Posing for street photos how the “pros” do it

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Posing for photos is not as easy as it looks. And anyone who has ever watched America’s Next Top Model knows this. In fact this was one of the reasons that Tyra Banks started the show—she wanted to show difficult in really is to pose for the camera. And with the explosion of fashion and personal style blogs it seems we are discovering that as well, and by we I mean us non professionals, non models and non photographers. The us who just get out there and do it, guerrilla style.

And although we may shoot guerrilla style we don’t want our photos to look amateurish or uninteresting. Getting a great photo is a unique balance between a photographer with an eye for what works, and a subject that knows how to move. And it may seem like photography is the more challenging of the two to learn, but posing is much harder then one would think, and the average person and many models are not always so comfortable with posing, and with being in front of the camera.

 This model does an excellent job in her posing and you have the super helpful benefit of watching her in the process of posing and the final result of the captured photo

There are no easy answers or quick tips but practicing helps. And with the wonderful world of the internet and sites like You Tube there is almost nothing you can’t find a tutorial on, and this video is not a tutorial in the traditional sense but it is a great resource for watching someone posing. This model does an excellent job in her posing and you have the super helpful benefit of watching her in the process of posing and the final result of the captured photo. So if you feel awkward in front of the camera and this does not come naturally to you, be sure to check out this video from Jessica Kobeissi , one very talented photographer who shoots with no frills but gets stunning results.


  • Jackie
    January 25, 2017

    Cool video thanks for sharing.

  • Rowena
    January 25, 2017

    Posing is definitely an art in itself and the good thing about it is that it can be perfected through practice.

  • Shybiker
    January 25, 2017

    So true. So, so true. I’ve learned the hard way how difficult posing is and have spent years trying to improve with modest effect. Good post.

  • Courtney
    January 25, 2017

    I love this video! I can be a little awkward in front of the camera but once I get comfortable (and inevitably start laughing), it’s usually so much fun!


  • Denise
    January 25, 2017

    I could see how difficult it is! I myself, with the simple photos I take – in fact,, I pose – feel very awkward, but somehow I am getting used to, after so many years. Nevertheless, what makes me worried – not the weather, or angles, but the people watching. So I am always looking for veeeeery empty places 🙂 Not always possible 🙂 I did watch ANTM, didn’t know Tyra Banks wanted to show the difficults of the industry! Hope you have a great day!

  • Gingi Edmonds Freeman
    January 25, 2017

    I have so much trouble posing for pictures, which is hilarious since I am a wedding photographer… I tell people to pose all the time, and I can hardly do it myself! Great post dear, very informational! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  • sonia // daring coco
    January 26, 2017

    Oooooh thanks for this video heads up. I’m hopeless in front of a lens (you’ve probably noticed my super awkward poses bahahaha). I don’t imagine it will get any easier but there are ways to trick the camera sometimes. At least I tell myself that when I feel like we’ve captured a great shot only to be shut down by my friend for having “resting squinting face”


  • Monique | WritingMonique
    January 26, 2017

    Posing is definitely an art all on its own! I’m terrible at it, so practicing is definitely needed!

  • Marta
    January 26, 2017

    The video is amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • jasna
    January 26, 2017

    For some reason the video wont show my side…but its ok I like the tips hun 🙂 xx

  • elle the elle diaries
    January 26, 2017

    I have always had a good communication between my photographer. think I know how to move naturally, and he gets the right moment to shoot. But i will look at this and learn more.
    Thanks for sharing’
    xx, Elle

  • Akaleistar
    January 27, 2017

    What an awesome video! I get bored with posing, so I do a few shots then I’m done, ha ha.

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