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FAST CLASS: Posing 101

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Shoot: Single Child Poses

Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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24. Shoot: Single Child 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: Single Child Poses

Okay, so let's talk about Children's poses with just one kid. Okay? So the things that I'm thinking of all right, The first thing is posed to reflect personality. Is there ham? Let them be a ham. If they're quiet, do soft, quiet poses don't force anything. So if, for example, I have inspiration where I really want, like, a sassy kids photo and there a quiet little kid. I'm not gonna I'm not gonna do that. Um, so try to read off of the kids personality, and then the second thing is this We don't really have anything. The work was here, but I find with kids, if you can give them something to interact with, it made things so much easier cause I would say go hang onto that fence and lean back at me and I could get them laughing. Or, um, you know, go sit on that bench or going against that tree or something to interact with, because it's just kind of standing in front of a stroke. Like e mean. If they're, uh if they're a class clown, they're just going to go crazy. If they're shy, they're j...

ust gonna climb up. So if there's something to interact with. It's more believable. So believable actions attended to work out better for me. I actually think you're better off starting out on location for short. And then, of course, I do recommend having an assistant. And when I say an assistant, it could be a friend of the family. It could be someone that just wants to learn photography, something like that. So that if you, for example, if you have your feet in place, you know that that's at that angle and you're gonna cut on crop the head. If I need to go move this kid, I've gotta move, and I might mess it up. But it's easier to sit can help me out. And so it gives you an extra hand. Uh, okay, so, um, number three is it depends on the age, but I like to say OK, you know, go lean up against that wall and give me sass, because if you just say, like, lean up against the wall, put your elbow back like that's That's too much, eh? So I try to do what I do. A lot for poses is I say OK, give me this type of pose with this type of feel and they kind of acted out. And then I could tweak it from there, um, versus giving too much direction. It'll just go kind of right over their head, so follow their lead, feel free to involve them in the process. Because then it's not like, Oh, it's another adult telling me what to do. It's like, OK, let's think this fun. I want you to go run over there and run back at me and flew your arms. Okay, then it looks fun. It probably a terrible photo. But then you could say, OK, take a seat and then take their picture. At least they felt like they got to involve. Get involved. Um, I usually find sitting and laying poses or more natural standing poses. Either they're uncomfortable or they start running around. And then I'm chasing in my frame. Um, and this is something else to take a look at. Make sure when you're photographing kids that you pay attention to what your focus points are and you're shooting modes. So that's not really what this class is about. What you might not, for example, want one shot, um, set on your camera and you might not want spot focus, because if they move the missing and it's out of focus, so that's more of a technical thing To be aware off, um, and number five would be varying angle. One of my favorite shots of kids is when they're sitting on the ground looking straight up, because whatever is closest to the cameras largest so. Some of the things that we love and kids are big, innocent eyes, like just big, glowing innocent eyes. So if you go ahead and have kids sit on the ground and look up at you, then in that case it really emphasizes those eyes. That's what the attention is drawn to. Um, otherwise, my opinion is shoot really, really high or really, really love. If you shoot a really low angle than your at their perspective, and you can kind of see and feel what it's like to be them and you're connecting versus this is just kind of overhead. Adorable view

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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