8 Portrait Photography Tips Every Photographer Should Know

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3. Pose Your Portrait Subject Like A Pro

Now that your subject is ready, comfortable and relaxed you need to keep them that way throughout the shoot. Work quickly but confidently and calmly, giving them clear instructions as you shoot.

Portrait photography posing tips

It’s unlikely they’ll know how to pose for you so you’ll need to give them constant guidance.

Don’t overwhelm them with complicated requests. Just get them to make small, simple adjustments, for example, “Raise your chin a little,” “Straighten your back,” or “Now look at me.”

Let’s explore some different posing techniques that you could try. Have your subject sit down. This keeps them still and they’ll feel more relaxed and comfortable.

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