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Posing Tips and Ideas for Beginner Models

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If you think photo shooting is simply looking pretty for the camera, think again. For beginner models, it’s always placing one hand on the hip and giving some sort of fierce or blank stare. Little did you know that modeling can be hard work, involving constant direction, repetition, standing on heels for hours, criticism, competition, among many other challenges. If you don’t know where to start, here are posing tips and ideas to keep in mind when you land your first gig.

Posing Tips: A Guide for Beginner Models

In a photo shoot, there is nothing worse than clueless beginner models and a silent photographer. Regardless of experience, models will always expect some direction from the photographer, but it’s always better to know how to project your poses and parade your best angles. The following are posing tips to remember for rookie models.

Chin forward

Do not be a “no-neck monster.” Tyra Banks encourages you to elongate your neck to its maximum extension. A camera can only see in two dimensions, meaning a photograph is not three dimensional unless it’s shot three dimensional. When you push your chin forward, the jawline is extended and stronger lines will form. This pose looks natural on a photo, though it might feel unnatural for you.

Chin Forward Pose

Breathe with your mouth

This sets a completely different mood and photograph. With the mouth closed, the jawline clenches and adds extra weight to the sides of their face. It can also give a bored neutral look to an image. With the mouth slightly open, the jawline is elongated and gives a subtle intimate invite to the viewer. You will look relaxed, natural and sexy all at the same time.

Breathe with Your Mouth Pose

Ballet hands and toes

Hands are super awkward for almost everyone. One of the best posing tips that will help combat this is to relax your hands as if they were in a ballet, spreading your fingers lightly, slightly bent at the joints. From there, depending on the aesthetic of the shoot, hands should be placed in a position that works with the image. Your toes, on the other hand, should, more often than not, be pointed outward to look graceful. This tip flaunts the figure and curves of femininity.

Posing Tips

Posing Ideas for the Beginner Models

For newbies, the main goal is to compile a portfolio from which agencies and clients can make a decision. Your poses here will make or break your career. Here are some of the classic poses to add to your arsenal! You’re welcome.

Seated Poses

Seated poses can be strong and distinguished or communicate relaxation or vulnerability. These poses can invoke many different emotions for the viewer, depending on how your torso interacts with your legs. Knees together, ankles apart, torso folded forward, and your arms gracefully hugging your legs will give a desolate and forlorn feeling. Knees apart, elbows on your knees, chest up, and your face sneering into the camera reads as tough and powerful. Innocence and excitement is conveyed with knees and ankles together and bottom on the edge of the chair, with your torso gently folded over your thighs while keeping your shoulders and face high, facing the camera.

Seated Poses


Movement catches the eye and adds another dimension to a still image. It may take one shot or it may take many attempts before perfection is achieved. When jumping, walking, flicking hair, spinning, or running, pay attention to your facial expression as it becomes difficult to hold a “normal” expression. Fingers also tend to do weird things during movement. Keep them in check.

Posing Tips

Over the shoulder

Often revered for beauty shots, close-up portraits, and headshots, this pose focuses on your face. It is all about that neck and jawline and therefore must be given the appropriate attention. This simple pose can also be elevated by using hands to play with your hair or gently touching your face.

Over the Shoulder Pose

The S-curve

In addition to lengthening women, knowing how to emphasize or minimize natural curves for an hourglass shape is imperative. Angling yourself away from the camera is an easy way to capture the natural curves of your hips and lower back. If you intend to minimize curves, place most of your weight on the back foot with the front foot crossed slightly in front. The lower part of the body can be further minimized by slightly leaning forward. On the other hand, if you wish to emphasize your curves, place most of your weight on the front leg if you’re being photographed from the side. If you’re facing the camera head-on, pop a hip by placing most of your weight on one leg.

Posing Tips

Playing with your hair

Obviously, your hair should be clean, shiny, and well groomed or styled during the shoot. If you have long hair, make sure it is controlled, though. Get creative and play with it, try different hair positions, put it on one or the other side, or gather hair at the nape. All hair poses are quite individual. Think out of the box to get an impressive portrait.

Playing with Your Hair Pose

Hand on the face

Anything the hands are touching is going to draw the eye in the photo. That traditional hands-on-the-face pose became a favorite. This is because the hands draw the eye up to the face. The simplest of hand gestures can add so much. Maintaining the same neutral facial expression and simply changing your hands is a great trick for practicing beginner models’ poses. When doing this pose, touch lightly with the hands. Don’t push. Make sure that the hands do not resemble claws and that the overall image looks natural and unforced. Also, the last thing you want is to squish your face.

Posing Tips

Extend a limb

Try popping a hip, elbow, knee, or shoulder into a new direction but not all at once. Do not play it safe and stay in the same pose. Mix it up with innovative poses. Your wildest pose could be the one that’s picked. You may start with a very basic pose and then slowly build upon it with subtle movement and by adding one limb at a time.

Extend a Limb Pose

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