Isle of Wight photoshoot,
Portrait Posing Guide
- angle the body
- slightly bend arms
- tilt the head
- look away from the camera
- chin down and forwards
In part 2, we’ll run through why some poses work.
Kant taught us that the ability to find something beautiful is part of our nature. This is why sculpture and paintings devote themselves to the appreciation of the human body.
Below I’ve provided a few simple postures such as sitting, standing, walking, or even dancing, that you can share with your photographer for great portrait results.
Tip #1 – Don’t face the camera
Turn your body slightly away from the photographer, turn your face to one side, and then move your eyes to the camera. This will elongate the body and create a more relaxed, pleasing stance.
Tip #2 – Body Angle
Bend forward from the waist, tilt your face upwards and place your hands into your hair, towards your collar bone or across your waist. This will avoid your posture portraying a static, boring feel.
The ideal of beauty – Immanuel Kant
Tip 3 – Look back towards the photographer
Looking over your shoulder towards the photographer can elongate the body and suggested pleasing lines.
The movement of walking also generates dynamic energy and natural postures that create better photographs.
Watch out for tell-tale neck creases that might make the posture look awkward.
Tip 4 – take a walk
This is great for flattering portraits or in an area that has an interesting backdrop.
Walking away from the photographer and pausing to look back is an effortless way to generate natural-looking poses.
Very little direction is needed and will stop the session feeling static or dull.
“Hey Mandy! Thank you sooo much for our lovely afternoon! I really enjoyed it and I’m glad you were my first photographer because you helped me a lot with everything! We did a great job and our photos are simply perfect! “
- Learn about my supportive approach to headshots
- See more of my work as a portrait photographer in Isle of Wight
- Check what I enjoy producing in my home studio, Ryde
- View a typical beach session by Ryde pier
- Read about headshot photography pricing and check availability
I produce stylish portraits for the modern women that are neither cliched nor formulaic. The portraits in my portfolio are full of character and detail, captured during relaxed sessions that are ever-practical and fun – so they are easy on the purse strings and appreciated by couples or families too. For more advice on natural portrait sessions or to book a natural portrait by a London photographer, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.
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Amanda Herbert | Isle of Wight