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30+ Model Poses Every Photographer Should Know

If you’re a photographer, you must have faced clients needing help posing. That is why mastering a diverse range of model poses is very important.

Here are 30+ model poses that will help you capture stunning and dynamic shots.

15 Female Model Poses

The Standing Pose

Standing pose
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Have your subject stand tall with one foot forward and shoulders relaxed. This elongates their body, creating a confident and dynamic look.


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Capture your model’s unique expression and personality by zooming in on her face. Frame the shot tightly to emphasize the eyes. This establishes an intimate connection with the viewer.

The Classic Pose

classic model pose
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The subject stands with one leg forward and arms raised to do this pose. Let the subject’s right arm be straight while the left bent at the elbow. Have the subject face away from the camera, creating a captivating angle.


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Instruct the model to slightly bend one knee slightly and twist the torso to highlight femininity and curves.

The Sitting Pose

sitting model pose
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Have your model sit comfortably on a chair or the ground to achieve this pose. Then, instruct her to cross her legs casually and rest her arms effortlessly on her thighs.

Lean On a Wall

the model leans on the wall
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Have your subject rest her back against a wall. Let her lift one leg and let it casually lean against the wall while keeping the other leg straight, and her hands relaxed at her sides.

Full-Length Pose

the full-length model pose
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Capture your model from head to toe in this pose. Whether she’s standing or sitting, ensure the entire body is visible.

Look Back Over Your Shoulder

the model looking over her shoulder
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Instruct your model to stand facing away, then tilt her head to look back over her shoulder towards the camera.

The Three-Quarter Turn

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Let your subjects turn their body slightly away from the camera, revealing only three-quarters of their form.

Standing With Arms Up

standing with arm up
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Encourage your model to stand straight and raise her arms. This pose adds movement to the shot and draws attention to the subject’s face and upper body.

Walking With Hand in Pocket

walking with hands in a pocket
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Encourage your model to walk casually with one hand in the pocket. This adds a relaxed vibe to the shot, creating a candid feel.

Exaggerated Leaning Pose

leaning model pose
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Guide your model to stretch one leg forward and lean back at a daring 60-degree angle. Arms extended outward, head tilted back.

Hands Cinching Waist

the hands clinching on the waist
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Instruct your subject to mimic fastening a belt, head slightly bowed.

Facing Away With Arms Crossed at Back

The model's arms crossing at back
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Direct your model to stand facing away, hands crossed behind. This pose suggests a reserved strength, revealing a sense of quiet confidence.

Fitness Poses

fitness mode pose
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Advise your subject to stand with feet shoulder-width apart and arms raised. Its perfect for fitness or lifestyle shoots.

15 Male Model Poses

Standing With One Foot Against a Wall

standing with one foot against the wall
Photo by Dollar Gill on Unsplash

To achieve this pose, have your subject place one foot against a wall and the other on the ground, leaning back slightly.

Standing With Arms Crossed

arms crossed in front
Photo by Ali Morshedlou on Unsplash

Guide your subject to stand with feet slightly apart, hands crossed at the chest., facing the camera.

Sitting With One Leg Bent

sitting pose
Photo by ilya gorborukov on Unsplash

Direct your subject to sit on the floor with one leg straight and the other bent. Lastly, let him rest his arm on the knee.

Sitting on Floor

To do this pose, guide your subject to sit on the floor with legs crossed and hands behind for support.

Sitting on a Chair With the Elbow Resting on the Knee

sitting with one leg bent
Photo by Shazaf Zafar on Unsplash

Have your subject sit on a chair. Let him lean forward, with the elbow casually on the knee. This pose captures a thoughtful mood.

The High Fashion Pose

hands in pockets
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This stance has your subject standing with one leg front, hands in pockets, slightly bent backward, and head facing down.

The Action Pose

action pose
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Capture your subject in mid-motion, conveying energy and vitality. Whether jumping, running or dancing, this pose adds a dynamic and lively element to your photos.

The Straight-Backed

male model pose
Photo by ARTO SURAJ on Unsplash

Instruct your subject to stand with feet together, back straight. Let him turn the head to the side for a unique twist. This pose showcases poise, posture, and a subtle sense of intrigue.

The Profile

model poses
Photo by Nikita Tarasevich on Unsplash

Direct your subject to stand facing the camera’s left or right. Capture a shot showcasing their profile, emphasizing facial features and contours.

Hand in Hips

model pose
Photo by Mei-Ling Mirow on Unsplash

Instruct your subject to stand facing the camera, one hand on the hip, the other at the side. This pose communicates confidence and attitude, adding a touch of flair to the overall look.

Posing With Props

male model pose with pops
Photo by Lance Reis on Unsplash

Incorporating props adds layers to the photo, telling a unique story about the subject’s interests or personality. Encourage your subject to interact with props.

On Location

model pose
Photo by Shazaf Zafar on Unsplash

Have your subject interact with the surroundings, whether leaning against a tree or casually standing in an alley.

Crouching in Front of the Wall

crouching in front of a wall
Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

To achieve this pose, have your subject crouch in front of a wall with arms resting on knees, facing the camera.

Take the Picture Below

take the picture below
Photo by Haley Lawrence on Unsplash

Instruct the subject to stand facing downwards. Get to the ground position and capture the photo from below.


take the body as a frame
Photo by Dollar Gill on Unsplash

Guide your subject to create frames with hands or body, adding a layer of artistry to the photo.

Bonus: 6 Workable Model Poses Tips for Amazing Photos

Prepare in Advance

Before each photo session, I plan the location, lighting, and props I might need. Anticipating potential challenges and having a clear vision for the shoot helps me execute my ideas precisely.

Be Familiar With Subjects

Just like models need to be aware of their bodies, I take the time to understand my subjects deeply. That’s by connecting with them, learning their preferences, and understanding their comfort levels.

Create Space Within the Composition

Photo by Katharina Roehler on Unsplash

While models focus on body positioning, I ensure enough space around my subjects to allow their poses to breathe within the frame.

Just Relax

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I remind myself to take deep breaths and be fully present. I trust my instincts, avoiding overthinking; some of the best shots come from reacting spontaneously to those fleeting moments.

Collaborate Effectively

Whether professional models or everyday people, I actively listen to their ideas, offer guidance, and remain open to experimentation.

Infuse Life Into Your Compositions

infuse with your life
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I actively seek out moments that tell a story, searching for unique angles, candid expressions, and fleeting emotions.


For a photographer, it’s interesting to note that most models like being photographed in different poses to demonstrate their ability to be versatile. With these 30+ model poses, you will be able to add some creativity to your shots.

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