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Tips & Tricks

How To Pose Others & Yourself To Look Your Best

By Kishore Sawh on August 15th 2015

One of the biggest hurdles I’ve ever dealt with, and continue to deal with in photography, is posing. Posing can quite literally make or break a shoot, because you could be working with a subject as beautiful as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but it just won’t come across if they can’t pose, and you have no idea how to instruct them. That’s right, there’s a lot more to it than just having a pretty face.

Of course, this doesn’t just apply to fashion or beauty models, but to couples in an engagement session, senior portraits, or absolutely anything with people. It’s the finer adjustments in a person’s body that can have the largest impact on an image – a tilt there, an inch here, can turn a person with the aerodynamic properties of a bungalow into an irresistible figure smoldering on the sofa. But how’s that achieved? Well, some direction can help, and destination wedding photographer Lexia Frank has some very good direction for you. It’s a great place to start.

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Lexia Frank Instagram

Frank is a luxury wedding photographer who continues to use film photography for weddings, portraits, and commercial photography. She’s also a former dancer, something evident in how she looks, moves, and instructs. That broad gamut of experience has required a good understanding of how to best flatter the human form. In a series of short videos, she details some of her favorite tips on how to always look the best in an image.

This is information anyone can use to better the images they take and the ones they’re in. Is the list definitive? No. Debatable? Maybe, but from where I stand it echoes what other notable photographers have said, and it’s explained and demonstrated very well.

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Lexia Frank Instagram

This is also the kind of advice that is easy to digest, and that can help those shy or self-conscious subjects to look their very best by elongating the body, and making the most out of the parts we may not like best about ourselves.

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You can find more from and about Lexia here on her site, and Instagram, and should. And if you’re in the business of photographing people, for engagements or indeed anything other, might I recommend taking a look at the Natural Light Couples Photography Workshop which will give you hundreds of poses to use in any situation, giving you a greater understanding of how to pose men and women differently, and what flatters each. It’ll also go into planning, how to use props effectively, lighting and composition, and full on post production for every skill level, covering all the bases you’ll need. Get it here.

Sources: ISO1200, LexiaFrank.com

About

A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joe Moussa

    This was very helpful! Thank you!

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  2. Daaave Summers

    Can’t agree with this article’s suggestions. I’ve never been a fan of the neck pain pose, and the other one looks like she’s trying to pull Alien out of her chest. Posing is all about balancing out the figure and making sleek poses. The two poses pictured even point the masculine side of the hand right at the camera. Fail.

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  3. Sedric Beasley

    I like the tips. Good use of my time in Watching this.

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  4. Graham Curran

    Some great tips here. Now for my next selfie.

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  5. Kurk Rouse

    Kishore many thanks for sharing this because I really struggle with getting people to look natural in photos. I really like how she kept the information simple, but yet it sounds very effective. I think i’ll subscribed to her channel and create a playlist.

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  6. Paul Empson

    Generally I don’t like a pose, though cajoling a couple to having nice form and shape for a photo is a skill us photographers need to develop.. and one reason I do pre-wedding shoots..

    I find the more relaxed, in my company, a couple are the more natural they look together.. if we can laugh then the ‘poses’ are more photographically sympathetic..

    my big bugbear with couple & group photos is the phantom hand: the one that looks like cousin It.. just appearing on a shoulder, arm or waist.. I’m forever asking for it to be moved to the small of the back & out of shot..

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  7. Matthew Riley

    This will be very helpful. When shooting with a model I sometimes draw a blank on what to tell them to do.

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