There is no photo on this post. That’s because I have never learned how to pose properly, for photos. I am used to being behind the camera and I’m not really comfortable being the one in front of it. In group photos, I’m the facing the wrong way, arms akimbo. In photos of just me, invariably I have my mouth open (and not in a sexy way), or there’s something just glaringly wrong!
But New York Fashion Week is here, and although I have personally spent a number of seasons photographing models, I still don’t really understand the art of the photo pose. Getty Images will be the official photo agency, with a crew of veteran photographers on site to capture people doing what this post is about: looking good while posing for photos.
Whether you’re planning to go to the tents in Lincoln Center, or check out Fashions Night Out, or any other time that a photographer might just say “can I take your photo? here are some tips from the Getty pros:
Tips for looking better in photos“This applies to women: one hand on hip, slight turn of shoulders, legs crossed.” – Andrew Walker
“Know yourself and practice what works best for you. Sounds cheesy but practice those smiles and poses in the mirror.” – Frazer Harrison
“I think the best advice I can give to a person on how to pose is to relax, be yourself and not try too hard. Forced smiles and poses don’t look good in photos. The camera picks up on it. If that doesn’t work for you, you can stand in front of the mirror and practice your facial expressions!” – Jamie McCarthy
“When standing with one or both hands on your hips it is best to have you hands positioned with your fingers out palms facing behind you. This gives the opportunity to show off rings or other jewelry and also looks much more natural and comfortable.” – Jamie McCarthy
“I think facial expressions and poses are each person’s preference. It’s up to you to figure out what looks best for you. A forced smile or facial expression will be picked up by the camera and not always look flattering. I suggest to people to spend some time in front of the mirror practicing poses to see what works best for them.” – Jamie McCarthy
“I find that positioning the camera to shoot on a slight angle shooting upwards tends to lengthen the legs and give a taller slimmer appearance, but be careful not to angle up to much, we don’t want to see up someone’s nose!” – Jamie McCarthy
“My best advice to anyone wanting to look great in pictures is to keep it simple. Don’t force your pose, make it relaxed and comfortable, try not to look like a deer in the headlights. Make sure you stand up straight and even slightly arch your back, and like I said take time to practice in the mirror. You will be red carpet ready in no time.” – Jamie McCarthy
Jamie McCarthy started as a celebrity photographer at the age of 21 and quickly acquired a large stable of clients within the music, fashion, nightlife and young Hollywood scene, now, with 16 years of experience under his belt. Style Network’s Full Frontal Fashion television crew profiled McCarthy during New York Fashion Week to feature his style of non-evasive, celebrity-friendly photography.
Frazer Harrison has worked as a professional photographer for over 25 years. Prior to working in the US, Frazer worked in England as a photo journalist covering hard news, sports, and regional/national events. He’s been shooting professionally in the United States for the past eleven years. You’ll find Frazer at the hottest red carpet events, camera in hand, capturing those special celebrity moments – images of the biggest names in fashion, entertainment and music. As an entertainment photographer he’s shot the “Who’s Who” of Tinsel Town and every A-list celebrity you could possibly imagine, including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron and hundreds of Hollywood’s most recognizable names. Frazer works the major movie premieres and other Hollywood events like the Oscars, Golden Globes, New York Fashion Week, Miami Fashion Week and the Sundance Film Festival. He has covered celebrity weddings, births and portraits making him one of the most versatile and experienced photographers in the business today. You’ll find his credit on photos of the world’s most popular magazines including People, Us Weekly, In Touch Weekly, Life & Style Weekly, Entertainment Weekly and OK! among others.
Andrew Walker has been a celebrity, fashion photographer and portraitist for 11 years. Walker has photographed the best of the runway, parties and backstage happenings at New York’s Fashion Week for the past five years, in addition to some of the world’s most high profile red carpet galas, music awards shows and film festivals.
Astrid Stawiarz, a native New Yorker, constantly energized by the diversity of her great city is a self-taught photographer. She is a favorite of celebrities who adore her positive manner and a highly sought-after fashion week photo journalist for her honest, immediate and personal perspectives on the increasingly commercial trends of style and design. Her unique ability to make everyone feel comfortable, special, and appreciated has earned her the trust and confidence of some of America’s most prestigious newspapers and photo-journals – including her regular work for the Wall Street Journal and the The New York Post.
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