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How to Pose for a Photographer

Even though we've all been doing it since kindergarten, getting your photo taken can be a scary thing, especially when it's being done professionally. As a professional photographer myself, most of my clients say the same thing as soon as I pull out my camera, "I have no idea what I'm doing". Assuming you are one of those same people, here are a few tips to help you with your posing.

  • Your Photographer will guide you: If you hired yourself a Professional Photographer, they should already be trained in posing their subjects. They do not expect you to appear as a seasoned model, instead, they will assume you have no prior experience posing for a camera and teach, instruct, and guide you into position for about 90% of the photos taken

  • Never directly face the camera: Unless instructed, never position your face directly towards the camera. This facial position tends to be unflattering by making your face seem rounder than it actually is. I usually have all my subjects turn their heads slightly away from the camera in all my photos.

  • Natural looking Smile: Most of the photos, the photographer, and probably you, will want a smile. So as soon as he points that camera at you, give a natural smile. Make sure not to think too much on it or it'll begin to look fake. This may sound cheesy, but try to think of something, or someone, that makes you happy. That usually works.

  • Use Soft Touches: If a photographer instructs you to place your hand somewhere (ie: on your face, hip, shoulder, etc.), do so gently. If I were to ask you to place your hand against your cheek, don't press your hand against your cheek where your cheek is actually moved or pushed around. Rather, gently place your hand on your cheek, just enough to touch it. This also applies for most guy poses.

  • Turn away from the camera: Like I mentioned early about the positioning of your face, for the most flattering poses, turn your body slightly away from the camera.

  • Stay Calm and Confident: The most important tip I can give you is to relax and enjoy yourself. The best photos are the ones that look natural and not posed at all. Plus, If you've hired yourself a professional with an impressive portfolio, you should have nothing to worry about. Your photographer will tell you what to do and how to do it.

So I really hope this article has calmed your nerves and made you more confident for your upcoming portrait session. If you have any questions or concerns that I may have not addressed in this article, let me know at