Best Model Poses and Ideas



The 20 Best Model Poses You Should Learn 

model poses and ideas

Let's face it, we have all been in a situation where we are having our picture taken, professionally or not, and we all of a sudden forget how to pose. Sometimes we even brainstorm how we want our pictures to turn out and envision what they will look like, but as soon as the camera comes out, our minds freeze once again, and we think, "How do I pose?"

If that question has ever crossed your mind, you are at the right place. This article is for girls who want to learn about best model poses and ideas. Use this as your best model posing guide for your next model photoshoot.

We at Pasha Belman Photography take pictures of everyday people, and with the help of different posing techniques, we make every girl look like a professional model. The tips and girl posing ideas you will read about in this article come from years of experience, so rest assured that you will finish this article ready for your model photoshoot!

How to Prepare for Your Model Photoshoot

Some things to consider to prepare for your model photoshoot are learning poses you find on Pinterest or Instagram. Simply typing "Model Headshot Photography and Pose Ideas" will give you countless images that you can recreate on your own!

Another way you can prepare for your model photography photoshoots is to practice in front of the mirror. Doing this may seem awkward at first, but the more you practice, the more confidence you will gain in yourself! Remember, it is all about your confidence.

By believing you can look like a professional model, your photoshoot will turn out even better than you expect it! Practice your full-body or close-up headshot poses and bring them with you to your photoshoot. Don't forget; you are capable of posing like a professional model!

Next, practice taking cell phone images with a remote control or self-timer! With all of the cell-phone updates, phones now have incredible camera qualities and functions, so use them to your advantage! Pick a modeling pose you want to try, prop your phone up, select self-timer, and then pose. It is as easy as that!

What to Expect During Your Model Photoshoot

If you have never had your model headshots taken professionally before, you may not know what to expect during your model photoshoot. That's okay! As some of the best professional model photographers in South Carolina, we are here to help you prepare for your photoshoot in every aspect.

Before your outdoor or indoor model photoshoot, we will have already communicated with you asking where you want your pictures and what you plan on wearing. By doing so, you will feel prepared upon arrival to your photoshoot, but if for whatever reason you begin to feel nervous during model portrait session, don't worry, because we are there the whole time to help you pose like a model.

During your professional model photoshoot, you might feel nervous and uncomfortable at first. These are normal feelings if you have never had your pictures taken by a professional fashion or model photographer before. Still, our job is not only to give you high-quality pictures but also to guide, encourage, and prompt you throughout your entire photoshoot. Rest assured, you have nothing to worry about! 

If you would like for Pasha Belman Photography to be your model headshot photographer, please contact us today.

Types of Model Poses AND PHOTOGRAPHY

We have all seen and know about a few modeling poses, but learning more about them and different types of model photography will help you during your photoshoot. If you are looking for creative ideas for model headshot photography or how to pose like a professional model, envision yourself doing one of these modeling poses first. 

Runway model poses require female model's graceful motion and interaction with clothing fabric while strutting on a runway or catwalk.

High-fashion headshot model poses are striking and project confidence. We often see high-fashion female and male models use glamorous yet quirky poses. 

Commercial model poses are all about the product, so the model is often looking away or interacting with the environment or product. In this type of modeling, the models are usually smiling and pose more natural during the photoshoot.

Fitness model poses typically require action shots, like running and jumping. Female and male models look effortless and use energy-filled poses. These model poses show off a model's figure very well. 

Model Posing Ideas for Photoshoot

Before jumping into model poses for females and headshot photography ideas, let's go over basic posing ideas that will help you in every pose you try to create.

These would be second nature to you after a photoshoot with a professional model photographer. Still, you could also go into the photoshoot ready to rock it with our model posing tips we have listed below:

Pose Your Hands Better. Shake off your hands throughout the photoshoot to make sure your fingers are relaxed at all times and not stiff. This trick will also help you avoid "dead hands" or, in other words, it will remind you to pose your hands at all times.

Accentuate Your Jawline. Bring your forehead a little bit forward and down to create a strong jawline. This tip will help you with a more flattering look in your photos.

Pose with Your Eyes. For looking away pose, move your chin in the same direction you will be looking. This way, the whites of your eyes won't show too much. Also, practice the perfect "almost squint" like we have all seen Tyra Banks master. Tighten the lower eyelid and project your confidence with your eyes! 

