by | Feb 14, 2020 | Production, Trending | 0 comments


by | Feb 14, 2020 | Production, Trending | 0 comments

Posing can be intimidating, we know. Before your subject steps on set, try to initiate a friendly, casual conversation. Asking the model about themselves can help them loosen up and make a connection. This applies to professional and non-professional talent.

To give you a leg-up on one of the more awkward and challenging parts of photographing people, here are seven specific posing tips for when you’re working with one subject: 

To create more definition at the jawline, ask your subject to push their forehead slightly towards you, bringing the chin down and away from the neck. 

Moving parts of the body away from or towards the camera can shift emphasis. If your subject is insecure about their figure, try turning their shoulders at an angle while keeping their face towards the camera.

Ask them to slightly bend one elbow to create space between the arm and waistline.

Encourage your subject to shift their weight on one leg or hip. This is how most people stand naturally and will prevent your subject from looking stiff. 

Wide stances with angular gestures communicate 

boldness or strength. To facilitate more intense eye contact with the camera, ask the subject to lower their chin.

Facial expressions should confirm what the subject’s body is communicating. Try to keep expressions consistent with body language.

Seeing too much white of the eyes can look jarring or uncomfortable. Try the old rule of “following the nose.” If the model keeps eye direction in line with their nose, more of their eye color will be visible. 

A completely closed mouth can make the model look bored or stiff. Ask them to open their mouth slightly. By parting the lips, the face becomes softer and elongated. 

If certain poses aren’t working, move onto something else. Don’t express disappointment, just ask them to switch it up. Sticking to positive feedback will help subjects feel more comfortable and confident. Keywords like “beautiful, great, excellent, and love” between every few shots will help keep them encouraged. 

For more information on posing individuals and groups, check out our Studio section in the FundamentalsFor posing inspiration, check out our Commercial Posing Guide in the
Resource Guides.