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How To Pose In Front Of The Camera For Fitness Modeling

Aug 17, 2007
With fitness modeling, there are several things a model must be knowledgeable of, in addition to getting her body into shape, if she wishes to have continued success. Whether it is learning about lighting or the proper pose, a fitness model must be completely aware of her surroundings, as well as in control of her body.

The fitness modeling industry requires a model to be in exceptional shape, however, there is actually less focus on muscle mass and more focus on the overall physique, meaning that fitness modeling isn't so much about how big your muscles are but rather how in shape you are. Most female fitness models are lean and chiseled with feminine curves, and while there are instances when female bodybuilder types are used in the industry, it is the leaner, more feminine looking models that get most of the work. Therefore, when getting in front of the camera, the fitness model will not necessarily be posing to show her muscles, but rather her muscles will be enhancing the shot.

Many individuals who try to break into the fitness modeling industry often do not succeed because they are not comfortable in front of the camera. A model must be able to pose in various positions, while remaining at ease, as if the position was natural for her. The shot may include standing on one foot, balancing, and the model must be able to hold herself until the shot is complete.

The best way for a fitness model to practice different poses is to practice in front of a mirror. She should begin by posing different body parts, such as her arms to show her fitness level, as well as her legs and torso. Each body part may play an entirely different part in a shot and one must be able to control every part of their body. Practicing the basic poses, such as quarter turns and front and rear double biceps, will assist the fitness model in securing more jobs as she will demonstrate her level of fitness.

A model must always be aware of where her main lighting source is located and she needs to know that if the light is standing in one direction, she will need to change her posing to that direction. Lighting will often change direction throughout a shoot and it is important for the model to be aware of this, as it will effect her performance.

This, of course, leads us to where the model should be standing. Generally, for each shoot, a model may be required to perform different workout moves for the camera. This will require her to understand the lighting setups and know where her mark is. When she moves from her mark, it can throw the shot off and the camera may no longer be in focus, taking longer to complete the shoot.

Other important posing points are being aware of how much of your body will be included in the shot. If you are working a full length shot, because the placement of your arms and legs will be detrimental to the success of the shot.

A model will also need to be aware of facial expressions. When practicing posing in front of the mirror, she should also be practicing facial expressions to make sure she can display a variety of looks. If the shot calls for a picture of someone having a serious workout and the fitness model has a hard time selling a serious face, the shot will not come out the way that it was intended.

The fact is a fitness model has more to do than just flexing her muscles in front of the camera. She will constantly have to be aware of the lighting, where her mark is, and her facial expressions. Posing in front of the camera shouldn't be a problem if you practice your basic poses in front of a mirror.
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