Classic Poses

2 min read

Last updated:

Classic Poses

Female Classic Poses

Female classic poses are different than male classic poses. When posing a woman, you want her to angle her head toward the camera, turn her shoulder toward the camera and then keep her chin down so she looks thin, soft, and feminine.

To better accomplish this, have her point her knees away from you (at a 45-degree angle) and cross her legs or ankles away from you and then have her turn her upper body back toward the camera. Have her pull her shoulder back a bit, so you are not photographing her straight into her shoulder.

How to Pose Women | Portrait Photography

Posing Women’s Hands for Portraits

Male Classic Poses

Classic Male Pose

When you pose a man, you want him to have wide shoulders, so pose him straight onto the camera, angle his head away from the camera a bit or keep it straight and do not cross his legs or feet.

If you want him to look more powerful, have him cross his arms and spread his feet apart. If you want him to look friendlier, have him hook his thumbs in his pants pocket.

When you are doing a classic head and shoulders pose, it is often easier to use a posing table or something they can lean on because your subject will relax. A relaxed subject will always provide a better portrait. When you are doing a full-body pose with a woman, poses with her leaning are fine. When you are photographing a male, leaning poses are not the best choice.

How to Pose Men | Portrait Photography

See more in


Share with friends


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Connect with aspiring and professional photographers

Learn how to improve any kind of photography

Get access to exclusive discounts, courses, rewards, etc
Find daily inspiration in a diverse community

Recommended Articles

24 Tips for Taking Tack Sharp Photos

Your ultimate guide for capturing tack sharp photos, with tips and techniques to upgrade your photography skills.

Last updated:

Tips for Landscape Photography.

Landscape Photography: The Ultimate Guide with Pro Tips

Last updated:

mirrorless vs dslr featured image

Mirrorless vs DSLR Cameras: Which One is Best for You?

A detailed look at mirrorless vs DSLR cameras, pros and cons of each, and which is best for you.

Last updated:

Almost There

To make sure you are a real person,

Please confirm your email to receive our free newsletter. Within the next 5 mintes you should get an email from us. Please open this email and click the button to confirm your email. 

Weekly tips on Photography.

Trusted by 200,000+ amazing photographers