Have you ever wondered why some of your photos look great and others are lacking? There are a ton of reasons photos look good and bad. Some of the more common reasons are lighting (too dark or too bright), composition, color harmony - there are honestly an almost endless list of reasons.
But one thing I see consistently mess up a senior photo is posing. It comes naturally to some people but most of us honestly struggle. We don’t know where our hands go, or what to do with our feet. It just feels like an awkward process!
Well today I’m gong to show sitting and standing examples of a technique we simply call “triangles”. Super easy - and you can start using it today to improve your images!
Check out the image below. You are going to be able to find several triangles in Faith’s pose. Each leg makes a triangle. Her arms connecting together form a triangle. Even her right arm with the top of her left leg makes another triangle. This makes the pose interesting and dynamic.
In this next one of Faith’s senior photo you see both arms create a triangle and her left leg again. Can you imagine how weird this would be if we just had her lay down completely flat with her arms on her sides? Boring and honestly pretty weird! (Faith is originally from Chesapeake, but now lives in a different part of Virginia!)
This next image of Anna you can see each arm create a wide triangle and her legs create a third. Three is usually enough to make the image comfortable for the senior and dynamic enough to bring some creativity into the image. (Anna is a graduate of Kellam High School in Virginia Beach!)
This last image of Lily at her senior session shows one more example of creating a little triangle using arms and clothing. You can see how her dress creates a triangle with her arm. The front leg create another one making this a dramatic pose and scene! (Lily is a 2020 senior from Virginia Beach!)
The next time you pose, make some triangles! It’s a simple way to make a dramatic change to your portraits!
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