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Shooting a human body is one of the most difficult things in photography. How do you make a man masculine, and a female feminine looking, how do you make a couple look in love and a family look happy? First of all it's achieved by the pose. For a normal photo session you have to have a plan. This guide will help you to make this plan.
ADVICE FOR AN AMATEUR OR A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER
To make it easier for you to read this book, it is divided into two parts; these parts are advice for a photographer and popular poses for taking pictures. Use these parts separately or together, whatever is easier for you. It might be more convenient for you to print out separate pages and consult them during shooting. Sometimes it might be necessary to show the information to the model to demonstrate the way the model has to position himself/herself at the moment. And the advice that is given, can be printed out and posted above your working table – it definitely deserves it!
PHOTOGRAPHY POSES FOR WOMEN– THE MAIN FEATURES AND TIPS
2. A decent model should almost always transfer the weight on one of the feet. Such photography poses look much more natural.
1. Everyone knows the position for a typical beginner photographer – the model is standing facing the camera holding the body vertically. It's not advisable to use this pose. It doesn't have any life, and it's plain boring. In general it can suit some models if those models have ideal figures. You can have an effect of a split between the legs, if the legs have a classical shape. But in general this pose should be used with caution.
5. Pay more attention to the photography poses when the model is positioned side-ways or is standing half-turned, but not facing the camera.
6. Legs are a part of a woman's body that attracts attention of most men. A girl that has long legs is considered by any man as a more beautiful girl, than the one with short legs. If you would like to give your model longer legs visually, you can do it through raising her feet to seem taller (shoes on high heels, Photography-poses.net
4. The easiest way to accentuate the feminine features of a model is to take a picture of her secretly when she is trying to make herself look better fixing her makeup, her hair or her clothes.
3. In order for the girl in the picture to stay feminine, you have to avoid straight angles and straight lines. Try to create the poses, that are smooth; create the curves, that accentuate softness and feminine characteristics for the model. Straight angles, strength, roughness should be used when you are taking a shot of a man.
13. Make sure that the model doesn't stretch the arms or the legs towards the camera. Turn towards him only for one second before taking a shot. and not in the camera. don't forget to ask the model to take them off. turning their head sideways.net Page 3 . To make the smile brilliant turn away from the photographer. this will make gross distortion from the correct proportions (unless that was meant to be that way). and smile. remember. this will allow you to keep the proper emotional attitude. so if the model is being shot in full height. 7. During the photo shoot the model moves in front of the camera. 18. Sometimes photographers use hats that make the model look more feminine. You can ask the model to tilt the face forward and look in the camera. A model in simple clothes like jeans. For plus size models it's better to stand with their back towards the camera. If you are taking a picture of a girl sitting down looking straight at you. 12. that her proportions will be distorted. If the model looks up. then the distance between the head and the top corner of the picture should be larger than the distance between the legs and the bottom corner of the picture. and so on. Another tip about the legs. a sweater. will look younger in the photograph. 15. then the eyes look bigger and more expressive. 11. taking various poses.8. depending on his signal. If you are taking pictures of a model with one light source. That is related to the psychological characteristics of perception. than in a business suit. place it in the left top position. 10. Do not put a small hat on a model with a large head – it will visually make her head even larger (think about the queen of hearts). and her legs will turn out too short. as well as fresher and more spontaneous. 9. Encourage smooth movement avoiding brisk moves. calmness and relaxation to go through the whole session smoothly. 14. 16. Another simple method to make legs longer is to take a picture of the model from below and to shoot mainly from bottom up during the photo shoot. 17. If you are taking a picture of a woman in her bathing suit. then the eyes will look bigger as well. Remember that socks make legs look shorter visually. you can shoot from the back and visually make the length of the legs longer because of the buttocks. standing on tip toes). Make sure to have the correct framing of the shot. The smile will appear colourful and natural to its maximum potential. Photography-poses.
