How to pose for photos + WIN an Olympus selfie camera

Nikki Parkinson Life 262 Comments

Sponsored by Olympus Australia

I have two friends who are former models. The only former thing about them is that they no longer model professionally.

They are utterly gorgeous, tall and know how to pose for a photo.

Now, most people might shy away from being in a photo with a model – former or current – but I chose to learn from them instead.

I could not do anything about my height but I could learn to work with what I have and feel confident in front of the camera.

It’s a good job I did learn these skills from them all those years ago because a good proportion of my blogging and social media time is now spent taking photos of myself.

Last week I got to pass on some of those skills with 20 fabulous Styling You readers at a fabulous lunch hosted at the QT Sydney by my sponsors Olympus Australia.

How to pose for photos | Olympus Selfie lunch

How to pose for photos | Olympus Selfie lunch

How to pose for photos | Olympus Selfie lunch

How to pose for photos | Olympus Selfie lunch

I’m sharing my how to pose for photos tips here … PLUS, get very excited. One lucky reader has the chance to win the very camera that has taken my blog and social media photos to the next level: the Olympus PEN E-PL7 – aka The Selfie Camera.

You can catch up on my previous posts about the fabulous compact camera and how I’ve been using it here:

Say hello to the Olympus selfie camera

How to take a selfie

How to take a flat lay photo

We’ve fallen hard for each other this camera and I. It never leaves my handbag or evening clutch. It’s so incredibly easy to use – even my nine-year-old son has mastered it for my #everydaystyle photos.

Now, let’s get on with the posing, shall we?

How to pose for photos

1. Get out of the way of yourself. This is my number one tip and it doesn’t mean get out the photo. It means, work on your own self confidence so that you never miss a photographic moment ever again. Are you the one always taking photos and never being in them? It’s time to change that and put yourself in the moment. At our lunch we harnessed the aromatherapy power of Twenty8’s Courage and Confidence synergy blend of Grapefruit, Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Geranium, Clay Sage and Rose essential oils. It worked. Everyone was up snapping and posing like nobody’s business.

How to pose in photos  | Olympus Selfie Lunch

2. Natural light is your friend. This applies to all photos, no matter what the subject but especially when taking photos of people faces. If you are inside, face a window so that the indirect, soft light can capture your face like a filter.

How to pose for photos | Olympus Selfie lunch

3. Work out which is your best side. This applies to your face and to your whole body. For your face, it’s not such a big deal if your face is perfectly symmetrical. My face is lower on my right side, so that’s the side I tend to tilt towards the camera. Doing so makes the lack of symmetry less obvious.

How to pose for photos | Olympus Selfie lunch

4. In a head shot selfie, tilt your head on a slight angle. Play with different angles but the idea here is to be the complete opposite of a front-on, unsmiling passport photo. The idea is to bring the head shot to life with perceived movement.

How to pose in photos  | Olympus Selfie Lunch

5. Take a head shot selfie from head height or just slightly above. No-one wants a below the chin shot. No-one. Except maybe your small child who thinks it’s hilarious to take 324 sly selfies featuring double chins and pulled faces. A slight look up to the camera automatically brings your chin up and out (see tip 6!).

How to pose for photos | Olympus Selfie lunch

6. Tilt your chin out and slightly up. Put your hand below your chin and feel what happens if you dip your chin down – even slightly. I just felt about four chins. You? Now do the opposite, tilt your chin slightly up. You’ll feel a smoother line and the line will definitely look smoother in a photo.

How to pose for photos | Olympus Selfie lunch

7. For a full-length portrait, have the camera capture you straight on for better body proportions. The effect of having the lens pointed down will create the illusion of a long torso and short legs. The effect of having the lens pointing up will lengthen the leg but leave your torso quite squat. Never mind what it does to your neck and chin.

How to pose for photos | Olympus Selfie lunch

How to pose for a photo | Olympus Australia selfie lunch

8. If standing front on, place hands on both hips to create space between your torso and arms. If you do this in front of a mirror, you’ll get what I mean. This is especially important if you’re wearing dark blocks of colour. Without that space, you’ll look more like a tree trunk or column. All sense of body shape will be lost.

How to pose for photos | Olympus Selfie lunch

How to pose for a photo | Olympus Australia selfie lunch

9. Crossing legs narrows the line of the body in a photograph. You’ll see me doing this a lot. It doesn’t work all the time with pants as it can give me the tree-trunk effect but in frocks and skirts it works to narrow the whole body line.

How to pose for a photo | Olympus Australia selfie lunch

How to pose for a photo | Olympus Australia selfie lunch

10. Master your signature pose or poses. You don’t have to have a pose repertoire as long as a model’s but it does help to play around a bit with what works for you. You’d be pretty familiar with my main pose: angle so that your left hip is facing towards the camera and your whole body is facing towards the right. Put your left foot slightly out towards the camera and your left hand on hip. Then twist your torso towards the camera. Your hips need to stay side on so it will feel like a yoga twist. The effect is a narrowing of the body line, which is exactly why it’s my favourite.

How to pose for a photo | Olympus Australia selfie lunch

How to pose for a photo | Olympus Australia selfie lunch

11. In a group photo situation place yourself in the middle. This is not the time to be shy and indecisive about being in a photo. Run, don’t walk, to be front and centre. The last place you want to be is on the end – particularly if the photographer is wielding a wide-angled lens. My angles are wide enough, thank-you very much.

How to pose in photos  | Olympus Selfie Lunch

12. Study others. Scroll through the #everydaystyle feed on Instagram. You’ll be inspired by women of all ages, shapes and sizes – all working different poses and having fun with it. Not all will be poses that work for you but they are definitely worth copying and trying to recreate in your own photos.

How to pose for a photo | Olympus Australia selfie lunch

Remember, this is not serious stuff. It’s all about relaxing, having fun and not being afraid to put yourself in the picture to capture your life moments.

PS. Sammie from The Annoyed Thyroid was at the lunch and she wrote about it here.

WIN

Olympus PEN E-PL7 selfie camera

Thanks to Olympus Australia, I’ve got one Olympus PEN E-PL7 (rrp $849 with included kit lens that I’ve been using) to give away to one lucky Styling You reader. To enter, leave a comment below answering this question:

When and where was the most memorable time that you posed for a photo?

Entries open Friday, March 20 at 4.45am (AEST) and close Thursday, April 2 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be judged on originality and creativity (photos can be included and uploaded with the comment). The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.

For more information about the Olympus PEN E-PL7 camera, visit here.

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Comments 262

  1. While I was in the labour, drugged up on epidural and on Facebook waiting for that last cm to dilate! My husband took that photo and sent it to my mum.

  2. I walked past Times Square in NYC & my image flashed on the giant screen there & my son snapped the image of me!

  3. Wouldn,t it have to be everyones wedding day. It was the day that I felt the most beautiful and those pics always bring back such happy memories still 23 years later

  4. I am usually the one behind the camera, it’s where I am most comfortable, maybe it’s time I stepped out and made my moments to remember.

  5. On my wedding day. I felt like the most beautiful person on the planet and you couldn’t wipe the smile off my face!

  6. I’m a camera shy person, actually.

    The most memorable time when I happily posed for a photo with great enthusiasm was in the late 90’s while travelling with my best friend to Sri Lanka. We were both in our mid 60’s “backpacking” our way in our month long South East Asian adventure. The Sri Lankan trip was (and still is) very close to my heart. There we were, volunteering at a local orphanage in a small village, teaching the kids English, Arts & Craft and sport (“Tai Chi” and a bit of Aussie cricket, that is). We were completely blown away by the kids’ happy smiles and cheerfulness. We took a number of “old school” photos together during our stay with the staff and kids. They remain priceless memories to this day.

    Love to go back to Sri Lanka and capture some modern ‘selfies’ one day… if only if I know how to take one (and overcome my shyness)…

  7. I had a photo shoot done after losing 60Kgs. It was a horrifying photograph that was taken one Christmas that started me on my weigh tloss journey and after achieving my goal I thought it was only fitting to see if I liked the look of me in a photograph now. Thankfully for the first time in my life I’m happy to have photographs taken these days!

  8. When my partner was 4 years old he had his picture taken in front of the search and rescue helicopter at Sorrento in Victoria. 25 years later I took his photo in front of the helicopter, this time he was the pilot.. OF THE EXACT HELICOPTER. Dreams come true if you believe in them and work your butt off. True story.

  9. The most memorable time was when I ran a 5 km with all three kids, one in baby carrier and two in the stroller. They took a picture crossing the finish line. Felt so good to make it!

  10. An unexpected trip with my hubby to New York. What better than a cafe selfie of us to remember an amazing time in an amazing place.

  11. Great article Nikki! I take photos of the kids with and without my husband all the time. I have only recently decided to get in the photos with them! They love it and it is memories that we all share together. The schools often ask to have photos of the family and its great to have some fun shots with everyone looking happy and or funny. I took this shot when we decided on an impromptu milkshake after school. The little fun times are as important as the big fun times to capture! There’re not always perfect but it makes sure these little moments aren’t lost!! Thank you for the great tips. They will come in handy!! xom

  12. What a fabulous post!! My most memorable (fun and romantic) photo posing moment was when my now husband then fiance and I had our engagement shoot. It was a Rainy and cloudy afternoon, about to hit sunset in the farming fields near Yatala In Queensland.

