How to Pose Sitting Portraits: 25 Best Sitting Poses You May Need

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When it comes to portrait photography, finding the best poses that work for you and make you feel comfortable can become tricky, especially for beginners. Sometimes you wonder where to put your hands, if you should cross your legs, how to sit up straight without looking uncomfortable, and the list goes on.

Worry not. This article will give you some of the best sitting-down poses with tutorials for both men and women, and the best sitting portraits poses for group shots to make your next sitting-down portrait session a breeze.

Best Female Sitting Poses

As a woman, posing for a photoshoot or even a simple picture can be challenging. You want to look your best but do not want to look like you are trying too hard. So, what are the best female sitting poses? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Hands on Chin Pose

a woman is taking a sitting photo by putting her hands on the chin

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You can use this flattering and classic pose for both headshots and full-body shots. All you have to do is sit on a chair or stool, interlock your hands, and rest your chin on top of your hands.

You can rest your elbows on your knees or the chair's armrest. To add more dimension to your next photoshoot, tilt your head slightly to the side.

2. Holding Hands Near Chin

a woman is taking a sitting photo by holding hands near chin

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The Holding Hands near Chin pose is a variation of the classic "seated pose." The woman sits with crossed legs in front of her, and her hands clasped together near her chin. This position is often used by portrait photographers, which is  flattering to the face.

3. Looking Away from the Camera Pose

a woman is taking a sitting photo by looking away from the camera

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While this easy pose is great for full-body shots, you can also use it for headshots. Sit on the ground or a stool with your legs crossed, then slightly turn your body away from the camera and look over your shoulder. This will give the photo a more natural and relaxed look.

If you have trouble placing your hands on your hips, you can always place one hand behind your head, the one furthest away from the camera.

4. Leaning on a Tree Pose

a woman is taking a sitting photo by  leaning on a tree

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For this pose, find a tree you can lean back on, not just any tree but one with a nice trunk. Sit on the ground with your legs crossed or straight, and then lean on the tree with your arms crossed. You can even place one hand on your cheek for a more flirtatious look.

5. One Leg Extended Pose

a woman is taking a sitting photo with one leg extended

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Sit on the ground or in a chair with your legs out in front of you and your back straight for this good posture. Then, take your right leg and extend it out in front of you, keeping your left leg bent.

You can place your hands on the chin or  place your palms on the ground. Try to straighten your right leg and hold for a few seconds if you can. Finally, exhale and release the pose.

6. Leaning on the Desk Pose

a woman is taking a sitting photo by leaning on the desk

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A desk and a chair are required for this position. Place your elbows on the desk with a forward bend as you sit in the chair. You can even rest your chin on your hand for a more dramatic look.

7. Hugging the Knee Pose

a woman is taking a sitting photo by  hugging the knee

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Sit on the ground with one of your legs pulled up to your chest and hug it. You can also raise both legs and hug them to your chest. How your shoulders relax with a lower back makes this pose look very natural.

8. Sitting on a Table Pose

a woman is taking photo by Sitting on a Table

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This pose is for you if you want to show off your legs. Sit on the edge of a table or desk with one leg hanging off the edge while the other is placed on the floor, then place your hands on your thighs and look directly into the camera.

9. Sitting on Your Knees Pose

a woman is taking photo by Sitting on her Knees

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Sit on your knees with your legs close together. Ensure you place your arms on your knees to help support your back and that your back is straight.

This will help to accentuate your hourglass figure. Moreover, it would help if you raised your butt off your heels slightly so as not to put all the pressure on your knees, as this will be uncomfortable.

Best Male Sitting Poses

When taking a great photo, sometimes it's all about the pose. And while there are plenty of great female poses, finding good ideas for male poses can be challenging.

However, there are a few key poses that any guy can use to look his best in a photo. Here are the best male sitting poses:

1. Rolling Your Sleeves Pose

a man is taking a sitting photo by rolling your sleeves

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Looking casual and relaxed is always a good idea; one way to do that is by rolling up your sleeves and taking a deep breath. This is a great way to show off your muscles and make you look approachable.

Sit on the edge of a chair or couch, and roll up your sleeves while the camera captures you from the front or side. Do not look at the camera. Instead, look at your hands as if you're lost in thought.

2. Tossing Your Jacket over Your Shoulder Pose

a man is taking a sitting photo by tossing his jacket over the shoulder

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Guys can look cool and stylish with this pose. Sit on the edge of a chair or couch, drape your jacket over your shoulder and hold it into place with your hand. You can pocket your other hand or place it on your thigh. Look at the camera with a smoldering gaze to complete the look.

