Paradise Posing Primer

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London Fashion Week once again. And this year marks the anniversary of launching Maldives Complete’s own coastal catwalk. It seems like the photoshoots are just exploding with the Instagramming at its zenith.  As wannabe fashionistas queue up for a place in the Maldives Complete catalogue, we thought we would provide a bit of guidance for winning poses.

The snaps chosen are all about the photo itself. A high profile subject will tip the balance (for a sense of magnitude, I will include even bad photos of celebs with over 1 million followers, and I will include just ‘okay’ photos for those with over 100,000 followers), but outside those elite echelons, someone with a great shot but only a few followers will get selected over a run-of-the-mill travel blogger with 10k followers and bland pictures.

The recent photo tips post outlined the fundamentals for posing anywhere in paradise. But I also have a few Maldives specific biases. One of my big selection criteria is the “Anywhere But Maldives” deal breaker. If a photo looks as if it could be from anywhere (even if I know it was in the Maldives), I tend to exclude it. Dining tables, indoors or extra close-up shots are all examples. The photo needs to have some Maldivian quality about it for the Maldives Complete collection. Along this line, I favour the natural blue colour scheme so photos rich in blue and aquamarine hues get favoured for bringing out the local palette.

To assist all those aspiring paradise photoshooters, here is the Maldives Complete Guide to Paradise Posing (and yes, we have collections of each of these, those published are linked to below)…

  1. THE WADE Anja Rubik (Poland) – Cocoa Island
    Anja Rubik (Poland) – Cocoa Island
  2. THE SHALLOWS WALLOW Laury Thilleman (France) – Coco Bodu Hithi
    Coco Bodu Hithi - Laury Thilleman 2
  3. THE SAND WALLOW Solveig Mork (Denmark) – Paradise Island
    Solveig Mork (Denmark) – Gili Lankanfushi

  4. THE AERIAL WATER VILLA NET HAMMOCK Julie Taton (Belgium) – Kanuhura
    Julie Taton
  5. THE HIP COCK Margo Bushueva (Russian) – Ayada
    Margo Bushueva (Russian) – Ayada
  6. THE SELFIE Nicole Scherzinger (USA) – Soneva Fushi
    Nicole Scherzinger (USA) – Soneva Fushi
  7. THE BACK FLOAT Raudha Aathif (Maldives) – Shangri-La Villingili
    Raudha Aathif (Maldives) – Shangri-La Villingili
  8. THE INFINITY POOL PERCH Ria Michelle (USA) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
    Ria Michelle (USA) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
  9. THE INVERTED PIKE Reni (Poland) – Rihiveli Beach
    Reni (Poland) – Rihiveli Beach
  10. THE LEAP Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
  11. THE YMCA Juliet Angus (USA) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Juliet Angus (USA) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  12. THE FOLLOW ME Nataly Osmann (Russia) – Four Season Landaa Giraavaru
    Nataly Osmann (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  13. THE PINK FLAMINGO Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee
    Karolina Wozniak (Poland) - AaaVeee
  14. THE AERIAL LADDER Susan Tseng (Taiwan) – Amilla Fushi
    Susan Tseng (Taiwan) – Amilla Fushi
  15. THE PASO CAPE Natasha Perera (Sri Lanka) – Veligandu
    Natasha Perera (Sri Lanka) – Veligandu
  16. THE CLOSE UP Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee
    Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee
  17. THE YOGA Jessica Olie (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Landaa Givaavaru
    Jessica Olie (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - 3
  18. THE LOUNGER Jessica Van Der Steen (Belgium) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Jessica Van Der Steen (Belgium) – LUX South Ari Atoll
  19. THE SUBAQUATIC Rosie Thomas (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
    Rosie Thomas (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
  20. THE CLASSIC SUNSET Alyssa Ramos (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Alyssa Ramos (USA) - Shangri-La Vilingili

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