6. In reality. The hair attracts attention and distract the viewer from body imperfections. while the photographer would be making the shot. that the model has in the picture. That is.PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR A FEMALE PHOTO SESSION– HOW TO USE THE HAIR 1. wellkept hair of the model. the girl's charm. where she is doing something with her hair. A completely covered forehead with the hair will attract the attention of the viewer towards the forehead. 9. If the photograph has a girl with her long hair loose. the majority of the viewers will perceive the model as intellectual or intelligent. so you have to take that into consideration during the photo shoot. who needs this type of an image). not always necessary for a girl (more often otherwise). this photograph will be perceived neutrally. Look at the famous photographers' works – they always use models with long beautiful hair during their photo shoots. The hair style can easily compensate for the face being asymmetric – you just need to cover half of the model's face with the hair. of course. A model's hair is a very important detail and can become the central point of your composition. The hair. Too much wax or spray in the hair can make the hair shimmer from the flash. You can use wet hair. and the model would have to throw the hair on the back.net Page 4 . if the model allows the hair to be blown around in the wind. 7. You can make very beautiful poses for photo sessions with the help of long. be shaken or waved around. and femininity increase a lot. for example. 2. for example. 5. of course. 3. a work of art that everyone can love and admire. The main thing here is to spread the elbows to the sides. This is usually completely inappropriate for an image of a woman (unless you are taking a picture of an athlete. forms the attitude of the viewer towards the model and creates its image for the viewer. If the hair style is covering the forehead of the model half way. Remember that beautiful hair always accentuates the beauty and the expressiveness of the face and the eyes of the girl – it’s the main photography tip for a female photo session. which can make any girl a beauty. That is the “safest” hair style for most of the purposes. The hair can create the dynamics. this image has nothing to do with the real intellect and the character of the model – but who cares? Our task is to create a beautiful image. 8. Photography-poses. If the forehead of the model is completely open. when she is brushing her hair. other than point them towards the photographer. The classical pose is to make the model lie down and spread her hair around. 4. This will make the model daring and strong in the mind of the viewer.
a short neck and narrow thighs are the advantages of a male model. To the opposite. They are very well accepted by the viewers. Rippling muscles. 9. he can divide his weight proportionately between his legs. It's better to turn the model with his chest towards the camera. It's easy to accentuate the masculinity of the model by creating straight angles in the picture. and creating overall roughness and coarseness. “masculine” positions of the arms are having the arms criss-crossed on the chest or holding the hands in the pockets showing thumbs. If you are taking a picture of a man in a business suit. they will become dominant for your photo. When the man is standing up. 6. This creates an impression of a tired sick person and an overall repulsive impression for the viewer. for example. never worn before. so they have to be accentuated during the photo shoot. This will also accentuate the masculinity of the model. 5. You should take the one that has been already worn a little.net Page 5 . accentuating the individuality of the model. 1. or transfer the weight on one leg. 2. crooked back should be avoided when either a man or a woman are being shot on camera. It is better to have the model lower his chin a little during taking the proper position for the shoot – sticking the chin out does not look good for either men or women. The proportions of the model don't make a difference. that are thick. If the male model has naturally noticeable eyebrows. it's better not to use a completely new suit. Good. of course. It will not look natural. Only if the male model has them. 4. broken or triangular. 7.MALE PHOTOGRAPHY POSES– THE MAIN FEATURES AND TIPS 3. It is possible to use any of those standing positions. 8. It is advisable for the model to keep the back straight during the photo session. Photography-poses. A bent. and having the chest straight forward. The classical photography pose here is having the thighs half way open. it's better not to cover them up in the picture. especially when the model is well-built and has a wide chest. But transfering the weight on one leg usually makes better photography poses.
