Top 20 Female Poses for Portrait Photography You Must Know

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Striking a good pose is the final addition to a great shot after planning your set and getting the best camera. A good posture helps communicate your mood or that of your subject and helps enrich your shoot's theme. 

However, it's easy to make mistakes when posing. A great tip is to be free and choose the simplest options. If you're a female looking for extra ways to style your shots, the following article looks at some of the best poses for portrait photography. Read on for more.

Sitting Poses  

You can start with simple sitting poses, they can help the photo subject have a uniform look. Additionally, the pose is handy in different photo genres or when you need to shoot multiple parties. 

Here are some of the best sitting poses:

1. General Sitting Pose

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A normal sitting pose is a simple way to bring out different moods. It works for kids and allows them to capture simple portraits and get a foundation for additional poses. Additionally, the position brings out your model's lower body, thus combining the entire body in one portrait.  

An excellent style to try is placing the camera slightly high on your model's head. This adds depth to the image and allows you to see the background more clearly. 

2. Two Ladies Seated Next to Each Other

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You can have your two models seated next to each other. The pose can depict friendship and allow you to add creative ideas. For instance, you can have the two hold books to show participation in fun activities. Try to switch their positioning and poses to get your most preferred results.

3. Seated with Hair Over the Face

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Sitting on the floor can help involve the model's legs more. Additionally, the pos exudes power on women, especially with the inclusion of hand placement. 

Instruct something stylish. For instance, sleeveless topwear can be a unique way to embrace the model's skin. This shows confidence and composure in the lady.

4. Seated on the Floor

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Sitting on the floor can help involve the model's legs more. Additionally, the pos exudes power on women, especially with the inclusion of hand placement. 

Instruct something stylish. For instance, sleeveless topwear can be a unique way to embrace the model's skin. This shows confidence and composure in the lady.

5. Lying Poses

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Lying on the bed is a classic pose for portraits. Apart from comfortability, your choice of bedspread adds visual interest to your portrait. The lady can also spread their hair on the sheets to look exquisite. You'll also have to decide what angle will make the most flattering shot for you.

6. Chin Over Knee

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Another exciting female sitting portrait position is when the chin is over the knee. It is perfect if you want your subject's facial features to pop. You can have your model stretch one leg straight while the other is at an angle. Her hand should be creatively positioned to create a confident and aesthetic look.

Standing Poses

Another version is the standing pose, with multiple variations. Check below to see what you try:

7. Back Pose

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A back pose is excellent for changing a person's general outlook. It mostly makes the body slimmer, explicitly displays the neck and shoulders, and depicts natural curves.

 

 

 

8. Head Tilt

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If you want to show your vulnerable side or your shyness, a head tilt during a back pose is perfect. However, it can be a little awkward at first.

Explicit details captured in the pose include melancholy or longing in the eyes. It also helps show a person's playful nature. For creative purposes, let your subject look sideways (head tilted). You can still see their eyes and half of their facial features.

9. Leaning Against a Wall

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Kate Hand Painted Abstract Texture Dark Green and Black Backdrops

Leaning on the wall sounds like a basic pose, but there are so many shots you can achieve with the pose. Firstly, it is a beautiful way to display your curvy body and other features, such as the neck or legs. 

Feel free to experiment with different wall backgrounds until you find the best fit. The wall's color can also help communicate your current mood.

10. Back to Wall Posture

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Another wall variation is the simple back-to-wall shot, which helps you fully pop out in your portrait. Generally, you can dictate your type of pose, like intimately stretching your hands out and looking sideways. You can also lean forward with your hands on your waist to make your facial features the focus.

Creative Standing Shots

Here are more creative standing poses:

11. Side Shot With Hands on Your Hair

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One of the easiest shots but most creative shots you can try is a standing side shit where you are playing with your hair. Use the opposite hand (from the blinded side) to ensure your face pops. Try different movements like holding your waist or a prop with the other hand till you get the right photo.

12. Arm in Front of Face

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Another variation is looking forward, slightly leaning, and holding your head with either arm. This can work if you want us to see your new jewelry or newly acquired top wear. Additionally, you can use it to create silhouettes, helping you draw your features.

13. Stretching it Out

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Are you looking to boost your new stretching pants, or are you a tall girl looking to showcase your height? Acting like you're stretching can create the best photo. The pose is handy for short ladies, especially when the photographer maintains a low angle.

14. Hands in Pocket

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If you're going for a casual look, putting your hands on the pockets can create a cool aesthetic shot. It can bring out your swag and probably get you some ‘street respect’. 

Photographers can instruct models to stand in a confident posture. This includes bringing one foot forward and keeping one's head high. Additionally, a stylish look completed by Palazzo office pants can bring out the model or office girl vibe. Add on some glasses to complete the look.

Simple Portrait Poses

Various poses are much simpler but showcase the best results. Read below for more information:

15. Squatting Pose

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Depending on your background, a squatting pose can be an excellent portrait shot. It's mostly used by athletes but can fit any non-athlete lady. You can experiment with the shot in outdoor scenes. Additionally, try shooting from a higher angle than the model to include her whole body in the portrait.

Close-Up Angle Poses

Close-up angles can be better. Check below to get more posing tips:

16. Rock Your Glasses

This is an easy option if your model has prescription glasses. You can take a serious pose, where the subject should bend his head and look towards the camera. The photo speaks power through the stunning look displayed. Another tip is to have the subject hold the frames on both sides with raised shoulders. A giggling smile will complete a nerdy, genius look.

 

 

 

 

 

17. Try Sunglasses

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Another way is to wear sunglasses to bring out a playful nature and an urban mood. Your model can lean on the wall or hold the glasses casually for a perfect picture. If you're trying to make a bold statement, go for flashy sunglasses with bright colors or unique shapes.

18. Playing with the Hair

Asking your model to twirl or play with her hair is one of the easiest but most exciting portrait options. This creates a magazine model feeling through flow depiction. A good example is instructing the model to push the hair behind her ears a couple of times. For something a little more glamorous, she can flip her hair over one shoulder while she looks at you.

19. Look Away Pose

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Looking away from the camera is one of the most common poses for women and for a good reason. It conveniently shows off the model's best features, like jawline or cheekbones, and captures her personality. Also, women looking at one another makes them appear delicate or unique. This depends on the angle and their face shape.

 

20. Smile to Show Your Teeth

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A woman should always smile with her teeth. The classic pose will never go out of style. You can try different angles and different facial expressions. An easy tip is to be happy during the shoot and get real emotional shots.

 

 

 

Conclusion

There you have it on the best poses for females and how you can improve them. If you're an amateur photographer, try the close-up angle options. They offer simple pose choices while still offering unique shots. Additionally, remember to include creativity during the post-editing process.

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