Diagramming a Pose
Poses can be categorized into three types—C, S, and I. The names of each pose corresponds to theshape that is formed by drawing an imaginary line from the foot with the least amount of weight on it tothe center of the hips to the center of the shoulders to the center of the head mass. For the I pose, Theline starts at a point between both feet, because both feet share the weight of the body.
The examples below are just a few of the possibilities that can be used to get a session going.
Feet Legs Hips and ShouldersGuidelines
Body Weight isplaced on the back foot. At least onefoot should be at anangle to the camera.Make sure to pointthe toes. Nevershow the bottom of the foot. And, avoidpositioning feet flaton the ground.Remember legs that areseparated will look thinner. These legpositions can apply to aperson lying down,seated, or standing.When seated, men's jackets should beunbuttoned to preventbulges. Also thebottom of the coatshould not be sat on.Hips and shoulders should always form a verticalline and should never be square to the camera.Standing on uneven ground will accent the hipangle. When seated, roll the weight onto the back hip and make sure the knees are lower than thewaist. The back shoulder can be lowered further byhaving the subject lean forward at the waist or bypositioning the back elbow out from the body.Don't slouch or raise the shoulders too close to theears. To achieve good posture, it may be helpful tohave the subject stretch to his or her fullest lengthright before the picture is taken.
Feet Legs Hips and ShouldersOptions
TogetherBoth feet on the groundFront Facing thecamera.Squatting or kneeling (Bent knees should never point directlyinto the camera.)ShoulderlengthapartCrossed (Never have them square to the camera. The front leggoes over and behind the back one. When seated, females canhook back leg behind front.)Back facing thecamera. (Place theweight on back leg,accenting the hipfurthest from thecamera.)SpreadwideCrossover pose (This is a walking pose where the front knee isbent, showing the line of the butt in profile.)Open pose (This is a walking pose with the back knee bent.)