    Cue awkward kissing and cuddling, Mosquito’s eating away at us, trudging through muddy fields in thongs, oh the glamour.

    But the photos are the most beautiful lovey moments of us, I still get thrills looking through them, we laughed had fun and learned to pose and move in front of a camera it was wonderful fun and we made lifelong memories with one another.

  13. One of my most memorable photos was on our honeymoon when we took the train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. It was one of the most serene and spiritual places I have been. Hoping to go back again one day, as it was quite an adventure to get there (with very limited Thai language ability) without being in a group tour.

  14. 5 years ago, in front of the Eiffel Tower with my husband and 2 little girls. All my life I dreamed of going to Paris but after having kids I never thought in a million years we would ever actually go. Then on our 10 year anniversary my husband surprised me with tickets to France, something he had secretly been saving for for the last 3 years.

  15. The most memorable photo I posed for was in a dream where my papa who is in heaven placed his hands upon my cheeks and together we showed what family means

  16. It was 1983 on my first trip abroad. We had done all the usual European suspects and the decided to travel a bit further afield. We ended up in Sofia, Bulgaria.

    I was travelling with a Canadian friend of Latvian ancestry. She was already in a paranoid state being in a communist country as she had grown up with her grandparents stories about the communist regime and how they had fled Latvia. As an Australian who had grown up in total freedom, I used to scoff at her worries.

    The day after we arrived, we decided to explore Sofia. We noticed a market and went to have a look. There was a fruit and vegetable stall selling fruit that Australians would throw away. It was bruised and some of it was rotten but the astounding thing to me was the long, long line of people waiting to buy it.

    I snapped a photo of the produce and the line and the next thing I know, there is a very stern policeman wagging his finger at me. I couldn’t understand the words but I could understand the tone.

    He took the film out of my camera and pocketed it. At the same time in the background, my friend was having conniptions that we were going to be sent to a gulag somewhere.

    It is still, to this day, my most memorable photo because all I have of it is the very vivid memories attached to taking it without ever having had the actual image!

  17. It was the Big Apple …
    Yep … THE Big Apple!
    We were sans kids …
    Hubby was ‘forced’ to go to the city that never sleeps for work …
    I ‘had’ to go too!
    I was Styling Me in NYC …
    We went on a boat to see the old lady out in the bay …
    We took pics here and there for all on board, to capture them with the Statue of Liberty …
    We waited for our chance …
    We asked a stranger to capture the moment for us and of us …
    And … he chopped off our heads!
    And … He didn’t even get the grand old lady herself in the shot!
    OH! If only we’d had an Olympus PEN E-PL7 …
    We could have selfied the shot ourselves!
    Nature light, heads up, our signature pose and awesome technology and voila – it would have been the perfect shot!
    Instead, we can only laugh!

    The most memorable moments are probably yet to come …
    Of us with our kids, as they grow …
    It’s going to be remarkable …
    And my vision is to capture all of them properly … with OLYMPUS!

  18. My husband took this photo a few years ago in our garage while practicing his photography. It was a great surprise to see the results and know that with the right pose anyone can take a nice photo. Thanks for the great tips!

  19. TBA – when I put all those wonderful tips into practice starting with No1 being in them. Sometimes reading something in black and white gives you a light bulb moment and this was just one of them, thanks 🙂

  20. Sometimes we don’t know its a memorable photo while we take it…. Mine was with my Nan, and we lost her a few weeks later unexpectedly. Thats why I think taking photos are as important as saying ‘i love you’ because you never know when it will be the last time.

  21. The most memorable photo I have posed for was for our family’s first portrait! the seven of us all together, all behaving with no face pulling, bunny ears, closed eyes, red eyes etc… just a picture perfect happy family Brady Bunch style! 🙂

  22. The most memorable photo I have posed for was for our family’s first portrait! the seven of us all together, all behaving with no face pulling, bunny ears, closed eyes, red eyes etc… just a picture perfect happy family Brady Bunch style! 🙂

  23. My pregnancy photos with my first child taken at home 3 years ago, I remember the feelings I felt, the excitement, fear and anxiety about the birth but I loved being pregnant and my new life was just about to start.

  24. My pregnancy photos with my first child taken at home 3 years ago, I remember the feelings I felt, the excitement, fear and anxiety about the birth but I loved being pregnant and my new life was just about to start.

  25. My most memorable photo was the day that I got married in the Caribbean, at a resort in St Lucia! That day I got to marry my best friend and we just recently celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary.

  26. A selfie is the one photo I instantly dread. A camera comes out and before the flash goes off I have fled! So many pictures of my hubby with the kids, and none of me, this isn’t how I want to be. Please help me fix my fear with a camera I can commandeer.

  27. Recently we went on a trip to Thailand to meet our inlaws over there. We had a week to ourselves first, and found ourselves in the most idyllic location. Every photo from that week will always bring back such strong memories of pure, quality family love and time together. It was pure bliss, and those photos mean so much to me.

  28. nearly forgot to enter! … thankyou nikki for the chance!
    my most memorable photo was when we were about to board the hallstat cable car in Austria, to take us to the ice cave. … they took photos of each person and/or as a couple, with no questions asked!
    soo I started to panic and said to mr m “is this because we could plummet to our death and they have evidence we are on board?”
    his retort was “could be!” …photos somewhere and I lived to tell the tale!;0
    btw … I would love this OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7 camera, as I cannot master the selfie! … doesn’t matter what I do! lol m:)X

  29. When my husband surprised me with a trip to Las Vegas and we posed outside the Graceland wedding chapel. He organised passports and time of for me from work without me suspecting a thing!

  30. Without a doubt it is the photo of me at the end of the Sydney Marathon. I am not a natural runner and this achievement took months of training. We were just about on our way home when I had the presence of mind to remember to get a photo. It’s certainly not a posed photo but I always look at this photo when I have doubts about a big goal- you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it!

  31. Without a doubt it is the photo of me at the end of the Sydney Marathon. I am not a natural runner and this achievement took months of training. We were just about on our way home when I had the presence of mind to remember to get a photo. It’s certainly not a posed photo but I always look at this photo when I have doubts about a big goal- you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it!

  32. By far my most memorable pose was when I posed with my amazing deb partner, the night was hilarious as I fell over in the first dance of the night, so glad no one captured that moment but it really was such a memorable night spent with my friends and family

  33. Our unplanned wedding in Las Vegas, the most wonderful spontaneous moment of my life with the most hilarious Elvis imaginable!

  34. Our unplanned wedding in Las Vegas, the most wonderful spontaneous moment of my life with the most hilarious Elvis imaginable!

  35. Our unplanned wedding in Las Vegas, the most wonderful spontaneous moment of my life with the most hilarious Elvis imaginable!

  36. My last real pose for a camera was when I was 10 weeks pregnant with my first child. I wanted to get a pre-child photo of when I looked young and carefree, little was I to know that my son decided to arrive into this world only 4 weeks later!

  37. My last real pose for a camera was when I was 10 weeks pregnant with my first child. I wanted to get a pre-child photo of when I looked young and carefree, little was I to know that my son decided to arrive into this world only 4 weeks later!

  38. It would have to be for my wedding, knowing the photos would live on for many years to come- and that relatives and friends would also want copies! The memorable part for me was the fact we were in a blizzard, in the snow, at Falls Creek Victoria, but I was so happy I didn’t even feel the cold. We actually had to have our photos taken before the ceremony because the light was good and the photographers were worried we wouldn’t get another chance later in the day! So there we were all dressed up, taking photos and we weren’t even official yet 🙂

  39. It would have to be for my wedding, knowing the photos would live on for many years to come- and that relatives and friends would also want copies! The memorable part for me was the fact we were in a blizzard, in the snow, at Falls Creek Victoria, but I was so happy I didn’t even feel the cold. We actually had to have our photos taken before the ceremony because the light was good and the photographers were worried we wouldn’t get another chance later in the day! So there we were all dressed up, taking photos and we weren’t even official yet 🙂

  40. It would have to be for my wedding, knowing the photos would live on for many years to come- and that relatives and friends would also want copies! The memorable part for me was the fact we were in a blizzard, in the snow, at Falls Creek Victoria, but I was so happy I didn’t even feel the cold. We actually had to have our photos taken before the ceremony because the light was good and the photographers were worried we wouldn’t get another chance later in the day! So there we were all dressed up, taking photos and we weren’t even official yet 🙂

  41. I’m not one to pose for photos, and only when i have to. But, my most memorable day has to be my wedding day. Looking back through my photos, there are only a couple of shots i really liked. Studying my favourite, i can see I followed your tips: photo taken in natural light, head tilted to one side, my best side has been captured and i’m standing next to a stud muffin!

  42. I’m not one to pose for photos, and only when i have to. But, my most memorable day has to be my wedding day. Looking back through my photos, there are only a couple of shots i really liked. Studying my favourite, i can see I followed your tips: photo taken in natural light, head tilted to one side, my best side has been captured and i’m standing next to a stud muffin!

