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JewishCosplayer
05-14-2011, 10:45 PM
So I've always ran into this problem when people ask for a picture. I've always been told to pose like the character your cosplaying would. Ok, well what if you're not sure how the character would pose? It's easy if you have someone else in the picture with you, you both can agree on a pose or work together, but when alone?

I'm cosplaying as Belarus, Gakuen Belarus, and Simca. Can anyone recommend a few good ideas for single poses?

MiyukiCookie
05-15-2011, 02:08 AM
I guess if you think about your character's personality or maybe you could try referencing the poses your characters have done in the series.
Like for Simca, shes quite a flirty girl so you could try some flirty poses (not suggesting you to do any R16+ |D ) just something playful but confident, even just simply putting one hand on your hip, shift your weight to one leg and do a cute little salute with the other hand.

but yea, I would say just practice in the mirror, as silly as it sounds it will save you from giving blank stares to photographers when they ask you to pose xD

Aleiki
05-15-2011, 02:17 AM
Definitely agreeing with the practicing in the mirror part. It does seem silly at first but I got used to it pretty quickly. Read chapters of the manga that your character is in, or watch episodes that he or she is in, and get a feel for how he or she moves, stands, sits, et cetera. Then go stand in front of a mirror and try to emulate the character.

I don't really know any of those characters so I can't give specifics, but if you're able to follow that general procedure successfully, then you'll be able to figure out poses for every cosplay you ever do, rather than just those three. So. *shrug*

Oh! One more thing. Look at other cosplayers who have done those characters. Look and see what poses are awkward or don't seem to fit the character, and look also for what really works.

I hope that helps! And best of luck.

JewishCosplayer
05-15-2011, 03:25 AM
Thank you so much to both of you! I like the idea of looking at other cosplayer's poses and seeing what I would feel comfortable doing for photos. I also will try the looking in the mirror. Thank you! :D

Gabbyv23
05-15-2011, 05:10 AM
Belaurus?
She's a creepy stalker.
DO A CREEPY STALKER POSE! xD
haha... no but you know...
think of something the character would do in the anime and do a pose similar...
if your character is evil, smirk and look suspicious
if your character is adorable go ahead and do something innocent and naive...
don't repeat the same poses over and over again. Think of the poses you want to do before people ask you, that way you'll be prepared.

NikkiKora
05-15-2011, 09:36 AM
It sounds dumb, but I usually do research for posing. Google image them a ton! Maybe even sketch down some poses they're doing so you can practice!

fujyoshi
05-15-2011, 12:54 PM
I suck at taking pictures D: but thats why its REALLY good to know your character o-o simca is pretty easy going so putting that into a pose shouldn't be too hard xD

Access
05-16-2011, 04:37 PM
Belaurus?
She's a creepy stalker.
DO A CREEPY STALKER POSE! xD

Yeah if you know your characters archetype or their overall place / role in the show, then you can build off that.

Another thing you can do is to look around at the general environment or anything around you in the immediate vicinity where the picture is being taken. Objects, walls, terrain, signs/writing, etc. is there anything around you that you can use to 'make' a scene? For instance if your character is overly shy she might try to duck around a corner or hide or conceal herself behind a large object. If your character is vain she might be looking at her own reflection in a mirror or window. A clumsy character might be fumbling with something, off balance, or on the ground because they just tripped and fell on some object. If your character is boastful or self-important she might be standing front-and-center in the frame in an attempt to get the photographer's attention or block the view of someone / something else. If you are an event where other cosplayers around, see if you can find someone who might make sense as part of the scene (even if they aren't from the same show) and try to volunteer them for a few shots.

Finally even if you don't have a Russia, you can try to create the perception of a Russia being outside the frame of the photo.

Fabulousity
05-16-2011, 10:21 PM
Can anyone give me some ideas for poses for Sailor Moon besides her transformation and speech poses?

rubyspitfire
05-17-2011, 12:55 AM
^ do you have a scepter or are you able to take off your tiara? can try some battle poses with those. if you can't take off your tiara you can make it look like you either are about to take it off or just caught it and stuck it back on. a funny one might be with some kind of food prop (donuts or cookies), or making googly eyes over a tuxedo mask that's just out of frame

coffeebeat
05-17-2011, 07:40 AM
I 2nd the google image search and mirror posing practice. I usually print out a few poses for Chun Li that I find on google images and take them to the mirror with me and practice, lol. Even though I usually end up doing the same one...or two. =>.>= At least I have them down! Haha.

Also, for the group Street Fighter cosplay my friends and I do, we make a time before the con(usually a few weekends before) to get together at one of our houses and do a test run photoshoot.

For example if I take the camera I will pretend that I am a regular con goer with a camera looking to take pics, and I'll have my friends talk amongst themselves or walk around like they would at a convention, then I randomly say "Excuse me! Can I take a picture?" and I give them about 5 seconds to get into position and *click*. XD

Its pretty fun, hahaha. Even if they dont think up a pose in time I take a picture anyways, because you never know if a con goer will be in a rush or not paying attention and take a photo really fast and be on their way. XS So then afterwards we upload them to the computer and learn from our mistakes and find which poses photograph the best. Sounds silly, but it works!

trustychords
05-17-2011, 11:43 AM
Could I have some ideas/tips for posing in my soon-to-be-completed Faye Valentine (Casino) costume?

Reference: http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=51&gid=13&page=3

If anyone also has posing ideas for Jet and Spike, that would be great.

zizi994
05-17-2011, 06:06 PM
What I usually do is do a pose from concept art, DVD/game box art, and if there isn't one of those I just go with something that fits the character.

