7 Ways to Pose Like a Design Star

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My favorite part about designing homes? Photographing them. And my favorite part about photographing homes? Shooting the people in them. And my favorite part about shooting people in their homes? Standing-in for fabulous women! Over the years, I’ve learned that while these pictures may look like your favorite style-stars are completely comfortable at home, a lot of work goes into pulling off a perfectly casual pose. Read on for my top home shoot poses and tips for pulling them off in your next timer selfie.



 

OKAY, BUT JUST ONE.

 

Here Jen Atkin and I were almost having too much fun to stop and get a portrait. Jen, perfectly poised on her mother’s hand knit blanket, and me, balancing my skinny butt on the razor edge of the sofa.

Interior Design: Consort | Photo Lu Tapp

 

Cream Chunky Knit Blanket ($795)



IT’S MY PARTY.
 

Nothing brings a room shot to life like a complimentary party dress. We struggled to compose this shot...that is until Jess Alba waltzed on set in this stunning floral number that totally made the shot.


Interior Design: Consort | Photo: Chris Patey

 

Tiger Red and Black Rug by Nordic Knots ($295)

 

WHO GONNA CHECK ME, BOO?

 

Often attempted, but never successfully recreated, this Zooey Deschenel Domino cover tops the chart on my list of most difficult poses of all time. Try it: ut your elbow up on the edge of your sofa, your feet up on an ottoman, place your hand delicately on a book, and now twist your body to one side. Does this feel comfortable? No. How does she make it look so effortless??

Photo: Domino

 

Parrot Blue Lumbar Pillow ($78)


 

I’M ALL EARS.
 

WARNING: Posing in a swinging chair is for seasoned professionals and serious yogis only. This trick requires discipline and core strength in creating a center line. With her foot squarely planted on the floor for balance, Jen stays poised with an elbow on the knee and her face gently resting in her hand.

Interior Design: Stephen Shadley | Photo: François Dischinger for Architectural Digest

 


 

 

White Icelandic Sheepskin ($325)


 

OH, HELLO. I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE.

 

When shooting Brooklyn Decker, her angels came just as naturally to her as her casual-cool design style. Have you ever tried posing with your pet? A successful shot requires 99% attention on getting the dog to behave before popping into your pose for just a split second. Notice how between the animal wrangling, Brooklyn was able to achieve completely relaxed hands and stand on one foot! The result makes you feel like she just caught you walking by.

Interior Design: Brooklyn Decker | Photo: MyDomaine

 


 

 

French Bulldog Wall Mount by Softheads ($120)



 

CAN WE TALK?

Throw on a tonal layered look to match your tonal layered daybed and curl up with a tray of crystals along with your favorite matcha. After we got this shot, I kicked out the entire crew, fell to the floor, and opened the floodgates. Erin Fetherson is the best listener.


Interior Design: Consort | Photo: Chris Patey

 

 

Cream Mudcloth Pillow by Consort ($245)

 



 

I DIDN’T EVEN SEE YOU COME IN.

Full Gown. Candid Glance. Pointed toes. These three things are all you need to pull off a completely unassuming look at home. Where did that whole photo crew come from?

Interior Design: Consort | Photo: Tessa Neustdat

 

Brass Tray Table ($262)


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