Posing Tips From a Professional Model

 In Photography, Working with models

Ruth Crilly – a British fashion model, writer and beauty insider with over 10 years of experience in the industry, has her own blog and a Youtube channel, which I think might be helpful for us photographers as well.

In this video Ruth talks about being in front of the camera and shares some of her posing tips (which I completely agree with), and gives some suggestions to beginner models.

Feel free to send this page to your model before your next shoot, if you think she – as well as the entire team – might benefit from it.


  1. Get comfortable in front of the camera: practice at home with a camera or a phone to explore your best angles and looks;
  2. Find your best features and move your face accordingly;
  3. Don’t turn your face to any extremes (up, down or sides);
  4. Keep your face relaxed, any tension is very visible in the photos;
  5. “Smize”, thinking positive things without smiling will lift your face and make it look welcoming and engaging in the photos;
  6. Use your hands, but keep them elegant, fingers slightly bent in every joint;


And some extra tips from me:

  • Don’t show the photographer the back of your hand or the palm, always try to keep the pinky towards the camera;
  • Bend your wrist in or out: when a forearm is parallel to the hand, it looks like a bulky straight line in the frame – not elegant, not feminine, not interesting;
  • Don’t do “claw fingers“; don’t dig your nails into your face (unless it’s an edgy look and the idea behind the shoot); avoid “milkman” hands;
  • Don’t cross your hands, so that your thumbs are facing the camera: it looks awkward, unnatural and screams “amateur”;
  • Synchronize your blinking with flashes, blink after the flashes fire: flash > blink, flash > blink;
  • Don’t change a pose too fast and too drastically, wait for the photographer to give you his or her direction;
  • If you’re shooting closeup or head-and-shoulders beauty, your every move should be in tiny increments, so that the photographer has a chance to fine-tune your pose, because he or she is the one who sees what the potential of your current pose is.

Hope this helps you and your model at your next beauty shoot!



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