  43. Sitting comfortably on the edge of the trawler I was cooking on, enjoying the sun, right before I was swept overboard by a freak wave.

  44. Sitting comfortably on the edge of the trawler I was cooking on, enjoying the sun, right before I was swept overboard by a freak wave.

  45. This was taken by a photographer while I was on holiday in 1985 ( aged 5) with my parents, siblings and both sets of Grandparents. It was the first time we had all been on holiday before and I had the most amazing time at a wonderful holiday park in St Ives. I remember feeling so excited having this photo taken as my parents didn’t own a camera so I had rarely had my photo taken. Unfortunately this is only one of two photos I have of myself and my brother and sister together. Sadly my brother died from an accident 6 months later. I will always cherish this photo and the memories it holds. It reminds me too that you can never have enough photos of loved ones!

  46. It was 4 years ago when friends and family gathered to help my husband and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.

  47. My wedding day 9yrs ago, the first time that I was happy to be the centre of attention and let people take pictures of me without trying to hide away!

  48. My wedding day 9yrs ago, the first time that I was happy to be the centre of attention and let people take pictures of me without trying to hide away!

  49. On our honeymoon! With the stress of the wedding day over I could finally relax and unwind and not feel so self conscious that there was a photographer following our every move! I will always cherish the selfie photo of me and hubby relaxing on the beach with our sunnies on smiling!

  50. On our honeymoon! With the stress of the wedding day over I could finally relax and unwind and not feel so self conscious that there was a photographer following our every move! I will always cherish the selfie photo of me and hubby relaxing on the beach with our sunnies on smiling!

  51. It was in Seattle in 2007 when a lovely friend asked my life long hero,Neil Finn to have my photo taken with him

  52. It was in Seattle in 2007 when a lovely friend asked my life long hero,Neil Finn to have my photo taken with him

  53. It was actually my 30th surprise birthday party, I was too shocked and overwhelmed while someone caught some less glamourous shots of running mascara face here. It was memorable because I posed the heck out of the second half with all my friends to make up for it! Hah.

  54. Last year in Austria. It was my first time in Europe and we went to watch my daughter in the Australian Wildwater team compete at the World Cups. Being able to be there, wearing the Australian team shirts and watching athletes from all over the world was a proud and memorable experience.

  55. (O)verexcited,
    (L)aughing out loud
    (Y)es I was extremely proud.
    (M)y brother, sister and I posed for a shot,
    (P)riceless memories I’ve never forgot.
    (U)nited in love to celebrate me,
    (S)pecial life moments and all for free.
    (P)ancakes, pj’s and popcorn,
    (E)njoying the little ol’ day I was born.
    (N)uggies, sibling jabber and jokes,
    (E)arplugs ready for the folks.
    (P)icture perfect life was good,
    (L)ocked in embrace there we stood.
    (7)00 more like it if I could.

  56. Our Wedding Day was the most memorable time that I posed for photos. This photo was a favourite, I loved the angles and use of light it complimented me perfectly. I am my harshest critic so equipped with your tips I hope to perfect future poses with confidence and a positive smile.

  57. I hate heights so standing at the top of the Empire State Building really freaked me out, let alone smiling for a photo!

  58. The photo taken of me and my newly born first child to be sent to my mum, who was extremely ill. She passed away soon after.

  59. I was standing beside my sister when her partner proposed. The most magical moment I have ever witnessed, it was captured forever to treasure.

  60. I was standing beside my sister when her partner proposed. The most magical moment I have ever witnessed, it was captured forever to treasure.

  61. When I saw the Northern Lights in Inari, Finland, 335 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, in -35 degrees Celsius temperature!

  62. On top of Table Mountain in Cape Town in a howling gale! Two friends and I saved up for the trip of a lifetime and a kind person shot the picture with the three of us trying to stand up and hair all over our faces and broad grins. A never to be forgotten time with so much laughter!

  63. Oooh, I like this contest because I love posing with people and places and I love the camera! It’s tough as I once interviewed and posed for a photo with Pat Rafter – not in our undies though… He is so gorgeous. But this pic of me posing with a helicopter is special because I’d just been flown by private helicopter to the Pyrenees knocking off two dreams in one! Hence the big cheesy grin 🙂

  64. On the snowcapped mountains of Mount Ruapehu, after a vibrant holiday exploring New Zealand with my family. I was wide-eyed and excited, so there was no pose, just me being delighted.

  65. In Paris when me and my husband had just got engaged, not
    only was I standing in front of one the most beautiful sights in the world –
    The Eiffel Tower, I also had a big fat diamond on my finger that I could show
    off!

  66. My most memorable photo was posing as a bridesmaid with my period while leaking everywhere. My tip is just to smile no matter how uncomfortable or awkward you feel in a given situation: no one will notice a thing (unless your dress is white!).

  67. posing for a pre-birth photo at 9+ months and thinking it would be nice to look back on – instead I feel physical pain when looking at it now!

  68. My first memory of posing for a photo was in grade 5. I borrowed my dads camera. It was taken for a time capsule to be buried for 25 years. I was standing in front of a yacht at our local marina and wrote about who and where I might be when I opened it all those years later. Sadly on this anniversary last year, and on opening the time capsule with the school, my teacher and principal put in an opened bottle of wine (after consuming it in celebration) that destroyed all the contents except for a few small things! My photo and letter to myself was destroyed, but the memory of that time and opening it all these years later will be kept forever 🙂 it connected friendships 25 years later. It was a great project. X

  69. At my graduation from university with the chancellor. I struggled both mentally and emotionally for my four years and had to get an extension on my final assignment… but I graduated with the rest of my class in 2005 for my Bachelor of Education (Primary).

  70. Other than defining moments of my husband and I, and our children, I would pick the photo of me standing at the helm of a yacht, sailing the Whitsunday Passage. I had a choice to fly back to the mainland or sail back. I rang my husband, he was hanging out nappies.

  71. When my gorgeous first child Roma was born. Even in my pethedine induced euphoric haze I remembered my little sister’s sage advice not to let hubby photograph ‘us’ looking upwards towards my chin(s)!

  72. The most memorable time that I posed for a photo was a couple months ago when I went on a study trip to Europe & FINALLY got a picture of me in front of the Eiffel Tower! It really was a dream come true to explore the wonders of Paris, taking photos every few steps to capture the excitement & the memories I never want to forget!

  73. 1962, I was 5 years old, being pinched by a Kuka-Kuka warrior, Sothern Highland, Papua New Guinea. Yes, they were cannibals, long white pig or not, I must have been to skinny!

  74. Going all out with a Halloween Party – I’m Cleopatra , but my daughter Scarlett just shines from within her costume , it’s Scarletts party and I loved how much fun she and her friends had .
    Vanessa

  75. My grandma died on the day my nephew entered the world, it was a sad day but memorable as we took photos of our new addition who symbolised rebirth and happiness after a period of death and strife!
    Winning this amazing prize would surely change my life!

  76. The most memorable time I posed for a photo was with my family at my sisters wedding in 2011 (the previous family photo we took was in 2007). It’s now 2015 and we haven’t taken afamily photo since the wedding 4years ago.

  77. I posed with my son, who was eating an apple for the first time. The horror and grimace on his face is hilarious and the photo always makes me smile.

  78. The most memorable time I posed for a photo was on my graduation day, getting my degree. My husband and baby were in the audience and I couldn’t feel prouder of what we had all achieved together. It had been a slog studying and working full time, and we had sold our house to finance it. Fourteen years on and I would love a decent camera instead of i-phone to take photos of my wonderful family!

  79. After years of avoiding being photographed. I finally let my husband take a photo of me in Paris. When I saw that photo I realised I was not as bad as I had imagined. I now am happy to be photographed on holiday and family events.

  80. A few weeks ago we had a family reunion and hired a photographer to capture the current extended family. I don’t yet feel naturally comfortable as a subject, but being able to stand alongside my husband, children and family spanning 3 generations and different nationalities felt natural.

  81. On my wedding day, at the church, the locations shoots and at the reception. I posed and smiled till my face went numb.

  82. Sleeping in the dark woods, snapped just before I rolled off the log and smacked myself a nice big egg on the back of the head, lol.

  83. A bitter-sweet moment to say the least. On the die my beautiful Skyla (my 2 year old jack russel dog) was killed. Moments before she died, a relative had taken a photo of her snuggling into me – it was the most heartfelt snuggle I had ever had from her. Looking back at the photo now, it captures the love Skyla gave, I still remember how much she loved life and people and what a beautiful little girl she was. I just wish I could have one more cuddle with her.

  84. On our 50th Wedding Anniversary when our son and family came from Ireland and we had the whole family 16 children and Grandchildren together. A very special photo
    Nola D

  85. Last time I posed for a photo was at a cousin get together on Saturday before the major get together at the 30 anniversary reunion last weekend. I have got to say thank goodness that my cousin had his wife taking photos because my camera is dead and I am not impressed, lets face it the iphone just doesnt do the job !!!!