not for every model a round face is a bad thing in such a way that you would have to cover it or hide it. Not everyone can look good in the picture. 8. You should allow the to photograph face forward or half way toward having a face forward picture. The chin will be much less noticeable and the attention of the viewers will be on all the other parts of the woman. You cannot use back lighting because the ears will be seen through. 10. you can accentuate it from shooting it from below. Try to figure out what looks best in the photo for your model and choose those poses that will accentuate the beauty of the model for your photo shoot. where they can be presented better. 3. If they are not parallel. and place more significance on the shots from above the model. A big nose can be hidden through two ways – you could take a photograph mainly face forward from a spot a little below the face. 2. do not take a picture of the model's smile in this pose. The chin is not always perfect for either men or women. triple (so on) chin can be hidden if the angles of photos are not done from below. and you are trying to smoothen out this irregularity. 6. and to smooth it out your would have to tilt the head of the model forward. and often gives the model a special charm. it will make a disproportion. “a horse” type face is considered as an additional sign of beauty by many men. On the other hand. And something else about the chin – when you are taking a picture of it. if the chin is too small. not everybody's body is beautiful. One of the basic definitions of photography when you are evaluating the body are “the axes”. can be shot at different angles. You could hide protruding ears avoiding taking face forward pictures. and you would like to hide it. Though. to the contrary. Sometimes it's better to show the natural beauty of the model without hiding it.HOW TO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE AND HIDE FIGURE IMPERFECTIONS 1. you have to photograph the model turned three fourth of the way. The optimal face shape is an oval. You could use a wide-rimmed hat. the imperfections of the face in this position will not be noticeable. it is not always a bad thing. 7. 4. You could also use a hair style by brushing the hair on the forehead and the Photography-poses. and making the model tilt her head a little.net Page 6 . Again. this can visually create a double chin for her on the picture. 9. and taking pictures of the model sideways. and move the body to the side. avoid taking pictures with the face forward. The other parts of the body that are not as beautiful. or sideways. If the face of the model is elongated. Accentuate the face shaped like an oval can be done through various ways – with the help of a collar. Pay attention to the way “the axes” of the mouth and the eyes are going. If you think that this face feature is a disadvantage. You could cover them with hair or with a hat. A double. a hair style or headwear. try to avoid having your model tilt her head forward. and the picture will come out ugly with red and see through ears. You could try to use a tall hat. If the model has a round face. moreover. or in other words nominal lines along which different body parts are located. 5.
It's not advisable for the models with a big nose to have hair styles with a parting. You should not use sleek hair styles for a low forehead. or you could leave the hair loose. Accentuate face forward pictures. It's not advisable to use sleek hair style. If the model is slouching. this flaw can be hidden by providing back lighting. and not the photographer. 15. 13. 11. You could brush the hair so that it falls on the cheeks. 12. it is easy to hide it. lush. If a long nose is a disadvantage for a model. you should not take a sideways picture of her. It's not a good idea to bend the head down. making the woman too masculine. such a forehead should not be completely covered up. and is trying to hide them in the photo. Rare hair should mainly be the trouble for the hair-dresser. Photography-poses. Mostly take the pictures face forward. 17. The muscles that are developed too much will be hidden in that case. stress tall. Then the head will have a halo around it. However. you should not completely rely on the retouching of the finished photograph. cheeks. For a very high forehead you could use either straight or brushed to the side fringe. For a short nose you could use a round hair style. small curls or thin curls. or hair brushed to the back. and the model is either sitting or lying down.net Page 7 . 16. that will visually increase the volume of hair. Legs that are too muscular can spoil the appearance on the picture. Use the poses where the legs of the model are relaxed.14. large hair styles and asymmetric fringe. The wrinkles can be easily hidden with the help of soft lighting. then the nose will be much longer. or shooting from below. If the woman is middle-aged and has wrinkles. 18.
