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Portrait Photography Fundamentals

Lesson 23 of 61

Shoot: Couples Posing


Portrait Photography Fundamentals

Lesson 23 of 61

Shoot: Couples Posing


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Shoot: Couples Posing

Let's demo this up. Okay, and lets go through these things so lets have the couple come over and I'm just gonna choose the very, very basic pose that everybody does, okay? And so, if they're, lets turn this light on here to show this. Okay you got that, great! Okay, so if they're gonna face each other this way like their typical standard pose, usually they're posing and their hands are like this, right? What really makes this great is if her back is arched. So if you're just doing this typical posing thing, if you just arch your back, sorry my hands are cold, back a bit. That's great right there, okay? Just don't have them standing like that. If you just simply have her back arched, can you lean back just a little bit? Right there. That looks great, okay? So now, lets just go through the routine before her back kills herself, okay? So arch that back, and so, oh! Relax for a second. The guy, you always have the guy, right, if he's gonna lean forward, he's gonna have a straight back. Rig...

ht? His back is gonna be straight but hers is gonna be curved. Okay, because then you get that strength verses curvy and that looks very good together. And so when I'm posing a couple, I wanna make a man look very masculine and I wanna make a woman look very feminine and that's what makes the magic work for my particular posing. I love that. Make her look as feminine as possible and make him look as strong as possible and if you can imagine the covers of cheesy romance novels, maybe not that far, but that's kinda like how you want, typically my technique and philosophy is about posing a couple. All right, so lets have her do that and look at each other and lean back. Right, good, perfect. So you got that pose right there. Oh my gosh, this looks like million dollar couple right here. Okay, and then now lets have, okay so do that, look at each other and then lets just smile, right? Perfect. And then, okay, now I'm gonna have you keep looking at her and then you're gonna look straight up this way at the light and I wanna get some beautiful catch lights in her eyes. So if I could bring it this way, right there, and you're gonna look straight into that light. Oh my gosh. If you all had couples like this to shoot, oh my gosh. (camera clicks) Right? Look at that beautiful catch light in her eye. Look at that, right? Okay so, they're looking at it too. Okay, so there's one, right? Now what you could do is they both could look towards the light. And so we'll put the light over here and so now they're both gonna look at the light this way. So put your head towards that light there. Perfect. And then so now, can you raise your chin up just a little bit? And then look, turn your head there, and then just look straight up into that light. I love that right there. Good, now smile for me. There we go. Beautiful. Right and little less smile. Right there, good. And then I want you guys to, ha ha ha, laugh hysterically. You can make some noise. (audience laughs) Right, good. Perfect, right, okay, great. And then what's the other one? Okay so now, keep doing that, okay now I want you to, actually if your nose could almost touch her temple of her, turn your head down, look down and close your eyes. Okay, so now your, actually your nose is not gonna be there, it's gonna be right there, right? And turn your head this way, close your eyes. Okay, so this is my kiss right here. And then smile while you're closing your eyes. Right? And that's the happy kiss, right? And so, and then what else do we got? Both look towards the light, laugh hysterically. I think we kinda did everything right there, right? Oh, opposite directions. So, arch your back this way. Yeah, and then you're gonna look over here. And you're gonna look, can you turn your body a little bit? And then you're looking off that way and you're looking off this way. And then, can you get that light more in the middle and up? Yeah and towards me more so I can get light in there. Actually, why don't you take your hand and put it in your pocket there so you can turn your, yeah. And then, so I want you looking opposite. Right, and so that's just another thing that you can do. And then look opposite but then why don't you guys, turn your head this way and then your head this way, and then laugh hysterically. Ha ha ha ha ha! Okay, so that's everything. Okay? Alright, thank you very much. So I just wanted to go through the routine. Now look at how many shots that we have there with one pose. I didn't even shoot it wide. I just shot it tight. I could do the exact same routine again, shooting it wide and I guarantee you, you can pick from those photos and have a nice album spread. So that's what I do. So actually my clients get really good at it because I just keep doing the same routine over and over and over and over again with every pose. That was just one pose. That was the basic lets look at each other pose, right? So if I did one where he's leaning and, I would do the same routine over again. And then you do two poses and you go through that entire routine and you shoot it wide and tight, takes you five minutes to do, you've got a whole album full of pose shots that you could use. But you just vary the routine, okay? So that is kind of like my micro adjustments.

