Whether you’re shooting a model or a guy who has never had his picture taken, these poses will help you get the best result for both the photographer and the model.
The posture of your body, the position of your hands, and facial expression are three critical elements of an excellent pose. Keep your body straight and your shoulders to the back.
Walking or leaning against a wall are two of the most common poses. Men often want to do something with their hands, so use them to vary your pose.
These tips are handy, but if you want more, here are six tricks to make your photos look amazing:
Don’t stand up
We are used to taking photos always standing up, but a very flattering pose is when we sit down. Avoid having your arms and legs close to your body. Try to relax, get comfortable, observe your surroundings and remember, don’t look at the camera.
Or, as my friend calls it, “the waiting for the bus pose.”
For this pose, look for a wall or something you can lean on with your back, head, or shoulder.
If you want to give a more intense look to the picture, place your legs straight and if you are looking for something more casual, ask the person to put his foot against the wall.
For both men and women, having accessories helps a lot when posing; in most situations, we don’t know what to do with our hands, and having a watch, a chain, a bracelet, or any piece of clothing, can help us capture some great moments.
Extend one arm or leg to make the pose more dynamic. You can, for example, extend only the left leg, take a few shots and then change and extend the right leg; the same can be done with the arms. Keeping the arms and hands close to the body creates a sense of shyness.
Static poses can become very monotonous. You can tell the model to walk, so the photos have more action.
During the short walk, you can start by looking straight ahead, then at the camera, and then keep looking straight ahead, so you have several poses in one walk.
An extra tip for this trick is to find some stairs for the model to walk up and down.
I gave this tip in the article on how to pose for women as it works for both. Creating angles removes stiffness from the body and makes the pose and body look much more harmonious and loose.