Basic Posing Tips

Basic Photography Posing Tips

Remember the time you photographed your model? You set up the photograph, make sure your background is appropriate, the light’s great and you click the shutter. And then you look at the back of your camera and your subject looks heavy. You look at it on the computer and it is still not flattering. “How did that happen?” you wonder.

Photography Posing Tips

Posing is important. It is a way to capture your subject at their most flattering while making the image interesting.




Model Posing Tips:

Posing Tips

The posing rules differ between men and women and, most of the time, you never want to use male poses on women or female poses on men. However, if there is a specific reason to cross over the poses, it can create an interesting photograph.


So here’s a few additional Posing Tips:

  1. Ask your subject to bring their chin down, otherwise the neck will command the attention of the photograph. Most often people will unconsciously lift their chin when being photographed. If you ask them to bring it down a little, they will usually respond that they are afraid of double chins. To remedy the double chin fear, have them push out their chin (I call it “turtle neck”) and that will take care of the double chin.

    Chin Down PoseChin Up

    1. Posing Tips For women:
      1. flattering posing tipsPhotograph her from an angle. Unless you have a very tiny woman, no woman looks her best when her shoulders and hips straight on to the camera. Pose a woman with her hips at the camera and then turn her shoulders and face back toward the camera.
      2. bend poseOn a woman, if it bends, bend it. A Women look more feminine if you bend her elbows, wrists, curl the fingers a little (maybe even grasp her collar or necklace with her thumb and pointer finger), have her shift her weight on to one leg and then bend a knee.
      3. Ask your subject to tilt her head a bit, and again, drop her chin.Posing
      4. crotch shot poseAvoid photographing crotches, underarms, and up noses.
      5. If you are photographing a heavier woman, find them a prop that is flattering, for example, have them cuddle a cute pillow.
    2. For groups, try to arrange your subjects so they form a pyramid (either with the high point at the top or an inverted pyramid). Make sure you can see all the faces and if you can separate your subjects heads vertically by at least 3 inches, so the heads are at different heights. For example, pose Dad and then pose Mom so that her eyes are level with Dad’s mouth. It is always fun to have them cuddle in tight together if they are family.



Recommended Books on Photography Posing

The Photographer's Guide to Posing: Techniques to Flatter Everyone
The Photographer’s Guide to Posing: Techniques to Flatter Everyone (available on Amazon)