Poses to Do for Pictures

Certain poses can enhance your appearance in a picture.
Certain poses can enhance your appearance in a picture. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

How you pose in a picture depends on the occasion and what you’re trying to achieve. A driver’s license or passport photograph requires a very specific pose, and not much of a smile, compared to a portrait. If you’re self-conscious in front of the camera, it will show in the picture. A good photographer will make his subject feel at ease in order to get the best results and will advise you on how to pose.

The Smile

Sitting on a chair and saying "cheese" does not always produce a good photograph. Practice your smile at home in the mirror and see what type of smile makes you look your best. A forced smile looks forced and unnatural, so find something to think about that brings out your best, natural smile and use it when you pose for the picture. Sometimes a softer smile can look more natural. Relax and look into the camera.

Standing Pose

For poses where you’re walking down a red carpet or are at a fancy event, one of the best poses is to stand with your hand on your hip with one leg slightly forward and bent. In this pose, be aware of your posture. Keep your shoulders back to show confidence. This pose makes you look slimmer and tightens the appearance of the triceps, which is why you often see people posing this way.

Wedding Poses

Sometimes wedding photographers put their clients in identical poses, which can make all wedding pictures look similar. If you want something a little different, try a more creative pose by making the setting unconventional. Have pictures taken on a beach and pose close to the water, or on a rock. Instead of the conventional couple poses, have the bride pretend to pick up the groom. Ask the photographer to find interesting angles that will bring a new perspective to the pose and make it more intriguing than the conventional straight-on portrait.


If you’re tired of conventional pictures where you stand next to a place of interest anywhere in the world, then try something different to make your picture stand out. If you can stand on your head or your hands, then try this on your next trip. In fact, do a handstand in every place you visit. The result will be an interesting series of pictures of you. Once you’ve accumulated years of photographs in this pose, put them together in a photo book, or make a poster collage. The repeated pose is fun and unusual.

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