I Really Don’t Know How To Pose: Tips For Taking Fashion Shots If You’re Feeling A Bit Awkward

As soon as the camera comes out my husband laughs and tells me I’m ‘such a poser’, but considering I spent a lot of my time putting pics of myself on the internet and posing for photos, this malarkey really doesn’t come easy. The memory of that first fashion shoot remains vivid in my mind, and the awkwardness as I tried to pretend I was just having a look around the street when anybody came into sight; I didn’t know what to do with my arms or legs, or what my best angles were, or really how on earth you captured a full outfit in the middle of January when all your body is telling you to do is go inside and drink tea. (If you want to see the evidence, check out my first ever outfit post here!) But thanks to my good friend Kirsty’s patience and tips, we got there in the end. Believe it or not, that was over 18 months ago and since then I’ve been focusing more and more on sharing my looks and fashion finds – not only because I love shopping, but because I think it vitally important to show women of all shapes, sizes and ages across the ‘net.

It’s actually quite nice to look back at how my fashion content has progressed and see how much better I am at not only taking and editing photos, but being in them. (Posing for photos is harder than it looks!) But one thing remains the same: I really don’t know how to pose. I look at my Instagram feed and see so many of these absolute babes killing it like they’re shooting for Vogue – legs spread eagle, sultry pout straight out of the supermodel’s handbook, ASOS awkward angles made fabulous and just the right amount of sass. I’m there, however, trying to smile hard enough that it shows up on camera, conceal my belly fat and stick my chin out just enough to give me a jawline and not a moon face.

I’ve definitely refined how I stand and the poses that seem to work for me, without looking or feeling like a wally, and they pretty much involve the following:

  1. Hand on hip (great for the bingo wing situation)
  2. Hand in hair (if in doubt, touch your hair)
  3. Look at something shiny on the floor
  4. Hold sunglasses as though they’re the most exciting thing in the world

Believe me, I’ve tried changing it up or looking really reflective into the distance, but I end up looking moody or totally confused. My soft edges and baby face really don’t lend themselves to hardcore fashion posing, but that’s just the way it’s gotta be. I’ve heard of other bloggers making full on Pinterest boards full of poses to replicate, or saving their favourite bloggers positions for future reference, but I’m just gonna keep standing straight and looking at the floor like I’ve just spotted a shiny 50p. You ok with that?

If you want to get into documenting your fashion looks or just get better at posing for photos or nailing those group shots, here are some of my tips to help get the best pics every time (or at least not look so awkward!)

TIP ONE: Play around in front of the mirror and get to grips with how you actually look. It sounds silly, but often what we see in our heads isn’t reflective of reality (good, bad or otherwise) so looking at those different angles may surprise you.

TIP TWO: Find how you’re comfortable. If you naturally stand with your legs slightly apart, then great; if you’re more comfortable sitting down or leaning, then totally do that; if you’re at home jumping in the air and creating action shots, knock yourself out.

TIP THREE: Always have something to hold. Often it’s knowing what to do with your hands that makes it all feel a bit awks, so having a pair of sunglasses or a bag to hold will give you an opportunity to change up your pose and move around without being an expert poser.

TIP FOUR: Don’t look at the camera if you don’t want to. It takes a lot of confidence to look directly at the camera (it took me a long time to be able to do it without feeling like a complete idiot,) so look slightly off into the distance or to the photographer’s shoulder to ease you in.

TIP FIVE: Be patient. Nobody became an expert overnight, so just keep practicing and refining your techniques – because I promise you you’ll get to the point where you’ll be able to nail it in three snaps and not give a toss who’s looking.

So what are you waiting for? Off you trot… And I want to see the photographic evidence!

Have you got any other top tips for posing for photos or taking fashion snaps?


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  1. September 7, 2018 / 11:57 am

    These shots are so pretty – you do look SO natural and confident in front of the camera! Thanks for posting such great tips – I literally have no idea where to start when it comes to photography (probably why I steer clear of photos of myself haha)

    xx Lauren

    • hayleyhalluk
      September 9, 2018 / 9:27 pm

      Thanks Lauren! It’s definitely something I’ve got better at, but I’m certainly not a natural!

  2. Karen
    September 7, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    Interesting post, I definitely won’t get into blogging at my advanced age …but your tips were great if the need arises to have my photo taken !
    Seriously though, you always come across as very natural, relaxed and happy. I think those gimmicky stances some people do online look so crazy and almost detract from the clothes they are showing !!!
    Recently I have spotted even M&S getting into what I call the ‘silly stand’ look with some of their models…well I guess its each to their own and I most certainly prefer your take on things.
    p.s. you look beautiful on those close up shots and they do not look staged just natural x

    • hayleyhalluk
      September 9, 2018 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks so much Karen! I know what you mean about those high fashion poses though – they’re all over the place now.

  3. September 8, 2018 / 11:01 am

    I think your photographs are lovely and your posing looks natural and confident. And love the dark floral dress under the biker jacket as well. I had to laugh at your description of the one pose as looking at something shiny on the floor, I’ve always called that pose “oh look! a quarter!” For me, I’ve found that moving rather than posing helps me feel and look natural. Yes, there are a lot of awkward weird moments to look back at on the camera later, but often one or two that look perfectly natural like I’m just going about my day and someone just happened to snap a shot of me. Those are always my favorites.


    • hayleyhalluk
      September 9, 2018 / 9:29 pm

      Yes definitely! I try to keep moving around from pose to pose and you always get a few between the tonnes of awful ones that you like!

  4. September 8, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    Thank you, Hayley, for this post. I am new to social media (Instagram) I joined as I am currently putting together a blog (I’m nearly there!) – I find the whole posing/photograph thing a little challenging! So, will practice your top tips! It’s very strange how all of a sudden my arms and legs don’t belong to me – then my face takes on a different persona and sometimes a twitch! – it’s as though it’s not me
    Thanks again

    • hayleyhalluk
      September 9, 2018 / 9:31 pm

      Good luck with it all Alison, and I’m sure you’ll be fab 🙂 It’s an odd thing, having someone take your photo – but you do get better and more used to it, I promise!

    • hayleyhalluk
      September 9, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      Thanks Danielle 🙂

  5. September 12, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    You look stunning! omg I would be so awkward so if I am ever in need of a poised pic I will keep these tips in mind! (:

    • hayleyhalluk
      September 16, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Thank you!

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