Top 7 Tips for better Headshots

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The headshot. It’s the single most important marketing tool for an actor, singer, dancer or model, and it’s amazing how many people do it wrong just to cut a few corners. Artists, it’s time to take it more seriously. When that little headshot jpeg pops up on a casting director’s computer, you want them to say, “Yes, bring that person in!” Not “Yikes, that guy kinda scares me.”

Your headshot is your calling card. A nice color 8×10 of your face, from which people will hire you, and you will make lots of money for them. It will be sent out and emailed to tons of casting directors and agents, who see hundreds of these every day, on their desk and on their computer. If your headshot is bad, you look bad. You want to be seen as a pro, not an amateur, so the way you present yourself in your picture is everything. If you want people to take you seriously, you must have a good, high quality, killer headshot. Not an iPhone pic, not a Facebook photo of you outside with the wind gently blowing your hair, and not a JCPenney glamour shot with palm trees in the background that you reproduced at Kinko’s. Save those for your grandma’s mantle.

Here is what you need to keep in mind when it comes to your headshots:

1. Go pro. 
Spend the money. It’s worth it. Go to a professional, who is trained, understands lighting, and takes headshots for a living, not some friend who happens to have a decent camera who “sorta knows a little about photography.” Save those pictures for Instagram, and leave the headshots to the pros. Good headshots range from $400-$1200, and to get them professionally duplicated (not at CVS) will cost you another $100. Anything less is just a glorified passport photo. If the headshots look cheap, they probably are. And you look like you don’t care about your career.

2. Go for personality over glamour. 
Make sure it looks like you. Chill with the airbrushing. Casting directors expect you to look just like your headshot, and will not be happy when you show up looking totally different, or 10 years older. It’s not about looking pretty, it’s about representing your type, age wrinkles includedIt should look like you on your best day, showing your age, and who you are now. It’s not about the type you want to be, it’s the type you are.

 

3. It’s all about the eyes. 
Just like with on-camera acting, it’s all about the eyes, and what’s happening behind them. It’s your closeup, your moment. Your eyes should be perfectly in focus, alive, and energized, and not dead and glazed over. There should be strong inner thoughts, implying a backstory and a life behind the eyes. A slight squint and strong piercing eyes will bring a picture to life and help it stand out in a pile of hundreds. A good headshot photographer knows how to bring this out in you.

4. Pay attention to framing, lighting, and background. 
In general, a good headshot is chest-up with good lighting on your face, and no strong dramatic shadows, unless you are going in for “The Phantom of the Opera.” Three-quarter shots are good for print, and extreme close-ups are good for, well, nothing. Look directly into the camera, and the focus should be on the center of your eyes, not your left ear, or your shirt collar. No peace signs, weird facial hair, or the famous “hand on face” pose. Be sure the background is blurred, which means it’s shot with a good, high-quality camera with a high depth of field, which makes you stand out. We don’t need to see that you are standing on the beach in Santa Monica, or on a tour boat in front of the Statue of Liberty. It’s about you, not the environment.

5. Natural light vs. studio.
Some photographers do both, as they offer a different look and feel. Natural light gives a very real, “film” look, which I prefer. Studio lighting tends to be a little more polished, with a more neutral backdrop. Both can be wonderful. If you are more of a sitcom actor, perhaps a good well-lit studio headshot is more suited for you. If you want to look like you are on “True Detective,” then go for the outdoor look.

6. Clothing and props. 
I once saw a headshot of a guy with a bird on his head. Why? Because he wanted to stand out. Let’s not get crazy here. Keep it simple and classy, and follow the standard format. Professionalism gets you noticed, not desperation. Leave the Ed Hardy and the “statement” shirts at home. A simple, solid color shirt with a little texture that fits you well and matches your eyes should do the trick. No whites and no graphics or anything you think might distract from your face. And no props. (You know that, right?) If you think you are going to play cop roles, you don’t need to wear the outfit in the headshot. It’s a bit much and very limiting.

