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Posing 101

Lesson 21 of 35

Shoot: Mature Couple Poses


Posing 101

Lesson 21 of 35

Shoot: Mature Couple Poses


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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, so an older couple. And actually, our lovely couple, you already know them. So, let's go over the basics. What I want you guys to know is for mature couples, you definitely still wanna refer back to couples posing guides. We talked about that yesterday. We got into the essentials of posing couples. The do's and don'ts. The things the watch out for. But here are the nuances, or 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 kissy, you know, and touchy. And they don't wanna nuzzle necessarily. It's not necessary for a portrait. Especially if someone's older. It's not like you need to have like, I'm gonna do a couple poses later maybe kissing the neck and, okay, you can. But I probably...

wouldn't advise it. So here what I recommend is just read their dynamic. If there's a lot of affection and touching 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 depth with the multiple points of interaction, which is what we talked about in the essentials for couples. What I do, is I start more traditional. Which I mean honestly I read as boring. But you know what, I start traditional. 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, okay, what. I don't wanna, you know, kiss her neck. This is, you know, have it be weird. I start off with basic poses. Always remember though, it's body language. Heads titled together at all times. And I know that is an essential of a couple's posing guideline, but that's a really important one. And then, last but not least, just like with mature men, just like with mature women, poses can 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. Or laying out. Or anything, you know, a huge dip in kiss. It can just be dignified and beautiful. And so that's what we are going to do. So I am going to photograph these lovely people. Hi guys. And can I have that light out here. And I'm gonna grab my camera. So would you guys stand right here. Perfect. Let me grab my camera. All right. So I'm gonna tell you a couple do's and don'ts right away. So a big do and don't, do you guys know each other? Ah, no. Okay. So. (audience laughing) So what you're saying is you do want me to have you kiss. (audience laughing) I'm just kidding. I'm just kidding. I'm just kidding. I just had to check. Like. We both know now. Oh okay. Okay. Good. I like that. Good answer. Will you come forward just a little bit. Perfect. Okay. So a big don't. Will you face each other and put both of your hands on each other's hips. And you have to be close like you know each other. Okay. I see this a lot is that people just hold on. Or they just wrap their arms around each other's shoulders. Or something like that. So what you always want to do is you always want to have asymmetry. You don't want them to be doing the same pose. And if you also look, it's not that they need to be pressed up really tight to each other. But right now they have, they're naturally leaning back a little bit. So you want to make sure body, and well I know they don't know each other. But, people do that anyway. You know they lean back a little bit. So here's what we're gonna do. Really, really basic poses. I'm gonna have you hold hands in the front. And I'm gonna have you put your shoulders together in the back. Perfect. And I'm gonna turn your bodies in a little bit more and bring your hips together. Okay. So you are going to hold hands like you're dancing. Okay. Just kind of like that. Perfect. And lean your heads together. All right. And hands down just a little bit more. This is totally fine for a more traditional couple's pose. So I'm gonna grab that as pose number one. Okay. And soft hands. Don't look like you're trying to cause pain to each other. (instructor laughing) Perfect. Let me make sure. It did not flash. Let me just check this. Maybe it's not on. It's quite possible it's not. Yeah. That's a good place to start. Okay, let's try this again. Perfect. Oh. Blink. One more. And I will tell you a slight flaw that I see. Okay. When we bring this image up. Not that one. When we bring this image up, and not that one, what don't I like. (audience members speaking faintly) Okay. So I don't like the fingers poking out. There are, there's really one other big thing. Yes. You got it. Okay. Because she's leaning into him she's actually leaning back, and it's not flattering. So what you wanna do is you wanna lean forward. So you can still tilt your head towards him but don't lean back and you don't have to tilt that much. A little less. And lean towards me just a little. So what you can do is, right now, the reason she's having this problem, her feet are tight together. She's flat foot. Feel free, even though you're trying to be as tall as him, put your weight on your back hip. It makes a big difference. Now she's not, 'cause right now, your adjustments for height is all up here. You can do so much more with height if you can move your feet and your hips. So I'm watching that. Perfect. And now you actually look like you're dancing. Okay cool. And now I'm