  86. At my Debutante ball which feels like a lifetime ago now. I somehow convinced the ‘then’ love of my life to be my partner which he graciously did, much to his disgust at having to wear a tux and pose for the photo’s that seemed never ending with professional photographer & overly excited relatives. I felt like a Princess, with my very handsome ‘older’ Prince by my side. All these years later, seen, done and experienced more than most do in a lifetime, but that one night will always be my most memorable, for the night, memories made that I think really will last a lifetime and beyond because a month later my Prince ended up in jail, where he died a few years later. Losing him, no closure, or getting to explore a happy ever after together is what makes posing for those Deb photo’s he deemed so silly, so special, memorable to me.

  87. Peter Mac, on a hospital bed sitting by my Dad for the final time. Was the last time we were together, I treasure that photo that a very lovely nurse took for us as we held back tears to say our goodbyes.

  88. Three years ago in Melbourne when Kiss came to town. I had the pleasure of posing with the gorgeous and amazing Paul Stanley. Memorable because finally my dreams were coming true, all the more memorable because Gene Simmons was calling me over to pose with him, which I didn’t want to do……was nice for the ego!

  89. Three years ago in Melbourne when Kiss came to town. I had the pleasure of posing with the gorgeous and amazing Paul Stanley. Memorable because finally my dreams were coming true, all the more memorable because Gene Simmons was calling me over to pose with him, which I didn’t want to do……was nice for the ego!

  90. I went to work at a small department store at age 40. The owner took a liking to me and I posed weekly for the local paper ads for the store, in different outfits. I had a great time, I had to wait until 40 for stardom.

  91. Its not the best photo me, as it was taken in the wee early hrs. I am sitting at the kitchen table eating my mums triffle straight out of the bowl, i have the spoon full & my mouth wide open ready & my head thrown back in a great belly laugh, and it was just a moment caught in time,but the memory of that night & what was happening around us still makes us raor with laughter when we all get together & the old photos come out – alot of love from friends past xoxo

  92. At Niagara Falls! It was my first overseas trip, I went with one of my best friends to visit another best friend who lived in Canada, and I got an awesome poncho! (Plus, ya know, Niagara falls!)

  93. On the way out of the Church as Mr & Mrs 31 years ago just this week ! Remember it as if it was just yesterday and wow what has happened in our lives since that day …..

  94. With my dad for my graduation. He passed away a few weeks later due to illness but will forever treasure this photo and memory xx

  95. After having each of my children. I didn’t care how I looked, I was proud of my body and could not wipe the smile off my face!

  96. NYE 2013 on top of the Empire State Building in NYC – it was about zero degrees but it’s a moment I will never forget. It was dream come true to be able to go to NYC with hubby and the kids and we had the best time with fantastic photos to prove it!

  97. In country Victoria at the cross roads of a little place called Paradise, over near St.Arnaud, it was a lovely drive all around the country side there.

  98. My most memorable photo was in the gardens of a motel in Tamworth for my 2nd marriage to the most amazing man just over 5 years ago. We had been together for 10 years already and finally took the plunge. It was so special as we had both our beautiful children and grandchildren present. They all thought that they were coming along to a party to then discover that their individual parents were actually getting married. The weather was perfect even though it had rained in the morning and the gardens were in bloom. A memorable day.

  99. My most memorable pose was outside the US base at the Sth Pole many years ago, was a dream come true to get there but photo was probably not that great due to the very cold conditions…

  100. Well not me posed, the cutie patootie dogalogue. In the backyard with the kids laughing in the background. Happy memories, happy times, cutie patootie dog.

  101. When I was birthing my third child my Step Mum was present and I was eternally grateful as she gave me support through the birth and took photos when baby was born. She took one of me holding bubs and I have to say I looked like death warmed up and appear to glaring at the camera. I have since learned when posing for photos…always smile extra hard, even if you don’t feel like it or if you think you’re smiling, smile more!

  102. This was my most memorable picture so far. This was over the recent christmas holidays when I went on my very first trip overseas. We had gone almost the whole trip with no snow and I was beginning to think that we weren’t going to see any at all in the middle of winter! Finally on a day trip through the Scottish highlands it just came plummeting down. I was so excited! This was when we were at Loch Ness.

    But our bus soon got stuck in the snowstorm and it got a little Hunger Games-esque with the food rations! It is still my favourite photo from the trip and the place I loved the most.

  103. Always one to be behind the camera instead of in front, my most memorable time I ended up posing for a photo was when the love of my life took me for a picnic in the park. Overlooking the Story Bridge and Brisbane city by night the scene was set, white linen, candles, Bollinger and a delectable three course dinner later he got down on one knee, told me I was the woman he had been searching for all of his life and asked if I would be his wife. My answer was yes and once I wiped away the happy tears I happily posed for a photo to capture our special night.

    Thanks for the tips Nikki, they will be invaluable for our wedding!

  104. Posing with the lovely Luke Nguyen for a fabulous MasterChef afternoon that I won with five of my friends at Red Lantern, Surry Hills. A wonderful time was had by all, I’ll never forget it! Luke and his talented team even posed for the camera in our limo afterwards 😉

  105. The most memorable time was when my whole family posed for a professional photo shoot back in 2012. It was my Mum and Dad, my two sisters and their families, my husband and my 12 week old son. The reason it was such a special photo though is because it was when I met my brother-in-law for the first time and 12 week old niece. My sister lives with her family in San Diego because my brother-in-law is in the US navy…we rarely get to see each other and they had a long distance relationship before she moved over to the USA to marry him. It’s memorable because this is the last family shot of us all together. Almost 3 years later we haven’t had another opportunity and I can’t wait for the next one because I now have a 1 year old nephew that needs to be in the photo. I’m not sure if photoshopping him in is such a good idea! I’m sure when we’re all together again it will be the perfect shot for a new camera. 🙂

  106. I pose for photo’s everyday thanks to “everydaystyle” on instagram and I have really learned to embrace having my photo taken. Not always an easy thing for a mum as so often we are the ones behind the camera taking the photo. But the most memorable photo would have to be when I married my gorgeous husband 7 years ago and we took a photo of our beautiful blended family of 9 with the back drop of the beautiful Scarborough skyline.

  107. Well. Firstly I must say thanks for the tips!! I’m currently redoing my blog (a work in progress) and the only photo I could find for the about me section was of my feet. Yes my feet. In fact I have quite a few photos of my feet which made it to the final cut but sadly none of myself….yet!!
    The most memorable time I posed for a photo? My wedding. Stay with me. I’m sure this is a common answer. Problem was the dress maker had made a few er…mistakes with my dress and while a friend of a friend had done her best to rectify it, well she hadn’t. And she finished putting it back together 5 minutes before the ceremony so there was no choice but to lump it! The waist area was 3 sizes too big and hanging off, while the rest of it beautifully clung to my then lovely pre baby body! I spent the day posing with my bouquet artfully placed in front of the ‘problem area’ which worked pretty well!!

  108. I’ve learnt to embrace selfies, although do prefer to share the space with someone I love. Only today we took a shot of three parents freezing our butts off on a ‘beach excursion’ in hideous winter like weather. Doubt I’ll forget that. Most memorible time though is when I’d just finished my dance exam as a teenager and I was playing cards with my nan. I knew my uncle was sitting on the side lines wanting to capture our expression and boy did he do that when I lost. She’s since passed and I cherish that shot as it’s a real reminder of our time together.

  109. I’m normally behind the camera rather than in front! I detest having my photo taken! Over the last few years, I’ve educated myself a fair bit in photography and post processing, just so that I am always the one taking the shot. I guess the most memorable pose I have was about 11 years ago. we went on a big family vacation to Disneyland and the USA and I had my photo with Mickey Mouse plus all of my 3 children, husband, sister and my beautiful mum who died about 18 months after it. She was just like me and didn’t really like having her photo taken either. Sadly, it’s one of only a mere few photos I have of her and us all! She was so radiant and happy in that shot. I’ve some other odd ones from many, many years ago, but this one just speaks volumes. It tells me that I need to put my own self loathing of photos aside and just get in the shot with and for my kids!!!!!

  110. I do a selfie a couple of times a decade, so my international friends and relatives remember what I look like. Last year I climbed one of the highest peaks in Switzerland and took a ‘I’m on top of the world’ pic. Previous to that my last photo was at an business function 2008 and I was pulling a ‘I don’t do photos’ look

  111. Definitely September 2012, a friend who is a photographer came to a family BBQ and took some photos of us, most memorably one of me with both my sisters and our Mum. That photo became even more important when we lost Mum to cancer only 2 months later.

  112. Great post and great tips, thank you for sharing.

    It’s so hard to pick one ‘posing moment’, I have been accused of being a poser sometimes, though I don’t take a good ‘selfie’.

    Possibly the most memorable was when I was in Paris with a girlfriend. We were both 24 and it was her first ever trip overseas and she had just arrived in Paris. The previous day we had visited Galeries Lafayette. Not being able to afford anything inside, as a joke we bought two berets from one of the cart-vendors outside. The next day we were visiting the Museums and walking through the gardens by the Seine, wearing our berets, we were stopped by some tourists wanting to take our photo. I can only imagine we looked ‘French’. We posed for them and with them and then some more tourists came along and we ended up posing for almost a bus load of people. We never told them we weren’t French, we just said ‘oui’ and ‘merci’ and left it there.

