How to Pose – for non-models



Not everyone works with models. A lot of photographers have the job of shooting with everyday people and we need to make them look like models. So how do you do that when the subjects have no experience posing or controlling their face for the camera? Here are some tips to make your portrait subjects feel like models.


This pose looks vivid and dynamic. Ask your model to place her arms with elbows and hands bent a little on her chest so there is a line.

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Free pose, where your model stays and leans against the wall (tree).

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The pose where the model bends a little over may be very attractive (men would be happy!). This is a smart way to emphasise the upper part of the body. Your model can look into the camera or gaze into the distance.

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There are many variants of how to take a picture full-length. This pose is a starting point. Ask a model to turn her body a little, change her hands or head position, or change the direction of her gaze etc.

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Easy and light pose where many other variations are possible. A model may curve her body a little (as S-form). Try to experiment with her hands and head position. A prompt: Ask your model to imagine her putting her hair back into place.

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It’s an easy and excellent portrait pose to start with. Ask a model to look over her shoulder. Pay attention to how uncommon and attractive the picture can look if you make shots from different angles.

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A playful pose, where a model’s hands lean upon her thighs and she looks into the camera, bending a little over to the side.

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Very sensual pose. Because of the hands raised upon her head, the shape of the body are well-accentuated. It’s better suited for women in good shape.

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Absolutely refined and romantic pose for women. All types of clothes are suitable. It’s not necessary for the back to be bare. Sometimes even a bare shoulder can work well in this pose.

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This one is a great pose to take a shot at full length. Ask a model to put one hand on her thigh, and the other one should rest along her body. The leg that the hand lays upon is supporting, and the other one stays on the toe a little behind. Ask the model to gaze into the distance.

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Exquisite pose for athletically fit models. It has lots of variations.

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