Pin Up Posing tip: Foreshortened T-Rex arms.

If it feels like Pilates, you’re doing it right.

As mentioned in my previous post “Show you have arms” – in photography, there’s a lovely thing called foreshortening. This is when things seem to disappear from the line of sight of the photographer (the photographer’s point of view). This can be very handy at times, and very weird too. The above photo isn’t as bad as the one shown in the previous post, as I wasn’t down low enough or far away enough, but both illustrate foreshortening to some degree.

By nature, to balance ourselves, we tend to put our arms outward when sitting or lying on our side. Like feet, this stops us from tipping forward (now there’s a visual for you!). By simply turning the arm inward, along the line of your body, not only will you create beautiful angles, but now you can see the length of your arm in proportion to the rest of your body.

You will be using more of your inner core muscles to keep you from tipping, but posing isn’t supposed to feel comfy. In fact, if it feels like Pilates, you’re doing it right!



We’re not perfect. We just know how to pose.

Although we are all perfect the way we are, this is a series of pin up posing tips to help create that stunning body shape. Because let’s face it, we all want to know how to put our best foot forward!


Helen McLean

Helen McLean

Photographer at Helen McLean Photography
Helen McLean's Melbourne studio specialises in Vintage Glamour, Pin-Up and Boudoir photography.
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