If you have to make the height taller visually. You cannot use separate clothing in too many contrasting colours for plus size models – for example. deep collar neckline. It's better to have short hair. Fabric with large prints or pictures is not suitable either. is considered a sign of beauty and many men are not trying to approach standard beauty women. black and white colours. It's not obligatory to hide the weight. especially since sometimes it's not possible at all. 5.net 10. and undo the top buttons as if by accident. 2. Voluminous and dimensionless things are also going to look unfavourably. 3. that historically more corpulent women were considered beautiful. Avoid tight-fitting around folds of fat. you can use a long scarf of the same type of fabric and the same colour as outer clothing. the clothing. Although it is possible to use shades of white and grey. but it's just that not long ago the standard reference for female body beauty has changed. 1. not very tight-fitting and not very loose. Page 8 . In many cultures female corpulence. 9. For these types of ladies it's better to use clothing made of smooth fabric. White colour is not suitable for a plus size model. as it is widely known. then the model's figure will visually be divided into parts and the corpulence will not be accentuated in the advantageous way. 8. Photography-poses. 4. It is known. Wide belts look ugly on a plus size model.HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH PLUS SIZE MODELS CLOTHING Besides the poses that you will be choosing when you are photographing plus size models (of different sizes). it's better to accentuate the waist with a narrow or medium width belt of the same tone as the clothing. it's better not to wear hair styles with long hair. It is not recommended to use clothing with short fitted sleeves for plus size models. that you dress your model in for the photo session. 7. or blue and yellow colours. 6. plays a great role. Small contrast print looks much better (but remember – do not dress with contrasting colours below and above the waist. it's okay to have contrasting pictures as prints on the fabric only!) It's good to use black and shimmering colours and patterns. If the model is short. You could use large jewelry. If the bottom and the top parts of the model's body are dressed in very contrasting colours. one colour clothing or with very small print. There are a few simple rules that will allow you to choose the colours and the fashion style in a way that the clothing will help to dress the model in the picture by accentuating her positive features.
With this sort of lighting it's possible to use the angles from above. You can get rid of this effect by raising the head up during the shooting. and the sun stays up as high as possible and creates very short shades. 2. Naturally a cloudy weather or diffused light don't matter here. 3. and due to that the eyes will stay in the shadows of the brows and will not look very beautiful in the pictures. and that's the first sign of an amateur photo. During the day the shades change. That is why it's preferable to use evening or morning lights. The second and less widely known rule is that the horizon line should not divide the picture Photography-poses. the more you will have to raise your head.SHOOTING OUTSIDE – TOP PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS 1. It's clear that the horizon should not be “overwhelmed”. But the higher the sun is above the horizon. Bright sun will give very sharp light. then the person will look shorter than he is in reality. when the horizon line is curved.net Page 9 . equally into two parts. and shoot from above. When you are shooting outside your studio you have to choose your photo angles taking into account the shades. Pay most of the attention to the horizon when you are shooting outside.
This type of shot composition creates a subconscious wish from the viewer to “switch the position of the triangle”. In the picture the group will look very disjointed like that. where the heads in the picture make a triangle with the corner down. If there are more people. you don't have to put everybody sitting together. for example. and someone lying down. The maximum number of people for perception on one picture is seven people. You have to place the people differently. judging by the picture you will be able to say that you have gathered together on that date and took a picture. or place their heads together in a way. 6. If the group is large and people are standing on different levels. The figures that are placed at the same level are going to look boring.FAMILY AND GROUP PHOTO .ADVICE 4. and you'll see that the result will look much more interesting. If this is allowed. the picture will come out “broken up” Photography-poses. then the chins of the models in the top row should not go to the level of the bottom row people. you will not get a work of art but a document. Within reason. of course. That is. Be more creative and make a “pyramid” out of people. Such positioning is unusual and looks excellent in the picture. The group is perceived differently in the picture if you keep usual distances that people normally have in real life. 7. 1. you can put someone sitting down. almost like “a flower”. 2. but mirror each other. and place it into a more stable position. 5. 3. If you are taking pictures of a family. If you are making a photo of a group of three people. Place the people in the group picture closer to each other than you would in real life.net Page 10 . two adults and one child. which looks very boring. Try to use “mirror” like poses when people are standing in the same pose. This will make a classical boring picture. avoid a triangular composition.
