Swimsuit Posing Tips: How to look good in any bathingsuit picture

April 6, 2013 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

Featured post by: Sarah Esther of Sarah Esther Photography and OWN Boudoir Studio

We all love the promise of spring, summer, and warmer weather. What’s not to love? The stores put out the new fashions, there are even cuter sandals than last year, patios are sensible again, and the beach/pool are regular weekend activities. One could almost go into a happiness coma thinking about it all – until it suddenly hits you that bathing suits will be involved. The mere thought of putting on a suit after a winter of soup, blankets, and hottie-toddys can terrify me back to Siberia.

Fear not, readers! You may not be feeling your best, but I will teach you how to pose your best! It never fails that we’ll have that one friend wanting to Instagram every step we take, and so it’s important to know how to look our best.

Here are a few important posing tips for your upcoming Spring Break, vacation, lake day, etc:

1.) Don’t do the straight-on shot

This pose doesn’t allow the camera to register any of your shape and angles because your entire body is on the same camera-plane. The result is a very flat shot that gives the illusion of a wider and shorter shape.

2.) Don’t do the legs-apart-shot

For the same reasons as above, this pose causes the camera to see you a bit wider and shorter. When feet are a part the eye sees a ‘box’ instead of anything curvy. While the hand-on-the-hip is usually a great idea, in the straight-on and legs-apart shot it can accentuate the ‘box’ figure. I also think this makes me look pissed. I’d rather look approachable 🙂

You can see in this image how my body looks much wider since the eye is drawn to the distance between my feet and creates a ‘boxy’ assumption about my figure. My hand on my hip is not helping the ‘box’.

3) Don’t put all of your weight on the hip/leg closest to the camera.

Putting your weight on any leg will cause your muscles to bulk up a bit (as it should!). When the ‘bulkier’ or flexed leg is closest to the camera you will look most unflattering. This pose a) creates the illusion of larger thighs and tummy regions b) will make you appear inches shorter c) will give the idea of weight that isn’t there, especially in the tummy area. I can’t believe I am even putting this online. This is something that I would de-tag right away and hold against my so-called friend for the rest of her life.

You can see in this photo how my thighs look very large since that is where I am holding my weight. The angle makes me look much shorter than I am, and I have some bulges in the tummy.

4. What to do: how to pose for that successful shot

  • Stand at an angle
  • Put all of your weight on your back hip and
  • Put your hand on the smallest part of your waist.

I’m going to use this shot for my Miss. America swimsuit entry. I kid, I kid.

You can see an insta-difference between this image and the above image. They are the same pose, just with the back-hip/leg holding my weight. The angle works well with the camera. I have what I want to appear the ‘smallest’ the furthest away from the camera. This pose should be your go-to. Hands-on-hip are a great accessory to this pose, but make sure your elbows are out so that you don’t appear to only have one arm.

Success!! I hope all of your swimsuit images are stupendous this year. Remember, these posing tricks/tips also apply to clothed photos 🙂

About the author: 

Originally from New York, Sarah grew up in Atlanta. Her photography business is based in Atlanta, with stateside and international connections.  Sarah’s style of shooting is a ‘narrative’ one.  “I hope that in 15 years you’ll find that I’ve told your story so well that you’ll still hear the music and taste the food as you look through your image collection.” Sarah Esther Photography has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Occasions Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Southern Wedding Soiree, Legacy Weddings, 944 Magazine, advertisements for Savannah Station as well as several blogs and other publications.

Sarah and Heather work together to help her photography clients get fit for their shoots.  With Sarah’s “Boudoir Body” package, this includes several weeks of personal training and diet tips before picture day. 

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