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  • - It is all good and great

  • people telling you to feel great about yourself

  • and be confident, and just get to used to who you are

  • and all the body positivity stuff.

  • Sure, that's really great.

  • But the problem is you stand in front of the mirror

  • and think you look great, but then you go out later on

  • and someone takes a photo of you

  • and you look like a disaster.

  • That is not what you certainly look like.

  • You thought you were slaying life,

  • you thought you looked damn good.

  • You start thinking to yourself,

  • am I delusional for thinking I look good,

  • what is wrong with me, damn I must be ugly,

  • but honey it's most likely the fact

  • that you just don't know how to pose properly

  • and there are some tricks that models have up their sleeves

  • that make them look so good.

  • So, without further ado.

  • (snapping)

  • Dogs!

  • If I have to have a shitty background,

  • I'm gonna pick myself out.

  • At least you aren't distracted by that.

  • Let's get into the video.

  • This video is gonna be the most comprehensive

  • analysis and tutorial on how to pose.

  • I'm gonna teach you all the tricks and tips

  • you need to know for a good pose

  • so you no longer have to feel crap about yourself.

  • Because we all know that when you feel great,

  • you do great work and you can slay the world.

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  • Start at your core so

  • you first and foremost need to engage your core

  • because when you're slouching, it doesn't look good honey.

  • Engage your tummy muscles so you are making abs

  • even if you don't have abs.

  • And pull your shoulders back and try to them look relaxed

  • not like crazy back, just back enough

  • so that your posture looks great,

  • and you look powerful and confident.

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  • Separate your limbs from your body.

  • You don't want to become like a little log,

  • you have arms for a reason so separate them from your body

  • and also on that note, squishing anything against your body

  • is going to make it look bigger

  • so lift your arms away from your body.

  • That also go for your legs when you're sitting.

  • Try to lift them off the surface

  • so you're not squishing your legs down

  • and making them appear larger.

  • Usually 45 degree angle for anybody

  • looks great because you're not just square on,

  • you're turning your body just a little bit

  • which is what we want.

  • We want to give the impression of angles.

  • For some girls it does look good straight on,

  • but you really have to figure out

  • if that works good for your body.

  • If not, safely just look at 45 degree angles.

  • Sitting poses are all about angles.

  • Angles, angles, angles.

  • Here are some examples of what looks great.

  • Everything is separate from from each other,

  • very interesting shapes done with legs and arms and so forth

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  • One leg in front of the other, always a good way to go.

  • One arm in the front of the other,

  • always a nice little touch, just as with the sitting poses:

  • create angles with your body.

  • Legs, arms, sit into your hips,

  • so put all your weight into one leg

  • and push your hip out a little bit,

  • it gives the impression of fake curves.

  • It's amazing.

  • Photographs of women are generally all about

  • creating those curves so curve it up,

  • show off those curves, even if you don't have any like me.

  • All of the same principles apply,

  • leg forward, create expressions, and take a lot of snaps

  • because quite often one girl

  • doesn't look good 'cause she was blinking or so forth

  • so take a lot of snaps.

  • Make sure that everyone is happy with the photograph.

  • But honestly group photos like this

  • still make me the happiest.

  • So don't forget, like get the professional photo

  • if you want to, but then take a selfie

  • just for your personal storage and embrace the moment.

  • Show off the energy of the moment, the love that was shared.

  • Our life is not Instagram, our life is not posed photographs

  • so make sure you're still real.

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  • Very often, once the camera starts snapping, we freak out.

  • So having a go-to facial expression

  • prevents that from happening.

  • Figuring it out beforehand with selfies

  • helps you figure out what looks best on you.

  • Which side of your face you like more,

  • what facial expressions you like more.

  • Memorizing facial expressions so when the camera's on

  • you can bring it.

  • What is your favorite side of the face.

  • Certain models love a certain side of their face.

  • These are examples of professional models

  • that quite often just see one side of their face

  • on all of their photos.

  • For a lot of us, it's straight onto the camera

  • and choosing either one or the second side.

  • For me, I don't like this side.

  • I always generally turn

  • about 45 degrees or straight on.

  • Not everybody has a side of their face they love more,

  • so if you're one of those people that loves both sides:

  • congratulations.

  • This can be done through sitting really close to a window

  • which is what I'm doing right now.

  • All of that beautiful light coming my way.

  • Or if you're outside and the sun is shining,

  • tilt your head up so you are right in that sun.

  • Try to avoid harsh shadows on your face,

  • specifically dark bags under the eyes.

  • Not so good.

  • This sucks, but it works.

  • So start ridiculously laughing and being a twat

  • and then you will break out into a real laugh

  • and it's hilarious.

