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FAST CLASS: Posing 101

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Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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9. Couples


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1 Introduction To Posing Duration:04:38
3 Posing Guidelines Duration:16:05
6 Posing For Body Types Duration:05:00
7 Posing & Shooting Flaws Duration:03:59
8 Male Posing Guides Duration:03:41
9 Couples Duration:05:10
12 Shoot: Mature Male Poses Duration:01:47
13 Shoot: Mature Female Poses Duration:02:02
14 Shoot: Boudoir Poses Duration:03:45
15 Shoot: Plus Size Poses Duration:01:57
17 Shoot: Mature Couple Poses Duration:02:17
19 Shoot: Bridal Couple Poses Duration:02:06
20 Shoot: Group Poses Duration:02:38
21 Shoot: Bridal Party Poses Duration:03:00
22 Shoot: Family Poses Duration:03:49
24 Shoot: Single Child Poses Duration:03:56
25 Shoot: Maternity Poses Duration:04:55
26 Shoot: Maternity Couple Poses Duration:02:15
27 Shoot: Same-Sex Couple Poses Duration:02:00
28 Shoot: Fashion Female Poses Duration:03:12
29 Shoot: Beauty Poses Duration:02:19

Lesson Info


So let's do couples posing couples posing essentials. Couples posing is easier than you think. It's easier than you think it is. So here are my really basic guidelines. Five. Again, All right. The very first posing guideline is that you want multiple points of interaction. The next one is to go asymmetrical, avoid mirrored poses. I have example soup able to see this meaning If he has her hands on her hips, she shouldn't have her hands on his hips. If she has her hands on his shoulders, he shouldn't have because otherwise it is a big blob, and you'll see that I have examples. Number three is proportions, even if the guy is much bigger and the girl is much smaller or vice versa, you still want to make them look somewhat equal in size in the frame. Number three. Sorry, number four. It's a tilt. Heads together to show Attraction is very important for couples photos, toe watch, body language, which means if their heads straight towards camera in there, like holding each other like this, it'...

s almost like they're pushing away. And the number five is making the rounds for no new pose idea. Um, I I always felt that, like needing to know one million poses was unnecessary. But I've heard people do the idea of flow posing one pose into the next. I have my own version, like my own made up version of how I think of a 1,000,000 different poses, and it has to do with making the rounds, so I'll show you. It means working around the subject and work. I personally have the female move around the guy that so that's how I kind of come up with a 1,000, different poses. There are many more than that, but that helps me get started. So all right, so let's start. Let's take a look at what those looked like. Don't sin the dues mirrored poses. So both hands on the hips or both hands on the shoulders or anything where they're copying each other. It's just it doesn't work. Well, let's look at another example. Okay, be aware of your cropping. I think that the people, when they think of posing, they're like, OK, we'll have to have the whole body post know if I'm doing this like tight romantic shot, where he's looking at her and coming in the side of her face, and it's I don't need to have the whole body posed beautifully, so I definitely want a crop that out. All right. Next one is avoid noses overlapping if you can. Um, when the noses merge, it's usually just not flattering. So if you can do a little bit of negative space, so it's not actually okay, I'm gonna pretend that this is a nose. It's not even just about them not touching. It's actually about depth, like if one behind another. So if you look in this photo is sure you can actually have one turn their head down and the other tilt away, you're actually just kind of changing the angles of their head, not the distance, because you need to back up. You just see that she's kind of turning your head down a little bit. Okay, This one is particularly particularly prevalent when photographing couples like this is a really big one is when you have them and you say, Look at each other, they actually look at each other. So this is where ah, huge tip I can give you for posing couples is actually posed their eyes when they're together, if they're not looking at you, not looking at the camera tell their eyes where to look. Because if you say, look at each other, look lovingly at each other. If they're lined up, you see white to the eyes. So, in fact, I would probably tell her Look at his ear. But what's funny about that is to say, Look, it is here they write. He smiled. They laughed cause it looks like it is here. And then all of a sudden, into cute there, cuddling and laughing. All right, Um, no. One if a girl has her hand on his chest, if the guy is tall Ah, lot of times she will reach up and her shoulder goes way up and she totally loses her neck. So watch for relax. Shoulders kind. Always have them shrug their shoulders, especially if they're nervous. Um, more than one point of interaction. So if you're saying there, at least there is going to be the hand on the hip, not just leaning against each other. Not just one hand on each other's hands. Try to get more points of interaction. It makes it more intimate, so watch for that. Another one is hand around the hips. Watch for fingers that come from nowhere if you want them to look like they're embracing. I didn't just have him drop his arm. I wanted more points of contact, right? Said it makes it more intimate. Okay, Um, make sure you're not leaving away. You'd be surprised. A lot of people lean away. So this is the kind of the magnetize ing the heads or the putting the heads together, Tilting them together always leaned together and notice, even though they're not leaning apart there so much better. The heads together looks like a 1,000,000 times better. So it's tilting the heads together. So instead of lining up the eyes having them a little bit off and heads tilted a little bit, that asymmetry makes more for your eye to explore.

Class Description


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Full-length class:  Posing 101 with Lindsay Adler

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  • Use camera angle, lens choice, and cropping to improve your poses
  • Hide unflattering problem areas
  • Address different body types through posing and wardrobe
  • Go for simple poses rather than extravagant ones
  • Pose couples, individuals, and groups to ensure everyone looks good
  • Understand the differences between posing women and men


Posing is one of the fundamentals of great photography. It’s also the thing that photographers have the least control over. We can choose our lenses, set up, lighting, and retouch with Adobe® Photoshop®. But when it comes to photography poses, we need to pay attention and work closely with our subjects to find the perfect pose and the best way to capture the most flattering image.

Fashion and portrait photographer Lindsay Adler will break down the fundamentals of perfect posing, giving you the basic rules you should follow to make your subjects and your photos look their best. Through live photo shoots and slides, Lindsay demonstrates the do’s and don’ts for every category of subject, including men, women, older people, couples, brides and grooms, groups, and more.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Connect with your subjects through sincere compliments, repeating their name and discovering their passions.
  • Avoid using negative terms that will make subjects feel ill at ease.
  • Master the rules of posing, then know when to break them.
  • Be confident when posing couples at a wedding whether it's a bride and groom, mature couple or same-sex couple.

This course is perfect for novice photographers just getting their feet wet in the world of portrait photography, but it also offers useful advice and techniques for even the most skilled professionals. By the end, you’ll be able to discover the beauty in every one of your subjects and bring it out for the world to see.


  • All levels of photographers who want to set themselves apart and up their posing game.
  • Professional photographers who want to learn new ways of posing women, men, children, couples, and groups so they can impress current clients and attract new ones.
  • Hobbyist photographers who want to learn to pose their family and friends.


Samantha Riegels

This is a great course for a quick reminder of things to keep in mind when headed out for a particular shoot. It's bullet points. General principals. If you are new to posing, you'll want a more in-depth course where she has live models and is positioning them rather than just talking about posing techniques. But for a Fast Class, I think this is perfect. Wonderful job, as always Lindsay!

a Creativelive Student

Fantastic quick but comprehensive summary of the key points for many different types of shoot. As always Lindsay Adlers delivers excellense. Brilliant