For example, me and my boyfriend kind of based the pose we used for pictures when we did Haruhi and Kyon (http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2671960/) off of the first DVD box art (http://www.rightstuf.com/cms/action/ItemDescription?ItemDescriptionTypeName=LARGE_IMAG E&ItemName=av20840&LanguageIsoName=en). And when all else fails, you can just do the generic Sailor Moon-esque pose (http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT4q6GSD8WabC8q05uY4KZbM5n-xuHpdIWqAJMM_EdGOP0JYBwFjA&t=1) (if it's in character, of course.) :P

Totally second the practicing in the mirror motion. I've heard it helps a lot, though I've never did it myself and regretted it. :(

zizi994
05-17-2011, 06:11 PM
I 2nd the google image search and mirror posing practice. I usually print out a few poses for Chun Li that I find on google images and take them to the mirror with me and practice, lol. Even though I usually end up doing the same one...or two. =>.>= At least I have them down! Haha.

Also, for the group Street Fighter cosplay my friends and I do, we make a time before the con(usually a few weekends before) to get together at one of our houses and do a test run photoshoot.

For example if I take the camera I will pretend that I am a regular con goer with a camera looking to take pics, and I'll have my friends talk amongst themselves or walk around like they would at a convention, then I randomly say "Excuse me! Can I take a picture?" and I give them about 5 seconds to get into position and *click*. XD

Its pretty fun, hahaha. Even if they dont think up a pose in time I take a picture anyways, because you never know if a con goer will be in a rush or not paying attention and take a photo really fast and be on their way. XS So then afterwards we upload them to the computer and learn from our mistakes and find which poses photograph the best. Sounds silly, but it works!
That's some really good advice! I'll have to try that! :D

Akiyhrah
05-17-2011, 08:06 PM
I do TONS of research on the character and study their key poses and movement very closely. Usually one I have a costume complete, I play the game, watch the anime, etc again and keep my eyes glued to that particular character. When I cosplayed as Selphie from FF8, I spent hours getting into random battles and watching how she posed during certain moves. Then I practised them in the mirror over and over until the poses looked good and felt comfortable.

MDA
05-17-2011, 09:36 PM
A good idea is to look at pictures of how other cosplayers have posed as the same character (which can give you some really good ideas), and to look at screenshots from the anime or artwork from the manga.

For Simca... well, there's a variety of things for Simca that would work, but there are just some things one should not do in public. But flirty, confident, sexy, and fearless definitely work. If you get put with a Ringo you could mock her...

KoiKoi
05-20-2011, 05:03 PM
I love it so on I'm also working on Naruto costume just finsh inuyasha the wig , so on can't wait to see it when you done good luck on it xD.. when done you sould up loaded a pic so I can see it or what it will look like xD.. good luck no the best of luck xD...

gypsy_girl
07-07-2011, 09:58 AM
My advice is to also google search for characters that have the same personality as the one you want to cosplay. I often choose minor characters so the original source material is lacking. Then I search for characteristics. Are they serious? Cute? Playful? Do they wield a sword? Often times you can find other reference pictures to give you possible posses.

letfightinglove
07-20-2011, 06:11 AM
I was kinda nervous about the character posing in pictures as well actually, but as the others said, look at images of your character posing and/or other cosplayers poses. It will do wonders and you will have some awesome in character posing!

user0913
07-23-2011, 11:49 PM
Being relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera helps a lot too.

~BloodCaduceus~
07-24-2011, 12:25 PM
Here are a few of my favorite tips:

One, watch the series/game/movie that the character is from. How do they act alone on the screen? If they hold props, how do they hold them or fiddle with them? What facial expressions do they have?

Two, practice in front of a mirror, but for TWO reasons. One, how a pose looks for the character, and two, how a pose looks for your body type. A pose may seem wonderful for a character, but on camera may not work for you. Find a happy medium!

Three, look at screenshots of the character via Google Images, Flickr, or Photobucket. You also could look at how others who have cosplayed the same character have posed, what works and does not work for them?

I hope I helped!

brucer007
07-26-2011, 06:56 PM
Work with photographers that are known for being helpful in directing good poses.

If you are posing alone, you can pretend there is someone standing next to the camera. Look at that "invisible" person and act or react off that. You can have someone stand near the camera, out of the picture, to give you someone real to look at.

TheKimonoLady
07-28-2011, 03:51 PM
I'd come about it in a more indirect, acting way: 1. What sort of general personality does the character have? 2. What mood are they in at that "moment" being visualized when the picture is taken?

If you think about the answers to those questions and look at the famous poses of the character in mind, chances are you'll find them doing mostly the same poses anyone with that personality and mood would. Which is nice, because you don't have to reinvent the wheel with each character.

Both personality and mood translate to positioning of your body. How a character stands and carries himself is just as important as how he looks.

Randomly Made-Up Example: Big Buff Man
Personality: Confident, Proud
Mood: Cocky (challenging someone to a fight)

Proud people stand tall. Their chins lift higher. Their shoulders aren't slumped. Their chest is usually pushed a little forward. The feet are typically shoulder-width or more apart because confident people subconsciously move to take up more space (how many shy male characters do you see sitting with their legs wide apart?).

Being cocky: Imagine you just wiped the floor with a rival and now you're taunting him. When you're feeling cocky, you might lean in a little toward the camera (subconscious intimidation) and your head might tilt and gestures become exaggerated because your muscles feel loose and relaxed.

Randomly Made-Up Example 2: Shy Schoolgirl
Personality: Shy, Unsure
Mood: Wistful (thinking about whoever she has a crush on)

Shy people tend to fold into themselves. Their arms and hands are usually kept close to the body (no wild hand waving about). Head tilted down, hands in pockets or together in front or clutching something (subconscious safety net). Feet closer together than usual. You have no interest in getting near the camera, so even though there may be close-ups, you wouldn't lean invitingly into it.

Being wistful: Sigh deeply and as you exhale sink down into yourself. Stare off into the distance (relax the muscles in your face because "you're" having a very involved fantasy of your crush saying hi to you). If you're holding anything across your chest, relax your grip on it: don't hold it tight against you (same fantasizing reason).