7. Don’t go crazy with the makeup. 
Yes, lots can be done with retouching. There is no need to put on tons of makeup. You want to look like yourself on your best day, and not look like you tried too hard. Girls, be yourself, do your hair the way you would for every audition. Guys, bring some oil sheets to take down the shine, and maybe use a lightly tinted moisturizer to take out the redness and even your skin tone. Some people spend way too much on makeup, only to have to get their headshots redone afterward because they look fake in all the photos.

Find a photographer that gets you. You have to vibe with the photographer, and that person has to make you feel very comfortable, as you will hopefully be using this headshot for a couple of years and sending it to everyone in town. Research photographers online, go to Reproductions and look through their portfolio books, look through the list of photographers in Backstage, ask for a consultation, get a feel for how they photograph your type, your ethnicity, your gender, etc.

And most importantly, don’t cut corners.

Credit: Article Sourced from Backstage Magazine (Matt Newton)

True or False: You’re Too Old to Model

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Have you ever looked at an ad and thought, “I’d love to get into commercial modeling, but I think I’m too old”? Well, think again!

 

Unlike fashion modeling—which requires women be between 5’9-6’0 feet tall with 34/24/34 measurements, and men to be 6’0-6’2 feet tall with a 40 jacket size—commercial modeling is open to a much more diverse array of people. It’s rare for fashion models to have real success without a very specific look desired by the agency, and if a person older than 21 hasn’t already been working in the fashion industry for a few years, it will be very difficult to get signed by an agency and hired for fashion shows.

But if you don’t have any interest in working as a fashion model or, like most of us, you weren’t born with the DNA and stats needed to work in the fashion industry, I have some great news for you.

 

Meet commercial modeling: a whole division of the industry that doesn’t have height, weight, or age restrictions. Where all types of people are needed. Where kids, teens, adults, seniors, and even infants are hired. That offers many categories and roles. If you can believably look like the doctor, nurse, grandparent, banker, real estate agent, athlete, yoga instructor, student, mom, teacher, biker, patient, etc., you will be considered for commercial modeling work.

Commercial models are the “real” looking people seen in virtually every non-fashion magazine. Even if you live in a small market, chances are commercial models are needed and hired for jobs. Unlike acting jobs, commercial modeling bookings typically only last a few hours. Full-day bookings are wonderful but it’s more common to be booked for 2-4 hours, which means you can take a few half-day, go to the shoot, and get on with your day!

One of the tricks to getting noticed by photographers and art or creative directors at ad agencies is to create powerful commercial photos. Instead of just standing in front of a camera wearing a suit with a cell phone in your hand, make sure your photos look like ads (minus logos and brand names).

You also want to show a variety of expressions and emotions in your test shots to indicate that you can model for a variety of brands and have range. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some quick tips for great techniques to use when working with a photographer.

So if modeling interests you but you’re concerned about your age, don’t be. There is work out there for you, I promise.

Credit: Article sourced from Backstage Magazine (Aaron Marcus)

Social Media DONT’S

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When you think about embarrassing social media behavior, you probably think about octogenarians who accidentally post their phone numbers in a Facebook status. But embarrassing social media perils are everywhere for users of all ages, particularly for actors.

 

But it’s 2019 and social media is as important to your acting brand as your signature monologue or audition song, so we want to help you avoid these digital landmines and lead with your best online foot forward.

Contacting industry professionals you don’t know.

“If you met them at a pay-to-meet or networking event, it’s a perfect time to follow up. In NYC recently we queried over 50 top industry professionals at our Actor Marathon, and only one percent wanted to be reached via Facebook, none via Twitter. On the west coast about 20 percent said it was OK and actually had a separate professional Facebook account for actors to reach them. Still, you need to ask first.” —Gwyn Gilliss, manager, casting director, and Backstage Expert