3. The Thinker Pose

a man is taking a sitting photo with The Thinker pose

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A classic masculine position that exudes confidence is this one. Place your hand on your chin to give the impression that you are thinking deeply while you sit on a stool. To finish the look, you can add propes like books or glasses.

4. Jawline Pose

a man is taking a sitting photo by upholding his Jawline

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If you want to show off your chiseled jawline, this pose is for you. To do this pose, sit on the ground with your hands behind you for support. Next, tilt your chin up and look straight at the camera. This is a great way to accentuate your jawline and make your neck look longer.

5. The Leg Cross Pose

a man is taking a sitting photo by crossing legs

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Not all the time, you want to look relaxed in a photo. You can also look stylish and put-together by crossing your legs. Sit on a chair and rest the ankle of one of your legs on the knee of your other leg. You can place your hands on your lap or the arm of the chair, then look at the camera with a confident gaze.

6. Sitting on a Backward Chair Pose

a man is taking photo by sitting on a backward chair

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To achieve this pose, sit on a chair with the backrest facing you and then place your hands on the back of the chair. This is an excellent pose for men who want to show off their muscular back and shoulders in photos.

7. Touching the Face Pose

a man is taking a sitting photo by touching the face

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Sit on the ground and touch your face with your right hand. You can use the other hand to rest your chin or to hold onto the armrest. This pose is also great for adding some drama to your photos.

8. Sitting on a Sideways Chair Pose

a man is taking a sitting photo on a sideways chair

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Simply sit normally on a chair having the backrest on your side and then place one arm on the back of the chair, the other hanging down freely.

Best Sitting Pose for Group Photos

No one wants to take a group photo that looks awkward, so it's essential to find the best sitting pose for group photos.

Here are some of the best sitting down poses for group photos that will make the group photo look natural and stylish:

1. The Cuddle Pose

group sitting photo by cuddling each other on the chair

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Go for the cuddle pose if you want to look connected and intimate with the people around you in the group photo. This pose is perfect for friends and families.

Have everyone sit close and then put their arms around each other. You can also have everyone lean their heads on the person next to them.

2. Only One Facing the Camera Pose

group sitting photo with only one facing the camera

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It is not a must for everyone in the group to be facing the camera in the group photo. You can have only one person in the group facing the camera while the others are looking in a direction that makes sense with the photo.

For example, suppose the photo is of a group of friends at graduation. In that case, you can form a circle or semicircle with everyone sitting down, and the graduating person sitting in the middle facing the camera while the rest look at him/her.

3. Back-to-Back Pose

group sitting photo by sitting back-to-back in a circle

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You can do this pose with friends, family, or co-workers. Simply have everyone sit down with their backs facing each other while holding their knees and looking away from the camera or towards it.

4. Sitting at the Stairs Pose

group photo by sitting at the stair

 

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If you have a staircase nearby, have everyone sit on a separate stair step, with the tallest in the group sitting at the lowest step. This pose is great because it allows everyone to be visible in the photo and looks aesthetically pleasing by shooting from or below eye level.

5. Heads in a Row Pose

group sitting photo by heading in a row

 

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It is very easy to do and can be done with a large group of people. Simply have everyone sit in a line and then lean forward their heads while facing the camera in a manner in which their heads create a row.

You should also ensure that no one's head is obscuring another person's face, so everyone is visible in the photo.

6. Leaning Your Heads in Pose

group sitting photo by leaning heads in together

 

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Have everyone sit close and lean their heads in to achieve this pose. This pose looks great in photos because it creates a sense of intimacy.

7. Arms on Shoulders Pose

group sitting photo by placing  arms on shoulders

 

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If you have trouble with where to put your hands when sitting for a group photo, go for the arms on shoulders pose. While sitting close to each other, have everyone put their arm on the person sitting next to them's shoulders and then smile.

You can also tilt your head slightly to the side to make the photo more interesting.

 

8. The Wall Pose

group photo by sitting by the wall

 

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Have everyone sit down against a wall with their legs stretched out in front of them. You can also have everyone put their arms on their knees or the ground for a more relaxed look.

This pose is perfect for when you want to take a group photo in a cool location with an interesting background.

Conclusion

Finding a perfect way to pose for a photo while sitting can be tricky. You want to look relaxed yet put together and avoid any awkwardness. Knowing the best male, female, and group sitting-down poses, you can now ace any sitting portrait confidently.

It will help if you use this article as your sitting pose reference whenever you have trouble finding an excellent way to pose.

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