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FAST CLASS: Posing 101

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Shoot: Family Poses

Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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22. Shoot: Family 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: Family Poses

So what I'm going to do right now is I'm going to start with family Posing essentials. I'm gonna give you my top five. And that applies to any family group. Whether it's a mom, a dad in a child or two Children, three Children, you know, building up on Ben. I'm going to talk about OK, posing with mom and Dad together with, uh, the two of them together and then would just mom and then just add, like, the differences that would actually apply number one. Okay, The biggest problem I see when people are posing families is they told them, everybody just go stand out there. And actually, that's who was saying that that that was a problem they have. You said, Just go stand out there and then you're tryingto trying to work everybody. And then what you see is you're actually kind of influenced because people stand in a natural way, which doesn't mean it's good, but then it's too much effort to change everything. So what I recommend you do is pick one parent and you build the scene. Um and so I w...

ill perhaps pick maybe the mother first so that I can pose her and flatter her and then build everyone around. So, just like I do with groups, I don't just go sit out there and then tweak. So this is something that is huge. And I see this. I was looking inspiration on Pinterest a while ago for Family Portrait opposes, and a huge thing I saw is that the parents get forgotten and there slouching and the mom looks wide because she's laying on her side with her hands. Assign another really big one is when they have Mom sitting there with a kid on each leg. So she's literally like this as wide as possible, straight on towards camera. And it's not flattering. So what I'll do is I'll kind of try to build with parents first so that I know that they look good and then sit kids inappropriate. And of course, you can tweak if someone needs to be held on to more. So don't forget the parents. Plus, they're the ones spending the money. So if mom doesn't look good, I mean, she kids always look cute. You can get them to pay attention to really look at the camera. They're still going to look cute. Pretty much any poses. OK, but parents will be aware of their poses. Number three just kind of like with couples is find ways, if you can, to turn heads and body languages towards each other. Ah, common pose that I will see. Four. Family portrait is where everybody is kind of sitting like back to back, legs out, perfectly symmetrical. The same thing with groups is when it's not perfectly symmetrical. Then you notice, so I don't I don't aim for symmetry, maybe balance. So not everybody's group done one side and like one on the other. But I also again, I try to have them facing towards each other instead of everybody way and legs out. You could do that maybe, with, um, maybe teens, but not with little kids. As soon as body language, anything is away. It's not like a united family. Photo doesn't make it horrible, but it's better if body language is together. Um, number four. What I recommend is either you pose mom first so you can flatter her. Or honestly, there's one parent that the kids clearly listen to more. Pose that parent first and then build around them on and so I would add the youngest child first because they're going to. It's going to most important for them to be sitting on dad's laugh or right in front of debt or in Dad's arms or whatever it may be. So as I build, I build that way. An anchor parent, I can add another parent if the kids are older and then it can wait. If not a do anchor parent, youngest kid, build someone else. And so that is probably would be my suggestion. Build, just like within groups, and the number five is avoid lining up heads side to side or up and down. I know I've seen, like, you know, people try to do really cute and stack heads. The problem is it it doesn't work nine times out of 10 or 99 out of

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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