In both of these cases, having a specific situation for your character to "think" about can help you find natural poses with your body. Not all poses will look good on-camera as is, and a good photographer will help you adjust them (tilting one shoulder more toward the camera than the other to avoid an often-unflattering head-on body shot, for example).

Watch people around you to see how they behave regarding personality and mood for tips on your own posing. You'd be surprised how much you notice once you start looking!

Konkatsu
08-03-2011, 02:05 PM
Thanks!! Thats really helpful :3

SobriK
08-05-2011, 10:42 AM
Echoing the mirror training, which is how most actors and model-types work on their facial expressions as well. The main reason for spending time in front of a mirror is that it helps you appreciate the differences in how you *think* you're projecting an emotion and how much of the emotion you're actually projecting. Often, these are two circles that don't overlap all that much.

TheKimonoLady's advice above for motivation is absolutely spot on, but if you don't practice your expressions in front of a mirror you'll never know if you're selling it. It's one thing to read motivation like that and think "Ok, yeah... I'm feeling cocky. I've got this!" but when you see yourself in front of a mirror and realize that you haven't changed much in your posture, you can really start playing with that motivation.

A problem I've always had in stage shows and theater is selling my reactions, body language and facial expressions. If you consider cosplaying a form of acting (which it sort of is), you need to put more effort into subtle emotional queues than you'd think in order for someone 5, 10, or 20 feet away to see it. If you're not looking at yourself in a mirror, the exaggerated facial expressions and postures can seem ridiculous, but it never ceases to amaze me how much is needed to affect the simplest change in posture or emotion.

In short: if you think you're going over-the-top with your poses and facial expressions, you probably aren't :)

XxSweeneyToddxX
08-07-2011, 11:31 PM
A problem I've always had in stage shows and theater is selling my reactions, body language and facial expressions. If you consider cosplaying a form of acting (which it sort of is), you need to put more effort into subtle emotional queues than you'd think in order for someone 5, 10, or 20 feet away to see it. If you're not looking at yourself in a mirror, the exaggerated facial expressions and postures can seem ridiculous, but it never ceases to amaze me how much is needed to affect the simplest change in posture or emotion.

In short: if you think you're going over-the-top with your poses and facial expressions, you probably aren't :)

Yea I agree. Often the more subtle things can really make a pose look great. Unfortunately for me, my facial expressions fail so much. No amount of practicing in the mirror can help me

I also find that when I pose in pictures at cons, I always tend to do the same pose, but then again, I guess there aren't many poses for Sweeney. lol If anyone has any, I would love suggestions! xD

OtakuDesu
08-10-2011, 08:40 PM
Can someone give me an idea for posing as Hong Kong from Hetalia? He's personality is...quiet and emotionless..so wouldn't that make my pose and facial expression really...boring..?

ChocDropMantle
09-03-2011, 02:18 AM
Can someone give me an idea for posing as Hong Kong from Hetalia? He's personality is...quiet and emotionless..so wouldn't that make my pose and facial expression really...boring..?
Meh, if it's at a con you might as well break the boundaries a bit because you don't want to look bored in pictures. (Like smile smile/grin a bit :T)
I recommend to use props (eg: the bamboo round things you steam meat buns in/dumplings, one of those asian fabric parasols or a panda etc) but if you're unable to get those look up what other HK cosplayers do on this website as well as on cosplay cure/dA etc. You might also want to look up simple martial art moves~ :P

I'm putting together a HK costume for Hetalia day LULZ.

EDIT: Look up "Hong Kong" on zerochan and you get 70+ images of him and poses :P

Meredith
09-03-2011, 06:53 PM
I have a character, Nina Fortner for the few that know who she is, and I'm working on her storybook she uses for a few chapters and the gun she carries. I've got a few ideas for gun poses, but am utterly lost on the storybook poses. It's not a magic book or anything like that, it's just a book from her past. (she's got mild amnesia, and the book reminds her of stuff that really scares her) The only poses I've seem are screenshots where she just holds the book like a book. Open, at eye level, very scared look on her face. Not any variation there. Does anyone have any ideas for other possible poses with a thin storybook? If it helps at all, she's got an intellegent, deductive personality and at the point of the story the book comes in at, she's turned from a sweet niave girl into an independant woman willing to kill evil people. I see her as kind of tainted by all the things happening to her, but still very much afraid of just why she can't rember things.

amyisheycool
09-10-2011, 01:39 AM
So i don't know if this belongs in here but:
Im going to a convention pretty soon as Ciel from Black butler in the pink ball gown and i was wondering if anyone knew any poses i could do? Thanks!:wave:

adolf
09-10-2011, 02:31 AM
You can't go wrong with generic (http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l9h45xPM6w1qansizo1_500.jpg) elegant (http://www.flickr.com/photos/29164824@N00/3993343900/) poses (http://cafe.gomorning.com/uploads/post-14-1125177675_thumb.jpg)!
I suggest taking a look at some Lolita magazines and seeing how people pose in frilly dresses and aristocrat fashion for ideas.

astronological
09-10-2011, 07:55 AM
hmm, if you want to be in character for Ciel, like, he knows he's a guy, the audience who views him know there's more to him than a girl in a dress, etc etc etc.
i say to ALWAYS. i mean ALWAYS. tote a 'holier than thou' (lolironic?) look on your face.
stand with your posture straightened, practice holding an air of confidence (or something that seems that way) and just be, in general, cocky yet noble.
i always find that Ciel cosplayers tend to portray him nicely by tilting your head slightly up to the camera. (http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=ciel+cosplay) yes, this is for regular Ciel, but this applies to his female version as well.
this is, though, if you are trying to be 'boy-trying-to-be-a-woman-but-failing-because-he's-too-rich-and-noble-for-this-stuff' Ciel.

in character for girl!Ciel when he was acting like a different person, try being a little bashful, and mock!modest.
i agree with adolf when they said generic elegant poses. i see a lot of female Ciels doing that.
... and stuff.
no pictures, i apologize.

amyisheycool
09-10-2011, 04:59 PM
Thanks everyone!!