Using correct positioning of the photograph and the model can assist in creating a certain effect and to show the model in a more advantageous light. POSES FOR A PHOTO SHOOT As a result the majority of photographers and the majority of models arrive to a certain number of limited poses that they have for every photo session with every model. Try to make up your own number of poses to take your pictures like a professional does. but almost all the photographers use them. POPULAR FEMALE POSES FOR A PHOTO SESSION A STANDING MODEL ONE KNEE IS COVERING THE OTHER ONE. you can show strong feelings between two people and their relationship in their family. because then the model might be looking vulgar. you can show her character. not even all the main ones. we are not listing all the poses here. the legs are made visually shorter then.net Page 11 . At the same time the poses that are suitable for one model will not be suitable for another model at all. if the front or the back legs are placed on the toes. or she can embrace herself with the arms regardless of what you are trying to show. behind the head. an inner state of the model. not every pose is suitable. but to have an interesting photo session or for a model portfolio. more attention is attracted to that point. then one of the buttocks should be placed a bit higher than the other. It's important to note that the front leg is bent a little. The impression from this pose will be intensified. but it should not be lifted off the ground. You can accentuate strong sides of the model and hide her weak sides. The woman demonstrates modesty. Her legs are visually made longer. Her arms can take different positions and be placed either along the body. and the thinner are the legs. and make a woman look more feminine and a man more masculine. Of course. Due to the fact that the eyes are focusing on the point where the legs are criss-crossed. This pose is more suitable for the models with long legs.Human body can take a million poses. CRISS-CROSSED LEGS This pose also accentuates romantic nature and femininity of the model. Photography-poses. However. be fixing the hair. If this pose is shot from the back. it can be raised on the toes. and each pose symbolizes something. or the model is just wearing high heeled shoes. Each pose expresses an emotion. the more criss-crossed they can be. femininity and elegance. Her whole weight is transferred onto the leg at the back. It's the easiest and most popular pose when shooting a woman. You can take a photo of this model either sideways or straight forward. so the pose is not recommended for the models with short or large legs. and it will increase attractiveness and will attract attention.
then you should not show them in your picture at all. It gives the model features of innocence and it accentuates the youth. FEET APART This is a relaxed. LEGS SHOULDER-WIDTH APART ONE LEG IS BENT In its core this pose is made for teenagers. A MODEL CURTSEYING A LITTLE Photography-poses. and the aggressive nature of the pose is still present. It's better to cover them with a dress or a skirt. because it will not fit their age or appearance. it looks as if the model is doing it on purpose to demonstrate the body of hers.It's a stable and a strong pose. this largely depends on the physical fitness of the model. this way she will demonstrate her figure. the better it will be perceived by the viewers. Unfortunately. but it is also suitable for women. If the model bends her thigh a little and stretches the leg out too much. and make the model go down the stairs. the pose becomes too aggressive. One variation of this pose is interesting – when the legs are stretched out and one leg is moved to the back. Then the good features of the body will be demonstrated. buttocks. The model can stretch the leg out and bend it a little. it's good for practically any model. It's more suitable for male than female models. The lower the model is curtseying. for example. you should remember that the weight of the model should not be placed equally on both legs. it is fashionable to place the leg on the toes or to place it on a pedestal. who look younger that their age. it's better to transfer it on one of the legs. If the model is holding her hands on the waist. and breasts. you have to see whether the legs are short or stout. The easiest way to attract attention to the main points of knees. When you are shooting a female in this pose. but not a very noticeable pose. LEGS TOGETHER. and to hide them to your maximum ability.net Page 12 . This pose is not recommended for mature women. However. Generally.
It can make you think about a pole in a strip bar. and the model is ready to continue moving. then the viewer is perceiving the position as a forced stop. POSES HOLDING ONTO AN OBJECT HANGING DOWN POSE INCLINED POSE When a model is standing in this position. it's a relaxed pose. if the object is located in front of the model. Besides. not serious look. but do not make it round at any point! This pose will give your model a happy. such poses have colourful erotic character. my back). the picture has a certain level of calmness about it. Photography-poses. so it's not always usable. Do not forget – the back has to be straight or inclined. If the object that the model is holding onto is located behind her. especially if you angle your camera from the back. and the model is clearly resting. It's suitable mostly for young models. With that.net Page 13 . Pay attention to the hands – don't let them hang down (a walking gorilla) or be placed on the back (Oh. man.Having placed your model in this position you can visually change the proportions of the model. The main thing is that the poses are universal and they are applicable for practically any model. and you can make it a bit better from making the legs longer. Set the hands on the knees or embrace the breasts.
