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FAST CLASS: Posing 101

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Shoot: Bridal Party Poses

Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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21. Shoot: Bridal Party Poses


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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

Shoot: Bridal Party Poses

What I'd like to talk about now are some essentials proposing a bridal party for bridal parties. Some of the rules that I just taught definitely apply. If you can do triangles. If you can give deaths, you can vary the levels of people's head. That's awesome. Ideally, you still were going to go ahead and have balance and asymmetry but bridal parties for more traditional. Sometimes it would do. Do you do definitely do symmetry and lined people up. So I'm going to give you my five tips for posing bridal parties. So tip number one tip number one is it's less about posing and more about making your day go smoothly is number one is no family politics. It will definitely help you out if you go ahead and ask beforehand what you should be aware of. I also ask who you want to be included in the in the photos. Right away. I'll ask the client that So if they really don't want Uncle so and so you know that, and so that it's not awkward that you call them up and then make them sit back down. It happ...

ens. May you live and you learn so no family politics will make your life a life a lot easier. Number two is you build the groups around the bride and groom. So in this last example, we talked about groups like building groups. I start with one person and I build well. In this instance, I actually will start with the two of them or one of them together and build around them. Triangles can still apply, but they don't have to. I'll put it this way. The ones, the photos that you see where they have really cool, funky group shots that you really like those years year based on triangles, the one that you see that years you look like typical wedding album. They ignore the triangle's latest line, Everybody up symmetrical tip Number three is Watch everybody's hands instead of watching. I actually just tell everybody. So once I get everybody up there, I don't worry about it too much right away because people, if they're standing there for a long time and building along group, they get impatient and they move their hands anyway. Like so what? I do it, Dan, It's OK. Everybody looks great. What? I want all you guys to do over here. I want you to put your right hand in your pocket with your thumb out. Okay? Make sure that you pull back your jackets. Okay? So it's not crumpled. Okay, everybody, over here. All you guys, I want you to put your left hand. Women. I want you to hold flower, so I kind of direct it like that. So I usually do hands almost last because people don't have patients. Accounts standstill. Um, number four again, I mentioned this already. Symmetry is more traditional. Asymmetry is more modern. I feel with the couple one and then adjust appropriately. And number five with large groups try to create deaths. So don't go. I mean, unless you have one of those massive wide albums where you could do a huge panoramic doesn't usually work. Instead, what you want to do is find ways to have people lower and higher steps are the traditional solution For this church steps indoors outdoors, whatever it may be,

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