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Tips on How to Pose Seated People | Lindsay Adler

By Hanssie on September 28th 2014

My mom is forever correcting my posture. For the last 30+ years of my life, I can hear the quick tsk and feel her quick tap on my back to remind me to sit up and not slouch because it is unbecoming. These days, whenever I shoot portrait sessions, many times I will seat my client either on a bench, or the ground somewhere and I will hear myself saying (minus the tap on the back), “Don’t slouch.”

Slouching is unbecoming, my mother is correct, but especially in photographs. When people sit down, they tend to sit back, keeping their knees and stomachs closer to the camera, their necks are back and it highlights features that you (and they) don’t want to highlight. As photographers, it is our job to make our clients look good, so knowing how to properly pose them in seating positions is a good tool to have in our arsenal.


Of course, the model looks pretty great and model-ish in both of the above poses, but how many of you have clients that have perfect size 0 bodies, accentuated jawlines and pretty pink pouts without the help of Photoshop? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

In the following video clip from Photo Week on CreativeLive, Lindsay Adler gives some great tips and demonstrates how to pose people while they are seated so that it looks flattering, and they are not slouching. Lindsay shows how to create triangles that allow for shape and negative space (without any taps on the back and disapproving tsks). A person who is sitting up straight, not only looks smart and confident, but the eye is drawn to the face.

To learn about posing couples, check out some of our most popular posing videos like the V Up pose, in this article.

[Via CreativeLive YouTube]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Black Z Eddie

    What? Nobody liked the T-Rex look?

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  2. Clare Havill

    Great video and tips.

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  3. Chuck Eggen

    I watched this live on CL. Lindsay is a very good teacher. She’s willing to share all she knows. I love her series “Red.” If you haven’t seen it you need to.

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    • Brandon Dewey

      I agree, I also watched this live on creative live, she is a great instructor and all of her videos are worth watching.

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    • Hanssie

      I love Lindsay (as if you guys couldn’t tell, since I write about her a lot!)

      I’m heading over to check out “Red” right now! Thanks for the tip!

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  4. Stephen Velasquez

    Lindsay is my inspiration. I just love her solutions, creativity and her teaching methods. Just an awesome photographer.

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