Posing in Photography

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5. Lean back!

Subjects feel natural and relaxed when leaning with their back against a wall or tree.

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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!

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