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Posing 101

Lesson 16 of 35

Shoot: Mature Male Poses


Posing 101

Lesson 16 of 35

Shoot: Mature Male Poses


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Shoot: Mature Male Poses

The biggest thing I wanna do is talk about the differences for posing an older gentleman, or maybe just not a teenager. And so, first of all, of course all the rules that apply to photographing a guy are the same. Like, all the fundamentals that we talked about yesterday. There're just a couple more things to watch out for. Let me see if I can switch it over. Right, so here's what we're looking for. Generally what you're looking for when photographing a mature guy is confidence, and relaxed. It's what I notice. Especially, I mean, I was mentioning GQ. If you look at editorials in GQ, the younger guys have a lot more movements, and their poses are a lot cockier and over the top 'cause they're compensating. Versus the older guys. They're cool and confident 'cause they knew who they are. They're in control of their life. So, it's not that, I mean for, you know, teen guys, sure, go over the top. It doesn't make them look insecure. It's just, older guys, they've got themselves figured out. ...

You know, they don't need to go over the top. Expression is key. So you can definitely do furrowed brow. You can do squinted, or as Peter Hurley says, squinched eyes towards the camera. And I would do that a little bit more. Something that is perhaps more thoughtful. It's not about being like cool and comfortable, and leaning, it's more about, here's my confidence, interacting with the camera. Always direct to their hands. Always, always. And I, I use a lot of chairs for mature guys. I do have them sitting, I have them leaning, I have them crossing their legs. And when I pose their hands, I just make sure that it's not super distracting. That's really, the biggest differences are just I'm not gonna have a mature guy lying on the ground. It doesn't, it doesn't work. That's not what I would do. So, don't feel what I've said is, you know, okay, so some of the variety of poses you can get are because you have standing, and sitting, and laying, and leaning. You don't need to lay every subject on the ground. And this would be an example where you wouldn't. So I am going to take just a couple of shots with my handsome guy. Oh, and I want that chair, please. But I'm also gonna use this one too. Okay, so. Yeah, actually, just bring that one out for now. Hi. I already met you, but hi. (laughing) So, let's take a look at a couple of different things. All right, perfect. So. Put this in my pocket. So, a couple things that I might do a little bit differently. And you can bring that over. Perfect. Is I am going to have you pose with this chair, okay. Okay. So I'm gonna have him kinda lean. Kinda lean out. And I know you're significantly taller than me. Like a ton taller than me. I could also turn it around and just not photograph this part, to have him lean. Or lean, or something like that. So, will you just comfortably place your hands here for me? Let me move. Perfect. So, he looks okay, as long as he doesn't slouch too much. I'm gonna have you just spread your legs a little bit more. Do what? Step your legs apart just a little more. Good. That was good. How you were doing it before. Just like that. Perfect. That's great. That's fine. So let me just move this light. And because I have the chair faced straight towards camera, for me he's too straight on. So, I'm just gonna come over here, just a little bit. So let me grab my camera. Great. Oh, I like that. You're smiling. That's good. Perfect. All right, now, I get like, my base shots. Hands, guys can raise their hand up if they want. That's fine, like, I've got my super basic. But one pose that is often a go to, I'm gonna have you give me something else, if you don't mind. I want my chair. Not this chair, 'cause it's too high. Just that chair. Yeah, perfect. Do a switch. Perfect. I'm gonna have you sit in that and cross one leg over. And I'm gonna turn it just a little more towards the light. All right, so just be comfortable, cross your legs. Okay. Now I'm gonna show. All right, so. What I'm gonna have you do is I'm gonna just have you comfortably put a hand here, and put another hand up to your face, okay. So, why don't you just put this hand on your... That elbow on your knee, okay. And I'm gonna have you kind of like cup this. Perfect! Okay, so I was looking for his hand. The reason I said, perfect. So it's not here. People, I see that a ton for guys. Is they'll have the hand here. I almost have them like, pinch their face almost. So it's off to the side instead of fist obscuring the face. It's softer than that, but not soft. And so now he looks comfortable, I have some kinda nice angles there. So let me take a look from the front and see how I would want to tweak. All right, so where do you wanna put that arm that's comfortable? What feels comfortable; do you wanna tuck it across? Do you wanna put