After years of filtering through my own cringe-worthy Instagram photos and then finding some gems, I’m sharing all of my tips on how to pose and look good for Instagram photos as an influencer or if you’re just looking to level up your Insta photos. Because truthfully, posing is one of the most awkward parts of being an influencer.
I’m definitely no professional in posing, but with some modeling experience and years of being in the Instagram game, I think my posing has tremendously improved from 5 years ago. Here’s my Instagram (@nicolegramcko) if you’re ever so curious.
As your typical awkward influencer here, it’s no picnic. Sometimes it only takes about 5 photos to get the perfect shot with the perfect pose and the perfect angle, but sometimes it takes up to 200 photos for just one look (guilty!). It’s a mix of effort and luck, but it’s always helpful to know a couple of poses up your sleeve to speed up the process.
1. Dance and twirl.
Literally! This always helps me loosen up and have fun. Posing is like dancing, and you have to find your rhythm. Especially if you’re showing off a flowy dress or skirt, this is necessary in order to capture a great one! Also, those candid moments usually end up making the final pick.
2. Stand on your tip-toes.
If you slightly stand on your tip toes, it naturally makes your legs appear longer and more toned.
2. Put one foot in front of the other.
This creates the illusion that your legs are shaped better. Also, it’s a great pose that gives a more candid moment. A super slow yet natural walk while the photog is snapping away is perfect!
3. Smile, pout, look up, look down, look to the side….
If you’re still trying to figure out your best angles and looks, give your photoshoot plenty of options! Smile in some, be serious in some. Look to the side past the camera or look down dramatically or look down smiling. Do whatever feels natural and whatever feels most you, but it’s always nice to have a diverse selection of photos to choose from!
4. Put your hands in your hair.
One of the most common poses is having your hand touch your hair. If it feels awkward to just have your arms hanging to your side, by all means, naturally brushing or playing with your hair in photos always works! The key to pulling this pose off well requires it to be as natural as possible. Tip: Don’t put your hands in your hair too much. Once again, it’s great to give your photographer versatility in your poses.
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5. Play with your garments.
If I’m working with flowy dresses and skirts, maybe I’ll lift up the garment a little to show off the movement of the fabric. If I’m working with jeans, I’ll put my hands in the pockets. If I’m working with sunglasses, maybe I’ll pretend to take them off or put them back on. Natural little movements like these add more dimension and playfulness to your photos and highlight the garment you’re showing off!
6. Add some props.
You can get some really great ideas on Pinterest for shoots with props in them. In a beach photoshoot I did for my Instagram, I brought along some citrus, a book, and a magazine and it added such a creative element! Holding up a book or magazine also solves the question “where do I put my hands?”.
7. Pose profile and show the back!
Snapping some photos 360 degrees around also adds a lot more versatility to the selection. Don’t forget about shots from the side and from the back!
8. Put your elbows behind your back.
If you loosely bend your elbows and place them a little bit back, stick your chest out, and relax your shoulders, it gives the appearance of a body curve when shot from the side.
Let me know if you have any posing tips and feel free to drop your Instagram’s in the comments! Happy posing!