  113. I adored my time in the NT and with the rock, definitely memorable! I climbed on the roof of the rental car, snapped away from all the mayhem of the tourists and got to enjoy a cool beer with it too.

  114. The most memorable time I posed for a photo wasn’t glamorous. In fact, I was lying on a theater table with tears streaming down my face. My hair was covered in a hair net, and is been awake for nearly 3 days. But lying on my chest was the most perfect bundle of baby. It was a posed photo of my husband and I and our first baby. Yesterday he turned 1.

  115. The most memorable time I posed for a photo was my 40th birthday party just over a year ago! I’d spent a great part of that year, leading up to my 40th, exercising and eating well, all with the goal of wearing a cute little dress at my 40th birthday party. I felt great, I looked great, and I couldn’t wait to pose with all my family and friends that night. Usually the one behind the camera, this was my time to shine. A mother of two and married for 10 years, that night was a celebration of me and who I had become. I was proud of myself for all my dedication and hard work and for maintaining a little piece of ‘me’ amongst the busyness of family life. Now I proudly take a selfie, just so I make sure our family albums have plenty of pics of me in them!

  116. Most memorable, I just can’t think of just one! I keep trying to think of the one I like looking at the most, but those are not actually the most memorable, just the best ones of me. Perhaps one of the most memorable would be THE most unglam shot of all. A school friend and I were living in Ireland, we took a trip to Stockholm for midsomers eve and we stayed in the backpackers that is actually a boat just near the beautiful old town. Our cabin dorm was shared with other travelling paupers and the bathrooms had showers with no doors on them. They were the fastest showers we ever had. My friend snapped a photo of me on the lower bunk trying to get dressed with some modesty. It’s a shocker of a photo. But we laugh about it always. Every bad speck of that photo has hilarious memories. The grey undies because we couldn’t use the washing machine, the t-shirt I wore all the time as I had no others left. The blonde hair we got dyed at the hairdresser school because we had no money and just knowing we were about to go out in Stockholm and the Welsh Soccer club team would think meeting two Aussie girls in Sweden was kind of cool…

    One very ugly photo of one very memorable time.

  117. Wedding number three to the same fabulous man, I promised Elvis that I wouldn’t treat him like a hound dog or step on his blue suede shoes and I took that hunk a hunk a burning love to continue to be mine….again….stepping out of the stretch limo, in cocktail gown, very vegas shirt, and friends and family dressed to the nines…just such a great moment captured.

  118. I am the one normally taking photos of my family. With menopause hitting me at 46 I felt quite frumpy and not liking myself. I would always take photos of the girls and my hubby. Then my two daughters grew up and moved to Sydney. Last year was the first Christmas where they weren’t going to come back home to do all our traditions. So when they asked us to do Christmas with them I knew this was my chance to make some better memories. I put on a smile told myself to think beautiful and included myself with them every chance I got. I now have one of all four of together which is very precious. I have learnt to tilt my chin up 🙂

  119. Facing my fear of heights I went to the summit of the Eiffel Tower and posed with a glass of French champagne on the day of my 50th birthday. I’d just lost a good friend to cancer and knew my challenge was nothing after all she had been through. It was a very memorable moment I’ll never forget on a special day.

  120. Facing my fear of heights I went to the summit of the Eiffel Tower and posed with a glass of French champagne on the day of my 50th birthday. I’d just lost a good friend to cancer and knew my challenge was nothing after all she had been through. It was a very memorable moment I’ll never forget on a special day.

  121. The wedding of gorgeous friends of mine in Byron Bay. Floaty dress + wicked shoes captured in the dress up booth. Hours of dancing, lots of laughter and love between family and friends.

  122. The most memorable time I posed for a photo was at the birth of my youngest son. My first son was born in hospital, it wasn’t a great experience and I decided (after much cajoling of my husband) to have a home birth second time around, complete with birthing pool.
    (Please note husband doesn’t like mess, there was so much plastic sheeting, it looked like the set of Dexter)
    When F arrived, following the most wonderful labour (and I don’t say that lightly), I remember looking at my husband (tears streaming down his face) and saying “take a picture!”
    It sticks in my mind, because I loathe having my picture taken. I’ll do anything to avoid it (And yes, I am so working on getting out of the way of myself!).
    But there I was, proud mama, semi-naked, red-faced, bedraggled-hair, triumphantly holding our son. Not caring what I looked like.

    When I’m having one of those “I hate the way I look” days, that photo can still snap me out of it. I just think, “Look what I did”.

  123. Great tips, Nikki! There are lots of memorable photos with my kids but I’m currently doing a bit of a dare with a friend. I have to take a selfie with a random person each month! As a result I’ve taken pics with some interesting people with great stories, including Dave the guy that changes the scores on the old board for cricket at North Sydney Oval! I’m less shy about getting in photos now (your tip 1!) and meeting some really lovely people I’d be too shy to speak to before. How much better with an Olympus! 😉

  124. My strongest memory of ever having my picture taken was having dad take our (my siblings and I) picture on the first day of school, every year as kids. The photos were always taken outside, at the front door. Nearly thirty years on and I still remember it like it was yesterday! I hated doing it at the time but it is lovely to look back on and laugh at our interesting hairdos.

  125. The moment we took my daughter to Disneyland and she met Minnie Mouse for the first time. I have never seen a child so in awe of someone and we all shared an amazing and memorable moment

  126. My family lives in all corners of the globe and we reunited in South Africa for the first time in 20 years last Christmas. After Christmas lunch, we posed for our only full family photo, from my grandma to the great-grandkids. Coincidentally, we were all wearing shades of blue so it looked like we’d planned a family style for the pic! I framed the photo and gave it to my grandma for her 90th birthday.

  127. Twice this week….my grandma’s 90th birthday party was hosted at my place yesterday and I was part of a four-generations photo which I plan to print and frame. Less fun was rocking up to work on Tuesday to be told that the admin team need to fill in a questionnaire about ourselves and pose for a (hideous) photo for the website. I wish your blog was published last week! If you choose me as a winner I’ll send you the link to work’s website and also convince the boss to take a new photo of me so you can see the before and after.

  128. I’m usually the one behind the camera and I really need to pay attention to your very first tip get out of my own way and have the confidence to jump in front. Great tips, thanks Nikki!

  129. I love seeing all the familiar faces in this post Nikki, bloggy peeps are the best peeps! My most memorable shot is posing with Mrs Woog and Beth at last years ProBlogger Event. Unfortunately humidity had hit my curly hair, and I didn’t even realise. Imagine a photo with two of your hero’s and sporting Boxing Promotor Don King’s hairstyle!
    Oh geez! I’m looking forward to getting back into #everydaystyle Last year participating, I felt so good, my confidence grew and I loved prepping my outfit each evening. I’ve let it slide, and my confidence in my clothes has dipped. Olympus could really get me back, and confidently so!

  130. I once posed for the SMH food section – I had to hold a wine glass and they took a shot of me…from my wrist down! hehe…that was the start and end of my modelling career.

  131. I worked for a company and they wanted to advertise their graduate scheme and chose me to be the face of it! The photo they took was in a lot of newspapers. Famous for 5 seconds!

  132. On Christmas morning 2014 with my eldest Grandson. This photo melts my heart. Zac is 7 and such a sensitive,compassionate young boy. Who excels in his school work and his cricket and football. Would love to be able to capture more photos of each of my Grandchildten.

  133. A few years ago, I organised a rally in my local town against the NSW government’s changes to TAFE arts. And I was late. When I finally got to the town park, I was set on by five photographers. Sure, I was the organiser and I was dressed to make a statement in my fabulously colourful “Save TAFE Arts” T-shirt and funky hat, but good lord, I felt like a paparazzi victim! Move this way. Can you take the hat off? Can you put the hat on? Can you stand by the poster? What’s your message for today? Most bizarre. Alas, TAFE arts in my town is no more.

  134. 9 years ago, on top of sugar loaf mountain in Rio, Brazil after being proposed to! A lovely lady who just happened to be from sydney watched my now hubby propose to me, came right over after and asked for our camera and proceeded to direct us in a proposal re-enactment photo shoot. She made him get down on one knee again and captured it all! I’ll be forever grateful as we now have this precious moment forever captured! Xx

  135. Last year I had the opportunity to meet Manu Fieldel, and although I didn’t think I was a raving fan his Gallic charm was overwhelming! He was adorable and very cuddly, and all thoughts of posing for the camera went out the window, as you can see by the gleeful smile on my face! Such a great memory. xx

  136. The most memorable time I posed for a photo was when I met the divine Mr Jon Bon Jovi at his Bondi concert in 1997. I was so starstruck I couldn’t even speak to him, I tried to but no words would come out! I was 17 and started my HSC the next day 🙂

  137. When I was 6 I went to Japan with a Japanese family friend. She promised to take me to the Tokyo Zoo to see the pandas, and promised that if they were not on display then she would buy me a toy panda. The photograph is of me cuddling the toy panda under the Tokyo Zoo sign. That panda is battered and stained and torn, but over 40 years later, it takes pride of place on a shelf in my daughter’s bedroom. The photograph is physically lost, but not lost to my memory.

