Various Fashion Poses for Fashion Photography

Different Types of Fashion Poses for Fashion Photography

Shubham Anil Jain
Sr. Consultant
Cent Edge Solutions LLP, Bangalore, India


Fashion photography focuses on getting the ideal shot of a model to display the newest fashion trends. Posing is important in fashion photography; maybe more so than in any other type of photography. Why? Because the positions must effectively highlight both the subject and the clothing and accessories. There are various types of fashion poses that the model strikes are crucial, even if there are many factors that go into taking a stunning picture. In addition, they need to sell a full way of life or help depict a tale or mood. Consequently, having a diverse repertoire of stances at your disposal will be helpful whether you’re in front of or behind the camera.

types of fashion poses

Various Types of Fashion Poses:

1. Standing with hand on jacket:
Here is a suggestion for a unisex fashion pose if you’re looking for any. In this fashion pose the model is positioned front on, with their legs spread apart and one hand holding onto their jacket. This is a terrific one for studio work because it’s straightforward and powerful, and the model and her outfit serve as the image’s main areas of interest. Simple backgrounds are sufficient to provide context. It is also a simple posture to utilize for a self-portrait.

Standing with hand on jacket

2. The three-quarter turn:
A class model posture that can be masterful in its simplicity is the three-quarter turn. Its name refers to the attractive angle it offers. Ask your model to stand at a small angle with their face turned towards you and, you guessed it, three-quarters of their body turned. To get flattering photos, adjust the model’s tilt and angles. To add interest in this fashion pose, experiment with the background, light, and different props. One of those stances in photography that transcends genres (it’s undoubtedly a favorite for glamour and boudoir pictures).

The three-quarter turn pose

3. Standing with arms up (soft):
In this fashion pose, the model stands with their back to the camera or with their back turned approximately three-quarters of the way. The torso is lengthened and the abdominal area is flattened as the arms are stretched upward. In addition, it’s an empowering stance since, according to study, when we adopt open bodily postures, we also feel more open and secure. This fashion pose, can be extremely gentle, with the arms toying with the hair or resting lightly on the head, or it can be more angular and strong (see below!).

Standing with arms up (soft)

4. Pushing shoulders forwards:
Poses used in high fashion are frequently abstract and artistic rather than organic or cosy. Pose your model with a hunched back and forward-facing shoulders. It could feel uncomfortable to do so, so guide them until they strike the proper stance. To demonstrate height, they should tilt their chin upward and avoid forming a C-shape with their entire body. This fashion pose exudes openness and self reflection.

Pose your model with a hunched back and forward-facing shoulders

5. Sitting with one leg bent:
These seated positions are excellent for fashion photography. If the model is sitting on a step or straight on the floor, this one works great. When using model positions like this one, take the wardrobe into consideration. For instance, an outfit that obscures the contour of the legs would not have the same impact as one that had a full-length flowing skirt. Conversely, heels look stunning because they further elongate and highlight the legs, making them the image’s focus point. Not to mention bikinis, heels go well with nearly anything.

Sitting with one leg bent

6. Leg up on a wall:
Have the model lean against a wall or their knee while supporting one leg on the wall. By doing this to support their weight, intriguing body lines are produced. Additionally, it enables you to take a unique, original photograph of their full ensemble, from shoes to headwear. A wide-angle photograph can be used to include the background, in this particular fashion pose.

Leg up on a wall

7. Dramatic lean on wall:
In fashion photography, a little drama may go a long way, especially if the apparel isn’t either. So, the feature of this fashion pose is that the model should stand a few steps away from the wall, lean back against it, and tilt her head back dramatically for this swoon-worthy stance. Try lowering yourself if you’re the photographer; it gives your pictures a more dramatic perspective.

Dramatic lean on wall

8. Walking with hands in pockets:
Your model can approach the camera while having one or both hands in their pocket for a quick, unobtrusive pose. This movement aids in keeping the subject natural. To catch the ideal moment, go back and forth on the stroll a few times. To emphasize this fashion pose, accessories with flowing pieces of clothing, such as scarves or jackets.

Walking with hands in pockets

9. Sitting on chair with elbow resting on knee:
With just a plain white backdrop and a fold-up chair, you can create a variety of model fashion poses for studio photography. Look at the angles in the above composition. Despite the posing’s simplicity, the small nuances matter. First of all, the model’s body lines form a zig-zag pattern from her head to the 90-degree angle of her bent leg. The image is given depth by placing her in the room’s corner and the intersecting walls behind her.

Sitting on chair with elbow resting on knee

10. With hands on hips:
Standing with your hands on your hips gives the appearance of an attractive hourglass body. It has a slimming effect and gives the model a self-assured, assertive appearance. Play around with weight distribution to add some diversity. To avoid seeming like Superman and break up the symmetry, have the model alternate their weight.

With hands on hips

11. Standing with arms crossed:
If you’re photographing menswear, you might want to try certain traditionally masculine model positions, of which this is one. Crossing your arms is a closed fashion pose that can represent a variety of emotions, including wrath, defiance, and defensiveness. It can also express power or boldness, which is why males love to strike this position. But it doesn’t mean you can’t use this one on women as well! Decide on the atmosphere you want to portray and urge your model to act it out while truly feeling it.

Standing with arms crossed

12. Facial play:
Beyond bodily positions and movements, there are fashion poses. By experimenting with face expressions, you can make your audience feel closer to your model. They can also show their personalities through it. When your model is at ease and you have built up some trust, this position will function best. Encourage them to move and express particular feelings, such as playfulness or rage, in order to capture the magic as it unfolds.

Facial play

13. Standing back to the camera:
It produces unique pictures where the viewer feels teased or ignored when people are standing with their backs to the camera. The goal of fashion photography is always to sell and display the clothing. This fashion pose is ideal for dresses or other clothing items with elaborate back details. To fully showcase the clothing, take a full-length picture, or zoom in for a closer, more artistic look.

Standing back to the camera

14. Sitting with legs wide:
Similar to the one above, this sitting position has broad legs and one arm draped over the other with the other resting on the knee. In this fashion pose, the armchair’s unusual use adds to the photo’s intrigue and the model’s rebelliousness. Store that one away for later!

Sitting with legs wide

15. One hand on hip, one hand holding hair:
Add the model’s ponytail to the hand-on-hip stance for a quick variation. This looks especially good when the individual is imposingly squinting down at the camera. On your next photoshoot, experiment with this one to create various model fashion poses by, for example, adding extra objects or a hat.

One hand on hip, one hand holding hair

Thousands of memorable photographs featuring numerous supermodels and fashion postures were created in the glamorous world of fashion photography. How can you follow suit? Being a skilled at both photographing and guiding your model is the key to mastering the genre.


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