The Best 5 Woman Poses for a Successful Photoshoot

In this blog post, we are going to present to the the best 5 woman poses for a successful photo shoot.

We also give great tips for both the photographer and the model. 

5 woman poses for a successful photoshoot

The right position for a certain type of picture is like a thousand words, transmitting, through the hypostasis adopted by the model, a state that cannot be verbalized but only transmitted through images.

The best woman poses for the picture manage to bring naturalness, sensuality, simplicity and balance in the same frame.

If you are a model and want to find inspiration for the photo sessions you attend, or if you are a photographer and want to learn the secrets of a natural pose, you are in the right place.

Here are the top 5 picture positions for a successful shoot:

Playing with her hair

Recommendations for the photographer

You can photograph the model with a close-up as focused as possible on the head area, trying different framing modes: landscape, portrait.

Alternate the frames in which you capture the entire length of the arms, as well as narrower frames, in which only the forearms and hands can be seen.

Recommendations for the model

Facial mimicry is extremely important for this position. Let yourself be enveloped for a moment by the playful state that this hypostasis inspires.

Smirk, laugh lustfully, look over the photographer’s shoulder, close your eyes.

The only thing you are not allowed to do when you pose like this is to be serious.

Looking over her shoulder

Recommendations for the photographer

Being an extremely sensual position, it is important to emphasize the “mystery” component, when you want to capture such a posture.

The goal is to make the photo a little bit “taboo”, so the diffused lights, the presence of “spicy” details, the look of the model are important details for a good picture.

Recommendations for the model

This kind of woman pose exudes sensuality through all pores because it is the kind of position built around strong notes of a sensual nature.

Hold your hair on the side diametrically opposite the camera and if you want to smile, display a discreet smile.


Recommendations for the photographer

Choose a natural environment to capture frames with this woman pose.

It is important to capture the entire silhouette of the model, in the most relaxed positions of the body, like reading, sitting with her hands under her head on the grass, or simply enjoying the state of peace that nature creates.

Recommendations for the model

Close your eyes for a few moments and take a deep breath of the fresh air of nature, letting go of a smile that inspires comfort and relaxation.

Laying in bed

Recommendations for the photographer

It is a relaxed position, which you can capture very well in a familiar air.

Use as much natural light as possible and do not get too close to the model, but try to capture her whole posture, as part of a decor where harmony and comfort go hand in hand.

Recommendations for the model

Be yourself! Try to adopt body positions that you would have in the comfort of your own home.

You can give up the shoes, to emphasize the idea of a “family atmosphere”, that atmosphere that we can only find “HOME”.

Crossed hands

Recommendations for the photographer

Do not stray too far from your subject, because you have to capture (from a short distance) the attitude of a winner, which inspires this position.

The perfect frame centres the silhouette of the model very well, and the background should be either blurred or in faded shades.

Recommendations for the model

Look directly into the camera lens, adopting an upright position, which denotes security, confidence, optimism.

Tips & Tricks for a successful photoshoot

Professional photo sessions, in order to be truly successful, depend on many factors, from the camera to the clothing and the attitude of the model.

Specifically, some aspects depend on the models, and others depend on the photographer.

If you are preparing for a photo shoot, here are the secrets that will help you have the most beautiful pictures.

Tips for photographers

In order to get the best positions and emotions, smiles and looks from the model, a photographer must know a little about the model.

A little interaction before, so that the model is familiar with the camera, but also with the photographer.

Few exercises, directions, and pre-session test frames that will teach the model how to talk to the camera are just a few of the small pre-session actions.

During the photoshoot, the photographer must give the model instructions on what pose to adopt, so that there are no shadows on the face.

He must also find the right angles, which reveal the model’s qualities and which hide her defects, such as dark circles, double chin, asymmetry of the face, too long nose, etc.

Equip the studio with photography accessories.

From spotlights to adjustable shadows, light panels and, last but not least, a professional camera with which to photograph people or products in the most professional conditions.

Tips for models

For the photoshoot to be really successful, the models, together with the photographer, have to prepare quite well.

First of all, you have to have 1-2 outfits, chosen according to the theme of the session, the place where the photos will be taken and the background in the studio. 

That is why you must choose the colours of your clothes carefully, as it is quite possible that they will not match the background.

For example, on a white background, an outfit in light colours will not be the best choice. 

Choose clothes in colours that highlight your eyes and skin colour.

Plain colours are recommended, which have a medium intensity – purple, blue, green, dark linen, burgundy.

Avoid clothes in skin tones, as they will not highlight facial features.

Usually, at a photoshoot, it is recommended to opt for heeled shoes.

Even if it only happens to photograph your face, the heels will change the position of the body and will bring a note of elegance and femininity to it.

Whether you choose an elegant outfit, a swimsuit, a sports or office outfit, it is very important to be relaxed, natural and always with a smile on your face.

During the photoshoot, think of loved ones, beautiful moments in life and different experiences that complement your emotions found in photos.

  • Plan your photoshoot in advance. Set a time when the sun doesn’t shine so brightly. The two hours before sunset I think are the best time for outdoor photos.
  • Choose carefully where you want to do the photoshoot. If it is a public place, take into account the congestion in the area but also the traffic. If you have a problem with passers-by or those who are stubborn to attend your photoshoot, I advise you to choose a place less frequented by people.
  • Rest. No party the night before the photoshoot. No late movies or extra glasses of wine! These can be seen on the face, and the dark circles are even harder to cover!
  • Moisturize, take care of your skin and do not puncture pimples or blackheads. If you intend to do a cosmetic treatment, I would recommend that you schedule it a few days before the photoshoot. 

The same goes for pinching the eyebrows and dyeing the hair. Do not dye your hair the night before the photo shoot.

Fresh hair dye or blemishes on the forehead do not look so good in pictures! 

  • Set a few days in advance the outfit you will wear at the photoshoot! Try on your clothes, look in the mirror and see if that’s what you want. This way you will have time to make changes. And you will avoid a poorly chosen outfit being a source of stress.
  • Before the photoshoot, make sure you eat something. Don’t leave the house on an empty stomach and with a car full of emotions!
  • Hold close a bottle of water. Because… emotions, warmth, dry lips!
  • Use a gloss or lip balm.
  • If you put on make-up on your own, do not experiment under any circumstances! Did you buy a new eyeshadow? It can wait! Makeup as you normally do, this is not the time to experiment. Cover your dark circles!
  • Breathe! Be natural! It is important that, when you look at the photos, you feel that it’s really you.

Further reading

Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People, by Henry Carroll 

Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Crafting Light and Shadow,  by Chris Knight

Mastering Portrait Photography, by Paul Wilkinson,  Sarah Plater 

How to Photograph Absolutely Everything: Successful Pictures from your digital camera, by Tom Ang