  138. On my first holiday abroad January 2015. Upon Haleakala crater, Maui with moana kea and moana loa on the horizon. My friends and I were waiting for the sunset. Close to the heavens, Where time felt as though it had stood still, So peaceful and serene.

  139. When my first grandchild was born – I was present at the birth with my beautiful daughter and even though I didn’t have any makeup on, tears were rolling down my face and it was 1:30 am I still wanted my photo taken with my gorgeous grandson to remember that time and capture that memory. I still look at that picture and remember how utterly happy I was !!

  140. Great tips! Love this post so much. When and where – I know I’m supposed to say my own wedding, but I’ll actually say my best friend’s wedding. I was her matron of honour and had just had my first bub four months earlier. I put on 30kg with that pregnancy and, while I’d lost most of it (it was mostly fluid retention), I was bigger than I’d ever been un-pregnant and felt completely ungorgeous. But we had a ball! We hammed it up for the photos and had a great time. (My fave is actually one my husband took – he was in the bridal party too, and I had no idea he was taking a sneaky photo while we were laughing at the photographer who had lost her grip on an umbrella! I guess technically I didn’t pose for that one – not knowingly, anyway!)

  141. The most memorable time that I posed for a photo was in Santorini, Greece in 2004. I had just broken up from a 4 year relationship and had always wanted to go to Greece. So I bit the bullet and went overseas by myself which was a wonderful experience. I went to Santorini in the Greek Islands and of course – being by myself, I had to ask others to take my photo. It was such an achievement to be there and posing in these photos was such a memorable experience. Imagine if I had an Olympus PEN E-PL7!! I could take my own selfies and wouldn’t have to rely on others to take my photo when travelling or when I take my kids out and about. Then I could actually be in the photos instead of behind the camera 🙂

  142. Because I’ve reinvented myself a few times in my life, having a professional photo session with a photographer in my 60th year dressed in all my tribal bellydance regalia was a special time. Sure, some were photoshopped but I’ve also bravely shared the ones that weren’t as well (emphasises the importance of lighting you referred to, Nikki 😉 Hopefully the resulting photos illustrate to all my friends that you can be empowered, strong and still beautiful at any age or shape.

  143. Standing in front of the taj mahal in agra, india is one i cant forget for the rest of my life. The most surreal feeling yet totally real.
    I call it a life defining moment and is on my highly recommended list!

  144. I will always and forever remember my meet and greet photo
    with the amazing Keith Urban. I will always treasure it. However the photographer was on his knees, so
    the camera was looking upwards towards our faces. So I don’t like the way I
    look in it. Keith looks amazing though, but I agree with the tip to look slightly ‘up’ at the camera rather than down. The photo
    was also taken in a black curtain room….so the tip to have natural light is a
    top tip. My arms were straight down my side so I love the ‘hand on hips’ tip, I believe that that would have given my body a
    better look in the photo.

    With the great tips and a great camera my photos will never
    be the same again, thankfully.

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  145. It is hard to go past the photo taken at Government House NSW in April 2013 with the extraordinary and inspiring NSW Governor, Dame Marie Bashir, who had just presented me with my Conspicuous Service Cross which I was awarded in the Australia Day Honours list for exceptional leadership during my command of HMAS Kuttabul. Bursting with pride I couldn’t help but smile at all the camera lenses pointed in my direction – it completely shifted my attitude to posing for photos and I think I’m ready to embark into the selfie space with all the great advice you have provided.

  146. Great tips! I really want to start doing some more outfit shots on my blog and my instagram but my husband is often an unwilling photographer, I really just need to get a tripod I think!!
    It sounds really vain but you do need to take lots of experimental photos of yourself to work out what looks good, and then as time goes on you’ll automatically start posing in the best way in pics without even thinking about it!
    My most memorable photo posing was probably my wedding. I love our wedding photos and it was so much fun and was really relaxed and natural which is just what we wanted. We drove out onto Lake George (near Canberra) and had some photos there on the dry parts of the lake, they turned out so amazing. And how many people can say they had their wedding photos taken on a lake?

  147. Last year at fashion week. Sandwiched between Michelle Leslie and some other hot model. Sounds ok? Let’s fill in the details. I had been shooting all day and had no plans to back the day up with front row runway seats at fashion week. So was wearing a filthy striped top, leather pants that had been partially destroyed by a certain bulldog, not a scrap of makeup and crazy cat woman hair. Charming. And so, sandwiched between Michelle and some stunner, we were papped and ended up in the social pages…because…Michelle Leslie. Finest hour.

  148. I have on my phone a photo of me standing in front of my mother’s memorial stone (her photo is etched on the plaque) at Mt Thompson Memorial Gardens.

    I have no clue as to the etiquette of taking photos of graves or memorial stones – for all I know it may be an obscene and morbid faux pas, but I hadn’t taken a photo with my mother in over ten years, and that photo contains not only the regret of not taking any photos with her; but all the many many other guilt-ridden regrets of things not said and done in her lifetime.

    My gut still wrenches a little when I see that picture, and it was what sprang to mind when you asked your question. I have been reluctant to pose for photos since gaining (a boatload) of weight in the last few years, but I think I’ll start getting over myself and start snapping away with my children 🙂

  149. When my boyfriend and i took our last photo with his grandpa before he passed away, it was such a nice day and i felt like i had an amazing connection with my boyfriends grandpa and we always look back on the photo and remember him and all the times at his home!
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  150. I saddled (and ponied) up for more formal education last year (because three university degrees are just not enough). First day. First class. First in the lecture theatre. Hiding behind my sunglasses for fear of eviction (“who’s the nana in row four?”), it occurred to me this was a moment worth capturing with a selfie. Because starting is just as important as finishing. [email protected]

  151. The most memorable time I posed for a photo was in the UK Aug 2008 when family and friends threw at leaving party for my husband and I before we emigrated to Australia. This is still one of my favourite photos and we’re still here in Perth, WA, nearly 7 years later – we love our Aussie life! I love taking photos at any opportunity and drive my hubby mad with selfies, but he does admit that he likes to look back at our photo albums every now and again and reminis. I turn the big 40 this year and have promised to get myself a ‘proper’ camera so I can continue with my little hobby and hopefully improve the quality of my shots. Thanks for the posing tips SY, I’ll be trying these out from now on

  152. A once only meet with George Kotsiopoulos, but I look like a scared rabbit. But thanks to your tips I know how to stand next time .

  153. As you’ve probably guessed I don’t like having photos taken of myself but it’s something I’m determined to get over and I think occasionally joining your #everydaystyle challenge might help me. Having your camera would be even more of a help.

    I think the most memorable photo I’ve ever posed for was at my engagement beach party which actually turned into my surprise wedding.

    The photographer took us out on to the pier and was waiting for the perfect wave to come in for the perfect background.

    They managed to get an award winning shot and some. Hubby and myself ended up rather drenched and it’s actually the shots taken after ‘the’ shot that I love the most.

    First up it’s the picture perfect moment, then we have the look of surprise, the next is turning around in horror as we face a massive wave and then the one of us in fits of giggles. It sums up our relationship perfectly.

  154. A selfie taken out with my son and daughter .i would love to win an Olympus camera to capture moments in life .Also wanting to start a business and be able to photograph well .taking lots of hints from SY . Thankyou

  155. I have avoided being in the picture for many years. A few weeks ago I read a post on Bron Maxabella’s blog about mum’s putting themselves into the picture. It resonated deeply. The next day we took a family selfie on my old iPhone, coinciding with my youngest’s first day at kinder. It was both over and under exposed but I still love it. Under a big gum tree in our backyard, full of gorgeous red flowers. Big smiles and cheesy grins. I would love to capture my gorgeous kids and myself with a new Olympus selfie camera. Thanks for the opportunity Nikki x

  156. i went horseriding at Waiheke Island. When I was done I posed with the horse and it cuddled me with it’s neck wrapping around me.

  157. 3 weeks ago my son turned 18, his boss gave him the day off so he asked me out for lunch (my shout of course) and we took the best selfie.

  158. I made my first overseas trip aged 60 last year – travelled on my own – met my son where he was working in the South of France – we travelled to Antibes for the day and posed in front of the Australia Hotel – it was my first overseas trip – but won’t be my last – would love that camera

  159. It was on a cruise ship 2 years ago with my sister and mother. It was the first time we had holidayed together in many years just the 3 of us, and it was my mothers first trip to New Zealand 79 years young.

  160. That was 20 sep 2014 in Exmouth wa for my beautiful nieces wedding, she had it on the beach and it was the first major celebration for our family . Everyone relaxed and happy .

  161. I needed these posing/photo tips for my graduation a few years ago! Even though the photo is a bit awkward, I love it because it was such a great memory.

