After Saturday, we’ve learned that if you want to learn how to strike the best pose, Bonnie Rodriguez is your girl. A fashion photographer who has worked on big ad campaigns and at Fashion Week, Bonnie knows there are certain techniques that help anyone look good.
Read on for some of her advice…
Lighting is everything and can make even a great pose look bad. Try to take your photos close to sunrise or sunset, when the sun is lower on the horizon and light hits you at a more flattering angle. If you take shots at Noon, you’re just asking for more shadows that highlight wrinkles and lots of other things.
When posing, think of using your body to improve the photo’s composition. Shapes like triangles add interest. You can create triangles by posing with one hand on your hip, for example, touching your hair with your arm bent or even sitting with your legs at an angle.
Pose with Props
You might be used to taking photos spontaneously or as the mood takes you, but try putting a little more thought into it. Plan ahead and think of props you can use in your next shoot.
Props not only add interest and make your shots look more unique, they can also give you something to focus on. Holding something as simple as a coffee cup can help you stay more relaxed as you focus on that rather than the camera. It also gives you different ideas on how to pose. Have fun with it.
Practice, Practice, Practice
As they say, your mileage may vary. What works great for one person, might not look great for another, so it’s best to practice in front of a mirror and before a camera.
Location is important too and can make or break your shots. Look for a spot that gives you good lighting and a unique backdrop. Our meetup host, Robb & Stucky, had a variety of great areas with different decor for photo shoots. Next time you’re in Boca Raton, drop by and take a few shots of your own while salivating over the furniture. We did plenty of that ourselves.
Welcome the Palm Beach Bloggers!
We also got to launch a new chapter this month! Welcome the Palm Beach Bloggers, led by Marianna Frances and Heidy Rosario. Bloggers in Palm Beach County have asked for a separate chapter and now have one. Look out for more info on this site and follow @thepalmbeachbloggers on Instagram.
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