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FAST CLASS: Posing 101

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Shoot: Mature Couple Poses

Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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17. Shoot: Mature 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: Mature Couple Poses

everything is couples, couples everything. Before it was all about women. Now it's all about couples. So what we're going to do is we're going to start and talk about mature couples. What I want you guys to know is for mature couples, you definitely still want to refer back to couples posing guys. We talked about that yesterday. We got into the essentials opposing couples, the do's and don't the things to watch out for. But here, the nuances of the things that are a little bit different when you have a mature couple. All right, so one thing that I will advise you is to read the couple's dynamic. Not everybody is Cassie, you know, touchy. And they want a nose old, necessarily. It's not necessary for a portrait, especially if someone's older. It's not like you need to have. Like, uh, I'm gonna do a couple poses later, maybe kissing the neck in Okay, you can. But I probably wouldn't advise it s o here, Would I recommend is just read their dynamic. If there's a lot of affection and touchin...

g already when they're just standing there, holding hands arms around, then you know that you're fine If not, then you don't need to go as in deaths with the multiple points of interaction, which is what we talked about in the essentials for couples. What I dio is I start more traditional, which I mean, honestly, I read this boring, but, you know, I start traditional are the poses that we know work the poses that have been traditional couple poses forever. I get those done and then I go a little bit more unusual because I don't want somebody who's maybe older, who has a certain expectation to be thrown off right away and think like, OK, what? I don't want to, you know, kiss her neck. This is like having be weird. I start off with basic poses. Always remember, though it's body language, heads tilted together at all times, and I know that is an essential off a couples posing guideline. But that's really important. One and then last, but not least, just like with mature men, just like with mature women poses could be more subtle. You don't need to go over the top. It's the whole quiet confidence thing. You don't need to reinvent the wheel. Just flatter them. I don't know of any mature couples usually that want sitting on the ground. We're laying out or anything, you know, huge dip and kiss. It could just be dignified and beautiful.

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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