Why I think this pose needs to stay on the soccer field

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I call this the “goalie” or “goolie” pose because soccer players do it to protect their *coughs* family jewels when they line up during a penalty shoot out.

Left to their own devices, most men will naturally go to this pose. You see it everywhere, including magazine covers and corporate shoots

My biggest problem with this pose is the body language represents vulnerability. People who are feeling nervous or lacking in confidence will automatically go into this pose.

Posing your models in this way sends the wrong message. If you want to portray your models as confident people who have their shite together, then please, please leave this pose where it belongs: on the soccer field.

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  1. […] In my experience, most people I photograph would rather be doing their taxes or getting a root canal than pose for photos so it really helps to have a system of working that gets people to relax as quickly as possible. If you want to learn more about some of these techniques, check out the following blog posts on posing and directing that I’ve written over the last few months: Why I think this pose needs to stay on the soccer field […]

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