Camilleathome
09-12-2011, 06:10 PM
And make sure to take lots of pics XD

Taemin8
09-27-2011, 11:31 PM
try the "pouty girl" look if you're looking for authenticity. obviously he's not psyched about being a girl and even less so about it being documented. although i say have fun with it! a cute cross-dressing ciel always makes the audience smile/squeel.

SweeneyTodd
10-01-2011, 12:26 AM
Don't know if this can be applied to my character at all, but I was wondering if anyone has any more poses I could do? I seem to always get into the pose below
http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n507/FleetStreetNightmare/189302_103632639737932_100002735890453_17693_13851 77_n.jpg
But I think I do that too much. Is there anything else I could do? Poses that involve other people would be great too. I feel like I don't pose well when people ask for photos, I do too much of the same thing. I need more variety. Any help would be greatly appreciated! I can try the suggestions at NY Comic Con. xD

Kawaiichibiz
10-01-2011, 02:08 PM
Well I would suggest to just look at pictures of the character (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=sweeny+todd&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=1050l5980l0l6030l13l10l1l0l0l0l455l1792l0.4 .3.0.1l9l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1366&bih=622&wrapid=tlif131749180991210&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi) from google or something and see examples of how their character poses, and maybe try a few you like.
My favorite (http://www.google.com/imgres?q=sweeney+todd&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1366&bih=622&tbm=isch&tbnid=osnF0Xmi0QvOsM:&imgrefurl=http://twistedbeauti.webs.com/apps/photos/photo%3Fphotoid%3D27661962&docid=Hk35X_KbgeaVbM&w=300&h=333&ei=YVSHTs2sKsWKsQLyw6XMDw&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=216&page=2&tbnh=130&tbnw=116&start=15&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:13,s:15&tx=49&ty=77) XD

SweeneyTodd
10-01-2011, 02:46 PM
haha alright thanks. I have tried that Epiphany pose before, it's kinda awkward to do in the halls of a con center. I think I definitely need a Mrs. Lovett or someone to play off of to help with posing.

firecloak
10-02-2011, 11:30 PM
You can pretend to slit someone's throat xD

I sometimes do that with my props when I'm posing with someone else.

SweeneyTodd
10-03-2011, 12:15 AM
Haha, I like that idea. I have done it a couple times, I think I need to get better at positioning myself though as all those pictures turn out strange. I think its my height that really makes everything awkward

candly
10-05-2011, 11:10 AM
I agree with looking at the official stuff n' all that jazz everyone says. CX Sometimes it makes a really epic photo.
Personally though, that pose you have there is just fine for the character! Let me put a little input of what I think would help.


-The knife. It's facing straight toward the camera. Try holding it sideways or slightly upward to show it off. Bigger is always better! Own that knife, bro! You're a mad, mad killer and that knife is yo' best friend! XD

-Your other arm. It's behind your back or on your hip, right? Well, to make the pose more dynamic, do something with it. Hold it up a la fencing pose if you want to brandish that knife about, as an idea. Or maybe stroke that barber's blade lovingly! Whatever you feel fits with a character, really. Just try and not have an appendage disappear.

-Last but not least, your expression. Now, I don't know much of Sweeney Todd. But what I've seen of him in trailers and posters and online, he seems to have a small range of emotion and that's tough to work with. For a photo, sometimes that doesn't come across well. There's a fine line between emotionless and dazed, eh? So choose an expression and don't be afraid to be bold and overdo it just a tad! Maybe a maniacal grin or a smug smirk. Again, you know the character far more than I. What do you think fits him well?

There's my two cents! I hope I helped (and I hope I made sense. XP)

Ragtime Mouth
10-05-2011, 08:09 PM
One thing that always works out well is looking away or above the camera, which works out well for ol' Toddy since he serenades his own blades. This (http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t98/Akurei_Hyuuga/Movies/Sweeney%20Todd%20the%20Demon%20Barber%20of%20Fleet %20Street/Sweeney%20Todd/Sweeney23.png) one is the same as the pose you shown, only it's to a side and looking more upwards. With his gaunt face, looking up and to the side usually help make my face look longer and thinner. If you open your mouth slightly whilst doing it --like so (http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/vv235/sunglassesrock/Sweeney%20Todd/myfriends-1.jpg)--, it can make the make up look more shadowed. The only time I knew of him smiling was when he was singing "My Friends", otherwise most of his character is very cynical and it shows in his face. Maybe even hold the blade up close to the cameras without looking it the camera (if they let you..) as if the perspective of the camera is of a persons. Like this. (http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/7/74/htf_imgcache_27674.jpeg) Crazy eyes and all.

Needed to be known about method acting a character who has been acted out before is to be the role of Sweeny Todd, not the actors portrayal entirely. Method acting takes staying in character even out of cosplay, which isn't necessarily needed, but for Sweeny Todd's character, I can imagine it being harder to stay in character even in photos so I'd have to get into the characters head... seeing how cons surround you with so much colorful atmosphere, and people.

SweeneyTodd
10-06-2011, 10:28 PM
lol yea its really unfortunate that my eyes are small, it makes it hard to do varied expressions, which is where a large part of my fail comes from :P Thanks for those photos! Those were really good. I like your suggestions

Also, yea I know about method acting, just never really saw the need to delve into it too much. That is also what I have been trying to do with Sweeney, which is why I have watched basically all mainly known incarnations of Sweeney (stage productions and films) in order to gain a better understanding of who Sweeney is in general, as well as reading the books. But I found the many versions of Sweeney combined come out more when I RP online. lol

SweeneyTodd
10-06-2011, 10:33 PM
I agree with looking at the official stuff n' all that jazz everyone says. CX Sometimes it makes a really epic photo.
Personally though, that pose you have there is just fine for the character! Let me put a little input of what I think would help.


