Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models

Perfect Posing GuidePhotographer, author, and educator Roberto Valenzuela has a proven track record for teaching and explaining difficult concepts to photographers of all skill levels. His remarkable ability to break down complicated ideas into understandable, approachable elements that photographers can truly grasp–and then use their new found knowledge to improve their photography–made his first book, Picture Perfect Practice, a breakout success. Continue reading

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Dazzingly Beautiful Fashion Photography – David Apuzzo

great fashion photographyWow! Incredible Fashion Photography. This fashion photographer was sent to me last week for review and what an amazing portfolio he has put together. With a studio based in Hamden, Connecticut, photographer David Apuzzo specializes in fashion, wedding and commercial photography.  Continue reading

Guide to Posing for Portrait Photographers

Doug Box’s Guide to Posing for Portrait Photographers [Kindle Edition]

guide to posing models for photographer

Often overshadowed by complicated lighting techniques or advanced postproduction tips, this resource seeks to remind the professional photographer of the fundamental importance of a subject’s pose. Conveniently designed in two-page spreads—a striking portrait on one side, a comprehensive how-to of the strategies used on the other—this reference includes countless techniques for studio sessions as well as outdoor and location shoots, with individuals or groups, male or female clients, and in sitting, standing, or lying poses. With advice from a well-known and respected professional, it covers all the basics, showing how to emphasize a client’s assets and downplay perceived flaws, how to create a cohesive, engaging group photo, how to use natural elements on location to enhance an image, and how to ensure that the result flatters the subject and adds the essential professional polish to an image.


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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4543 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media, Inc. (February 14, 2011)

Fashion Photography Poses: 13 Amazing Examples by Vincent Boiteau

Amazing Fashion Photography Poses can be quite breath taking when properly executed. Here are 13 excellent shots by fashion photographer Vincent Boiteau to get you motivated.

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Fashion Photography by Vincent Boiteau - Used a 100 x 100 softbox as main then the 70 x 70 straight in her back.

Photo by Vincent Boiteau - “..Used a 100 x 100 softbox as main then the 70 x 70 straight in her back.”

Fashion Photography by Vincent Boiteau

Photo by Vincent Boiteau

Fashion Photography by Vincent Boiteau

Photo by Vincent Boiteau

Fashion Photography by Vincent Boiteau

Photo by Vincent Boiteau – “This was my first job with make-up artist: Eva and i must say, that was my first commercial beauty shot and the client was quite happy.”

Fashion Photography by Vincent Boiteau

Photo by Vincent Boiteau – Clothing by Custo Barcelona, a lovely local clothing designer

Fashion Photography by Vincent Boiteau

Photo by Vincent Boiteau – “..I went for a more conservative post treatment on this one given that the POV/framing is a bit odd, didn´t want to lay it on too thick!”

Fashion Photography by Vincent Boiteau

Photo by Vincent Boiteau -“This was the last shot with Sarah and Octavio decided to let her hair down, lovely idea indeed, it was getting cold and i had to head to the Custo Barcelona showroom in the fashion district of LA, a nice 20 miles of rush hour freeway in perspective. So it was really improvised.”

Fashion Photography by Vincent Boiteau

Photo by Vincent Boiteau - “…this dress just fits sarah like a gloves don’t it! I really miss california for shooting, there are so many locations, not like here in europe where it’s all busy and there are buildings everywhere.”

Fashion Photography by Vincent Boiteau

Photo by Vincent Boiteau

Fashion Photography by Vincent Boiteau

Photo by Vincent Boiteau -“Claire gave me several great poses here, very sensual but not dirty, she comes out very elegant and the wind really did the rest. This was, again, at the forum, that bridge to nowhere. Amazing light and so i boosted the yellow, it’s not the end of summer yet in Barcelona.”

Fashion Photography by Vincent Boiteau

Photo by Vincent Boiteau – “Better you don’t ask what this shoot was for but hey, you don’t choose your clients, they choose you. So we (baby) oiled up the models, well, the make-up artists did (can’t win all the time!) and i set up the lights.”

Fashion Photography by Vincent Boiteau

Photo by Vincent Boiteau -“Here it’s more of the black and white, with a single hard light you can do some kool stuff…”

Fashion Photography by Vincent Boiteau

Photo by Vincent Boiteau -“…summer’s here boys and girls!”

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Posing 101 For Photographers and Models

great_model_photoWhether you want to become a professional photographer or model, learning the basics of posing are a must. Proper posing techniques should not only compliment the model’s body, but also be appropriate for the type of portrait and the intended use of the resulting photographs.

During a portrait session, the photographer is expected to have knowledge on proper posing techniques and to lead or direct the model for the poses wanted. While a subject may or may not have a great deal of experience modeling, it is up to the photographer to be able to understand and articulate the poses desired.

Photography Posing Secrets: A Resource For Posing A Model For The Camera



When just getting started photographing models, you will experience a great deal of trial and error. Many professional portrait photographers learned their craft through this method, as well as working with established professionals. One technique that has proven highly success for many photographers is to start by emulating the works of other seasoned photographers. While not copying, per se, the idea is to look at how other photographers have tackled similar subjects and learn from their techniques. Many photographers compile a “swipe file” or collection of images they like and study every aspect of the photographs…positioning of the head, what to do with the hands, how are the legs bents, where the toes are pointed, etc..I have found the use of the swipe file to be a highly effective training tool.

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In addition to mastering posting techniques, variety is not only the spice of life, but also of a portfolio. Experimenting with a wide range of poses will give you more opportunities to creating the perfect photograph of your model. One great pose does not work for every model.

There are many books on the topic of model posing, many of which can be found in your local library or readily available online.

Here are some excellent sites on posing techniques:

Benji’s Studio Lighting and Posing Tutorial

Professional Posing Techniques for Wedding and Portrait Photographers

The Essential Guide to Portrait Photography

Photographing a Beauty Headshot

Posing Techniques for Photographing Model Portfolios