if one knee of the model is higher than the other. and then the pose will become more demonstrative. ONE LEG IS STRETCHED OUT. THE OTHER IS BENT Photography-poses. It's better to show pants or shorts.It's the easiest and a widely used pose. when the model is pressing the knee to herself with her hands can show that she is trying to defend herself from the world around. but will not lose its dynamic qualities. it makes the model seem defenceless or needing defence. it shows her activeness. This pose is somewhat vulgar and is mostly suitable for teenager girls. If you bend the leg more. band the head on the side. It is not recommended for short-legged models. or to cover the crotch of the model with some sort of obstacle or an object. The classical pose is for a beach scene. it will tell us about a good physical form of the model. You can curve the waist. The attention of the viewer is placed on the legs of the model. In any case. In this pose it's not recommended to criss-cross the legs.net Page 14 . but at the same time less modest the pose will seem to the viewer. this is not harmonious and it visually shortens the legs length. The pose has a strong emotional message. The variation of this pose. the more optimistic. You can correct the flaws of the figure of the model in this pose by taking your photo straight forward with the toes stretched forward. ONE KNEE IS RAISED ABOVE THE OTHER WIDELY SPREAD LEGS SITTING MODEL ONE LEG ON THE OTHER This pose has many variations. wish to act and uninhibited nature. the higher the leg of the model.
AND BENT IN THE KNEES LEGS ARE BENT OR PRESSED UNDER THE BODY Photography-poses. ONE KNEE OVER THE OTHER BENT LEGS MAKE A CLOSED OUTLINE/PATTERN If you take a picture of the model in this pose straight forward or from an angle a little bit high above. this will help to avoid a visual distortion of the legs proportions. making the model sit on the end of the chair. the lower leg can be lowered down. and the model can be sitting on the floor or on the chair. this is usually perceived as a sign that the model is completely into herself. the legs will be made visually very long. Another way to do it is to make the model sit on her legs. In this way the model will demonstrate modesty and shyness. The attention of the viewer is not concentrated on the figure of the model due to the composition of the pose. LEGS ARE TOGETHER. Standing in this pose it's better to turn sideways towards the photographer.This pose allows us to hide the flaws of the figure and is perfect for shortlegged models or models with stout legs. the viewer will perceive the model as a perfectionist. You can make the pose strained. and the legs can be criss-crossed. If the model is holding on to the legs with the arms. LEGS CRISS-CROSSED AND STRETCHED OUT This pose overall expresses modesty and the romantic nature of the model. This is one of the most photogenic and flirty poses. and is led by the power of emotions. You can criss-cross the legs. It's an excellent position to demonstrate the legs. If the arms are placed on the knees. It is suitable for practically any models.net Page 15 .
Photography-poses. When you are taking pictures of this model. it's better to choose such an angle. You could make successful photos that are built on the conflict of playfulness of the pose and a serious task. Here you have to accentuate the length of the legs. where the whole model can be seen completely. probably. THE LEGS ARE RAISED UP AND ARE HOLDING ONTO AN OBJECT The main purpose of this pose is when the model is just lying down on the back.net Page 16 . not serious character.This is a playful and a silly pose. and at the same time is working on her laptop. This pose might not be suitable for the model. Naturally it demonstrates the most sexual part of the female body (for many men) – her legs. It is recommended for models with good looks. and it demonstrates a well-build model. or on the stomach. where a woman in a business suit is having this pose. where the model is led by emotions and feelings. knowing what she is worth or too ambitious. The pose looks better when the legs are criss-crossed in the ankles or if the toes are joint. and it might look unnaturally. so you should be using it with caution. BENT LEG IN THE KNEE THAT IS STRETCHED TO THE SIDE LYING DOWN MODEL This gives the model a playful. who is playing with his legs in the air. and it reminds you of a child. BOTH LEGS ARE RAISED UP STRAIGHT BODY The model in this pose is perceived as a resting optimist.
