8 Bloggers Taught Me How to Pose For Pictures Like a Model, and It's Really Not That Hard
I'm going to be completely honest, my selfie game is not so strong. As soon as I get in front of the camera when I'm working with a photographer, forget it. I instantly freeze and my body becomes timid, just like my beagle Dylan's when he hears a burst of thunder during a storm. You might not be able to see me tensing up if you're an onlooker, but it eventually becomes obvious through my lack of inventive poses and my tendency to make conversation with whoever is off to the side. "Make me laugh or something!" I shout. That usually works for one shot, but what to do next?!
When H&M invited me on a press trip to Scribner's Catskill Lodge to check out the new Fall 2018 Studio Collection, I was stoked. Then I saw the itinerary. Aside from actually being able to explore the new line, touch the clothes, try them on, and learn about the inspiration behind them — Studio was influenced by David Lynch's Twin Peaks this season — we were going to be the subject of two photo shoots. I think I started to sweat as soon as I read over the agenda. But that sweat had nothing on what was sure to pour down my face once I actually became the subject with a lens pointed at me.
As it turned out, I was headed to the mountains with eight influencers who have quite the handle on modeling clothes. As I watched them work with photographers Cam Kirk and Kim Geronimo aka The Street Sensei, I was blown away by their grace and ability to float from one stance to the next, flaunting a slit here and fiddling with a shoelace there. When it was my turn, I felt like I had a few new ideas up my sleeve thanks to the diverse group of women you're about to meet ahead.
Scroll to see which poses I learned that I know will stick with me as I carry on in my fashion career and inevitably end up in front of the camera once again. Whether you're just getting your feet wet or you're an experienced blogger, you might pick up a tip or two as well. Not everyone may be able to pull off a shoot with as much prowess as these ladies, but their tricks are way more worth your while than a good old "make me laugh, would ya?" Trust me, I would know.