These days, getting a picture of yourself in public with your entire face showing can be tricky. You'll often see signs at attractions reminding people that masks still have to be worn even while taking pictures. Really, the only time we can remove our masks for the camera is when our food has arrived at a restaurant or cafe.
If you're awkward by nature and forget how to act like a human the minute the camera is on you, keep reading to check out 10 easy pose ideas for when you're seated at a pretty cafe!
#1 Sit at a side-facing angle and turn to look at the camera
This pose shows off your outfit at the same time! This is at Brown Butter cafe which has gotten a sakura makeover.
#2 The classic look away and smile
If looking directly at the camera feels awkward, simply look away and prompt your photographer to make you laugh. This was taken at Sweetea Caffe, a glamorous cafe that looks like a 60s Hong Kong film set.
#3 Pretend to eat/drink
Candid moments are easier to pull off, pretend you're about to drink or eat by lifting your cup or fork.
#4 Actually drink/eat
You can also actually drink or eat! To prevent that unglam look, take a tiny bite or sip. You can also look away from the camera if it would make you feel less camera shy.
#5 Pour the tea
Camera shy people look best when they aren't aware of the camera. The next best thing is to ask your photographer to take the photo while you're doing something mid-way like pouring a cup of tea, reaching for the cutlery, etc. This gorgeous restaurant is one of our picks of the 10 best afternoon tea spots in Singapore.
#6 Cross legs + adjust your sunglasses
Awkward eye contact and not knowing what to do with your arms and legs are one of the top reasons for a stiff pose. You can deal with both by simply crossing your legs and pretending to adjust your shades.
#7 Rest an arm on a chair while holding something
Another way to loosen up and achieve a relaxed pose is to hold something like your phone or a cup and rest one arm on your chair.
#8 Eyes closed to take in the aroma
You can avoid looking anywhere, at the camera or otherwise, by simply keeping your eyes closed. To avoid making it weird, pretend to take a sniff of your drink or food. Curious where this photo was taken at? It's Que Pasa, a romantic rose-filled bar near Somerset.
#9 Gaze at your food in anticipation
Just focus on what the food will taste like when you actually get to eat it after taking photos and a natural longing gaze will ensue. You can prop one arm up to rest your chin on to make it feel less awkward.
#10 Pretend to use your phone
Probably the easiest pose of them all, simply pretend (or actually) use your phone while your IG partner/friend snaps away. Look through a funny feed or watch comedy clips to get a natural smile, or a serious glare at your phone works too!
Bonus: Rest your chin on your arm
This is another natural pose that's easy to pull off. Cross your legs, rest one arm under your chin and the other on the table, then look away from the camera!
More Insta-worthy restaurants, cafes and bars in Singapore for you to flex your modelling skills:
- Sweet Hut: New Colourful Dessert Cafe
- Alchemist: Victorian-Style Cafe In A Black Gothic Tower
- Set of Six: Pink & Blue Tropical-Themed Bar With Hidden Entrance
- Atrium Lounge: Indoor Forest "Bird Cage" Bar & Afternoon Tea Spot
- The Lok Lok Bar: Filled With Pretty Neon Lights & Serves Soju
- The Dragon Chamber: Old Chinatown Gambling Den-Like Bar & Restaurant
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Text by: GirlStyle SG