-The knife. It's facing straight toward the camera. Try holding it sideways or slightly upward to show it off. Bigger is always better! Own that knife, bro! You're a mad, mad killer and that knife is yo' best friend! XD

-Your other arm. It's behind your back or on your hip, right? Well, to make the pose more dynamic, do something with it. Hold it up a la fencing pose if you want to brandish that knife about, as an idea. Or maybe stroke that barber's blade lovingly! Whatever you feel fits with a character, really. Just try and not have an appendage disappear.

-Last but not least, your expression. Now, I don't know much of Sweeney Todd. But what I've seen of him in trailers and posters and online, he seems to have a small range of emotion and that's tough to work with. For a photo, sometimes that doesn't come across well. There's a fine line between emotionless and dazed, eh? So choose an expression and don't be afraid to be bold and overdo it just a tad! Maybe a maniacal grin or a smug smirk. Again, you know the character far more than I. What do you think fits him well?

There's my two cents! I hope I helped (and I hope I made sense. XP)

Your suggestions are awesome! xD
I lol'ed at what you said about my razors "own that knife bro!"
Yea alright, I will then. I will probably try your suggestions, I will also look at other cosplayers of Sweeney Todd and see what they do.
Yea, my other arm is always such a problem. I never know what to do with it, sometimes it looks like it got amputated o___o so I gotta do something with it to avoid that. lol yay for awkward posing

As for the expression, that is what I have the hardest time with... because I literally have no range of expressions. My facial muscles don't do what they should do i guess, and also the size of my eyes does not help anything at all. So facial expressions are totally what contributes to my fail-ness. if I could, I would try to get more of an angered/annoyed look I guess, since that seems to work best. I wish I could get the intensity that some of these cosplayers get, like this (http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=sweeney+todd+cosplay#/d1iokbc) person. That is what I need. But can't get. So annoying!!!

Blackstar96
10-17-2011, 12:09 AM
Me and about 2 of my friends are doing our first cosplays next year and some of them are rather simple. and we will definaly be photgraphing each other, but i dont know how to pose for a simple character...:confused: since none of us have cosplayed before we arent to fermiliar with photographing in a pose. who can give advice for simple poses?

MiraThePanda
10-17-2011, 12:55 AM
Well, if the characters are known for any certain poses then try to do those but with the limited amount of information you gave.. I can't suggest that much.
But, if it is a male character then you could always stick your hands in your pockets and smile.. as for a girl it really depends on how she acts.
Sorry for lack of suggestions.

Blackstar96
10-17-2011, 02:46 AM
Well, if the characters are known for any certain poses then try to do those but with the limited amount of information you gave.. I can't suggest that much.
But, if it is a male character then you could always stick your hands in your pockets and smile.. as for a girl it really depends on how she acts.
Sorry for lack of suggestions.

yeah, its a pretty neutral character unless he's near a girl. then he freaks out.

im talking about yukinari sasaki from girls bravo (<<----- profile pic ^_^)

he's scared of girls, and i can relate, im pretty much the same as him personality wise.

Eriol
10-17-2011, 11:50 AM
yeah, its a pretty neutral character unless he's near a girl. then he freaks out.

im talking about yukinari sasaki from girls bravo (<<----- profile pic ^_^)

he's scared of girls, and i can relate, im pretty much the same as him personality wise.

If your friend is doing a female character, then pose together and have your character freak out while the other character look at him funny.

ToroSonyCat
10-17-2011, 05:12 PM
A basic pose like arms crossed or hands on hips (Maybe not this one for a guy, I'm not sure if that's considered to be more of a feminine posture, not saying there's anything wrong with guys doing it though) always works well when you can't think of a character specific pose and don't have a prop to make use of.

Just try not to just stand there, that's what I did at first and I could visibly tell that people were disappointed with me for not posing but I didn't get it at first ^^;

thatgalsagenius
11-03-2011, 09:16 PM
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=196625&page=34

One page on here is dedicated to posing. Sorry, cbb to find it now but it's really helped! 8D

arockalyptica
12-02-2011, 01:25 PM
I got this wonderful picture of 2 KH cosplayers facing eachother in their 'battle' poses. If your charcters have something like that, try that. Looking up other cosplayers on google is also a great help, because you gt to see how other people have interpreted the character.

Tofu Delivery
12-10-2011, 04:19 PM
The easiest method I found was to print out pictures of the character in their favorite pose and practice on it before a con.

Also watching the anime helps too; pausing and rewinding it.

If it's a video game, do the same thing but watch how the characters interact and picture out a favorite pose/finishing battle move/etc. to do in photos and stick with that.

ChibiBel
12-14-2011, 09:58 PM
It sounds dumb, but I usually do research for posing. Google image them a ton! Maybe even sketch down some poses they're doing so you can practice!

SAME, I do HOURS of research on not only google, but DA, here, curecos, ANYWHERE there would be cosplay pictures. I have a huge folder on my computer of reference pictures for cosplays, not only for looking at the costume itself but to remember later for posing.

Do your research when you cosplay ANY character. Whenever I go to a con in a cosplay, when someone stops me for a picture, I want to brighten up that picture and make it special, not just stand there, smile, do a peace sign, or look like I'm constipated like alot of people tend to do in pictures XD especially since I'm very shy, just be in character. Learn their personality. Do they fight? Do they flirt? What are their hobbies? Are they shy or outgoing? Are they quiet or loud? Look up photos of the character itself, watch the anime and look for certain poses or moves they tend to do, and mimic them.
Research is always key for ANY cosplay, not just making them, but for pictures and posing.

Good luck! :wave:

Sorasflame
03-21-2012, 08:08 AM
So, in 2 weeks, I am going to a convention as Fluttershy from My Little Pony.
She's a very shy, quiet character, but how do I pose as her without looking like I'm frightened? I know how bad it looks in cosplay pictures to look like you're uncomfortable and would rather not be photographed. I love taking pictures and I love being in them, but hooooooow can I do this? D:

brucer007
03-21-2012, 09:49 AM
Practice your facial expressions and body language in a mirror, and/or have someone take some practice photos so you can really analyze what works and what to avoid.

