The Unposing Guide, Part II: How to Stand and Sit Pretty

07 | 03 | 2009

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Yesterday, I posted a little about moving around freely.  But brides and grooms also spend time not moving on the wedding day—during the ceremony, for instance, or dinner; perhaps during cocktails, and certainly during formal group photos.  Even when you aren’t aware of the camera, you can improve your camera presence dramatically.  I suggest practicing well before the wedding …

I. Standing Pretty

If you’re standing, which you will be doing lots of on your wedding day, the best thing you can do—if you’re a woman, that is!—is to stand with uneven weight on your feet.  It’ll give your body that yummy S-curve you might have learned about in art history class.  All those classic goddess sculptures seem to show women like that, most notably Venus de Milo.  Models shift their weight around to optimize curves naturally, but the rest of us can do it, too.

Keep your bouquet handy whenever it’s practical.  Hold it low and near your middle, with your elbows slightly out from your body.  Not only will you have something to do with your hands, but it’ll be slimming.  {Click here} to read more about holding your bouquet in a flattering way.

If you are heavier than you’d like to be, turning one hip ever-so-slightly away from the camera will go a long way to keeping you slim.  You don’t even need to turn your shoulders as much as your hips.  And, as I said, you really don’t have to turn your hips much, either.  Little changes go a long way.

If you are rail thin, face the camera square-on.  It’ll give you the most presence and the most shape.

Men, stand naturally.  You’ll look great just as you are.  For most men, their posing/unposing challenges are more about figuring out what to do with the hands, and about keeping the chin down. Really! So keep your chin down.  Keep your hands at your sides, or maybe, maybe in your pockets if it’s a very casual photo.  Don’t ever stand holding your hands clasped in front of you.

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II. Sitting Pretty

If you’re sitting, sit with perfect posture.  I know the models get all slouchy in photos, but that actually doesn’t look good in real life or in photographs of real life.  Sit up tall.  It’s essential.  The impact is dramatic.  I find that sitting nearer the edge of the chair, rather than with my back against the back of the chair helps a lot. Women, cross your ankles or legs.  It’s not a question of modesty, but more a question of avoiding the thighs flattening out on the chair …

Check back on Monday for tips on unposing your face.

photo credit: Gia Canali


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