it on your thigh? What's comfortable? That fine? Yeah, that's comfortable. Okay. That's all I want. Is I just want him to be comfortable. So that looks great. Sit up straighter. Good. Great. Perfect. And don't press on your face. Just set it there. Perfect. And I think it's just a little too far in front of his face. So just put your fist back a little bit. Yeah, right there. Great. I'm gonna come in for one closer. Good. Perfect. I'll take a look. So I'm getting like, nice leading lines circling around his face. So it get shots kinda like that. Notice like, the whole time I'm like, okay, I want you to be comfortable. Are you comfortable? Let's focus on being comfortable. All right, so now that I just had you sit down, I'm gonna have you stand back up. I've got my chair shots, I've got my closeup shot. I always get my basics. One thing to be aware of is shirts like this, I generally avoid crossing arms too much. When, if I wanna cross arms, instead of cross... Will you cross your arms real quick for me? That doesn't look too bad. That did not actually wrinkle bad at all. But a lot of times, depending on how the shirt fits, it wrinkles everywhere. So I avoid that 'cause it doesn't look finessed. I would do an arms crossing shot more with a suit jacket, because then those wrinkles aren't as defined. Just something to think about. Or if they're wearing a polo shirt, or something like that. So we need to do my standing shot. Will you put your hands, let's put your left hand in your pocket, and thumb out. Good. Perfect. Okay, so, got hand here. Right now he's kinda flat footed. So I'm gonna have you do. I'm gonna have you just look like you're stepping towards camera. Just kinda do step and lean. Perfect. All right, so let me take a look here. And so right now, straight on to camera, it's a little less dynamic. So what I'm gonna have you do, is I'm gonna have you turn to your right. Good. And now lean out towards me. Good. Perfect. And I'm going to have you do one more standing shot. Can you cross your hands in front like this, okay? So you could also do hand shots like that if you don't have a chair. I can have him pose like this. And I'm not going... I see his hand right here. See how he's, doesn't know what to do with it? Will you make a fist and just, squeeze it in; that's fine. And also, he doesn't have to do hand on face. You can just bring your hand here even. Like, we'll give you a fist and bring it here. You can hold it out in front a little bit. If you have something he can hold onto, like glasses. He can hold it here. Who have glasses? Can I steal someone's glasses? Can I steal your glasses? (laughing) So I'm gonna have you hold glasses in your hands, just like this, okay. Off to the side, just like this. So, this way? Yeah, do this way for a second. Good, and hand up just a little bit more. Okay, so I would do something like that. Notice so much cooler, calm, and collected when he has something to do with his hands. When he doesn't, you can see it. You can see the stress in someone's hand, so. Looks cool and debonair. Excellent. And this is an instance where I'm a little too short. Can I have my apple box for a second? Or, a step stool is fine. Oh, the apple box is right there. Okay, so what I wanna do is I don't like the hand I can see. 'Cause it doesn't have a purpose. So I'm gonna get up, at a little bit taller angle. And can you raise your glasses hand up just a little bit? Perfect. And turn your body to your right, just a little bit. Great, and then bring that glasses hand towards me a little. Good. Perfect. And I'm gonna just have you switch the glasses hand. So just switch hands totally. Yep. Just like that, and now flip 'em open. Good, and now turn it so that the points of the glasses, the ends of them are towards you, and like, rotate. Yeah. Okay, good. So I would do things like that. I would tweak. Have him hold something. And just, I would do arms crossed, but not if he's wearing a shirt that wrinkles too much. So the biggest difference is I could still have him lean against a wall. I could still have him sit. I could have him, for example, on... Where's that tall stool? Actually can you give me the tall chair? And I will take those glasses back. I love your glasses, so. Oh, thank you. I'm gonna have you sit on this, and can you face it towards the light? Perfect. Great. And will you sit and put one leg up on that, that bottom railing? Yeah. Okay, so I can, of course, have him put his elbow back on the chair, and kinda do leaning poses. Look comfortable. All I'm just thinking is like, okay, no scrunching, elongate. What can I do, 'cause when he's that, everything gathers. I can elongate him, but still make him look cool. That's what I want. Great. And I'm gonna have you cross that arm over to your... Yeah. Like, wherever's comfortable there is fine. Great. Now let's try one just like this. And I'm gonna shoot from right here. And can you look at the light for me? Let's try from right here. Good.

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!