What A Poser!

23 Nov

I’ve never really considered myself to be any good at having my photo taken. Back when I was at Uni I would instantly pout if a camera came near me – and the result was not a good one.

Over the years I have learnt how to smile and how to present myself when a camera gets pointed at me, and it is purely by accident that I am able to do that.
Take for example my sister’s wedding. I was a bridesmaid and true to form I LOATHED my dress and felt very awkward in it. My arms were out, my back was out, my waist was not defined and I looked terrible. These two photos show how, despite that I was able to have at least one good photo and one terrible photo, all down to my poses:

You will see that in most photos I post here I am pulling a similar pose. I often place my hands on my waist in order to draw attention to my proportions.  It also makes my arms look toned and slimmer and gives me something to do with them!  I also like to be slightly side on in a few photos, as it works my curves better.

I will usually shift the weight to one leg and keep my knees together. I also often tilt one knee across the other as it is quite a dainty pin up look and I now do it without noticing!

If in underwear I firmly press my legs together to try to make them appear slimmer and longer.  Standing in any other way is not usually very flattering as I do have large legs, and sometimes posing in my pants can take a long long time as I try to get everything right!

I always try to push my face forward in photos to lessen my chins.   I do struggle to smile without looking forced, but the moody photos are a thing of the past and I do my best to conjour up some sort of comical image in order to get a genuine smile.

If I have to take a photo from behind and my arms are bare I will always hide them in front of me as I loathe the backs of them.

And I always take a LOT of photos, just to find that perfect one or two that I am mostly happy with.

Like I said I am no expert.  It takes me a long times and a lot of effort to get the right photos for my blog.  I have to show the product and myself off in a good light and I have to feel happy.  Not all of my photos are amazing, but I am learning what works for me and what doesn’t and how to perfect my poses.  Sometimes I may use my hair to cover my chins, I may use a bag to cover my stomach or cross my legs at the ankles to hide insect bites.  It’s all about feeling comfortable and presenting your best bits to the camera and if you feel self conscious then see what you can do to make those parts ‘disappear’ or become less obvious.

18 Responses to “What A Poser!”

  1. Jessica Meloche November 23, 2012 at 12.53 #

    It is definitely a challenge to find the right poses that flatter you & always be conscious of that as well. Doing the blog reviews were quite challenging initially but happy to have found a few angles that work every time!

  2. Jessica November 23, 2012 at 12.53 #

    You make it look so effortless. I would have never imagined so much thought goes into the poses and pictures. You look great always :-)

  3. doesmybumlookbiginthis November 23, 2012 at 12.53 #

    I do all the things you do for photos as well, especially putting my face forward to hide the double chin! You are a brilliant poser :) xx

  4. Chris November 23, 2012 at 12.53 #

    Nicely written. Did someone say something that prompted this post?

  5. ellomennopee November 23, 2012 at 12.53 #

    Thanks for writing such an honest piece. I love to share my outfits and have accepted that I will always look awkward in front of a camera!

  6. Skole Skab November 23, 2012 at 12.53 #

    You are a lovely lady, and this is not a criticism, but I wanted to share my experience: beautiful full-figure pictures like the ones I see on fullerfigurefullerbust often support my bad feelings about my own body. When I look at your pictures, I see someone who seems to have all the advantages of fat–curves!–without the disadvantages of cellulite, sag, lumps, etc. So my own fat body with lumpy and saggy bits is more depressing to me than it was before I saw the pictures. And learning that it’s all down to the styling and the pose doesn’t help! Models who hide the troublesome parts of themselves that might look like the troublesome parts of me, remind me that those parts are shameful and “should” be kept hidden. I need glamourous role models who show their cellulite, loose skin, flappy arms, whatever, and still rock it! Is this something you’d consider?

    • fullerfigurefullerbust November 24, 2012 at 12.53 #

      I hear what you are saying but I couldn’t do that. I’m sorry!

      • nennyv November 24, 2012 at 12.53 #

        I guess its still a far better representation of what the lingerie or clothing looks like on a larger model. I feel very appreciative of what you do with this blog for that very reason. Certainly I couldn’t face putting photos of me in my knacks online for the world to see, (even if it is the generally supportive and sympathetic lingerie blog world).

        And, personally, I don’t feel like seeing someone else “warts n all” would really make me feel any more body confident. I don’t want to look at a photo and think:

        “Gosh her thighs look flabbier than my flabby thighs, but she’s rocking that basque… *Sigh*, why can’t I be that confident despite my flab? Why must I be so shy and awkward and rubbish AS WELL as having flabby thighs… etc etc?”

        I’d rather be inspired to beauteous curvy confidence by good lighting and fortunate poses, than dwell on my own insecurities because of bulges and blemishes. It’s one thing to re-assess certain troublesome parts as “shameful” or “to-be-hidden”, but lets be real – there’s nothing wrong with being selective about the bits of your body you show to the world.

  7. Jodie November 24, 2012 at 12.53 #

    Fantastic post! The body positions are so helpful- I’ve already been altering my stance to reflect this as I like to show off my curves like you :)
    You always look amazing :) I wish I had your smile- when I smile it looks fake so I sort if “smirk” with a lopsided smile it looks a lot more natural on me

  8. Tazzy Monster November 25, 2012 at 12.53 #

    I really enjoyed reading about your poses and how long it can take to get a few that are good enough to do both yourself and the clothes justice, I will definitely be giving them a go!

    Although I can see where the above poster is coming from, I as a plus size woman I would not be all that thrilled about seeing photos of plus size women deliberately putting on show their imperfections. As we all have them I do not see the point in highlighting them as I think it is better to show that we can all look good in spite of our imperfections as opposed to we all have imperfections and this is what they look like.

    I also don’t see the point in comparing myself to other women as I feel that only encourages and reinforces the whole I look better than or worse than… mentality that women can have which is unhealthy.

    I’m happy to see beautiful pictures of beautiful people regardless of their imperfections but I don’t see the benefit of focusing solely on those imperfections as I personally feel it would be of little benefit to anyone.

  9. Sun November 25, 2012 at 12.53 #

    I am so happy that you blogged about this. When I was younger I was a model and now I am a mother. My body has never been the same and I have struggled with that. I hate taking photos now but my family loves them. I will have to spend some time finding my best side without being critical.
    Thank you for what you do.
    ~Sun Dancer Soul

  10. Georgina November 25, 2012 at 12.53 #

    you look amazing

    http://georginagoodman.blogspot.co.uk
    xxx

  11. Florellea November 27, 2012 at 12.53 #

    I had no idea so much thought goes in your posing! I’ve been reading your blog for about a year and I always thought that you’re just naturally inclined to pin-up girl poses, since it’s so much your style :)

    I have a suggestion! You look so gorgeous on that first wedding photo and it made me realize that you rarely post photos taken outside with daylight. Obviously bra reviews wouldn’t work in that setting ;) But dresses!

    • Katy November 27, 2012 at 12.53 #

      Hi, I loved reading this – I do all those poses too! Particularly holding arms out from body…damn chunky limbs! I wanted to ask if you have any tips for posing when sitting? Particularly when the photos are from the front – I sit up straight and arch my back to look good from the side, but I find the front is a problem. Its all shoulders and thighs! Help me, you posing marvel! Xx

      • fullerfigurefullerbust November 29, 2012 at 12.53 #

        I usually have some sort of bag across my stomach or my arms and I try to sit straight!

  12. Calle Thomas December 2, 2012 at 12.53 #

    In the picture of the back of the dress, are you wearing 2 bras?

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