Not actually learning how to do it.
“Many actors dislike social media because they don’t understand how it works. They sign up for a new platform, spend 15 minutes on it, then get angry at themselves for not being more socially savvy. Sound familiar? You can learn to use social media to create the career you want. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how good you are with technology—learning a new social media platform is like learning how to ride a bike. It takes time, practice, and determination. Trust your training wheels before you tackle the big hill. Start slow and learn the basics of each platform before you try posting 20 times a week.” —Heidi Dean, social media expert and Backstage Expert

This. 
“Never send out a tweet with specific details of an audition or job. That will get you fired.” —Marci Liroff, producer, casting director, and Backstage Expert

Total social media insincerity.
“Above all, you have to be yourself. Before you post anything, ask yourself, ‘Would I say this in real life? Would I talk about this in real life?’ If you wouldn’t, don’t post it; people see right through the fake and the phony. Your audience is following you not only for the information you’re putting out there but how you’re putting it out there and that’s where your personality comes in. Anyone can find the facts, but there is only one you.” —Arda Ocal, NYC-based broadcaster and Backstage Expert

Your green monster is showing. 
“Seeing your social media ‘friends’ post photos from the audition waiting room or on set along with #SoBlesed and #ActorsLife can make you feel like you’re not enough. There you are looking at Facebook in socks and underwear eating cereal for dinner in your tiny apartment comparing yourself to a well-filtered image of your Facebook friend next to the steady-cam operator. Then that negative voice inside your head starts to pipe up. It compares you to the actors you see on social media. All of a sudden you’re paralyzed with feelings of inadequacy that prevent forward motion as an actor. Worthlessness sets in and you start to believe that you won’t succeed.

“But most often it’s comparing the worst parts of your life with the best parts of other people’s. And when the comparison is with a social media picture or narrative, you’re comparing yourself to a skillfully manipulated image designed to present an image of success. In subtle and not-so-subtle ways, most of us use social media to present a facade to manipulate the viewer into believing something about us that we are trying to be. The comparison is flawed.” —Risa Bramon Garcia and Steve Braun, Backstage Experts

Trying too hard to be social media “famous.”
“Social media is a very powerful tool, and being a social media figure isn’t easy. It takes a lot of time and planning, and I can tell if someone is really ‘working it’ or just phoning it in. I’m looking for an organically authentic person—and perhaps someone who isn’t just concerned about getting photos of themselves out there, but who has taken on a political and social stance that can, dare I say, make the world a better place. Look at Yara Shahidi of ‘Black-ish.’ She used her platform to start Eighteen x 18, an initiative to encourage young people to vote for the first time.” Marci Liroff

Falling off the digital map. 
“Fans love keeping up with actors and social media makes it easier than ever, even if it doesn’t always feel that way. With new platforms launching practically every day, it seems nearly impossible to keep up. Don’t panic! Instead, concentrate your efforts on fewer platforms so it’s easier for you to stay active without burning out. What you don’t want to do is go M.I.A. as it’s the fastest way to lose fans.” Tammy Lynn, publicist and Backstage Expert

Credit: Article Sourced from Backstage Magazine

What Commercial Modeling Casting Directors Look for During a Go-See

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During a commercial modeling job, you’ll be taking still photos for ads in media like magazines, billboards, websites, and newspapers. Unlike fashion modeling, all sizes, ages, and types are needed for commercial gigs.

 

But what exactly are casting directors seeking in talent? 

Casting directors like seeing that models can take direction and show the looks requested too. Similar to acting auditions, sometimes a casting director will give additional information to help you give the needed look and expression. If the go-see is for a pharmaceutical campaign, for example, the “patient” will need to know what type of look is needed and this is where acting skills can be essential. Show the casting director that you have the ability to take direction and give a variety of emotions. This will give them more confidence in recommending you as the right person for the job.

While at a go-see, don’t try to get into long personal conversations with the casting director either. They’re very busy and need to see many models. Don’t ever begin discussing personal issues, frustrations, or anything negative in your life if the casting director asks how you are. Just say that everything is great and how happy you are at getting a chance to “play” at the go-see. A positive and professional attitude is what the CD is looking for.