gonna have you hide these fingers. Just so I can't see them. Put 'em back a little bit more. So you could do one of two things for those hands. One, you could just hide. And lean out and chin and down to me. Chin down just a little. Good. You could do that. Or, could you bring your hand even more around her. Like wrap it even more. So if you're gonna see the hands, see the hands. Okay. So let me take a shot for that. And there you're good. And one more. Perfect. And it's really funny because they're a really good example of the different height couple. But we're gonna actually talk about that later. So I'm not gonna talk about it too much now. So that is pose number one. Basic. Traditional. They look cute. All right, the next thing is could you put your hand just real soft right here. And put your hand on her hip. Okay. Good. And now, I see a little big of grip. So you can put your feet back together. And get a little bit taller. And I want soft hand right here. So, what I notice too, we'll talk about this later, is when people are different size heights to compensate they reach with their hands. So that's why I'm gonna have her lower your hand even more. 'Cause right now that high hand raises her shoulder. If I lower her hand, now she has a lower shoulder and a longer neck. Okay cool. Just like that's great. And I'm gonna hide that hand. So just hide your right hand. Keep going a little bit further back. Good. You guys are good for not knowing each other. I like this. Good. All right. Perfect. Next one, for more traditional pose, I'm gonna have you stand with your hand in your pocket. Perfect. And I'm gonna have you come around to the other side. And I'm gonna have you hook right in that arm. Perfect. And I'm gonna have you step this way just a little bit more. And you are gonna wrap both arms around and tuck your head in and you're gonna lean back towards her. Now, this is getting into what we're gonna talk about before so I don't, or later, about height so pretend you watched that part first. Can you, can you step your legs like this? Okay. Good. Yep. And lean forward just a little bit more. And then you're gonna step forward. Perfect. Great. Great. So pretend you see that part first. Okay. Good. Perfect. And I don't want you to slouch so much. But a little bit higher. Perfect. Great. And I'm gonna have you turn your shoulders towards me just a little bit. And your weight. Where's her weight right now? Did you see that? The weight's actually forward. I can see her 'cause she's holding on. Weight back. Perfect. Just like that. And you're gonna elan towards her just a little more. And how I would actually shoot this is not from this straight angle, because from straight on, we talked about proportions for couples, if I shoot straight on, he's much larger in the frame than she is. So what I would actually do is rotate them, or come around from this angle, and I would have, can you turn towards me just a little bit more. Good. Perfect. Lower your shoulder a little bit. And so I would shoot kind of from this angle. So I'm gonna actually have you guys just rotate, rotate, rotate this, towards your right. Right. Keep going. Keep going. Keep going. Good. Good. Perfect. And instead of death grip on him, soft and then turn your shoulders towards me just a little bit more. And your head. And then remember, no leaning back. Lean towards me. Good and chin out and down. Perfect. Great. And tilt your head neutral. Like. Straight up and down. Good. Tilt your head this way just a little more. Good. Perfect. Okay and let me get one more thing. Can I have, um, can I have two, one chair. Yeah, one chair is perfect. Perfect. So just one more. And notice everything is just like, subtle. Would you take a seat in this chair for me. Perfect. Turn a little bit more to the side. And what you are going to do is you are going to wrap your arms around him just like this, okay? And what, the big thing I'm watching out for is this. Making sure she doesn't, hunch. Instead what you wanna do, spread your legs. And lean. Okay. And you can just wrap your arms. Whatever's comfortable. Okay. So what I would do normally is I would either stick her in another chair, or have a bench over here. Iris, can I have that bench so that she's not struggling as much. These are little chairs. My chairs aren't that, I actually having posing stools. This is why posing stools are great. 'Cause I can make it higher. So I don't have to even things out. So can you put that right here? I'm gonna actually have you kneel on that. And you can just put your knee on it. Perfect. Much better. Okay. And no hunching. Okay. Good. Right there. And so I want soft hands. Soft hands. And you sit up real straight. Okay good. Just like that. Perfect. And then my light's gonna be a little bit, great. And bring your chin a little forward. Good. And wiggle your fingers really soft. Good. And last one, drop that hand. Hide it. Perfect. Perfect. And you're gonna lean back. So right now her head's further back compared to his. So I'm gonna lean you back and lean you forward. Just like that. Perfect. Good. Perfect. Okay. Cool. So you guys are all set. Those would be my basics. Just nothing dramatic. Move around in a circle. So that's great. You guys are all done.

