Pro Tips: Male Model Posing Tips in a Photo Shoot
What’s happening, Captain? I’d like to provide you with some helpful posing tips during your next photo shoot. Becoming a model does take hard work and dedication just like anything else. For male models, it becomes more difficult to break into the industry. According to Forbes, the world’s highest paid top male model is Sean O’Pry with a net worth of $1.5 million dollars. In comparison to Kendall Jenner, who is making a net worth of $22 million, that’s a huge gap in the market for potential male models to achieve even greater. With that said, here are a few tips that will help improve your photo shoot look.
1. Follow Directions
The same rules apply to men just as they do women in this space. Following directions from the photographer will build a rapport with the photographer and your pictures will turn out better. Again, if the photographer is too far away from you, ask them to come closer so that you can hear them from an arm's length distance.
2. Shoulder Lean
I’m not talking about the Michael Jackson “Smooth Criminal” lean forward. All I’m saying is to take a step forward and lean your shoulder a little into the shot. This will help develop an attitude and masculinity into the lens. If the photographer has a wide-angle lens, the shoulder lean can offer a handsome gesture for the shot.
3. Facial & Body Expressions
Depending on what the photographer wants to do, it will help going in to not have a resting face. Start by lifting your cheekbones a tad bit and squinting also helps as well. Again, vibe with the photographer to see where he/she wants to go with the concept for your shots.
4. Running out of poses? Become an actor!
After all, you are in front of a camera right? Be silly, be you and get some candid shots. Sometimes, self-expression as a model can create some very good stock photos for commercial art, advertising, etc. (Hello, duh, Shutterstock!) As a photographer, I would ask my model to laugh, pretend you’re taking a selfie, act like you’re shy, etc. However, I would leave this for towards the end of the photo shoot or if the both of you completely ran out of ideas for poses. Pinterest also helps inspire a vision, but I wouldn’t use it too much as you don’t want to plagiarize someone else’s work. So if you have completely run out of ideas, start thinking of your favorite movie and act out a scene.
5. Use Props
Whether the photographer has props or if you [the model] brought some props to the photo shoot; this is great! Now, all of the attention isn’t directed towards the model. The photographer will know what should be in the forefront or in the background. So discuss with your photographer and ask if its okay to bring props to the photo session. Take a few photos with your phone to show the photographer what you may have to work with and both of you can collaborate on storyboard ideas so you don’t run out of poses.
Hopefully, fellas, now that you have received some tips on how to be prepared for your next photo shoot. Keep it professional and take care.