Are you stuck for portrait ideas? Sometimes we’ve found that you can over-think these things. When you put so much thought into backdrops and colour schemes and following others’ portrait photography tips, you can overlook some of the fundamentals of portrait photography, such as your subject’s pose. We believe our posing guide below should help!
A great way to reignite you portrait photography with new portrait ideas is to shoot a model in your home photo studio, using as minimalist a set-up as possible. By experimenting with different poses you can see what works and get new portrait ideas to apply to your next shoot.
To help you along we’ve put together our latest photography cheat sheet, a visual posing guide that you can download and use as inspiration.
To create our posing guide we shot our own examples of some of the more traditional portrait styles – full-length portraits, seated portraits, high and low perspectives and head-and-shoulder shots – and then some suggested poses within these genres. We’ve also included some short tips on how to achieve these shots to get the best results.
You can also click directly on the low-res version of the posing guide posted below to download the hi-res copy, which you can then print it off and use for ideas the next time you’re struggling for inspiration.
And don’t forget to send us an image you captured as a result!
If you liked this, you might also like some of our other infographics, such as our Free family portrait photography cheat sheet, our Portrait lighting cheat sheet or our Free wedding photography cheat sheet.
UPDATE: due to the popularity of this posing guide we’ve put together a ‘part 2’ from more images from this shoot. Click here to download 40 more portrait ideas, our latest portrait photography cheat sheet.
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