Ultimately, remember to have a great time and enjoy yourself. It’s that spirit the casting directors want to see from models during a go-see. If you can keep all of this in mind, you’ll be just the type of person the CDs want to recommend for the job and bring back for future castings.

Credit: Article Sourced on Backstage Magazine (Aaron Marcus- an author and former actor)

Model Tips from Tyra Banks

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Today we find these amazing tips by Tyra Banks, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do – (ALL CREDIT TO TYRA BANKS)

Model Don’ts (and a Do)

  • Do not be a “no-neck monster.” Try to elongate your neck for maximum extension.
  • Do not pose like a hoochie. (If you don’t know what a hoochie is, er…that’s probably best.)
  • Do not be a limp noodle. Always pose with tension in your body completely from H2T (head to toe).
  • Do not play it safe and stay in the same pose. Mix it up with innovative poses. Your wildest pose could be the one that’s picked.
  • Do not show up to a photo shoot unless you are clean shaven, have a clean face, and clean hair.
  • Do not let hating how your hair or makeup is done affect your performance. Model through it.
  • Do not stare aimlessly when posing. Create intensity for the camera through your eyes. Smize (smile with your eyes)!
  • Do not slouch on the runway; pretend you have a wire through your spine that is pulling you up to the ceiling.
  • Do not be forgettable. Make an impression by showing your distinctive personality.
  • Do request to have your favorite music playing when you do a shoot! The beat will kick your poses up 10 notches!

Modeling: Breaking Into the Biz

  • Pick a favorite model and study them. Everything from the way they turn their head to their fierce runway walk.
  • Snapshots. You MUST have a beauty shot, from the neck up, before going anywhere. Have a friend with a nice camera take one in black and white!
  • Study, Study, Study. As Tyra always says on America’s Next Top Model, you need to know everything from fashion designers, photographers, supermodels, and all in between.

From No-Sees to Go-Sees!

Go-sees are one of the crucial things that a beginner model must know about. Tyra went on 10 go-sees a day in Paris! Here are some tips on how to make a lasting impression (at a go-see or an interview)

  •  Be prepared! Practice your walk, poses, and faces in the mirror before you go.
  • Do your homework! Know something about the agency or client and be aware of scams. Not everything out there is legit!
  • Your make-up should be minimal to show off your natural beauty.
  • ALWAYS bring a pair of heels in case they ask you to walk.
  • No nail polish: Simple clear, nude, or sheer!
  • Pull your hair back so that they can see your face and bone structure.
  • Never be late!
  • Have good posture: Stand up straight, shoulders back.
  • Be honest! It’s okay to tell them if you don’t have a lot of experience. Wow them with your natural ability (this is why practice is so important!)

How To Work Your Flaws

  •  Everyone has flaws. I’ve got ’em (small calves and a big forehead), you’ve got ’em, and your momma’s got em’, too! Even though I totally believe in embracing my flaws, I don’t always want to highlight them when I’m being photographed. Every top model knows the secrets to working her flaws. These are my tips on how to make your flaws work for you when you’re in front of that camera!
  • Hands on Hips = Smaller Waist. Putting your hands on your hips creates a background through your arms, which will make your waist appear smaller. (This is something you can apply to real life too! Try it the next time you walk into a room!)
  • Chin Up = Smaller Forehead. I am always telling the girls on ANTM to chin up! Not only will it make a large forehead look smaller, it will also elongate the neck.
  • Tippy Toes = Bigger Calves. Standing on your tippy toes instead of flat feet will make your calf muscles appear bigger because they are working harder to keep you up!
  • Knees In = Slimmer Hips. Turning a knee in will make your hips appear slimmer. This will also give you a space between your thighs, which is something that most women don’t have.
  • Lean Forward = Smaller Bust. Hunch your back and bring your naval into your spine. This creates a slight lean forward, which will make your bust look smaller.
  • Emphasize Shoulder = Narrow Hips. Turn your body to the side and turn your shoulders toward the camera. The emphasis on your shoulders will narrow your hips.