around which there is an imaginary rotation. The figure of the model becomes whole. the stronger is the reason to seduce and attract. so this pose is quite erotic. self-sufficiency and cosiness. it's naturally either made purposefully to look over the top. and it's suitable for almost any model. The pose is clearly seducing and flirtatious. The higher the legs are raised. BENT KNEES THAT ARE RAISED UP Photography-poses. The body is demonstrated from its best angles. that is brought in by the raised legs.net Page 17 . INCLINED BODY ROTATIONAL POSE The model in this pose is perceived as she is resting. The pose that becomes dynamic because of the body turning and imitating movement is always photogenic. The element of seduction is very strong here.If a lying down model inclines her body. VERTICALLY STRETCHED OUT LEGS The poses where the knees are put together and raised up transfer the feeling of comfort. or it could be a sort of fashion to hide the imperfections of the model's body and to accentuate her advantageous sides. because it has one axis. and having this rest that she deserves. Another meaning of this pose is seduction.
For example.push your breasts to the front to the maximum .The second thing is to perform actions! Any actions.unbend your fingers .fix your hair style and makeup . Of course.play on an imaginary violin. so don't lose the natural character of the pose. Or a trombone.rotate your arms back and forth . a tigress.fix. make it dramatic.bend in your waste to the maximum . no matter what you are trying to do. It's not clear what to do. In this case you have to try to make up your own poses by using the following approaches.bend your leg while standing and from the back .look out from something . pull.hold your body with your arms in different combinations . . . Or another instrument.stretch out your arms.hang your body to the front .bend the knees a little .connect different parts of the body in any possible combination .show an animal – a cat. legs and head to the maximum .place the legs and the arms on different levels .imagine that you are walking on a tight rope – try to keep your balance! .cover some parts of your body as if ashamed . emotional and moving.demonstrate undone buttons or fallen down shoulder-straps “by accident” .hang your body backwards . every pose has to be natural. or a gopher .place your arms on one of the parts of the body or an object .turn around .stretch your thigh to the side . shoes.hold yourself or something big with your hands HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN POSE FOR A PHOTO SESSION Photography-poses.hold part of your body hanging .make a closed outline with your legs or arms .hang off a support .net Page 18 .cover a part of your body with an object .while sitting raise one of the knees way up . and how to stand in general.bend what can be bent! .stretch the leg far to the side or to the back . and the pose will work out on its own! A photographer or a model might get one main issue when they are doing a photo shoot.push or pull something imaginary . .try to stretch the legs and the arms in different sides .criss-cross your legs and arms .stretch one leg down or to the side . and accessories Show a natural movement and don't strain it. or take off the clothing.imagine that you are cold and show it! .show that you are running away from something . and what to take pictures of.
WHERE THE WEIGHT IS EQUALLY SPREAD BETWEEN THE LEGS STANDING STRAIGHT AND PUTTING THE WEIGHT ON ONE OF THE LEGS You can place the legs together or spread them wide apart. it's better to use the models that have a well-developed figure and a wide chest here. the model can be talking on a cell phone.net Page 19 . he will be better off standing sideways. his looks will usually be very masculine. the thumbs could be placed behind the belt. AND ROTATING THE CHEST TOWARDS THE CAMERA Photography-poses. unless you are going to change it in some way. His arms can be shot in various ways – they can be placed on his waist. If the arms are nowhere to put. Another way to do it is to place a bent leg on the support. STANDING STRAIGHT. But it also may create a dynamic where the man is sort of pushing himself away from the support object and is going to move on from there. or he could be fixing his tie. but the model will look like there is another meaning to it. This pose is as suitable for male models as for female models. It gives a relaxed impression. STANDING AND HOLDING ONTO AN OBJECT STANDING AND ROTATING THE THIGHS HALF-WAY. when the man is standing with the weight on one of his legs. You could equally distribute weight among the legs or transfer it on one of the legs. Naturally. If the model does not have a wide chest. criss-crossed on the chest. you will get a clearly masculine pose. This pose shows the man's chest the best way. otherwise the view will be quite pathetic. and as if the model is hiding an uncertainty in it behind a front of strength. it also accentuates the positive features of the model.MALE POSES FOR A PHOTO SHOOT This version of the pose is much more suitable. It's better to avoid this pose when you are shooting a male model. If the legs are spread and the weight is equally spread around them.
