Symmetry vs Asymmetry

Two considerations when posing a model are symmetry vs asymmetry. Under most circumstances, the primary goal when photographing the female form is to reveal its sensual curves. Though perhaps counter-intuitive, a great way to achieve this is with asymmetrical posing.

Often this means posing the model with one arm higher than the other, or one leg straight with the other bent. The following two images illustrate this principle in both a standing and sitting pose.


Though much less common, symmetrical posing can be effective especially when used as a means to highlight particularly strong features of the model’s figure. As you can see with the following image, this model has magnificent legs and the pose to prove it.


To find more posing tips, check out these other posts: Posing Tips From the Neck Down, Posing Tips From the Neck Up, Revealing the Hourglass, and Master the Contrapposto.

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