I get asked a lot on tips for posing guys. Not gonna lie, it can be really difficult, especially if they don’t want to be there but their wife or mother is making them be in the photos. On rare occasions you can get the kind of clients that are already comfortable with the camera. They don’t complain and ask where to put their hand, and don’t mine giving me the serious look without looking angry!
Posing is something that seems really hard, but it really isn’t. Sometimes it’s hard to get into the groove but once you’re there, it’s sweet sailing! A big trick is to just have the model slightly move in one pose multiple times. Not only will you get more poses, but you also will get different angels of that person which may look better! Head turn to the right, chin up, chin down, head to the left, chin up chin down, neck forward, head tilt. Those are all poses just using the head! So even headshots can be different!
You can keep it casual, or go for a catalog look! These portraits are easy to set up, they are a one studio light set up. The master of one light portraits in NYC, celebrity photographer Luke Fontana. He has shot almost everyone from Hollywood, all using just one light!
Just keep it fun and you’ll do fine, but if you are really having a brain fart, my good friend Geradro Sumano is an amazing photographer. Check out his website for some inspiration!
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