Look at some images of the character you are playing, better yet, print them on paper and even make a scrap-book of these facial expressions. Many of the expressions might look silly on a real person, but some of them might look great. That is often the creative process necessary to get it right.
That is how I usually get images I am proud of. Repeat until you get it right!

tfcreate
03-24-2012, 02:43 AM
So, in 2 weeks, I am going to a convention as Fluttershy from My Little Pony.
She's a very shy, quiet character, but how do I pose as her without looking like I'm frightened? I know how bad it looks in cosplay pictures to look like you're uncomfortable and would rather not be photographed. I love taking pictures and I love being in them, but hooooooow can I do this? D:

This is a GREAT question.
Try to mimic the expression of the character.
Shy characters seldom look directly into the camera, they usually look slightly to the right of the camera, but slightly to the front, and with just the tiniest smile.
Have a look at pictures of toddlers and younger kids to observe their expressions.

ToroSonyCat
03-25-2012, 09:46 AM
For the pose, you could try maybe bringing your hands forward and sorta holding them, maybe bringing in your feet to look more timid? I'm not very good at describing but I hope you understand what I mean... ><

As for the expression, it looks like you've already gotten enough good advice on that so I'll leave it.

Flombone-Emi
03-25-2012, 10:50 AM
In general, shyer/female characters tend to attempt to make their bodies smaller, while boisterous/male (the female/male thing is generalizing, but if you're unsure XD) characters tend to make their bodies bigger. Keep your legs relatively close together - point your toes IN rather than out, arms within the area of your body (rather than spread out/above your head, etc.

Also I would recommend looking at pictures of other fluttershy cosplayers to see what you like and don't like for pictures!

LycacthropesUN
04-01-2012, 11:30 AM
Ah I'm planning on doing a Len cosplay (which I still have to start, eheh ^^; ) for animeNEXT this summer. I don't have a Rin to pose with and I know from experience that I do not photograph well. Most of Len's poses are with Rin too :/ I'm just lost for poses and ideas...

Yet Another
04-01-2012, 04:04 PM
Most of Len's poses are with Rin too :/ I'm just lost for poses and ideas...

I feel you, my main cosplay has just under three minutes of screen time in the anime and three panels in the manga. So when it comes to posing, I just go off of fan art and other cosplayers. Maybe you could do that, and experiment a little with the poses Len does with Rin, making them more single-cosplayer friendly?

ichigo324
04-01-2012, 09:46 PM
Any ideas for Flandre and Remilia Scarlet poses?

l_GLaDOS_l
04-02-2012, 06:07 PM
So, I cannot come up with any ideas. I've tried the mirror trick and I've asked friends, but I still have no ideas. I'm cosplaying as a human Android version of GLaDOS, this weekend.

I really need some ideas.

The character is evil, not exactly sane, and in some ways a seductress .

Can anyone help me with some ideas.

SaraBearaPumpkn
04-02-2012, 07:05 PM
Try putting a twist on some of these and see how you like them.

http://images.crestock.com/680000-689999/681549-xs.jpg

http://images.crestock.com/490000-499999/491377-xs.jpg

http://i732.photobucket.com/albums/ww329/KimimaroKaguya/Uchiha/Narutocombr_Sasuke_001.png

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WBhWh1tLTkg/TlbqFAEvpFI/AAAAAAAAL8Q/UQjD-SXpyK8/s1600/sasuke-uchiha-wallpaper_08.jpg

https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSSddJhlvLByyYkqI5lN0P2tJuYCcY2d vvkwxqqIiRGlE-

PaCMshttp://www.absoluteanime.com/naruto/itachi.jpg

https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTYs4RToSWSEbUjEuvrYd6JInHNEVsyY AC5GHxJxkfgB2c2xH1tSA

http://images.wikia.com/naruto/pl/images/0/01/Itachi_uchiha.jpg2.jpg

try mixing and matching the faces and poses. The last one of Itachi is my favorite <3

Faux Fairy
04-02-2012, 10:46 PM
Ah I'm planning on doing a Len cosplay (which I still have to start, eheh ^^; ) for animeNEXT this summer. I don't have a Rin to pose with and I know from experience that I do not photograph well. Most of Len's poses are with Rin too :/ I'm just lost for poses and ideas...

lol I know how you feel, I cosplayed last year as Len and I didn't have a Rin with me either.
Yet Another offered really good advice, having a prop too makes posing a lot easier.
Here's some fanart to give ya some inspiration;
http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs30/f/2008/082/b/b/Vocaloid_02___Len_Kagamine_by_Purly.png

http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2010/006/6/a/Len_Kagamine__coloured__by_YukiSuzu18.jpg

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv91/Amelia_065/Len%20Kagamine/KagamineLen25.jpg

Good luck with your Len cosplay! C:

LycacthropesUN
04-07-2012, 10:24 PM
lol I know how you feel, I cosplayed last year as Len and I didn't have a Rin with me either.
Yet Another offered really good advice, having a prop too makes posing a lot easier.
Here's some fanart to give ya some inspiration;
http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs30/f/2008/082/b/b/Vocaloid_02___Len_Kagamine_by_Purly.png

http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2010/006/6/a/Len_Kagamine__coloured__by_YukiSuzu18.jpg

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv91/Amelia_065/Len%20Kagamine/KagamineLen25.jpg

Good luck with your Len cosplay! C:

Awee ;^; thank you! (I actually started making my cosplay today... ended up in a headache and a hole in my arm...)
Len cosplayers! Unite!!!

Neelh
04-08-2012, 08:53 AM
I'm going to cosplay Matryoshka Gumi, but I interpret her part in the song a lot differently from everyone else, so my poses would be a little more off the wall and sort of darker.