Bring the Best Posture. There is no place for sluggish posture during the modeling photoshoot. Practice your best posture by bringing your shoulders back and elongating your neck.

Interact with Surroundings: Interact with the light source, environment, clothing, the camera when you need to switch up a pose or create a new one on a fly. 

If you are looking for a profesional headshot photographer for your modeling photoshoot in Myrtle Beach or Charleston, South Carolina, feel free to contact us. We specialize in model portfolio photoshoots.


When you are at the photoshoot, the photographer will be using a professional camera and specific focal lengths. Depending on the distance to the camera, or the photographer's choice of the lens, you will need to create full-body, half-body, or close-up headshot poses.


In full-body poses, you are using your entire body to pose for the picture. 

Every detail is essential to consider here: how you position your feet, the direction your hips are turned, and even the way your head is tilted.

The main thing to remember in full-body poses is not to slump your shoulders and bring out your best posture. Full-body poses require you to think about more than just smiling for you to get a great picture!


Half-body poses show the model's upper body from the hips up. Turn your body at an angle and then make subtle changes with the positions of your arms, hands, eye gaze, and the direction your head is facing.

Any slight movement or change gives you a new pose, so have fun with it!


It is crucial to practice close-up headshot model poses where you face the camera straight on, and the photographer is focused only on your face and eyes. 

To give your picture more movement and element, slightly tilt your head, bring your hands to your face our hair, and play around with a straight face or soft smile. This model headshot photography is all about the emotion your face projects, especially your eyes! 

20 Best Model Poses for Females 

Here are 20 of our best model poses and posing ideas that will show you how to pose like a professional model during your photoshoot.


When it comes to sitting poses, facing the camera straight on leaves you with a bland picture. You can avoid this by turning your body at an angle, cross one leg over the other, or even your ankles, and then focus on different positions of your head (look to the side, tilt your head, gaze down at the ground) for a variety of model poses.

Try sitting with one leg bent to the side and the other with your knee is up. Do not be afraid to play around with this pose! Play with your hair, lean back, and put weight in your hands as if you are propping yourself up. 


It is always fun to use props during a model photoshoot, and there is a specific prop you can use in multiple ways - a chair. To pose like a model sitting on a chair, keep in mind the position of your legs. It would be best if you turn your knees to the side not to face the camera directly. 


While laying on your side, you can either prop your head up with your hand or rest your head on your arm while you lay entirely on your side.

To pose like a model with this type of posing, remember to make subtle changes to get different pictures with different moods, such as looking directly at the camera and then looking off into the distance. 


While looking away, the number one thing to be aware of is eye-gaze placement. Something as small as where your eyes are looking makes a big difference in your pictures.

You do not want to look so far to one side where the camera loses sight of your pupils. Instead, subtleness in eye-gaze placement makes all the difference! Your professional photographer should be able to guide you if you need help. 


With this type of pose, you can either do full-body or half-body posing. If you are looking over your shoulder as you pose for your picture, it is important to remember not to slump your shoulders and move your hair away from your face. This one is also great for a close-up headshot photo. 


Leaning back model pose for girls can be tricky, but it is not impossible! The key here is to be aware of your body's angles while leaning back and the best way to be mindful of this is by practicing in the mirror. Be sure not to lean too far back and not to drop your head back. 


By leaning forward in your pictures, the camera focuses on your face and chest. While doing this pose, be sure that your torso is not facing straight on but has a tilt or turn in your shoulders.


How do you pose by resting your head in your hands? Well, it is quite simple. Whether you are leaning, sitting, or laying down, all you have to do is to pretend that you rest your chin in your hands. So instead of pressing your fingers on your skin, imitate a slight gentle touch. Be sure to play around with various hand positions. This one is one of our most favorite headshot poses for models. 

With this type of pose, you can look directly at the camera or off in the distance. Just remember when you are looking away from the camera not to look too far up or down so that the photographer does not lose all of your facial features.  


"Hands on the hips" is the first pose we usually do when we are ready for a picture. However, this pose is rather unflattering and requires some tweaks. First of all, for this type of model pose, you should avoid symmetry in your hand position.

