If you ever run out of creative ideas, or you need a simple guide for making great pictures of women, you should use the samples of poses that are offered below as a prompt. Many professional photographers use this technique to prepare for photo shoots or during them.
The poses in this article were chosen as an initial recommendation. You better have a look at all the poses with your model, especially if she doesn't have much experience. During the photo shoot, the live discussion of the poses with your model is highly recommended, to see which poses are good and which aren't in different situations. This can help you be more productive and have more confidence in the final result.
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1. It's an easy and excellent portrait pose to start with. Ask a model to look over her shoulder. Pay attention to how uncommon and attractive the picture can look if you make shots from different angles.
2. Easy and light pose where many other variations are possible. A model may curve her body a little (as S-form). Try to experiment with her hands and head position. A prompt: Ask your model to imagine her putting her hair back into place.
3. There are many variants of how to take a picture full-length. This pose is a starting point. Ask a model to turn her body a little, change her hands or head position, or change the direction of her gaze etc.
4. The pose where the model bends a little over may be very attractive (men would be happy!). This is a smart way to emphasise the upper part of the body. Your model can look into the camera or gaze into the distance.
5. Free pose, where your model stays and leans against the wall (tree).
6. This pose looks vivid and dynamic. Ask your model to place her arms with elbows and hands bent a little on her chest so there is a line.
7. It's a very cute and winning pose with the model remaining seated. Her knees should touch one another. You should take a shot from a little above her head.
8. This one is a great pose to take a shot at full length. Ask a model to put one hand on her thigh, and the other one should rest along her body. The leg that the hand lays upon is supporting, and the other one stays on the toe a little behind. Ask the model to gaze into the distance.
9. A playful pose, where a model's hands lean upon her thighs and she looks into the camera, bending a little over to the side.
10. A good pose in which case the whole body, but not below the knees line, is in camera focus. Ask her to look at you and put the palms of her hands onto her thighs. Try to experiment with the turn of her head and the supporting leg (this will determine the side where her thighs are bent). You need to get the impression that a model is relaxed (then the picture looks lively).
11. Very sensual pose. Because of the hands raised upon her head, the shape of the body are well-accentuated. It's better suited for women in good shape.
12. Absolutely refined and romantic pose for women. All types of clothes are suitable. It's not necessary for the back to be bare. Sometimes even a bare shoulder can work well in this pose.
13. One more simple and elegant pose for women. A model should turn a little to the side and place her hands into her back pockets (or on her thighs).
14. Exquisite pose for athletically fit models. It has lots of variations.
15. A coquet pose in full-length. A model should stay straight, her legs shoulder-width apart; the palms should lie on the thighs with her fingers a bit spread. Ask a model to bend her head a little to the side, raise her shoulders just a little and look into the camera.
These are just some of the variations that have proven to be good. We hope that you have found some that are interesting for you. Remember that it's just a starting point for you. Each pose has a great deal of variations. Don't be afraid of being creative with different angles to take the pictures and experiment with the position of the hands and the legs.
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