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FAST CLASS: Posing 101

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Shoot: Female High School Senior Poses

Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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10. Shoot: Female High School Senior 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: Female High School Senior Poses

And so we're going to talk about, Ah, high school senior girls. All right, so I do know I'm talking to different people around the world. This is not always prevalent where you live, like in different countries. They don't do high school senior photos. However, when I first started my business, high school senior photos was what I'm made my living on. And so I've done a lot of this type of shooting, and I really like it. So the reason I like it so much is high school. Senior senior girls in particular let you get creative. So let's go to the my top five high school senior girl Posing guidelines are so you can get more creative. But in the end, if you're getting really creative and you have the girl posed in a funky way and her expressions gone because she's uncomfortable, then it was a failed shot. When you do a fashion shoot a lot of times expressions, less important high school senior photo, it's all about what she looks like all about that expression. So that would be number one is.

Don't let your desire to get creative getting way of the expression, but definitely what I recommend doing his go sees, then go crazy, then get creative for my portrait sessions for high school seniors. What I always, always, always did was a basic hands on chair shot or hands on opposing table girl leaning towards the camera smile I'd get Those are the pictures that I know matched up with what Grandma had on the wall and everything. So everybody had that shot that they wanted. And then she's lying on the ground and then she's, you know, hanging out of a tree like whatever it may be. That's why I like these best to get really creative. Okay, My tip number two is a symmetry. You want to be asymmetrical in your poses, So let me explain what that means. Whenever you have two things, don't mirror them usually if you want it to be really interesting. Okay, Next one is if the girl is standing, make sure she's not flat footed. Have them put their weight off on one hip or, if they're facing towards camera, put their weight on their back foot, make sure that their weight distribution is uneven. My tip number four is out of any of subjects that I pose high school kids, men and women. I use hands a lot more than a lot of the other subjects I pose cause you can get more creative. So for girls, I think that you could make some really great images, were their arms and their hands frame their face and frame their body. So this would be a great opportunity. If you want to get better opposing hands, master with high school senior girls and then bring into other areas of your photography. Okay, a number five. How I try to remember and not run out of poses for these particular subjects high school seniors is, I think, the standing shots obvious, but you've got sitting, leaning and laying.

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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