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Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Women – Part II

This article is a sequel to the previous article about posing women. If you haven’t read it, I would kindly recommend you to start with 21 Sample Poses for Photographing Women – Part I, as basic principles why and how to use these samples remains the same.

Also, do check out our new Portrait Posing eBook and Portrait Posing Printables for more advice and posing ideas.

OK, let’s continue.

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1. Good starting pose. And very nice way to make the model slimmer. The model should push her chin forward and tilt it slightly down while at the same time the shoulder up, but not too much! There should definitely be a little gap between chin and shoulder.

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2. Most often the best poses are the simplest ones. For female models supporting body on just one leg and curving the body in an S shape is a simple starting rule.

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3. Very beautiful way to utilize a wall or some object for a portrait pose. Model should gently touch a vertical surface with her hands.

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4. If your model has long falling hair, try showing them in motion. Ask her to quickly spin her head to a desired position allowing the hair to continue the movement. You might want to experiment with different shutter speeds to either capture or avoid a motion blur. These are usually very positive and rewarding shots.

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5. Suitable for sitting on a couch or in bed. In order to add some thematic depth, the model could hold a coffee cup in her hands, maybe implying that she is warming her fingers.

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6. A nice and cozy pose, very suitable for indoors with the model sitting on a couch.

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7. Another variation for a model sitting on a couch.

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8. Very nice looking casual pose for a model sitting on the ground. Try different shooting angles, for example, move gradually around the model or change the shooting point’s height.

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9. Sitting positions are not limited to casual shots. Don’t be afraid to try some sitting poses also for more formal shots.

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10. According to some popular and commonly exploited body language rules, crossing arms and legs means putting up some barriers etc. Even if such beliefs are widespread, it doesn’t mean they are correct. In pictures crossed arms on the chest don’t send any subconscious signs or warnings at all! Crossing arms and legs in all different ways is absolutely fine for people photography.

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11. Not always your model needs to “place” hands somewhere specifically. It is absolutely fine to leave them loosely by the sides. The same goes for legs, no exaggerations – one leg supports the weight, that’s the only rule you need.

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12. Just another sample for a full height shot you can use as a starting point. Thumbs or hands partly in side pockets also work fine.

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13. A very nice pose for summertime. Let her lose her shoes and ask her to walk slowly. Walk and take your shots slightly from behind.

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14. Hands behind the back, unusual but very open gesture. She might as well stand and support herself against a wall.

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15. Very easy and beautiful pose for a formal portrait. Model should turn a little bit sideways, head turned slightly down and towards the camera.

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16. Placing both hands on the waist is also a very photogenic pose. Works well both for half and full height shots.

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17. If available, some higher furniture or interior object might be helpful to place an arm on and slightly support the body. This will create a formal but at the same time an open and positive posture.

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18. Partly sitting on some object is another very nice pose. Works well indoors as well outdoors in a city.

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19. An example of a feminine and fashionable pose for a full height picture.

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20. Demanding pose, because indicating model’s movement is not easy. However, if done right, very rewarding for trendy fashion or very elegant full height shots.
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21. Lovely looking pose for the appropriate settings – the model is supporting herself against some fence or bridge railing or some similar object. Shooting from a side with a large aperture provides good opportunities for a shallow depth of field with a nicely blurred background.

If you find this article helpful, you may want to check out previous articles from the posing guide series:

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Kaspars Grinvalds is a photographer working and living in Riga, Latvia. He is the author of Posing App where more poses and tips about people photography are available.

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  • http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/ Mridula

    Very detailed and useful sketches. Will try a few myself!

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/

  • Shawn

    Very useful app… I bought it at the beginning of summer…. And have used it quite a bit… Plus they just did an update….Well worth the money spent…

  • http://www.defotografosyfotos.com Jonathan

    Short and interesting post. Ill try them soon!

  • https://www.facebook.com/skdPhotogrphy Sourav Kumar Das

    Very well done … Innovative and informative !
    Thanks

    https://www.facebook.com/skdPhotogrphy

  • http://www,ronpinnerphotography.com James R Pinner

    Excellent!!! Bravo !

  • ernesto c bernal

    very helpful.it will really help me improve my portraiture. thanks !

  • http://www.eduoliveros.es eduoliveros

    As alaways… amazing tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  • ccting

    super amazing, excellent, well done, attractive, the best posing guide author i have ever come across in my life.

