Ask world-renowned model Coco Rocha to strike a pose, and she’ll give you a 1,000—yes, 1,000! In her stunning new compendium Study of Pose photographed by Steven Sebring, Rocha celebrates the human form and movement with a unique series of poses picked up from a successful career spanning more than a decade. Rocha’s versatility in front of the camera is unparalleled (hence her nickname, “The Queen of Posing”) and the proof is in the 2,032-page tome. In honor of the book’s release, we asked Rocha to walk us through her 10 favorite poses and the stories behind each. Keep reading for our exclusive peek at Study of Pose.
Contrapposto is an Italian term that describes the balance of weight on one leg over the other that the Greeks perfected in sculpture. It shows both tension and balance and is just as important in photography as it is in sculpture.
The simple arch of the back can be a beautiful line, and raising my feet off the ground heightens the tension through my legs. Sometimes a small move can be extremely dynamic.
A good model needs to develop some serious core strength. Many people look at models as waifish or weak, but in my experience, the world’s best models are freakishly strong, and the best of the best can convey their strength effortlessly.
Poses don't always need to be complicated or complex. Sometimes balance and symmetry are all that's needed.
Facial expressions are key to making the viewer believe the image. In this image, I'm echoing back to the sort of dancing solider that Janet Jackson personified so well in “Rhythm Nation,” and the face is very Michael Jackson.
This pose is engaging because of the interesting line it draws. Almost like Zorro's sword, your eye naturally follows the pose up and down.
A good model poses all the way through to fingers and toes. No appendage should be disposable or thoughtlessly placed.
I remember this was an especially painful and difficult pose to hold, but a good model does what it takes to get the shot!
When all else fails, imagine furniture around you! I was literally lounging on an imaginary chaise in this shot. I kid you not...
A model has to be as concerned with the negative space around her as she is of her own place in space. Even when jumping, a model needs to think about her silhouette and the space she is leaving between her body.
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