Photography Portrait Posing Tips

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When someone stands in their normal relaxed stand, or even stands up straight to have nice posture, there is a little bit of flab right underneath their chin. No matter how skinny they are, you will see this. If you tell people to bring their chin forward, which sounds like the sensible thing to do, they will point their chin at you, which brings their face up and ends with you shooting up their nostrils. (Not attractive.) Instead, tell your model to bring their ears forward.

Photography Portrait Posing Tips

This demonstrates the before and after of telling them to bring their ears forward.

Photography Portrait Posing Tips

Same before and after from the side. Sometimes I call this “turtling,” because they feel like a turtle coming out of their shell. It is a bit uncomfortable or unnatural, but the results are always worth it.

Photography Portrait Posing Tips

Same technique from a male subject. He was very fit and athletic, but our natural stance is not very photogenic.

 
 

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