The Ultimate Guide to Photo Poses for Men
Masculinity, strength, and power are components of our Foundation Posing Framework that work in every shooting scenario and are key to helping you achieve your posing goals. For your complete, step-by-step guide to posing visit the Complete Posing Workshop. From standing to group photos, here is our guide to photo poses for men:
Photo Poses for Men #1 | Standing Portrait
The Foundation Posing Framework begins from the ground up and makes posing less daunting to easily direct men, women, and large groups. First, we need to identify our goals for posing men, and, typically, we are looking for for masculinity, strength, and power so we begin with:
- Feet First, Hip Distance Apart
- Toes Pointed Out
- A Straight Spine
Posture instantly changes the look of confidence and translates as a triple-threat: masculine, strong and powerful. Your direction, presence, and warmth will help him to relax and have a great shoot. In our Photographing the Groom workshop we cover more tips on posing men, capturing expressions, lighting, and composition in a less-than-perfect hotel room, and how to recreate these shots with some of our favorite gear.
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Photo Poses for Men #2 | Sitting Portrait
Sitting poses can be complicated because typically our natural inclination is to hunch over, but the beauty about sitting portraits is what we can see and what we can’t see. We’ll walk you through how angles can diminish or increase your client’s presence, building the pose from the ground up.
Sitting portraits are perfect for some of our larger guys who may have a bit of a tummy as sitting can help to camouflage. Keep his posture in mind; a straight spine and wide stance, and have him sit at the edge of the seat to maintain a stronger presence. Beware of plush seats, as comfy as they are, they’ll cause our guys to sink and diminish his stature. Also note that the lower the camera angle the stronger he will become, as he towers the frame; the higher the camera angle the smaller he will become.
Focal length also plays a huge role in your portraiture, see why here:
Photo Poses for Men #3 | Editorial Group Photo
Great direction is a catalyst to great posing and your approach to group portraits is what transforms an image.
We receive requests for editorial group photos typically for weddings, and these GQ photos are the perfect opportunity to highlight the groom and groomsmen, and the location.
One way to make a portrait ‘editorial’ is through lighting, like we cover in Lighting 201, but be sure to direct your subject through expressions as well to sell the image. Try a serious expression and utilize shadows to chisel out his jaw and features, or highlight him even more by facing the other guys away from the camera. Not only will they fall into the shadow but it’s a perfect way to set mood and ambiance.
Photo Poses for Men #4 | Fun Group Photo
Fun group photos provide the perfect occasion to interact and get those natural expressions. As the director, think about what is going to make the image most meaningful, and work in and out of the scene to tell an entire story. Not only will this translate as authentic, but you’ll be able to capture those truly journalistic moments through your interaction.
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