With its flowing skirt and elegant lines, a classic hanbok is often the special occasion outfit of choice for a photoshoot that commemorates a big event like a wedding, graduation, milestone birthday, or engagement announcement. Whether you’re working with a professional photographer or just taking some fashion-forward selfies for your Instagram, these hanbok photoshoot tips can help you get the best possible pictures with professional tips on how to pose for the camera.
Balance Tradition and Personality
Classic hanbok poses including a typical “standing shot” where the subject(s) face the camera with elbows slightly bent while the hands rest, gently folded, on the lower abdomen. This timeless look endures for a reason; the sharp elbows and tidy hands show off the contrast in the hanbok’s design, enhancing the crisply tailored details of the top jacket while leaving the lower body and loosely floating skirt easy and free. Be sure to capture this pose and celebrate your connection to the tradition of hanbok photoshoots! However, don’t feel limited to expected or traditional poses. Especially on a deeply personal occasion like your wedding or your graduation, your hanbok photoshoot is an opportunity to show your individuality. Are you dramatically emotional? Quirky and sly? Warm and loving? Upstanding and noble? Whatever your favorite side of your character might be, try to capture what’s special about you by taking a few risks with your own unique poses! To free your creativity, give yourself permission to take a few “bad shots” on the way to finding a special pose. Just be sure your photographer is ready to experiment!
Posing with Partner
For a romantic shoot, you may want to pose as a couple with your other half. This can be tricky when you and your partner have a height difference! With its crisp and flattering neckline, a traditional hanbok cultivates a look of relaxed elegance by drawing the eye to that part of the body. Your neck and chin are focal in a hanbok, which is one reason why the garment is so flattering to women. However, because there’s so much focus on this part of your body, having a tense or awkward neck as you crane to look up into your beloved’s eyes or stoop down for a kiss can ruin the whole shot! For romantic poses, professional models suggest that if you’re the shorter member of the pair, stand on your tip-toes and forget about gazing into your partner’s eyes. Instead, look lovingly at their chin or upper lip! The camera will not detect the subtle difference in your focus because your face will still be turned towards your true love’s face, but by aiming your gaze a little lower you won’t be tilting your head upwards far enough to make your neck look strained in the shot! If you’re the taller member of the couple, your intuition might tell you to stoop forward or lean inwards towards the camera to look smaller. In fact, try bending your knees a bit and leaning slightly backwards! The farther from the camera your body is, the smaller you will look, so if you are taller than you want to appear in a shot, leaning back can create the illusion that you and your mate are a closer height match. This is especially effective in a full and flowing hanbok skirt, where your bent knees will be hidden by the sweeping fabric!