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FAST CLASS: Posing 101

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Shoot: Maternity Couple Poses

Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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26. Shoot: Maternity Couple 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: Maternity Couple Poses

all right, So here are a couple things, um, photographing when you add the father and the first thing is proportions. Dad is still important to he should not just be hidden behind the mother. The reason is well to fold visually. It's just jarring because it's like his head popping out of her like the side of her shoulder. But also it will obviously make her look larger. And if you go into psychology as well, if you want him to look like a paternal protective person, he should actually look equal or a little bit larger in the frame. So instead of standing behind her, he might stand a little bit further over to the side or even start coming around to the front instead of hiding behind her. Next is to try supportive male poses, which means holding one hand beneath her stomach, one hand below, getting on his knees and wrapping one arm below his hand. But so try things like that. That's if you want to get more artistic. He's actually supporting and embracing. Number three is the very the ey...

e contact. Definitely for me, this is about a moment that they're having together straight on to the care of styling and I don't know, like it doesn't it doesn't work, but, um, you have to still get that shot. But if he's holding her and them closing their eyes and tilting their heads towards each other, that's what that moment actually is about them being together. So you need to get both. Number four is avoid all hands stacked together. Oh my gosh. Okay, I see this all the time where she'll have her hands on her top of her stomach. He'll be behind with his hands on top of her, and it's hand, hand, hand, hand in hand and like, it's just a big, massive hands. And that's what you're looking at. Um, it's not elegant, and what you want is he wants a curve, and line Number five would be choosing or considering unusual crops. If you want to get more creative because, as I said, we're going to do at the end a couple creative poses. But for the most part, there really are kind of the essentials that you go to when you get every time. But one way to make those more interesting is varying your perspective in varying your crop

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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