  • Kevin

    Looking forward to part 3!

  • http://juliabilling.webblogg.se Julia

    This guide are amazing! I will defently get a use for almost every pose!

  • Darryl

    I have never been into ‘posed’ model photography but the more casual stances that you show here (and in part 1) are really food for thought and has sparked an interest in me. Big thanks for all your tutorials and tips.

  • Annette Sebba

    These poses will come in handy. Some subjects and locations make photographing very tasking.

  • Shiutterbug

    Love the sample sketch poses. Saves a lot of time where someone would be viewing the outfit of the model rather than the pose!

  • Ferenaz Lalji

    Such an awesome guide!! Thank you for such a helpful tool. This has certainly made my shooting easier!

  • Ganor

    Hey FETOG, you are right 100%, rock on CHIQA
    Love gAnor

  • Dino Cantrelle

    its sad that some of us bought these, and now your giving them away. Guess what? I will never BUY anything from DPS ever again. i feel robbed!

  • Che Abu Bakar

    How about men

  • Kathleen Mekailek

    I tried some of the poses with my daughter. Her hair is so thick that when she spun to raceme, it only slightly moved away from her, The sitting pose was hard- she didn’t know what to do with her hands and I wasn’t much help.These were great tips and have given me a starting point thanks!

  • JemBee

    How about poses for men?! Posts like this might seem innocent enough on the surface, but it reinforces a very sexist world and a very small box for women to fit in. Think about what kind of values you hold, DPS.

  • stugit

    you could always follow the link immediately below the article to the DPS 21sample poses with men…. or just question values without facts.

  • Doug Eckelbecker

    ARE YOU FREEKING SERIOUS? Get a grip.

  • Windsail

    Can’t you come up with some 21st century, less sterotypical poses? Too many bimbo ideas here…

  • Dipu Surendran

    Thank you for such a helpful article

  • http://www.Crank101.com/ Vern Lovic

    There is definitely something to be said for having a number of poses at the ready to get through a simple photo shoot where you’re not trying to break any new ground. I worked in New York City for a while, shooting model’s portfolios and assisting for a cocaine-infused fashion photographer who could actually hold it together enough to get some great shots.

    In the shot above, I don’t think my wife had the slightest idea what she was doing, but she pulled off one of my favorite poses ever. I much prefer the spontaneous poses that women come up with just on a whim. Cheers!

  • me

    You could use almost all the same poses for men.

  • me

    85% could used for men, 100% if for gay couples.

  • Ann Nguy?n

    i take it ^.^

  • shirzad

    You could use almost all the same poses for men.


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    you took a picture of your daughter naked? !

Some older comments

  • Annette Sebba

    July 16, 2013 03:47 pm

    These poses will come in handy. Some subjects and locations make photographing very tasking.

  • Darryl

    February 17, 2013 10:08 am

    I have never been into 'posed' model photography but the more casual stances that you show here (and in part 1) are really food for thought and has sparked an interest in me. Big thanks for all your tutorials and tips.

  • Julia

    January 15, 2013 09:45 pm

    This guide are amazing! I will defently get a use for almost every pose!

  • Kevin

    December 5, 2012 04:17 am

    Looking forward to part 3!

  • ccting

    September 25, 2012 09:59 am

    super amazing, excellent, well done, attractive, the best posing guide author i have ever come across in my life.

  • eduoliveros

    September 9, 2012 05:30 pm

    As alaways... amazing tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  • ernesto c bernal

    September 8, 2012 11:54 pm

    very helpful.it will really help me improve my portraiture. thanks !

  • James R Pinner

    September 7, 2012 04:26 pm

    Excellent!!! Bravo !

  • Sourav Kumar Das

    September 5, 2012 10:35 pm

    Very well done ... Innovative and informative !
    Thanks

    https://www.facebook.com/skdPhotogrphy

  • Jonathan

    September 5, 2012 09:51 am

    Short and interesting post. Ill try them soon!

  • Shawn

    September 5, 2012 04:40 am

    Very useful app... I bought it at the beginning of summer.... And have used it quite a bit... Plus they just did an update....Well worth the money spent...

  • Mridula

    September 5, 2012 02:00 am

    Very detailed and useful sketches. Will try a few myself!

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/

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