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    Portrait posing

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    If you ever run out of ideas, getstuck in creativity or simply needsome guidance when shooting femalesubjects, you may use followingposing samples as a posing cheat

    sheet. any pro photographers usesuch a techni!ue when preparing forand during the photo shoot.

    "he poses in this article areselected as initial reference. I would

    advise to look at the poses togetherwith your subject, especially if she#sine$perienced. %uring a photo shootdon#t hesitate to discuss with thesubject which pose is or isn#t workingin any particular situation. It#s usuallyvery productive and you both will feelmore con&dent in what you are doing.

    '(, let#s start, one by one.

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    ). *ery simple portrait pose to startwith. +ave the model look over hershoulder. ote how unusual andinteresting a portrait might look, ifshot simply from a dierent angle.

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    . In portrait photography, hands areusually not visible or at least notdominant. +owever, you might get

    creative by asking the model to playaround with her hands trying dierentpositions around her head or face.(eep in mind, though/ o 0at palms,and the hands should only show theirsides1

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    2. 3ou might be familiar withcomposition rules like the rule ofthirds. In a similar way, pleasing

    eects can be created by usingdiagonals. 4lso remember that youdon#t need to always hold yourcamera on a perfectly even level.%on#t be afraid to tilt it, you mightachieve some interesting and unusualperspectives.

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    5. 4 really nice and lovely pose with amodel sitting. "he knees have totouch each other. 6hoot slightly from

    above.

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    7. 4nother open and inviting posewith the model lying on the ground.8et down and take your shot nearly

    from the ground level.

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    9. :ust a variation for a pose with themodel lying on the ground. ;othhands might as well be resting on the

    ground.

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    =. 4 basic easy pose, yet looksabsolutely stunning. 8et down andshoot nearly from a ground level.

    "hen try to move gradually aroundthe model while making shots. 4lsoask your model to change head and

    hand positions.

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    >. 4nother easy yet gorgeous posefor all body types. "ry dierent handand leg positioning. 4nd remember to

    focus on the model#s eyes1

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    ?. 4 really lovely pose.

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    )@. 8orgeous and easy pose for amodel sitting on the ground.

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    )). 4nother simple and friendly posefor a model sitting on the ground. "rydierent directions and angles.

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    ). 4 wonderful way to demonstratethe beauty of a model#s physi!ue.

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    )2. 4 simple and casual looking pose.Aots of variations are possible. 4skthe model to twist her body,

    e$periment with hand positioning andtry dierent head turns.

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    )5. 4nother very simple and elegantpose. "he model is turned slightly tothe side, hands in back pockets.

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    )7. Aeaning slightly forward can be a

    very attractive gesture. It is a subtleway to emphasiBe upper bodyshapes.

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    )9. 4 sensual pose. ;y holding thehands above the head body curvesare emphasiBed.

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    )=. Cndless variations are possible forposing in full height. "his pose is justthe starting point. 4sk the model to

    slightly turn her body, change handpositioning, change head and eyedirections etc.

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    )>. 4 rela$ed pose with the modelstanding upright and supporting her

    back against a wall. Demember thatthe model may use a wall not only tosupport her back, but also to put herhands on, or resting a leg against it.

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    )?. ote that full height settings arevery demanding and work well onlywith slim to athletic body types.

    Posing guidelines are simple/ "hebody should be arched in an 6 shape,hands should be rela$ed, while theweight &nds support on just one leg.

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    @. 4n e$!uisite pose for slim toathletic models. any variations arepossible. In order to &nd the best

    posture, tell the model to slowlymove her hands and twist her bodyconstantly.

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    ). 4n absolutely romantic anddelicate pose. 4ny kind of cloth Eevena curtainF can be used. ote that the

    back doesn#t need to be completelybare. 6ometimes as little as a bareshoulder could work pretty well.

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    . 8ood starting pose. 4nd very nice

    way to make the model slimmer. "hemodel should push her chin forwardand tilt it slightly down while at thesame time the shoulder up, but nottoo much1 "here should de&nitely bea little gap between chin andshoulder.

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    2. ost often the best poses are thesimplest ones. Gor female modelssupporting body on just one leg and

    curving the body in an 6 shape is asimple starting rule.

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    5. *ery beautiful way to utiliBe a wallor some object for a portrait pose.odel should gently touch a vertical

    surface with her hands.

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    7. If your model has long falling hair,try showing them in motion. 4sk herto !uickly spin her head to a desired

    position allowing the hair to continuethe movement. 3ou might want toe$periment with dierent shutterspeeds to either capture or avoid amotion blur. "hese are usually verypositive and rewarding shots.

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    9. 6uitable for sitting on a couch orin bed. In order to add some thematicdepth, the model could hold a coee

    cup in her hands, maybe implyingthat she is warming her &ngers.

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    =. 4 nice and coBy pose, verysuitable for indoors with the modelsitting on a couch.

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    >. 4nother variation for a modelsitting on a couch.

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    ?. *ery nice looking casual pose fora model sitting on the ground. "rydierent shooting angles, for

    e$ample, move gradually around themodel or change the shooting point#sheight.

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    2@. 6itting positions are not limited tocasual shots. %on#t be afraid to trysome sitting poses also for more

    formal shots.

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    2). 4ccording to some popular andcommonly e$ploited body languagerules, crossing arms and legs means

    putting up some barriers etc. Cven ifsuch beliefs are widespread, itdoesn#t mean they are correct. Inpictures crossed arms on the chestdon#t send any subconscious signs orwarnings at all1 Hrossing arms and

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    legs in all dierent ways is absolutely&ne for people photography.

    2. ot always your model needs toplace hands somewherespeci&cally. It is absolutely &ne toleave them loosely by the sides. "hesame goes for legs, no e$aggerations one leg supports the weight, that#s

    the only rule you need.

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    22. :ust another sample for a fullheight shot you can use as a startingpoint. "humbs or hands partly in side

    pockets also work &ne.

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    25. 4 very nice pose for summertime.Aet her lose her shoes and ask her towalk slowly.

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    27. +ands behind the back, unusualbut very open gesture. 6he might aswell stand and support herself

    against a wall.

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    29. *ery easy and beautiful pose for aformal portrait. odel should turn alittle bit sideways, head turned

    slightly down and towards thecamera.

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    2=. Placing both hands on the waist isalso a very photogenic pose.

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    2>. If available, some higher furnitureor interior object might be helpful toplace an arm on and slightly support

    the body. "his will create a formal butat the same time an open andpositive posture.

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    2?. Partly sitting on some object isanother very nice pose.

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    5@. 4n e$ample of a feminine andfashionable pose for a full heightpicture.

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    5). %emanding pose, becauseindicating model#s movement is not

    easy. +owever, if done right, veryrewarding for trendy fashion or veryelegant full height shots.

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    5. Aovely looking pose for theappropriate settings the model is

    supporting herself against somefence or brid