While having professional images taken can be uncomfortable for both men and women, men tend to find posing properly a bit more challenging. While women have a wide range of tools at their disposal to help them feel more confident and relaxed during a shoot, men don't always have this same advantage. To help all the gentlemen out with pulling off a successful shoot, consider these simple posing tips to guide you along.
What is the goal of your images?
The first thing you want to determine is the kind of look or attitude you want to portray through your images. While you most likely want to look masculine do you just want to come off as a tough guy? Depending on what you will use your images for, you might want to go with a more friendly or more relaxed look. Looking directly at the camera with a smile offers a friendlier, more approachable look. Having a more serious expression and looking away from the camera can show confidence and authority. Knowing the goal of your images will make it easier for you and your photographer to come up with the right poses.
Hands and arm positioning.
The most common pose men find themselves in is one that crosses the arms in front of them, over the chest. This pose, however, can often give off an intimidating impression and doesn't work with all images. An alternative to crossing your arms in front of you could be holding your hands together at your waist. For a more relaxed look try placing your hands in your pocket. You can also have one hand in your pocket while the other is either relaxed at your side or holds your coat over your shoulder.
Most men tend to lean to one side whether standing or sitting. Leaning against a wall or railing or slightly leaning to one side with your hand on a chair or desk can give off a more relaxed and welcoming persona. If you want to stick with a more masculine stance make sure you keep your weight equally distributed on both feet.
If you have questions about posing for your shoot, let me know and I will be happy to assist you with additional tips.
Award-winning portrait photographer Shannon Edney's photos have been featured on multiple magazine covers with photos published in print and digital advertisements around the world. Based out of Missoula, Montana, Shannon specializes in portrait photography showcasing people, dogs, and horses (all breeds, with a focus on the Arabian horse). Shannon is known for her ability to catch the perfect expression and capture her subjects in unique lighting, resulting in portraits rich in artistry that will be treasured for years to come.
Please contact Shannon for schedule, availability and pricing.