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FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lesson 28 of 29

Shoot: Fashion Female Poses

Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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Lesson Info

28. Shoot: Fashion Female 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: Fashion Female Poses

So we're going to talk about photographing for fashion photography. Uh, here's the thing. In fashion, there are any rules and fashion. There are no rules for lighting. You do whatever you want. If it looks like it's on purpose, you're good for concept and for posing. I mean, you've seen the shots where the girls like slouched in the corner and like, it's a terrible posed but it's it's, ah, expressing despair. Whatever. I mean, okay, so there are any rules in fashion. Um, however, I'm anti to my fashion rules because I have my fashion posing. Um, and there are some distinctive differences. So the number one thing that I definitely want to encourage you to keep in mind is really for sure. Number one, you're posing to communicate the chutes mood. So the way that you pose the subject becomes far more important than any of the other posing that we've done because all the other posing we've done is just to flatter your subject. Okay, well, this instead is not only to make the clothes look go...

od. Also further your mood. Um, number two. My style is triangles and negative space. I mean, I'm not gonna lie. It's easier. Have negative space would be the skin girls. There's negative space built in, um, but that being said when im posing from my style. Personally, I have a lot of triangles and negative space, and that's kind of what it's all about. I do have curves sometimes, but it tends to be more about graphic posing for me versus curving posing. It tends to be more graphic for my style. One thing that is constant is elongating the neck and making them look taller. There's, I mean, I don't know of hardly any fashion shots where the model is made to look shorter. If you look, they're all impossibly tall looking, Um, some of them are, in fact, impossibly tall. That's true, but it's camera angle and the way that they have been posed the way that they pulled down their shoulders, elongate their neck, pull up through the top of the head, pull up through the core. All of that makes them look impossibly tall. Number four is fashion. Photography is where you see the most potential for movement imposes, and I use a lot of movement in my poses. I had a critique recently. Um, by an agency that I hired to take a look at my portfolio. And they said that was something that was strong. Even if the models not caught mid action, there is a feeling of movement. It has energy to it has a direction, Um, and then, of course, elegant and well post hands. Pans are like almost always purposely posed in fashion. Sometimes you can get away with Palm because it's clear that they were trying to do that. So fashion. Like I said, you kind of breaking the rules. Sometimes you can get away with that same way. Sometimes you can get away with this, but the hands are definitely elegant and well pose and contributing to that mood that you're trying to establish.

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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