Sorasflame
04-08-2012, 03:05 PM
This is a GREAT question.
Try to mimic the expression of the character.
Shy characters seldom look directly into the camera, they usually look slightly to the right of the camera, but slightly to the front, and with just the tiniest smile.
Have a look at pictures of toddlers and younger kids to observe their expressions.

Ah man, too bad I didn't read this on time!
A few pictures were taken when I was accidently looking slightly right/left from the camera and they really did look better than the ones where I looked into the camera :'D
Thank you though, I will definitely remember this for the shoot on sunday! :D

tfcreate
04-09-2012, 10:04 PM
So, I cannot come up with any ideas. I've tried the mirror trick and I've asked friends, but I still have no ideas. I'm cosplaying as a human Android version of GLaDOS, this weekend.

I really need some ideas.

The character is evil, not exactly sane, and in some ways a seductress .

Can anyone help me with some ideas.

Think of the Borg Queen from Star Trek.
Malevolent evil.
http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/21300000/Borg-Queen-star-trek-21320302-1024-768.jpg

TykeJack
04-10-2012, 11:19 PM
So, I cannot come up with any ideas. I've tried the mirror trick and I've asked friends, but I still have no ideas. I'm cosplaying as a human Android version of GLaDOS, this weekend.

I really need some ideas.

The character is evil, not exactly sane, and in some ways a seductress .

Can anyone help me with some ideas.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but a human Android version of GLaDOS is an original costume. So when making an original costume there should be some key parts of the costume that help it communicate the look you're trying to achieve. For example, think of Jill Valentine's heart ruby from RE5, or Yuna's wand/staff from FFX. Once you identify the key parts of your costume that scream GLADOS, try to think of ways to highlight those features in a photo. If there is a logo or ornament on your chest, then try a pose where you lean forward with your hands drawing attention to that part of your costume. Since it's an android, you might have visible seams going along the side of your leg and arms, so try a pose that shows off these details, like a side standing pose or a squatting pose with a single leg extended.

If you're missing these details in your costume, then what exactly signifies it as a GLADOS cosplay? Maybe you should make a little cake that you can carry and make that the subject of the pose. Maybe you can make a little companion cube and pose with that as well.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RdJKXjq8Hy4/TpsxRWm5XcI/AAAAAAAA1gI/h3O_6Fpeum4/s1600/DSC02626-noscale.jpg

Here is an example of a very elaborate Glados cosplay, but it just gives you an idea of what i'm talking about. See how she holds the prop? Her pose and hands draw attention to the companion cube, highlighting it perfectly. Just try to find what details make your cosplay special, and think of poses that best highlight those special traits of your costume.

awesomeifyit
04-13-2012, 10:56 AM
I recently finished my Haruhi Fujioka cosplay from Ouran and I wanna take some pics with a rose that i got, but have no idea how i should pose. i was wondering if anyone had some suggestions or pictures i can get some ideas off of. Any help is much appreciated!

TykeJack
04-13-2012, 02:45 PM
I recently finished my Haruhi Fujioka cosplay from Ouran and I wanna take some pics with a rose that i got, but have no idea how i should pose. i was wondering if anyone had some suggestions or pictures i can get some ideas off of. Any help is much appreciated!

http://media-worlds.theotaku.com/7049-518186-20080811220117.jpg

That would only be successful for photographers doing a close up shot. If you want a full body pose, then I suggest doing a proposal pose where one of your knees is on the ground with your left hand over your heart and your right hand is extending while holding the rose in it. As if you're proposing to someone and offering them a rose.

marshmallowpie
04-13-2012, 08:07 PM
Any ideas for Flandre and Remilia Scarlet poses?

What about this (http://x12.xanga.com/159f9a1424733279509240/w222660078.jpg)? It's what I always think of when I think of Flan. (so it may be really obvious?)

errido
04-13-2012, 11:51 PM
I agree with what TykeJack said.
And your rose doesn't have to stay perfectly vertical, too. Your body move to the sides a little, and use the stem of the rose to complement the outline of your face/cheeks. You can even cut it and put it in your hair. Whatever you feel like to. Just try the different poses in front of the mirror.

brucer007
04-14-2012, 10:48 PM
You could try variations of this, without the jump:

http://images.cosplay.com/photos/24/2427804.jpg

thebrick
04-15-2012, 12:09 AM
I've found that when you're running out of time for finding poses (when I am photographing) I will google image the character and hit filesize:medium and large and go with the two or three most common ones - those are usually the most recognizable by the masses.

Sportster
05-12-2012, 04:59 AM
I'll be cosplaying Amu from Shugo Chara and Kyoko from Skip Beat really soon and I could use some help with the poses. I've been looking through tons of cosplay, anime stills, and manga stills for inspiration, but I still have trouble figuring out what to with my free hand and deciding whether I should look directly at the camera or not.

Issue 1 Free Hand) In a lot of the pictures the character just has their other hand on their hip.

Issue 2 Where to look) Kyoko is a daydreamer so I don't think it really feels right to have her looking directly at the camera (even when she's giving a more intense look its towards someone). Amu is a combination of shy/cool...

Any help would be really appreciated. :bashful:

arockalyptica
06-30-2012, 09:50 PM
hmm, well, if the characters have a 'pose' they do, like grelle (http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k446/mazungkaret_44/Kuroshitsuji/Grell%20Sutcliffe/53.jpg) does, then you can pose like that. If your doing a fighting costume where the character has a starting pose, then you could try that. Generally study the character and watch how they stand and hold themselves.

BlackroseHunter
07-01-2012, 12:27 AM
Any pose Ideas for a Rainbow Dash cosplay? I'm doing a human version of her, and though I don't expect to get asked for pictures, It's always good to be prepared.

Neelh
07-01-2012, 10:34 AM
Any pose Ideas for a Rainbow Dash cosplay? I'm doing a human version of her, and though I don't expect to get asked for pictures, It's always good to be prepared.

