Angles and shapes are a must for dynamic poses. These images will highlight the lines of the major limbs so that it is easier to notice the subtle, but striking, ways Andrea holds her pose with gentle and flattering tension.
To begin this introduction I feature three poses from Andrea, a very talented and experienced model. Looking at what she does well is a great way to learn what to work towards.
Creating non-parallel lines with knees, hips, waist and shoulders
We are symmetrical beings, when standing still we could draw a line across our knees, waist, hips, and shoulders and they'd all be parallel lines... but for high fashion you don't want any parallel lines. Andrea shows a perfect example of keeping great angles throughout her pose.
Notice how her knees are not straight across from each other, her toes are pointed towards each other, the arm is bent to an angle and her left hip pushed up and her right shoulder pulled down. These angles add great angles and also tension, and toning, in all her muscles.
Attention to detail is a team effort
Her shoulders remain parallel to the ground but her knees and waist are still at different angles. Her arms seem to mirror each other diagonally, which was a fantastic touch I thought. Her knees swayed towards the same direction, one slightly bent.
Notice the pinky on her right hand, how it is flexed just slightly, with the knuckles raised the pinky slightly separated from the rest of the fingers while the pointy finger on her opposite hand is also alone. A subtle touch with precise attention to detail by the model.
Standing straight with a slight sway
Even standing straight shouldn't be straight. Notice that while her body is mostly straight up and down there are still distinct angles to her hips, feet, knees, shoulders, and arms.
There is also a slight curve to her spine around her stomach which allows her shoulders and hips to be at different angles to each other. Subtle hands placed gently on her body finishes the pose.