Free Pregnancy Posing Guide and 101

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Pregnancy Posing Guide

Posture

A free posing guide that is easy to follow and sets out how to achieve the most common types of pose

To really start off on the right foot (if you excuse the pun) it comes down to getting the posture right. Posing starts from the feet and dramatic changes for better or worse can be made by the way your client places their feet and stands. Quite obviously you need to first stand your client where you would like them to be! There would be little point in creating an elaborate pose only to decide that you didn’t like the background because it was too distracting or the lighting was not best for you. Try to be as sure as you can before placing your model although this of course is not a hard and fast rule and you should also be brave on occasions and just do it.

Here are highlighted 5 basic and different ways to start your posing. The golden rule is to start from the feet to begin sculpting the body form, you must then continue through the rest of her body right to the top of her head. Get her to imagine that there is a piece of string pulling on the top of her head so that she straightens her back and elongates her neck. No one likes a slouch!

You must remember that posing and posture are extremely important as you are viewing a 3 dimensional person on a 2 dimensional piece of paper. By moving a leg or a foot, you may increase the apparent width of someone bottom or thighs and trust me… no woman will thank you for that! The reality is of course often different from the real to what you show on within the 2d world of computer screens and paper. The same is true should you have a client who has put on a few pounds (pregnancy can do that believe it or not), you will be able to slim and sculpt her body into a much more pleasing form.

Position One

How not to start! When you are tired, worn out and not even heavily pregnant there may well be the tendency to slouch. Most people when standing flat footed are not very likely to look their best especially when pregnant. Shoulders drop, the bottom looks larger and you are likely to look at your worst! It is quite simple. Avoid standing flat footed!

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Position Two

At its easiest and simplest starting point, by getting your client to point her foot and move her leg towards the camera you will immediately change how her form looks. Coupled with “the piece of string” you will really improve her posture and your photograph! When deciding where to shoot your client from the best camera angles that tend to work best are in profile view or more often than not within a ¾ view point ensuring that she is standing at an angle to you.

The outstretched leg makes it appear longer and slimmer. It will also pull her hips to one side creating a lovely shape in her body. Points to pay attention to would be to ensure that her arms and shoulders do not look stiff and that if you can create gaps between the arm and body you will introduce further shapes into your image and her body although this depends on the client.

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Position Three

The next easy and natural progression from position two is very simple. Bring the front foot onto her tip toe. Its that easy! This is one of the most common posture positions used in pregnancy photography as it creates a beautiful “S” curve shape. The legs look slimmer; the bottom very rounded which then creates a beautiful line from her bump and her arched back. When the foot is up on tip toes it is also a good idea if possible to pull the highest knee into towards the other knee. This creates a "point" and line with the legs and further enhances the shape of the body.

It is important to remember that she is pregnant and that doing some of these poses over a small period of time can be tiring. Give her plenty of breaks if she wants them and take time to ensure her comfort and wellbeing. After all a happy client is one who is going to look their best!

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Position Four

The next easy posture position to think about is the Crossover. Should her legs become tired from doing Tip Toe Position 3, she cannot do the Tip Toe or you simply want to add some variety, you can rely on the Crossover. This is less strenuous on her legs and still creates a beautiful shape by forcing her hips to push to one side. Simply cross one leg over the other and if she can put the cross over foot on tiptoe that is worth an extra posing bonus point.

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Position Five

Position 5 is a hit and miss affair, it really does depend on your client as it can make the apparent width of her hips and legs look wider. Also this position opens her legs which, even when wearing clothing can have sexual symbolism compared to the other postures which is much more guarding of the private area. However I have used this many times to great effect as the symbolism can also be of empowerment and confidence.

The back foot comes up onto the tip toe achieving the same as position 3 but with the marked difference of opening the private area to view towards the camera.

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Review

Posing can be hard work on a mum-to-be and it is important to allow breaks and to allow time to rest. A tired model does often make for bad images! These posture guides offer the basics to think about when posing your client and they are ones that you will go back to time and again... because they work. Combine these posture guides with the following posing guides to create variety within your images.

The Next Stage

I follow a very simple rule when deciding on what to do with your clients gaze and expression. Smile or not smile? Where do they look? This can often change the mood of an image and change it from an ok photograph to one that she will love!

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