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I’m Melanie, the girl behind the lens at Melanie Foster Photography. Whether you’re getting ready for your upcoming OU senior or your Bartlesville or Tulsa family photography experience, I hope you’ll stay a while, pick up a few tips, and be inspired for your own MFP photo session! 

3 Easy Posing Tips for Photography


Part of my job is helping you to look your very best in front of the camera and there are a lot of little things I include in my MFP experience to achieve this. Today, we’re talking about three little adjustments you can make or directions you can give in your shoots (whether you’re the one in front of the camera, or behind it!) when posing. Let’s get to my favorite 3 easy posing tips for photography:

Front knee “popped”

Bending your front knee gives a little bit of shape and adds a sense of “comfort” to the posing. Standing straight on, facing the camera with both legs straight communicates a stiffness and level of discomfort that we want to diminish right off the bat! There’s the saying, “if it bends, bend it” and that’s what we’re doing here!

Bend slightly towards me at the waist (almost like you’re sticking your back hip or butt back, bringing your shoulders a little over your toes and closer to me/the camera)

Objects that are closer to the camera will often photograph and look larger than they are. Pushing your hips back ever so slightly feels unnatural, but ends up looking a lot more comfortable and flattering for all shapes. This one can be a bit of a challenge because it’s not something we would ever do instinctually, and it’s actually more difficult when photographing a group of people because they are forced to lean in closer together (which is usually what I want, anyways!) This may just be a personal thing too, but I actually think more of a leaned in pose communicates interest or focus – same thing as when you’re interested in a conversation with something, we naturally tend to lean in or move closer.

Keep. Moving.

I am of course here to give direction and options, but more the more you get comfortable, hopefully the more you move, and the more variety you’ll find in your final gallery! I will even admit that this one is difficult for me to remember (and was difficult when I first started posing myself, too). It can feel kind of try-hard, but we’re already here taking photos of you and trying to make you look good anyways, so might as well feel goofy for an hour and ham it up! Take advantage of this tip & you’ll probably get some really fun personality pics in the mix, too!

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