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  • Chin forward and down.

  • I don't know why, but it works.

  • For straight on photos, it works a treat.

  • What Winnie Harlow is doing here, chin forward down,

  • and she's piercing the camera.

  • She's like looking straight through the camera,

  • squinting her eyes just a little bit.

  • And as Tyra Banks says, "Smile with those eyes."

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  • I am guilty of this one, you have relax your lips open

  • just a little bit.

  • Relaxing your lips open makes you look more comfortable

  • because I grind my teeth.

  • I am like always clenched and it doesn't look good on photos

  • Relax your lips just a tiny little bit.

  • So whenever you're talking to someone,

  • you are like engaged and your head is shifting,

  • you never sit there like this because that's really awkward

  • and something's not right if you do that.

  • Same with photographs so you can tilt your head forward,

  • back, sideways, a little bit,

  • just figure out what looks good on you and then

  • work with that.

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  • Laughing too much actually doesn't look good on photos

  • because you are like generally in a very heavy laughter

  • like hahaha!

  • Doesn't translate very well.

  • What you can do is still do your fake laugh

  • which will translate into real laughter.

  • Laugh like crazy, and when you're laughing like crazy

  • ask someone to just snap a lot of photos of you

  • and there'll be one in there that looks really good,

  • that isn't like the extreme smile, but the smallest smile.

  • And while we're on the topic of smiling,

  • fake smiling just doesn't look good.

  • Like it's very ugly (mumbles).

  • (laughing)

  • Deer in the headlights look

  • doesn't look good.

  • So relax your eyes a little bit.

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  • You need to work with what your momma gave you

  • because there is absolutely no purpose or reason

  • to look at the other side

  • and think the grass is greener on the other side

  • because I know for a fact

  • that people always think that it's better on the other side.

  • So many times I want curves galore,

  • and so many times women tell me

  • that they want my muscle-y, skinny body.

  • For some reason, none of us are satisfied.

  • So just have blinders on.

  • Figure out your body type and just own it.

  • Nothing more confident than owning your body type

  • and working with what you got.

  • This includes standing in front of the mirror quite a lot,

  • getting used to yourself,

  • figuring out what your best assets are.

  • All of us have our best assets.

  • For me it's my teeth and my abs.

  • (laughs)

  • If you tilt your camera this way,

  • it means that your head is now gonna look

  • a lot larger and you're gonna shrink yourself

  • and you're gonna make your legs look a lot longer.

  • Versus when you shoot like this,

  • it's going to mean that your legs are gonna look

  • super long and distorted,

  • and your head is going to be very, very small.

  • The best thing to do is

  • make sure you shoot parallel to your body

  • and also a really good tip

  • to make your legs look extra long:

  • lower the camera a little bit, shoot from about hip height

  • or even sometimes a little bit lower

  • depending on how long you want your legs to be.

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  • I have worked professionally on photography sets

  • and sometimes it takes up to 200 photographs

  • to get that right shot, so make sure you take a lot photos,

  • but please don't put your boyfriend through this

  • unless he really loves it.

  • Let's give boyfriends of the Instagram a break,

  • and either find a friend that really loves snapping photos

  • and you can take turns

  • getting the perfect photo of each other,

  • or learn the art of taking a photo by yourself

  • like I have because I don't want to

  • put my poor boyfriend through boyfriends of Instagram.

  • You need to line up the camera,

  • the framing, your body pose,

  • before you start snapping away

  • because it is so awkward when the camera's going.

  • And literally, well I do, I forget what I'm doing.

  • I freak out and all my photographs look crap.

  • Take a moment, establish yourself, get the framing right,

  • get your body poses right,

  • and then ask someone to take about 10-15 photos of yourself

  • with minor differences like tilting your head.

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  • Poses that you have in your body

  • are going to represent something about you.

  • So are you an artist, do you want to show artistic imagery,

  • do you want go for the high fashion model look,

  • do you want to be a girl of Instagram.

  • Different categories, different poses.

  • So you need to find out what inspires you

  • so you can pose away the right away

  • to portray the right image about you.

  • Hopefully some of these tips have helped you

  • just to master the art of posing,

  • so you look great in photographs,

  • so you can feel really good about yourself.

  • And if you're still embarrassed about

  • posing in front of other people, that's cool.

  • I am really uncomfortable posing in front of other people,

  • so I have learned the art of posing by myself

  • and taking my own photographs,

  • and you can find that video just here.

  • Or another thing,

  • you can grab a friend that you feel very comfortable with,

  • that you trust and you wanna figure out

  • this posing thing.

  • Snap photos of each other,