  162. I always try to pose for the camera but especially when my drivers license has to be renewed there’s nothing worst than carrying a bad photo of yourself around for ten years.

  163. January 17th 2015 I had my photo taken with Hello Kitty at erina fair shopping centre. Im a huge HK fan & I felt like an excited kid meeting their idol!!

  164. The First Family photo of my son and I back in 2010 after buying our 1st family camera. great memory as hard to get family photos with him now he a teenager!!!

  165. When I went to zoo with my mother. I was 5 at the time. She liked the monkeys, and I liked the lions, so we posed in front of the lions for a photo. That was the last day I saw her.

  166. I have tons of ‘memorable’ photos that I’ve posed for but probably one of my favourites was me on the Thorong La Pass (the highest mtn pass in the world at nearly 18000ft) in the Annapurna Himal, Himalayas. It had taken us 14 days to reach and I carried all my own gear and camping supplies on my back – a super big achievement for me. That was many years ago – October 1992 – so the pic is fuzzy and blurred. I’d love to re-live that adventure but this time take along a fabulous new Olympus PEN E-PL7 camera 🙂 The pictures and memories would be even more spectacular!

  167. I too was the “photographer” of the family. When I look back at my 8yo sons baby photos I’m not in ANY of them! Am I his mother?!! Lol. Over the last 3 years I have lost 50kgs! My “coming out” was at my cousins wedding 12 months ago. Most of my family hadn’t seen the slimmer me so everyone wanted a photo with me! I was happy to oblige. It was a Super Selfie Session!!

  168. 1998, in front of Niagara Falls wearing a bright blue plastic poncho and the BIGGEST grin- it was my very first overseas trip, I was 35, and I was SO excited… that photo followed me to a couple of really awful jobs where I was SO miserable, however, seeing that photo pinned on my wall would make me smile and more determined to save enough money to travel again..even thinking about that picture STILL makes me smile after all these years

  169. The most memorable time was in the delivery suite after a traumatic 48 hours labour when they placed my newborn daughter on my chest. I was exhausted and tired with no make up but was beaming from ear to ear and bursting with happiness. Pictures really do speak 1000 words.

  170. Christmas gathering with the family, great shot of with my father. This was the last photo taken before he died. WIll always treasure this memory. Memories transformed, thoughts spark, unleash uncontrollable raw emotional burst that run deep in my heart. Daze-connection recall. Times commemorated can’t be retrieved.

  171. Can’t compete with aawesome holiday selfies but this selfie is one of not many where I have been taking photos of my kids and decided to get myself involved as well. It was taken on a day where I felt overwhelmed by household chores and not really enjoying life as I should. I decided to set up a picnic rug on the front lawn and chill out with the kids. I love this picture as it reminds me that you don’t have to do much to have fun. All you need is a baby who loves trees and a toddler who thinks it is funny to take photos of her toes!

  172. It was my University Graduation Day. You would think it would be a relaxing day right? Wrong!! Last minute scheduling changes meant that they moved my Graduation from a week and a half earlier to the day that I would be flying out of the country, for a much deserved getaway on what would be my very last family holiday. So everyone in the family was stressed. And being alphabetical, a surname starting with V doesn’t help things. So before the ceremony itself, I had to get my photo taken with a fake certificate, as obviously I hadn’t received mine yet. I was larger back then, but it is one of the only photos from then, that I am happy with. The photographer told me exactly what to do, and although I thought I would look weird, having been told to move my head here, tilt it there, when I got back from my trip some two months later (yes I made the flight) I was truly thrilled with the result. Now if only I could remember the angles!!

  173. The most memorable time I posed for a photo was just recently in Tasmania. We had a huge family reunion that was long overdue, last one was 30 years ago! Since then my gorgeous Dad (he was the oldest of 8), beloved grandparents and beautiful cousin have passed away. As we all live in various parts of the world not everyone was able to make it so it made it all the more special for such a rare and very special moment. We had a week together of soaking up each others well loved company. We imagined more selfies would of been taken but too busy enjoying the moment. Our group photo we took had 10 cameras on auto timer and we got the money shot. Beautiful shot of everyone as we cheered out our family name. Enjoy your family reunion this weekend Nikki xxx (email – [email protected])

  174. The most memorable time I posed for a photo was just recently in Tasmania. We had a huge family reunion that was long overdue, last one was 30 years ago! Since then my gorgeous Dad (he was the oldest of 8), beloved grandparents and beautiful cousin have passed away. We had a week together of soaking up each other’s well loved company. We imagined more selfies would of been taken but too busy enjoying the moment. Our group photo we took had 10 cameras on auto timer and we got the money shot. Beautiful shot of everyone as we cheered out our family name. Enjoy your family reunion this weekend Nikki xxx

  175. I haven’t had a most memorable time….I really think I look terrible in photos and so have avoided them the majority of my life…I’ve even practiced taking ‘selfies’ and I have to continuously hit the delete button because they’re shocking. I do believe it is a confidence problem, because as soon as I see a camera pointed at me, I get all self-conscious and think about everything that is wrong about me and I’m positive that comes across onto the screen…so I really need to keep trying – practice makes perfect they say. If I won this camera it would be great motivation to overcome my problem….(hint hint) 🙂 – thanks for the opportunity. [email protected] 🙂

  176. My most memorable picture is the first one my husband took of me after I had my teeth fixed and my face had completely healed. I had suffered with bad teeth and gum problems for as long as I can remember and with money being scarce fixing it was not really an option. Very few photos of me smiling existed as it affected my confidence greatly. Until at the ripe old age of 51 I had all my teeth pulled and replaced with implants. The results are phenomenal both in appearance and my confidence. Grateful and ecstatic come close to describing the feeling. I am no longer camera shy! [email protected]

  177. My most memorable picture is the first one my husband took of me after I had my teeth fixed and my face had completely healed. I had suffered with bad teeth and gum problems for as long as I can remember and with money being scarce fixing it was not really an option. Very few photos of me smiling existed as it affected my confidence greatly. Until at the ripe old age of 51 I had all my teeth pulled and replaced with implants. The results are phenomenal both in appearance and my confidence. Grateful and ecstatic come close to describing the feeling. I am no longer camera shy! [email protected]

  178. That moment I became a mother,

    A moment like no other,

    Holding my child for the first time,

    This is now a memory, a photo so beautiful and divine.

  179. My most memorable posing was for my then 6 year old son and my old point and shot camera, I wasn’t being a good model, since most of the photos ended up being partial photos of me. At least he had fun, his camera skills have improved a bit since then, we now get at least one good shot.

  180. My most memorable posing was for my then 6 year old son and my old point and shot camera, I wasn’t being a good model, since most of the photos ended up being partial photos of me. At least he had fun, his camera skills have improved a bit since then, we now get at least one good shot.

  181. My most memorable time I was photographed has to be immediately following the birth of my firstborn child, a daughter, skin-to-skin on my chest. I am makeup-free, looking incredibly fatigued. However, there is something about this picture which details the absolute sheer joy and wonderment of what has just transpired and perhaps a touch of trepidation about what lies ahead on the journey of Motherhood. This picture helps to detail what words truly cannot explain – unconditional love!

  182. Heathrow Airport when David Coulthard was in the Gloria Jeans cafe, there was hardly anyone around and I got a great shot.

  183. Heathrow Airport when David Coulthard was in the Gloria Jeans cafe, there was hardly anyone around and I got a great shot.

  184. There are lots of memorable moments and I am thankful that there has been a camera around to record them- I love looking at photos of my children as babies, holiday snaps and my wedding photos!. I am usually the one taking the pictures and most photos of me have usually been of the selfie variety. The most memorable time I posed for a photo was last year in June when I was in New York with my husband. We were on top of the Rockefeller building and I was standing with the Empire State Building in the background. It was one of those “pinch me I can’t believe we’re really here” moments, captured by my beloved. It was a perfect moment in a perfect day.

  185. Always wanting to visit China and the Terracotta Warriors – my husband a non contender, so eventually went after I left him !! my new partner knew my penchant for this trip and arranged to take me there! I was blown away and cried on entering the pavilion that houses the warriors! I was only too pleased to stand and have my photo taken! not that I am model material but to just to have been there was fulfilling and amazing!

  186. A couple of years ago the Sunday Herald Sun put out a call for a family filled with girls (to run with the boys vs girls story they were publishing!). We put our hands up, and ended up strutting our stuff in a studio, trying to look as natural as you possibly can, when you have a rabbit, a hula hoop, a tea-set, and a two year old child determined to wear bikinis and an inflatable frog swim ring around her waist! oh – let’s add in the ‘early-man’ husband, who had to wear make-up! It was a real treat, and the resulting photographs were awesome, not to mention the excitement when the girls saw themselves in a national publication! ‘Show and tell” was covered for that week!

  187. Definitely the time I was just about to head on the bushwalk up to see Wineglass Bay in Tas the first time. It was my first ‘active’ exercise since a really difficult birth 5 weeks before with my baby girl. She was in a Baby Bjorn on her Dad’s chest and her Grandparents were with us from Ireland and they were just blown away by the beauty of Tas. After being pregnant for so long I felt so energised & empowered and liberated and as I stood on a rock and looked down at this epic view on one side and my little family smiling back at me on the other I felt like we could really take on the world together no matter what it threw at us. I still reckon my daughter was possibly the youngest hiker ever to do that bushwalk and I’ll be sure tell her that and bring her back there one day. She was an absolute trooper!

