I hope your day is fabulous so far. Now, the below information is just a small portion of what I teach in my classes - a wee taste, a teeeaaaassssseeeerrrrr (rather appropriate, don't you think?). Teehee!
So... I've had to make a decision to do a blog post every two weeks. Trying to create new content with my already insane schedule is proving quite time consuming. Yes, I know it was one of my 2018 goals to keep a blog weekly, but I'm going to need to modify it slightly - self care, ya'll!
Now back to the good stuff...
I'm going to share with you the basics of posing. Whether you’re on the stage, on set for a photo shoot, or taking a selfie, these are the must-do things I swear by when posing. This is basically charm & beauty school 101.
NOTE: These pointers will work for any body shape, size, height! You do you, boo!
1. KNIT YOUR TORSO
To create a long torso, have a neutral spine and pelvis (i.e. do not over-accentuate) and feel like you are zipping up through your core. Not tensing to the point you can’t breathe, but just enough to feel as though your pelvis and core are connected, like how you feel when wearing a well-fitted corset.
2. OPEN YOUR CHEST & PULL YOUR SHOULDERS DOWN
An “open” body gives off an air of confidence and flatters your physique. Think about rolling your shoulders back, while employing point #1, and bringing your shoulder blades back and around. It is important to employ point #1 here as you do not want your chest to “pop” out.
3. LENGTHEN FROM THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD
Pretend there is someone pulling your head vertically by a piece of string. Stand tall - even if you’re on the shorter side, this will help you feel and look taller. Basically, good posture ;)
4. LIFT YOUR CHIN
Again, with the “open” body - openness allows for you to have an air of confidence. Ensuring your head and chin are lifted (not like a snooty posh type, obviously, we don’t want to go that far!) will allow for your eye connection with the camera/audience to be cemented. If you do try a tilted chin (for a more femme fatale look) ensure your eyes remain on the prize.
5. POINT YOUR TOES
Seriously, this will help. If you’re ever doing a pose where you have your legs elongated, even if sitting in a chair - this will help you limbs look longer, your acts more polished and give that air of dancers elegance about you.
6. SOFT ARMS
Whenever you’re extending your arms - employ #2 & #3 and lead with the wrist. Soft elbows are lovely. What I like to do is think about moving my hands and arms through melted chocolate - it creates a slow-motion, soft effect.
7. THE PERFECT PIN-UP HANDS
An old trick from back in my modelling days that never fails. Relax your hand, tense your middle finger (try to only tense that one finger, not all of them). This will give you an elegant hand and stop your fingers from curling.
8. BEND YOUR KNEES
Seriously, allowing yourself to bend into your knees when posing and/or dancing means more range of motion in your hips and allows more fluidity in between poses and movements.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Be sure to enrol in my Bambina Bumpers 2 Day Beginner Intensive at Uxbridge Arts & Culture. You'll learn this, plus so, so much more! For more info, click here.
And always remember in these situations WWTBD (what would Tyra Banks do?)
MODELLING HEAD TO TOE *click* *snap* ;)