Instead of just placing hands on the hips, try sliding the palms of your hands over your hips asymmetrically. Secondly, pull your elbows back for a flattering look. And lastly, slightly turn your body at the angle to the camera and find the perfect angle. Anyone can do this pose while leaning against something, too. 


Posing like a model with action shots can be so much fun! You can be walking, running, skipping, dancing, spinning, or any other action you can think of to be captured while in motion. Does this sound familiar?

That is because runway modeling requires the model to be in motion while also focusing on their facials, which leaves them with beautiful pictures. Another type of modeling that uses action poses is fitness modeling.

Shooting in movement is a pose that requires model photographers to be knowledgeable with their camera and have the settings calibrated correctly to get the crisp action model pose. 


For this model pose, you can do almost anything with your hands near your face. 
Use your hands to play with your hair or frame your face. Move as if you are brushing something off of your face with a gentle touch. But remember not to show the back of your hands straight on or the inside of your hands. Any subtle movements with your hands around your face will give you a unique model pose. This one is also beautiful for your outdoor headshot poses.


This model pose is a fun one to do no matter how long your hair is! However, this pose's trick is to ensure that your underarms are not the focal point or showing. Model poses for females with your hands in your hair is best when your hair is longer to hide your underarms or wear long sleeves.


Whether they are close up shots or further away, profile pictures (no, not your Facebook one) are when the model is looking to the side, and the image is not taken straight on. Lighting and angles are important here. A good tip to do during this pose is to stick your tongue to the roof of your mouth while looking to the side, which will tighten the skin under your jawline.


Do you have a long flowy dress or skirt hanging in your closet? If so, and you decide to wear it to your outdoor model photoshoot, fabric motion poses could quickly end up being your favorite pose! Hold your dress or skirt on the side, slightly raise it, and let the wind add motion to it. You could hold your skirt while spinning in a circle. 

Motion poses are fun; remember to let loose and not be afraid to dance in the middle of your photoshoot to get those stop motion pictures of your clothes in the wind or while you dance! This pose is similar to commercial modeling like we mentioned earlier, so pretend you are trying to sell the brand of your beautiful clothes and channel that inner commercial model!


Just like posing with your hands in your hair, you do not want your underarms to be the focal point for this pose, either. Posing with your hands in the air can be done while dancing, spinning, and just having fun during your model photoshoot!


If you are sharing the spotlight and are posing with someone for your pictures, keep in mind differences, such as height. Each person should choose their pose so the pictures are unique and not flat.

For example, one of you could have one hand on your hip facing the camera, while the other uses their hand to fix their hair and look off to the side. Subtle changes in poses and just having fun in the moment will leave you with authentic pictures.


Do you have a furry family member that you want to bring to your photoshoot? Bring your dog! They are all natural-born models anyway. Some things you can do while posing with your dog are kneeling next to them, pick them up, or walk them on their leash for an action picture.


Kneeling is a great pose you can do to get different emotions and moods depending on your facials. For a fun and playful pose, kneel down and rest one elbow on your knee and your chin in your hand while looking at the camera and smiling.

For more of a more profound mood, kneel down and look down at the ground, but not so much that the camera loses focus on your face. 

19. hand on THE head pose 

Do you remember reading about high-fashion modeling earlier in the article? This pose would fall under that category. The "headache" pose requires you to look as if you are caressing your forehead without actually grabbing your head or applying too much pressure.

Even though this pose may sound like you should look as if you are in pain, it is a beautiful and editorial pose you could easily practice at home in the mirror!


Are you wearing a necklace or statement earrings to your photoshoot? Consider playing with them during your photoshoot! Hold your necklace and look at the camera or off in the distance, or go as if you are fixing the back of your earring while looking down at the ground. 


Now that you have read about the many types of model poses for girls, it is your turn to practice them and get the perfect picture. Did any model poses stick out to you? Pick a few of your favorite and start to practice them! Before you know it, they will come naturally to you!

Anyone can be a model, and yes, that includes you! These poses may not come naturally to everyone at first, and that is okay! You can practice these on your own, so when it comes time for you to be in front of the lens again, you have all the confidence you need in yourself to believe that you are a professional model, too. 

Remember, we at Pasha Belman Photography take pictures of everyday people. We are professionals when it comes to tips and tricks with model poses for females and males that can help you to pose like a professional model. Trust us when we say you will leave your photoshoot with pictures ready for a modeling portfolio!




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