  188. Ah our last family holiday to SeaWorld on the GC 3 years ago, had a tourist take our family snap in front of the Walrus statue. I had my eyes shut, one daughter arms crossed, lip out and looking down in a dark and stormy moment, other daughter crying for some random thing, teenager hiding behind Walrus because we are lame, husband is laughing his head off at the lot of us. Classic.

  189. favourite photos would be when my 3 year old wants to take photos of me and then watch him use the filters to change the colours. I love seeing how he sees the world

  190. The photo our driver took of my daughter and I on our first overseas holiday, relaxed and excited ready to discover another culture and country.

  191. Definitely, without a shadow of doubt, the photo that started the whole #inthepicture thing. The photo that reminded me and thousands of other mums that we should – indeed we simply must – get in the picture with our children. It changed my life and it changed lots of other mums lives too. This is my favourite photo ever and it is a reminder that worrying about my appearance is a very costly worry indeed.

  192. I’ve had lots of memorable photos, but my most recent one was taken with Butterfly Boucher at Sarah McLachlan’s concert last month. I REALLY wish I’d read your posing tips first!!

  193. My most memorable photos is one I took with my aunt, my mothers sister, the last time I was in Greece, before she passed away unexpected a couple of years ago. My aunt was a true style icon & would never leave home without her beloved red lipstick and heels.

  194. The most memorable photo I ever posed for was a portrait of me taken by a dear friend of mine. My jeans were slightly too tight, my jacket was too small, but I felt more strength and beauty in my body than I ever had in my entire life.

    After a rough ride with body image, my weight going up and down, and being subjected to bullying, this photo marks the moment I no longer cared what anyone else thought of my body. Just me.

  195. It would have to be my wedding day (so cliche, I know!). We had we thought was a professional photographer (friend of a friend of my in-laws) but he actually wasn’t. He shot our entire wedding with a DSLR he borrowed from someone and shot everything on Auto mode. All of the photos he took on our wedding day were horrible!

    One of my bridemaids’ then boyfriend was a photography enthusiast and as he was a guest at my wedding, he took many shots here and there just for fun. When the pastor said “you may kiss the bride”, he captured this shot so well. We didn’t even pose for it. That so-called professional photographer we had completely missed the moment. It’s not very clear, slightly blurry but it is absolutely beautiful.

    I was almost in tears when the friend sent me this photo. It is the best shot I have of our wedding and one I treasure greatly.

  196. Hi had premi twins, who were both incredibly unwell, they were 21 days old before I could have my first twin cuddle. Maybe not my greatest photo moment with tears and hormones, but a picture I will treasure forever.

  197. My most memorable photo was the one we took in Disneyland in 2006…little did we know that was our last holiday… our “red shoelace” girl became an angel just before Christmas that year.

  198. Posing in the snow it was the first time I had ever seen snow woke up and had to go outside so different from Alice Springs soo cold

  199. For me it was in front of the Taj Mahal with my family our guide got us doing all of these funny and sometimes absurd poses so much fun, something I will always remember and some amazing photos

  200. The most memorable time for me was on my wedding day 41 years ago. I look back now and I was just a little girl really at the age of 18 and looks very innocent next to my knight in shining armor which is still my knight in shining armor today!

  201. my fave posed photo of all time is one of me as a young thing in the Greek Isles. Not a care in the world – no really, I didnt – looking fab after a three week island holiday, with 3 monthd still to go on my European solo vacation. Who wouldn’t look good???? Now to recreate that state of mind……

  202. My favourite photo of all time is of my husband and I holding our firstborn son together. I look horrendous, bloated like a puffer fish and my husband pale white (he’s Indian too!) from lack of sleep But beyond all the physical nonsense I cringe at, I can see just how incredibly happy we were at that moment.

  203. I have this favourite photo, it’s at my 21st, and it’s me with my brother and sister. We look happy and carefree and I hope my kids look like that at their 21sts. It’s certainly not perfectly posed, but its an absolute favourite.

  204. Great tips Nikki. My wedding 18 years ago was the last time I confidently posed for photos. Since then I am generally behind the camera capturing memories of my family. The times I am in front of the camera I am very conscious of how I look rather than just enjoying being in the moment and creating photographic memories of us all. Will test out your tips over the weekend and begin capturing me with my beautiful family.

  205. My most memorable time that I posed for a photo – was my favourite one of me taken when I was a little girl. My family called me LellyB. & that was scribbled on the back. The photo was taken on the island in the West Indies where I was born. (1st white baby girl born there). Even tho I was wearing a fabulous outfit, I wasn’t really posing. I think I was trying to play a tune on a blade of grass. I love this picture & tho I’ve never been back there, it reminds me of who I am & where I’ve come from. I’m still LellyB inside.

  206. Without a doubt it was on my wedding day. The photographer was so good and had me so relaxed. Queue beaming with insane happiness and there is not one shot of this day that I don’t love. My favourite shot of the day is the two of us in front a beautiful waterfall at Paronella Park. Love love it.

  207. The most memorable photo I posed for was with my husband on a boat off Bruny Island. The weather was wild, the seas were wilder, and everyone around us was sick. But we manged to smile through it all, and always called it “the best day ever”.

  208. Thank you for all the tips Nikki.
    The most memorable time I posed for a photo was when my sister and I went and had professional portraits taken for my Mum and Dads 50 th wedding anniversary,and I’m so glad we put the effort in and did it as it was the last time we could give them both a beautiful picture of us both,and of course they were so happy with their present from “their girls”.

  209. Definitely a couple of weeks ago at my son’s wedding in Bangalow. So proud so happy and wearing my new Camilla kaftan I felt great.

  210. The most memorable time I posed for a photo was 2011 Oaks Day in Melbourne. I had made an effort to frock up but am camera shy. So when my husband wanted a photo I started what I thought was mucking around pretending to be a celebrity, posing, getting way out of my comfort zone – and he captured a photo I am proud of. And wish I could re-create today!

  211. Great tips Nikki. Thanks. Gosh! Most memorable time posing for a photo? Where do you start? First day of school, riding you bike, graduation, getting married, birth of a child,… the list goes on. The camera has captured many wonderful milestone moments in my life. I guess one of the most memorable times I recently posed for a photo was on top of one of the many peaks in the Canadian Rockies with a girlfriend. We’re talking serious hiking here friends – crampons across glaciers, tethering through snow and rarified air! It was exhausting but amazing and our lovely guide caught this fabulous moment with a camera!

  212. Looks live a fabulous idea for lunch and a great camera.
    My most memorable – Posing on the back of truck , on the farm at sunset – with my twin boys in my arms and kissing my cheeks.it was Christmas Eve 2012 – I was celebrating my next to last Chemotherapy and being alive. At the time I hated being in photos but knew I wanted these snaps as a special memory.

  213. Thanks for all your tips. I’m off to practice them. Best photo session for me was my wedding day 35 years ago. Can’t say I love the photos but must say …so happy I married the man I did. Happy Days

  214. Great tips. great camera and what a great day! I’m so grateful that I got to be part of it, so thank you Nikki (and all the Olympus team!) I think my most memorable pose(s) were at our wedding but I really I wish I knew then what I know now, I would have been striking a pose like a pro!

  215. Great tips, I tried the chin ones out while ready this over breaky, glad the family didn’t see they would of thought mum has really lost it lol. I’ve had lots of memorable moment’s, but the most memorable was Mothers Day. My mum had just moved up with us due to ill health and it was the first mothers day in along time that I had shared with her and it was to be out last. We took her out to lunch down the coast to Mario Italian restaurant , beautiful day filled with so much love and laughter, the photo attached may not be the best shot but it shows the love and has lasting memories for me. (the two in the front of the picture are my crazy adorable girls)
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  216. My most memorable and recent posing attempt(!) was after the birth of my daughter, 5 months ago. In the hospital, bags under my eyes, but happy. Posing, similar to your famous pose, to distract from that ‘still pregnant but just had the baby’ look. But all the while with pride 🙂
    I’d love to win this camera to help me get back in the photos with my family.

  217. Great post Nikki….love all of the photos. What fun. Now, my most memorable pose… this post reminds me of my year at June Dally-Watkins Business Finishing School. When they took our “school photo’s” the photographer actually came over, put his hand on our chin and moved our face into position….exactly the way you said, first he pulled our chin out, then he tilted our head and lowered the chin slightly, you felt like a complete dick, but it really works. You lose those double chins and it looks great. I 100% support this pose and tell everyone about it.

  218. My most memorable pose was when I was 15 in a photo booth at Morning Glory, China Town Sydney. My cousin and myself caught the train up to Sydney for the day. Thinking we were such adults (NOT!) and posing like we were models in that tiny little booth adding stickers and emoji’s (so cool!) I remember it so much because was awkward and fun, the way a pose should be.

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