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I recently wrote another guest post for MCP about posing seniors. However, because most of my senior clients are girls – the only photos I showed were of girls! Shortly after the post went up, people started asking, “What about guys? Girls are easy to pose… coming up with male poses is much harder!” Jodi contacted me later that day and asked if I’d be interested in writing a post on posing guys. I decided to take on the challenge! I chose to have somebody model for me who was comfortable in front of the camera, that way I would be able to show as many examples as possible to show you the broad range of poses available to guys.
Concepts for shooting male or females are the same:
Whether you are posing a male or female for a senior photo, it’s the same basic concepts – find unique perspectives, shoot from multiple angles within the same pose, and never forget to take some “safe” simple shots (like a headshot). A boring pose can become much more interesting from a different perspective!
How to pose and photograph senior guys:
1. When posing guys, you don’t need to focus as much on finding flattering angles like girls. In this way, your job can be a lot easier!
2. Whatever you want to accentuate, should be closest to the camera – usually for guys that’s the chest or shoulders.
3. Don’t be afraid to have your guy slouch! This is one thing that in most cases girls cannot pull off, but guys can.
4. They can also have their chin raised or have it down with their eyes narrowed and looking into the camera. (It usually isn’t flattering to have girls chins raised while looking into the camera) .
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5. As with girls – all limbs need to be accounted for. Watch to make sure hands and shoulders look relaxed. If their hands are relaxed, they probably won’t look feminine, if they do look slightly feminine, try putting their hands in a loose fist. Usually guys can’t pull off having their hands on their hip like a girl can – a simple remedy is to put one or both hands in their pocket(s)
6. You want to show them exactly what to do – they need the same amount, if not more direction than girls.
7. Guys can run their fingers through their hair and it can be masculine!
Cherie Hogan is primarily a high school senior and wedding photographer located in Las Vegas, NV and Salt Lake City, UT. You can find her on her blog site here, or “like” her on Facebook here. She is always willing to help other photographers.