Aim a punch, hands on hips, or look ready to 'launch' or about to run a race.

BlackroseHunter
07-01-2012, 11:23 PM
Aim a punch, hands on hips, or look ready to 'launch' or about to run a race.

Thank yo. I'll definetly try these.:)

CorporatePuppet
07-08-2012, 02:39 PM
Could I get some help on posing as Sakura kinomoto ( school uniform), please? I'm kinda stuck. At the last con I went too, in all my pictures I looked like a deer in head lights and I don't want that to happen again.

Gaara-Sephiroth
07-09-2012, 06:31 AM
It sounds dumb, but I usually do research for posing. Google image them a ton! Maybe even sketch down some poses they're doing so you can practice!

That's what I do....of course I always reserch and then go to the cons, get nervous and forget the pose, but then, I'm just nervous about everything, all the time, lol.

LeaXIII
07-09-2012, 08:07 AM
Ah, posing. I suck at that.
A-Kon this year was my first con/cosplay experience, so when people would ask me for pictures (and there were a LOT of people asking me (Axel) for pictures) I had no idea what to do. I felt awkward trying to do some badass pose, so I would just kind of stand there...awkwardly...and smile. Luckily, by the end of the con I'd figured out a couple of poses that looked alright, but I still managed to pull more than a few "deer in the headlights" moments during the Kingdom Hearts photoshoot. -_-

brucer007
07-10-2012, 01:10 PM
Try tensing the muscles for action poses, or try real movement...Take is seriously...Don't smile during a fight, unless it is part of your character.

Don't always look at the lens. Look somewhere else!

HappehPills
07-13-2012, 09:06 PM
Any tips on how to pose like Cosmo from The Fairly Oddparents? I've looked at reference pictures and well, they're usually flying, so I was wondering what poses could you recommend in real life to do? XD

Schonkreuz01
07-15-2012, 12:18 AM
Any suggestions for Sona from League of Legends? I unfortunately do not have the instrument so I am at a loss on what to do in pictures :(

Picture reference:
http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1440&bih=702&tbm=isch&tbnid=zJLoWC1PcgN6hM:&imgrefurl=http://news.mmosite.com/content/2010-09-18/league_of_legends_releases_newest_champion_sona,1. shtml&docid=PWPEhDtf0oYRPM&imgurl=http://img4.mmo.mmo4arab.com/news/2010/09/19/league_of_legends/sona_splash1.jpg&w=420&h=425&ei=d0QCUP3DEo6c8QTY5uTzBw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=388&vpy=143&dur=188&hovh=226&hovw=223&tx=149&ty=82&sig=115582981612207012339&page=1&tbnh=153&tbnw=151&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:79

schonkreuz
07-23-2012, 11:23 AM
The character I am coplaying as is Sona from League of legends and because I haven't the talent or money I couldn't make her instrument. Because of this I am at a loss for what to do if someone asks for a picture. Suggestions?

Here is a pic
http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=964&bih=643&tbm=isch&tbnid=JVaAs4Dhmou-jM:&imgrefurl=http://lolwallpaper.blogspot.com/2010/09/sona-maven-of-strings.html&docid=zx_Y-1BafrE4DM&imgurl=http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_L78zEKWCMII/TJK4DaTAUUI/AAAAAAAAA_M/0Th2o0yId8w/s1600/Sona_Splash_0.jpg&w=1215&h=717&ei=CmwNUNDCLIT-9QSlp8G-Cg&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=175&sig=106545860276886988314&page=1&tbnh=109&tbnw=184&start=0&ndsp=14&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:76&tx=108&ty=51

p.s. Sorry if I am posting in the wrong spot, this was the best thread I could find.

Wolf_May_Cry
07-23-2012, 06:55 PM
I'll be cosplaying Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy VII soon but with a twist; I'll be cosplaying him in female version. I don't have his cerberus gun but I do have his claw glove.
So with me playing him as a female without his gun, does anyone have any suggestions for poses I can do?

Thanks.

tfcreate
07-25-2012, 10:58 PM
The classic "pulling on the cuff of the glove" works.
No real reason you can't do some poses from the series or from fanart.

Mistbreeze
08-05-2012, 02:33 PM
I have a photoshoot later today and i'm a little unprepared in the pose department as my character has been stuck in a suit of amor for a long time. That's right i'm doing human Alphonse Elric. I have the basic poses, clapping hands together for alchemy, hands on the ground for transmutaion. That's basically all i have. There are no signature poses so there's really nothing to fall back on.

It's not a professional shoot as I have no money but it will be done with a great camera and will be edited by aa friend. We were going to have the shoot downtown with older building from 1900's.

Any tips you can give will be appreciated! Thank you sooo much! ^.^

Black.Cat-Chan
08-06-2012, 03:02 AM
Having a little trouble with my animal poses for D*Con. Since most of the time the characters are laying on something or in some impossible pose like floating. I am Pabu one day and Ches the other. My biggest problems is the fact that I'm in flouncy petticoats and I really don't want to show off my hello tiger undergarments. Pabu is the sweet, mischievous, overeating fire-ferret. Ches is that sarcastic slightly lazy mystery cat that is forever disappearing. I don't really know much of anything about poses, so any ideas would help A Lot

Wolf_May_Cry
09-12-2012, 09:56 PM
I'm going to be cosplaying as Portgas D. Ace from One Piece and Vincent Valentine from FFVII in two weeks at AWA but with a twist! I’ll be pulling a Rule 63 for both and I could really use some help with the poses. I looked up tons of cosplay and anime stills for inspiration, but I still have trouble figuring out what to do since they are in female version.

Any suggestions? Please and thank you.

Ace cosplay example-
http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt340/Sephirothsgirl/Acecosplayonfire.jpg
http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt340/Sephirothsgirl/100_1443.jpg

Vincent cosplay example-
http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt340/Sephirothsgirl/vinny.jpg