Class Description

Want to be able to go into any situation with your camera and have the confidence to know you’ll get the shot? Award-Winning photographer Scott Robert Lim goes in-depth on the four foundational elements you must conquer if you want to develop your creativity and style.

Scott will give you the guidelines you need to master:

  • Lighting
  • Posing
  • Composition
  • Post-Processing

Once you master these fundamentals of portraits, you free up your mind to get creative and ultimately get the shot.


  1. Class Introduction
  2. 5 Shots That WOW
  3. Four Fundamentals of Photography
  4. Create a Visual Impact with Composition
  5. Importance of Foreground and Background
  6. Create Depth in Landscape Images
  7. Photos Don't Always Follow the Rules
  8. Composition Practice Exercise
  9. Composition Critique of Student Images
  10. Keys to Posing
  11. Shoot: Classic Elegance Female Pose
  12. Shoot: Modern Female Pose
  13. Shoot: Rollover Female Pose
  14. Female Hands & Arms Poses Overview
  15. Shoot: Hands and Arms Poses for Female
  16. Seven Posing Guidelines
  17. Headshots Poses with Male Model
  18. Shoot: Headshot for Male Model
  19. Shoot: Sitting Poses for Male Model
  20. Shoot: Leaning Poses for Male Model
  21. Shoot: Standing Poses for Male Model
  22. Keys to Couples Posing
  23. Shoot: Couples Posing
  24. Couples Transitional Posing Overview
  25. Shoot: Transitional Posing
  26. Keys to Group Posing
  27. Accordion Technique with Groups
  28. Shoot: Accordion Technique
  29. Shoot: Best Buds Pose
  30. Shoot: Talk with Your Hands Pose
  31. Shoot: Lock Arms and Hold Hands Pose
  32. Run at the Camera and Dance in Your Seat Poses
  33. Shoot: Pod Method Pose
  34. Posing Critique of Student Images
  35. Introduction to Lighting
  36. Soft vs Hard Light
  37. Difficult Lighting Situations
  38. Bright Light Techniques
  39. Overcast Light Techniques
  40. Low Light Techniques
  41. Lighting Techniques Q&A
  42. Drama Queen Lighting
  43. Laundry Basket Lighting
  44. Make it Rain Lighting
  45. Smart Phone Painting with Light
  46. Mini LED Bokeh Lighting
  47. Choose the Right Lighting System
  48. Hybrid Flash System
  49. Innovative Accessories
  50. Gear Overview
  51. Theatrical Post-Processing
  52. Ten Keys to Post-Processing
  53. Essential Skills to Post-Processing
  54. Headshot Post-Processing
  55. Bright Light Post-Processing
  56. Flat Light Post-Processing
  57. Low Light Post-Processing
  58. Introduction to Fine Art Post-Processing
  59. Light & Airy Fine Art Post-Processing
  60. Dark & Moody Fine Art Post-Processing
  61. Post-Processing Critique of Student Images


Vitor Rademaker

This course is amazing! Scott is extremely straightforward. He goes directly to practical problems, tips and etc. He explains every thing very clearly, and he is also very funny and charismatic, making you laugh as you learn. He shows that you don't need a lot of expensive gear to make very nice pictures. So I have saved some money as well, cause I was about to buy some gear that I wouldn't need right now. It is for sure one of the best photography courses I have ever attended to! I highly recommend! Thanks a lot Scott! You are the best!


I have purchased a number of classes, this being one of them. The quality of the information was good and the level at which Scott spoke was appropriate for me. Having a course sylibus would add greatly to the value, which usually is not part of the programs I've purchased including this one, unless I've missed it. I believe the speaker should be required to provide one. After watching the videos, much of material can be recaptured by seeing it in writing. I would like to hear back from Creativelive their thoughts. In sum, good topic, good speaker, good technical audio and video quality by Creativelive


Another fantastic class with Scott Robert Lim! The combination of his knowledge, willingness to share, passion & entertaining personality makes him a top choice for photography education. Learning not only the "what", but the "why" & "how" can transform one's entire approach towards MAKING pictures. A constant inspiration to get better & better through practice.