Class Description

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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 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.


  1. Introduction to Posing

    Lindsay goes over what she'll cover in this posing for beginners course, including the do's and don'ts of posing, how the course will be broken up, and some basic posing tips and guidelines to keep in mind.

  2. Expression and Interaction Posing Tips

    Getting your subject to do what you want them to do can be tricky. Lindsay offers some helpful tips on how to get the right facial expressions for portraits, allow special moments to happen, and capture posed candid shots.

  3. Posing Guidelines

    Get the lowdown on some key posing techniques every photographer should know, from how to make your subject look slimmer to how to accentuate their best features.

  4. Basic Posing Demo

    Lindsay puts her advice into action using a model for a live posing demo that will teach your some beginner photography poses.

  5. Posing Parts: Shoulders, Chin, Eyes & Hands

    Lindsay delves into the specifics of how to do head and shoulders portrait posing to make your subjects look their best and get the right look.

  6. Posing Parts: Men, Feet, Elbows and Nose

    Learn specific male photography poses to make men look more masculine. Lindsay also goes over how to position elbows and noses for good poses.

  7. Posing Guide Contact Sheet Examples

    Look at various contact sheets and learn about model poses for fashion photography.

  8. Posing for Body Types

    Learn about posing for different body types so you can make anyone look flattering.

  9. Posing and Shooting Flaws

    Every subject will have a flaw or two, but there are lots of things you can do to hide or minimize those flaws in your photos. Lindsay also shows you some common photography posing mistakes to avoid.

  10. Male Posing Guidelines

    Lindsay gives you essential guidelines for how to pose for male photos to make men look their best and compensate for their flaws.

  11. Essential Male Poses

    Get more advice on male portrait photography poses to make men look attractive and masculine.

  12. Essential Female Posing: Standing Poses

    Lindsay summarizes the essential guidelines for women standing poses so women can look their best.

  13. Couples Posing Guidelines

    When posing a couple, you want to make sure they actually look like a couple. Here are some guidelines for photography poses for couples so that both people look great.

  14. Shoot: Female High School Senior Poses

    Lindsay goes over what to keep in mind when doing senior portrait female poses, including how to make the experience fun and how to ensure the photos are both flattering and appropriate.

  15. Shoot: Male High School Senior Poses

    When doing senior portrait poses for guys, you'll want to make them look big, tough, and cool.

  16. Shoot: Mature Male Poses

    Lindsay shows you how to pose older men to make them look good and age appropriate.

  17. Shoot: Mature Female Poses

    Lindsay shows you how to photograph an older woman, including getting good posture, keeping the chin out, and hiding her hands.

  18. Shoot: Boudoir Poses

    A great boudoir shoot depends on making sure your subject is relaxed and comfortable. Lindsay shows you how to minimize flaws, get natural boudoir poses, and use shape and movement to your advantage.

  19. Shoot: Plus Size Poses

    Go over some tips and tricks for plus size photoshoot poses so you can make plus size subjects look slimmer.

  20. Shoot: Wedding Photography Bridal Poses

    Lindsay shows you how to do bridal portrait poses that are both natural and dramatic, and how to pose your bride so she looks beautiful and elegant.

