Posing for a photograph can be very uncomfortable, especially if you are not used to doing it regularly. Surely it has happened to you that you do not know what to do with your hands, where to look or, even, that you stay frozen in front of the camera. I’ll tell you the secret: Everything is a matter of gaining confidence. But while you’re doing it, don’t worry, I’ll give you some tips and tools so you can do it without feeling uncomfortable. Next I am going to show you 8 poses that will help you and that you can use the next time someone is going to photograph you.

If you are a photographer and you are reading this, pay close attention. A photoshoot is like a dance, and you, as the photographer, are the choreographer. To achieve good photos, both the photographer and the model must work together. That is why it is important that you also learn to guide the person, especially if they do not have experience in front of the camera. So these poses will be very useful to you too.

Table of Contents

  1. Imaginary thread
  2. Extend limbs
  3. Use your hands
  4. Move the hips
  5. Fake laugh
  6. Walk
  7. Accessories
  8. Create angles

Imaginary thread

Imagine that you have a thread stuck to your forehead and someone pulls it up. Or that you are the protagonist of a romantic movie and you are letting the light bathe your face. With this pose, your neck will look longer, in addition to favoring your posture and making you look taller.

8 tips to pose in front of the camera ideal for first-time models. And photographers.

Extend limbs

Avoid having your arms and legs close to your body. Stretching an arm or a leg helps your body look longer and this helps you look better in photos. In addition, it will give you a more relaxed look, which will almost always be good when you pose for the camera.

8 tips to pose in front of the camera ideal for first-time models. And photographers.

Use your hands

If you don’t know what to do with your hands, this tip will be ideal for you. A tip that I always give is that the two hands are not doing the same thing. For example, if one of your hands is on your hips, try putting the other hand next to your face. This helps give the photo movement and variety. Other things you can do with your hands are to play with your hair or clothes, put your hands in your pocket or, if you are sitting, support it on your legs.

Move the hips

Changing the direction of the hips, swinging from one side to the other and creating an S with your body will help give more dynamism to the photo. And to make you look less rigid and not look like a military man in front of Buckingham Palace. Put your weight on one foot and let your body move accordingly.

Fake laugh

This can be a bit awkward at first, but I promise you it’s foolproof. Look to the sides and imagine that you have invisible friends around you telling jokes or some funny story. This will make your expressions more natural. If you are a photographer you can talk to the model and laugh with her. Laughter is contagious and you may even manage to get a real laugh out of it.


Taking a step or two while posing will help you create movement. You can give it towards the camera or towards any other direction. The important thing is that you do not do it very fast either so that the photo does not come out blurred.


This is another excellent option when we don’t know what else to do with our hands: have accessories such as sunglasses, a hat or even the same item of clothing. This will give a different touch to the photo session and change the look a bit if you wish.

Create angles

I already told you that extending the limbs helps with the poses, but if you want to take it to another level, you can create angles with one arm or one leg to make the photo more pleasing to the eye.

These are some of the poses and tips that I consider the best and easiest to do, especially if you are not used to posing in front of the camera. As always, it is a matter of practice and little by little you will feel more comfortable and loose in front of the camera. Once the photos are finished, review them and take note of the things that you can improve to correct them next time. For the rest, have fun and experiment.

Good luck!

Model: Ana

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Hanns Schmelzer

¡Hola! Soy Hanns. Nací y crecí en Venezuela, pero vivo en Berlín desde 2014. Puedo hablo tres idiomas (alemán / inglés / español), disfruto cocinar y soy un apasionado por los videojuegos. Pero sobre todo, ¡me encanta todo lo que tenga que ver con las imágenes en movimiento!

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