It will look great in the Make your model busy with something/ For example. he can be tying the show laces on the shoes. resting character and accentuates the romantic side of the model.net Page 20 . SITTING WITH THE LEGS SPREAD WIDELY Try to place the man in a female or a child position and sometimes it brings unusual results. Photography-poses. but in any way nobody will ever question its masculine character. The model can either be resting. depending on the result that you are trying to achieve by your photo session. This will make a great dynamic photo. Or he can be brushing hair. sitting back on the back of the chair. Depending on the position of the legs and the arms this pose will make the person look either tired or aggressive. For example. This pose is showing a waiting. it will mostly show your character as a funny and ironic man with a good sense of humour.A COMPLETELY FEMININE POSE Sit your model squatting. Another idea here is to criss-cross the legs if the model is sitting on the floor. or working. He could be observing or studying something. Here the orientation is supposed to be a bit different. or making gestures and showing aggression. the way we are talking in the picture with the legs raised in the air. IN MOVEMENT SITTING DOWN WITH THE LEGS TOGETHER pictures with nature. SQUATTING This is a typical male pose. He could be flipping papers in the folder.
and to remember how much they love each other and smile. an engagement. when the man is facing the camera or the woman facing the camera. This is an unusual pose to have one person facing sideways and the other one facing straight forward. where the woman is telling something to the man. It's better to have the person facing the camera having some sort of emotion on the face. at least smiling. by the way. Couples rarely take pictures together if there is no relationship among them. Overall this will make a very romantic and sensual pose. deep feelings can be expressed if the people take the correct pose or create a corresponding emotion. You could make the models stand face to face with each other or place the male at the back (he is usually taller and this positioning looks better). The models can stand with their backs to each other in a mirror-like way. It doesn't matter if you are photographing a wedding. sex.net Page 21 ONE PERSON IS STANDING WITH THE BACK TO THE CAMERA ONE PERSON SIDEWAYS . Photography-poses. This pose has several variations. You can imitate a conversation. it is enough for them to relax. Try both ways. and place the female behind him.The main idea here that should be used to express the feelings between the couple in photography is to show the relationship between the people in the picture. The latter is the easiest thing to do. Love. This is. an excellent approach to place the man and the woman as if STANDING WITH THEIR BACKS TO EACH OTHER FACING THE CAMERA AND EMBRACING EACH OTHER POSES FOR PICTURES WITH COUPLES reflecting each other. The male can be embracing the female. or just people who love each other – these poses will help you to transfer their relationship feelings into your shots. This is another unusual pose for your photo session – you have to place one person with the back to the camera and it will attract the attention to the photograph right away.
Photography-poses. EMBRACING EACH OTHER This pose is a bit trite and typical. Maybe in this picture the couple could show not love but perplexity. finally. Either zoomed or wider shoots will do. by adding an unusual facial expression. this is going to look very photogenical. This picture will be embellish any photo album.net Page 22 A JOINT ACTION . a standard piece of advice – offer your couple to do something together. This is. one of the ways to picture a wedding. If the woman is embracing the man on his neck. BOTH PEOPLE SIDEWAYS. by the way. The people in the photo can be standing close to each other or otherwise at the distance of stretched arms. but you can make it a bit varied. Just place the couple with their faces up looking at each other and take a picture from above. The easiest way to show sex or a very strong passion is to make the couple lie down and let them kiss each other LYING DOWN And.This is a very unusual portrait. this will give you an opportunity to make the most unusual and lively pictures. THE MAN HOLDING THE WOMAN IN THE ARMS A PORTRAIT OF THE COUPLE IN YIN AND YANG STYLE This is another way to show the relationship between the couple.
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