The Seaside Calls

One girl's mission to escape monotony

Why You Don’t Look Good In Photos (Part I)

One of life’s greatest disappointments is getting all dolled up for some photos, and then hating the way you look in all of them. This is especially tragic when you paid big money for a session with a professional photographer! When I did my first shoot as a model with another photographer, her photos were perfectly exposed, and colorful, and beautiful, technically speaking. But, I looked fat and awkward and unattractive in all of them. $400 down the drain. My own ignorance was to blame; this was before sites like Pinterest existed, and there weren’t really any easily-accessible sources to find good poses, so I didn’t trouble myself by doing any research.

You can spend precious time and money choosing the perfect outfit, the perfect makeup look, the perfect hairstyle, etc. but all that effort can be undone if you don’t know what to do with your body once you step in front of the camera. Have you ever had someone taking a picture of you tell you “oh, just act natural”? Horrible advice. Having your photo taken could not be more unnatural because suddenly all of your attention is focused on looking attractive, and most of us don’t know how to do this on the spot. This is to be expected, since we don’t really have an understanding of how we look when we aren’t in front of a mirror.

As a photographer, it would break my heart if any client was unsatisfied with how they looked in photos they paid me to take. As a woman, I want to help my sista’s out and share the knowledge I’ve gained after years of photographing women. That’s why I’ve created this handy guide to help correct common posing mistakes and to suggest flattering poses. I’m giving it away totally free, because this is information all women should know! Whether you plan on having professional photos done soon, or you just want to know what to do with your arms the next time a friend snaps a photo of you on their phone, you will benefit greatly from the tips in this guide. I intentionally used several different models so I could accommodate as many body types as possible in order to demonstrate that these poses are useful for all women. Again, I’m not charging anything for this guide, so go ahead and download it for free below, and then let me know what you think in the comments! A male posing guide is coming soon! xoxo