 

Thank you Tyra Banks for this amazing tips!

7 Important Steps to becoming a Successful Model

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1. KNOW YOUR MARKET

One of the most important steps to becoming a model is knowing your market. What does this mean? Well, for starters, depending on the area you live in, certain trends and looks are more popular than others. For instance, runway modeling and fashion show modeling are not as widespread as commercial modeling for print occasions like magazines, newspapers and store sales papers.

Also knowing your market will help you know what look the agencies around you are looking for. Living in a suburban area, agencies aren’t looking for that sleek, ultra-sexy look with overstated hair or makeup like bigger cities are. In fact, the more natural look is actually preferred in suburban areas, while more trendy, sleek looks are wanted in the city.

If your look doesn’t fit your market, move to an area that does, or consider traveling back and forth to an area that does. Also know whether you’re auditioning for a market that advertises petite sizes, plus sizes, certain clothing trends, or for a targeted market like natural living, city trends, cosmetic companies, etc. Research, research, research!

2. FIND A GOOD AGENCY

The best thing you can do for yourself is to find a good agency to work with. Agencies should not ask for money up front, or be sketchy in terms of signing anyone possible, which could mean that they run off with the models’ earnings later.

Get online and search The Better Business Bureau’s website to find a modeling agency you can trust. A good agency should understand your personal needs as a model, lift you up, and never take money from you. They should also never ask you to put yourself in a dangerous or compromising situation.

3. BE AWARE

One of my top tips for becoming a model is to be aware of what you’ll face. Know that girls can be cut-throat, the wrong agencies may ask you to sacrifice your morals, integrity or beliefs just to obtain certain photos, and know that it can be a very tiring job.

Also be aware that the idea of modeling is not to give you fame, but instead to create a certain wanted look by photographers and companies. You may be asked to cut or color your hair, wear an outfit you don’t like, or spend endless hours traveling to the right photo shoot location just for one shot. You may also be on set for anywhere from 8-12 hours or even more. Know ahead of time that the point of using a model is to create the right photo. Many photographers, agencies and product campaigns put the photo goal ahead of the model’s needs.

4. KEEP YOUR VALUES

Many girls who don’t intend on compromising their values end up doing so if they don’t know ahead of time just what their values are. Don’t ever sacrifice yourself to be a model. The modeling world can be laced with drugs, alcohol, sex-trades, rape, greed and more if you get in with the wrong crowd, which is easy to do when you’re looking for a quick route to fame and fortune. Never do anything it takes to get to the top. You’ll regret it later.

Outside of local modeling gigs, most outlets for modeling lead to sketchy, compromising situations. Know your values and stick to your guns! On the other hand, the right agencies will honor your values and can lead you to a great career.

5. GET SOME PRACTICE

Don’t expect to walk into a modeling agency, do a few twirls and expect them to sign you. Anywhere from 10-20 people a day walked through the doors unexpectedly asking to meet with the owners of the agency. Agencies are extremely busy and usually have girls fill out paperwork and submit photos for review.

They almost never see girls by just walking in. Know this ahead of time and get some practice behind your belt. If you do get called in for a meet and greet, you need to keep your look casual, yet also have a confident walk and not look fake. Practice, practice, practice!

6. GET A GOOD HEADSHOT

When it comes to the modeling industry, you won’t get anywhere without a good headshot to get you started. Have someone you know or a photographer take a natural headshot of you.

No photo-touching, hardly any makeup, and simple hair should be the top three key points of your photo. I’m serious, girls! Modeling agencies hate Photoshopped pictures, makeup, fancy hair styles, or overdone looks. They want to see you in the raw to see if you could transformed into a variety of looks.

Remember, you’re pretty just as you are, so let those agencies see you for you! Most importantly, no Glamour Shot photos!

