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If you wish to capture great glamour photography you'll first need to know how to properly pose one.

In this post, we're going to share with you some glamour photography poses and tips that you could instantly use to spice up your shots.

Just remember that you're working with the body, which means you don't want the models to test poses which are difficult to achieve and/or are uncomfortable because these won't seem natural.

In fact, a great pose shouldn't really look like the person is posing at all. Regardless how beautiful the person might be, when the poses and angles aren't right the photos will not be flattering!

Be up-to-date

Unfortunately for many, we aren't living in the Swinging Sixties anymore.

Poses that were common decades ago might not be fashionable in the current era. It's true that several things are cyclical, but you usually can spot an out-of-date hairstyle and outfit and the same can probably be said for glamour photography poses.

These may be ideal though if you're trying to create a retro or historical feel towards the shoot, but when you're targeting some thing modern, think natural, provocative, and sensual.

Use props

Using props is generally a good idea as it will make it more convenient for the model to pose.

It's can be pretty hard for some models to pose with no prop within their hands or something to lean, sit, or climb on etc. This is also true for novices.

If you provide your model having a prop of any sort you may also observe how they interact naturally by using it.

Suggestions for kinds of props you can use incorporate a scarf, a rose having a long stem, flower petals, a sleek black walking cane, large necklaces, a fedora style hat, a chair, etc.

Accentuate the positives

While some people sure may look it, nobody's perfect though.

In case your model happens to have any visible flaws you can always attempt to hide them with the poses you suggest. For instance, if the glamour model is a little around the heavier side you need to shoot that individual at angles rather than straight on.

An upright on pose accentuates the broad shoulders, that you simply do not want to do. Getting the person turn at an angle to the camera can instantly shed a few pounds!

Also, make sure the shoulder facing the camera is tilted slightly lower. That can help thin a person out visually as well.

Finally, never shoot from a low angle. Low angles can make the person look heavier. If possible, always shoot from a greater than eye level angle as this tends to make a person look leaner.

On the other side from the coin, when the model is very thin you might want to target your product.

Having that individual shift how much they weigh towards the foot furthest from the camera can make the look more interesting because the model won't seem to be flat footed.

When the model has obvious strong points you need to emphasize them in the poses. With thinner models, mostly any kind of angle goes, as you don't have to hide many physical flaws.

Show, don't tell

If you wish to communicate properly together with your model it's a lot easier to demonstrate to them exactly what you mean instead of letting them know.


This will eliminate many wasted minutes, ore even hours!

Don't be afraid to show them how to pose by doing the work yourself. They'll detect this after which interpret the pose in their own individual unique style.

Also, don't take the shots in one position. Move about your model and shoot from different angles before you find the perfect shot.

Be complimentary

When the model poses precisely the way you are looking for and the image is perfect, show it to them to boost up their confidence and motivate them.

In ways it's similar to giving an athlete a pat on the back after coming up with a big play. You will be surprised about how much this simple trick will work wonders for the rest of your shoot. A good model makes for a better photographed model!

Keeping it clean

If you're interested in tasteful nude photography you can try it in a non-suggestive way if you want to avoid x-rated shots.

Just be sure that your model knows what they're getting themselves into beforehand. Question them in advance if they are comfortable with this type of photography. Some people are plus some aren't.

Posted Apr 03, 2013 at 6:44am