Top 15 Photo Posing Techniques

  • photo posingStudy fashion magazines and catalogues for posing ideas!
  • Be natural and let your personality shine through!
  • Poses should typically be soft and fluid – not stiff and please, no poses showing your arm pits
  • Know your body
  • Practice in the mirror
    • Are your clothes falling naturally and smoothly?
    • What’s your best angle?
    • How is your posture?
    • What is your facial expression? Don’t use a big smile for every pose. Try a small smile, a laugh or a pout to give some facial variety.
  • Breathe naturally – don’t hold your breath!
  • Basic poses
    • Basic Model Stance
    • Sports Stance (legs wide)
    • Broken Line (head cocked to the side)
    • Curved Line (like the letter “c”)
    • Vertical Line (straight)
  • Copy a pose from a magazine and make small changes to it! Reposition an arm or leg, turn the head; bend, stretch or twist the body, etc.  Try several and find the pose that you are most comfortable with.
  • PRACTICE makes perfect! The more you practice the more confidence you will develop where the poses will feel natural.
  • Listen to what the photographer tells you! He/she can see you through the camera. You can’t!
  • Don’t always look straight at the camera. Instead, use a variety of head and eye positions.
  • Rest most of your weight on one foot or the other instead of evenly on both feet. Doing so makes poses look less artificial and gives a slimming effect in most poses.
  • Keep your chin up to avoid a double chin look
  • Be sure to keep your hair off your face!
  • In full body shots, keep a 45 degree angle to the camera 
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