 

 

7. KNOW THE ODDS

The modeling industry is one of the hardest careers to achieve and maintain. Most models who haven’t been modeling up to age 22 are almost guaranteed they won’t make it in the runway industry unless they seek out commercial modeling options, which I’m actually more fond of anyway. You don’t need to be a certain size to model, nor do you need to look a certain way. You just need to know what the odds are in the market you’re in. If you don’t look like a runway model, that’s fine! Know the odds of what you face in terms of the area you live, what your look has to offer, and how hard each specific outlet for modeling is, such as commercial or runway.

The most important thing you can do to become a model is to be yourself! Never change who you are on the inside or outside to make someone else happy. Modeling can be a great way to gain self-confidence and can help you make money on the side of a regular day job. Never sacrifice yourself, your values or your self-esteem to do so! These steps will lead you to being a successful and happy model. Have you ever modeled or wanted to?

 

 

Knowledge is powerful if you Apply it! Until Next Time!

 

The Gold Talent International Global Network Team

10 Model tips every female needs to know

Great models are made, not born. While you may need looks and luck, it’s important to remember that modelling is, first and foremost, a skill that you can learn.

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There is an international language that we all know—body language. A facial expression or the slight dip of your head can signal emotion. The positioning of your body can tell a story. Now that you’ve decided to become a model and you’re on the hunt for your first modeling job, it’s time to get busy. Your future is going to be full of flashing cameras and you want to be ready for them by having an arsenal of model poses at your disposal. You’ll need them to create great shots to fill out your modeling portfolio—which you’ll need to get jobs at the top modeling agencies. So let’s get started!

Get Inspired

A wise person once said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. While copying a supermodel’s signature pose isn’t a great idea, it’s a good idea to check out some more established models’ portfolios for inspiration. Follow models on social media, browse their print and runway work, and pore over the pages of fashion magazines. Try interpreting the models’ poses with your body and make it your own. Your own modeling portfolio will thank you. Once you’re warmed up, it’s time to start learning the basics. Let’s break down the 10 modeling poses every beginner model needs to know.

Standing Model Poses

For full-body photographs, you need to know how to frame your body to look its best in the lens.

1. The Full Frontal

This is where the model poses with her shoulders squared to the camera. Your hands should be doing anything but resting on your hips. Hook your thumbs in your belt loops. Tip your head to one side and run your opposite hand through your hair, or gently rest it on your shoulder. A slight slouch to your shoulders immediately makes you look relaxed and bring a sense of that relaxation to the viewer. Try adding an asymmetric element to your posing. Bend one knee, step one foot back, or bring one shoulder forward to the camera.

2. The Profile

When a model poses side on to the camera, a strong core can make all the difference. Think of a dancer: every inch of their bodies thrums with energy, even at rest. Know where every part of your body is, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Engage your muscles. When posing in profile, you can make some amazing shapes with your body. Shift your weight off your centre and create interesting lines. Leaning and reaching can result in lovely, long lines. Be aware of how you bend your limbs: the perspective can cause them to look drastically shorter. Build space between your arms and your torso; this will keep limbs looking lean and smooth.

3. The Three-Quarter

The three-quarter pose is a staple model pose everyone should be able to execute properly. You stand with one foot behind the other, hips facing away from the camera, and shoulders turned towards the camera. It’s a great pose to start any photo shoot with, as it’s one you can transition into many others. It also allows you to create some interesting depth with your arms and legs. Move your hands to your waist, but roll your shoulders forward, allowing your hands to slide inward on your torso to create a smaller waist. Tuck your back knee behind your front knee and you’ve created a good model pose that will turn heads.

Sitting Model Poses

Did you just arrive to the set for a photoshoot, only to find a distressed armchair on a white backdrop? These poses will tell you just how to rock that chair.

4. The Lean-Forward

These model poses can invoke many different emotions for the viewer—depending on how your torso interacts with your legs. Knees together, ankles apart, torso folded forward, and your arms gracefully hugging your legs will give a desolate and forlorn feeling. Knees apart, elbows on your knees, chest up and your face sneering into the camera reads as tough and powerful. Innocence and excitement is conveyed with knees and ankles together and bottom on the edge of the chair, then gently folding your torso over your thighs, while keeping your shoulders and face high, facing the camera. (Think of the famous Marilyn Monroe pose that graced a million dorm room posters!)

