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Female poses for photo shoot. 10 tips for beginning photographer

Date of publication: 01 Jun 2019 | Updated: 18 Jun 2023

Are you gearing up for an upcoming portrait photo shoot? Fantastic! If you're the one behind the lens, it's crucial to understand how to direct a model and establish the pace. I'd like to share some (what I believe to be) useful insights on how to guide a female subject when posing for the camera

My personal method for conducting a photo shoot involves managing and directing the individual in front of the camera to ensure they feel relaxed and comfortable. I make it a point to communicate with the models consistently, offering them compliments and gently adjusting their poses as necessary. It's important to remember not to expect perfection immediately after suggesting a pose; adjusting one detail at a time is a critical rule in pose correction. However, it's crucial for you as a photographer to have a clear vision of the outcome you're aiming for.

adjusting one detail at a time is a critical rule in pose correction

So, let me share with you my list of tips and reflections on posing

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Photo by Samui Photographer - Dimas Frolov
  • S-shape
    Beauty is simplicity! Sometimes ordinary, at first glance, poses are just what you need. Let the model move her weight to the one leg, and see all the body curving into the nice S-shape.
  • Hand relaxed position
    Sometimes it is perfectly okay to leave your hands in a natural position. You can shove them in your pockets fully or partly.
  • Raised hand
    Slender ladies look good with their arm raised up. It can emphasize the figure. Ask model touch sun glasses or hair near the temple.
  • Lean on.
    Encourage your model to rest or lean her back (shoulder, hip or arm) casually on the wall. It's just a good way to make your model look natural and relaxed.
  • flying hair
    Models with long hair have a unique advantage in adding extra dynamism to their photos. Showcasing this feature by capturing motion, like a swift turn of the head that causes the hair to flow, can be a powerful focal point. In this way, those with long hair can create energetic poses that aren't easily achievable for other people..
  • slightly leaning.
    By slightly leaning forward, women can present their curves in a very favorable perspective (if this is what they are seeking for).
  • Look back
    The girl looking at you over her shoulder is the classic! Changing the angle, you will notice how interesting the portrait may look. A slightly exposed shoulder will give the picture sensuality. At the same time, a model's bare back may add some special mild eroticism to the shots.
  • Create cozy mood
    A cup of hot chocolate in the lady's hands can make the whole atmosphere of the photo session warm and cordial. Get your model to a chair or sofa. Cover with a blanket, if it is appropriate.
  • Sitting on the floor
    What can be easier than sitting on the floor? One knee is lifted towards the chest, the other leg, also bent, lies on the ground. Pretty woman looks into the camera. Use different angles. The result might impress both of you.
  • Low angle
    . Take a picture from below, get down to the ground, if you haven't done it yet. Let your model work with her hands, cross them, run them over her body or spread them out. A good option for shooting is to post up yourselves on the grass or among the flowers.

Has this list given you some new ideas? Please don't hesitate to share your experience; do you have some interesting thoughts on what is the best way of photographing our better halves?

photo: Dimas Frolov
About the Author

Portrait photographer based on Samui, Thailand.
Originally from Ukraine, he has over 15 years of photography experience taking pictures around Europe and Asia. Multi-Award winner and author of many articles about photography.
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