant to aspiring models.

Tips For Working with Agency Models - Fashion Photography Blog



Hey readers!


A LOT of people have asked how to approach agencies to work with their models, so here are some tips.



I mean don’t go heavy on the makeup and keep the hair simple.

As pointed out before – agents love simple, natural, clean images of their models.  

Leave the crazy stuff for editorials.


Approaching agencies to work with their models. First, you have to have the type of images an agent would like to see.  


- Agencies like to see clean photographs:

- Images that aren’t too shadowy or weirdly lit

- Photographs with nice hair and makeup- keep it simple!

- No intense, crazy eye-shadow

- No big, teased hair



The whole idea behind testing with an agency is that they want clean, beautiful images of their models to put in the models portfolio.  This means images that show the model as they naturally look,  Make sure all your images aren’t of one or two people, have a variety to show the agency that no matter who they send you you’ll be able to take a damn good photo!


Have those clean portrait/fashion portrait images already?  I suggest having a website you can link the agency to.  If you don’t have a site yet, no worries.  Attach around 5 images in your email to the agency so they can view your work and get a sense of your style.  (Make sure you have 10-15 good images to show, in case you’re asked to provide more.)


Now you’re ready to reach out!


1.  Call the agency you’re interested in working with and ask who you should speak to in regard to testing with their new faces.  You’ll probably be given the email address to a booker (model agent) and asked to send over your portfolio.


2.  Email the booker:

- Start with a nice introduction, explain who you are and that you’re looking to test with their new faces.

- Include your portfolio: Link the booker to your website or attach 5-6 photos.


3.  Wait.


4.  Got a response? Congrats!  You’ll most likely be sent a package (a listing of available models in need of images for their book) and will have the opportunity to choose who to work with:

- Sometimes the booker will ask if you have a team (aka creative team – hair, makeup and wardrobe stylists)  Be honest with them.  Don’t lie and say you have a team if you don’t.  It will show in the final images you produce.  The agency wants to make sure they’re sending their girls out on shoots that will help their books, not waste their time.

- Sometimes you’ll be asked for a mood board.  What is a mood board anyways?  (Well get into that in another post)  In short, a mood board is a compilation of images that show what it is you’re trying to accomplish. Inspiration for hair, makeup, wardrobe, overall outcome of the shoot.


5.  No response?  That’s okay. Just be persistent, keep shooting and try again.  Never take “No” for an answer!  There have been plenty of times that I’ve been turned down but I kept shooting and eventually was given a break.  I’m currently testing with agencies that had previously not responded to my emails.  Believe in yourself and someone will come along who believes in you too!



Lindsey Adler explaining Lighting.  Definition of terms, types of light Here


Some good How to pose videos  No1 Where to start,   No2  Basic Pose,   No2,   No 3No 4,

 Street Fashion 5 poses *****,