5. The Lean-Back

Think: sprawl, drape, arms and legs trailing. One leg over the arm of the chair, head thrown back, and face to the camera is playful and sexy. Both knees over the arm, leaning back into the chair, and face conveying boredom makes you look haughty and indifferent. If you put your feet on the arm, and pull your knees to your chest, gently hugging your arms around your knees, you can create an intimate and flirty experience for the viewer. Especially if you add in a hair toss—and laugh into the camera.

6. The Floorwork

Use the chair as you would any other prop. It’s just there to make you look more beautiful. Sitting on the floor, you can lean against it. Stretch your legs out and prop your arms on the seat. Be aware of the angle the photographer is shooting from, though. If they are at your 12 o’clock, move your legs to 1:30. This will make those gams go on for days. Floor work can be the most difficult. The part of our brain that controls posture can completely disengage when we sit on the floor. Be aware of your posture and make sure you’re keeping your core engaged. Kneeling poses involve a lot of muscle work. You’ll want to use your core and thighs to lift your bottom off your calves. When you do this your thighs look smoother, your bottom perkier and your calves smaller. This is not a beginner model pose! But with some practice in the mirror you’ll nail it in no time.

Face Model Poses

Posing for an intense and unadulterated head shot can feel very intimidating. There’s nothing to distract from your face. It’s just you and the camera. To take the edge off, just think of it as ta selfie taken by someone else!

7. The Smize

Just like Tyra taught us! Raise an eyebrow. Part your lips slightly. Change how your shoulders face the camera. The headshot is where all that time practicing model poses at your vanity pays off. Faces aren’t symmetrical, so determine which is your stronger side and learn how to work it. Try clenching and unclenching your jaw. Bringing different muscle groups into play can shift your bone structure slightly to give a different look. Hot tip: if you’re looking for that blissed-out, sleeping look, don’t close your eyes. Direct your gaze down and away while your head remains in an upright position. It keeps your eyelids looking relaxed and your lashes beautifully fanned out.

8. The Hand

Use your hands to create beautiful shapes to frame your face. Bring the heel of your hand to your forehead and tilt your chin upwards. Gently rest your chin on the back of your hand. The simplest of gestures can add so much. Maintaining the same neutral facial expression and simply changing your hands is a great trick for practicing beginner model poses.

9. The Shoulder

With one shoulder to the camera, a glance over it can say so much. This trick will tell any photographer that you know how to pose like a model. When working in any sort of profile, it’s important to remember a few things. First, you’ll want to find your light. Be aware of how shadows are being cast on your face. Second, you’ll want to follow your nose. If you’re over-extending your gaze, you’ll show too much of the white of your eyes. For extended posing, let your gaze follow where your nose is pointed. Change it up by lifting one or both shoulders. Try raising the hand furthest from the camera to rest on your shoulder. This pose is another highly versatile one that every model needs in her repertoire.

Model Moves

Knowing how to create movement in a still photograph is a skill that will get you booked again and again.

10. The Move

  • If you’re wearing a flowy garment, twitch its hemline into action. Twirly skirts make for fun photo props.
  • While working in a studio, have a fan directed at you. Live your Beyoncé moment and let your hair work that breeze.
  • Walk. Make your destination at an angle from the photographer. Keep your stride easy, and slow your steps.
  • Go big. Jump! Leap! Pirouette! Dance! Even if all the photographs end up on the editing room floor, getting all that pent-up, nervous energy out on set can prime you for even better posing throughout the session.
  • Timing is so important. Adjust your pose about every three seconds. This doesn’t mean change it completely. Just a small tilt of the head, or glance away, or adjust your fingers or shoulder position.

 

Credit: Article Sourced from Format.com Magazine
 
Knowledge is powerful if you Apply it! Until Next Time! 
The Gold Talent International Global Network Team