Pole Shoot: On Choosing Poses

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  1. Easy or complicated – The easier the pose the more you can project and the more chances the photographer can take a good shot. Remember that you need to be able to do the trick repeatedly and hold it long enough for the photographer to take pictures. Opt for difficult ones at your own risk.
  2. Upright or invert – Your face will become redder and your veins will bulge the longer you stay inverted. You may need to get down and rest before another shot.
  3. Hands-free/one-hand/two-hand poses– You need to know where to put and what to do with your hands. You can hold something if it feels awkward. Thinking about it at the last minute is time-consuming.
  4. Facing or not – If it looks unnatural do not force looking at the camera.
  5. Flattering or not – The body part nearest to the lens will look bigger. Flag will make your arms look bigger. Arched poses help in flattening tummies. Gemini will let you showcase muscles. Stay away from poses unflattering to a body part particularly if you are self-conscious about it. Hip hold for instance will probably result in folds on your tummy.
  6. Tight or wide – The tighter the shot is, the lesser room for weird angling. Think cradle and jade. Wide shots are challenging in terms of lighting and composition.
  7. Graceful or strong/smooth or edgy – If you really can’t be graceful, own it and make it more geometric. If you cannot point, flex it. Think end pose for aerial silk, more like contemporary dance than classical ballet.
  8. Straight or stag – The more angles the better the composition. Except for splits which should be just flat. Think upsplit and broken doll. If you cannot lock your knees, stag it. The trick will look so much better.
  9. Expressions – Smiling or not; looking at the camera or looking beyond the camera; looking up or looking down; with teeth or with no teeth; open mouth or not; frowning or not? Whatever you choose, make sure it goes with your pose. Practicing in front of the mirror helps.
  10. Costume and props or not – This can make or break the shot depending on how easy your pose is and how relevant and substantial your costume or prop is. Is it noticeable? Is it easy to manage? Does it go with your pose and expression?

It really is different for everyone. Hope this helps. Cheers!

poledancing forearm stand stag variation
Lian on Pole/ August 2017/ Polecats Manila Studio






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