In the previous article on portrait photos, we outlined the six most important rules in making great portraits, and now we’d like to talk more about each of them. Probably the most crucial thing to looking good in the photo is how you stand and move, or to be more precise, how your photographer will stand and move you.

Read tips below and learn about posing your clients and preparing to shoot and engage people to make quality, more impressive, and more atmospheric portraits.

Before shooting

It would help if you always planned how your photos look before heading to another themed event or simply outside. Remember that a love-story photo would look completely different from a family or at-the-party photo.

We advise you to browse the web for inspiration—typical and new looks, types of people, clothing styles, and so on—and think through the portraits you will make before the shooting.

During shooting

Be inspired and inspire.

You will need to understand that if the photo is not good, it’s your fault and not your client’s.

That’s why you always must start working in a good mood and inspire people. Smile, talk with them, ask them questions, make jokes, and tell them stories while working, and you will see confidence building up with every second and your client candidly smiling into the camera.

Natural expression

The more you speak with your model, the more candid their expression will become and the more mannerisms you will notice. Use it, don’t be afraid of telling your clients to stay in a certain position or repeat something, and see your shots getting better and better after every snap.


Angle your face

Try turning your face just a bit away from the camera. This way, beautiful shadows will appear on your cheekbones and nose.

Chin down

The most artificial thing to do when talking with people turns your nose up high. Ensure that your client always keeps the natural chin-down pose to make your photos look natural.

Shoot from above

Shooting from below creates an unfavorable ‘up-the-nose look’—letting your peep into their nose and mouth—making the person’s eyes look smaller, which is the last thing you want in a good portrait shot.

Stand sideways

Standing sideways is a really good idea for portraits as it will make you look thinner and taller in a photo, and your body will look well-proportioned.


Ensure that your model is putting its weight on its back foot. This way, the person you are shooting will look slimmer and taller and more natural.

Near the wall

This one is a no-brainer and always works well. Suggest your model leaning on a wall, and you will see that they will stand themselves naturally like they’re used to doing. More that, wall positioning lets you achieve nice-looking bokeh background.

Group shots

Remember that when making group portraits, you must never stand people from the shortest to the tallest as it will visually distort the picture. Stand people in a V-shape or from the tallest to the lowest.


The model’s shoulders—especially if your model is a woman—must never be captured in all their width as it will make the body look too big. Try to stand the person diagonally and make sure that their shoulders are relaxed.

Hands and arms

Your model’s hands and arms must never be tense. The best look may be achieved by placing your hands into or near your pockets, on your hip, or near your head but not showing them off as your face must be the most important part of the picture.

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