You don’t need a model to make a great photograph. However, being aware of flattering poses is a great asset to have as a photographer. When the subject is comfortable, he or she looks more natural and beautiful, which is the key to a wonderful photograph.
1. Converse with your subject!
Talking to your subject during a shoot will help them feel more comfortable and relaxed. A conversation can bring a true smile to their face, unlike the “cheesed” photographs.
2. Don’t just stand there!
Shoulders and hips are the widest part of the body, so you can turn the subject to their side for a slimming effect.
3. Don’t over pose!
Sometimes the best pose is no pose at all. When photographing a family, have them interact to capture real moments. If you are photographing a couple, have them walk towards you or kiss.
4. Stand tall!
Standing tall is about promoting a sense of confidence and self-assurance. A person’s body language shows if they are uncomfortable.
5. Lean back!
Subjects feel natural and relaxed when leaning with their back against a wall or tree.
When your subject is natural, the photograph will look natural. It is the photographer’s duty to get the subject relaxed through conversation and smart posing. Practice, practice, practice!