  21. Shoot: Mature Couple Poses

    Photographing older couples depends on reading their dynamic and choosing the most flattering poses for both subjects.

  22. Shoot: Uneven Height Couple Poses

    Posing couples of different heights can be a challenge. Learn how to make the shot look natural, avoid strain, and even out the overall image.

  23. Shoot: Bridal Couple Poses

    Lindsay demonstrates how to do wedding poses for couples, including unusual cropping, using props, and making sure both the bride and groom look their best.

  24. Shoot: Group Poses

    The key to a great group pose is to have good balance, without being perfectly symmetrical. Lindsay offers a variety of tips on how to pose groups, including avoiding multiple arms around shoulders and having physical contact between people.

  25. Shoot: Bridal Party Poses

    When working with bridal parties, it's important to know the family politics, so bring notes! Lindsay gives you some great wedding party posing ideas, including that traditional bridal party group shot that tends to be symmetrical.

  26. Shoot: Family Poses

    When shooting a family portrait photo, don’t forget about making sure the parents look good, too! Here are some family photo posing ideas, such as paying attention to body language and avoiding lining up people’s heads.

  27. Shoot: Mother with Children Poses

    Lindsay gives you tips on mother and child poses, including how to make the mom look good and how to pose children of varying ages.

  28. Shoot: Father with Children Poses

    Get some specific advice on posing a father with kids, including whom to pose first and where to place the youngest child.

  29. Shoot: Single Child Poses

    Get posing ideas for one child, including allowing the pose to reflect the child’s personality, letting the child interact with their environment, and being sure to follow their lead.

  30. Shoot: Multiple Children Poses

    Get posing ideas for siblings so you can capture their relationship as well as their individual personalities.

  31. Shoot: Maternity Poses

    When doing maternity poses, you want your subject to look good and be comfortable. Lindsay gives you very specific advice on how to accentuate a pregnant woman's best features.

  32. Shoot: Maternity Couple Poses

    Doing maternity poses with husband means you’ll want to make the man look equally important, strong, and supportive.

  33. Shoot: Same Sex Couple Poses

    Lindsay gives you tips for posing same sex couples. The key is to follow their lead when it comes to being romantic and touchy feely.

  34. Shoot: Fashion Female Poses

    In fashion photography, the regular posing rules don’t apply. You can get away with almost anything as long as it looks good and is done with intent. Lindsay talks about professional model poses for females, such as using elegant hands and elongated necks to communicate the mood.

  35. Shoot: Beauty Poses

    Lindsay shows you her modeling poses for beginners, including emphasizing tendons and clavicles, tilting the head toward the camera or keeping it neutral, and using over-the-shoulder watch angles.



I would highly recommend this class! I have been shooting for some time now and I've been pretty satisfied with my pictures from each session. A few weeks ago, I happened upon this class and thought it would be nice to get some new ideas. I then took the ideas from this class and applied them to a maternity shoot. I must say it took my pictures from good to amazing!!!! My clients bought them all😊 Thank you Creative Live for offering such amazing classes to help any level of photographer learn and grow!

Ruth Ganev

Lindsay is such a great teacher. She doesn't overcomplicate things - so that you can really learn. She also reviews things again and again - only in different contexts - that make total sense. I have learned so much from watching this course of lessons. I went to a natural lighting portrait workshop a couple of weekends ago - and was able to put into action what I have learned. The models loved my photos, too. She keeps things moving, is clear and to the point. I highly recommend this class to anyone wanting to become better at posing. It is so rewarding to look back at my previous photos and understand what doesn't work and why, and also to see things improving. She is a natural teacher - the course is not boring - you will learn tons!

Maya Tleubergen

I really love it! Thank you, thank you, Lindsay! Beautiful girl with a huge talent to teach! I absolutely love it! Worth every penny!