About Senior Portrait Posing Guide


Welcome to Senior Portrait Posing Guide, the only blog on the web dedicated specifically to photographers wanting to learn better posing and lighting. And not only better posing and lighting for their high school senior portraiture, but for their family, child and team sports photography as well.

“For 17 years I owned and operated a portrait photography studio in southern Minnesota. Our primary source of business was high school senior portraits but we also photographed lots and lots of babies, children, and families as well as thousands of youth sports athletes. Time and again clients would tell us they chose our studio because there was just something different about our images, the lighting, and the posing. Both – creative posing and lighting – are paramount to beautiful portraits.”

Most photographers understand how to get a proper exposure when their camera is set to automatic and they’re shooting outside in natural light. But what many new and experienced photographers seem to struggle with, is how to see and handle the ambient light and how to add fill flash – or reflected fill – to supplement that ambient light.

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In today’s world, so many photographers start out shooting on location in natural light. But then when they have to do a wedding and use flash or are asked to create a portrait indoors with studio lighting, they’re not sure where to begin.

Cyberspace is clogged with photography websites that try to be all things to all people. With content that ranges from; “How to Shoot Stars in the Night Sky” to “Ten Tips on Using Your New Camera” to “How to Shoot Travel Portraits,” so many photography websites don’t seem to have a cohesive, specific theme for portrait photographers.

Senior Portrait Posing Guide was created to meet the specific needs of photographers interested in learning how to create beautiful portraiture. In particular, Senior Portrait Posing Guide and the accompanying free child, family, and sports posing guides, were created to help new and veteran photographers learn better posing and lighting.

All of the content, all of the lessons and videos, articles and guides published by the Senior Portrait Posing Guide website are free to read and use. While there is no membership fee you will find some photography related advertising as well as links to affiliate programs and products to help us cover our costs and enable us to keep expanding. (You can read more about this on our disclaimer page.)

You can subscribe if you’d like to be notified when new content is published on the site and you can also follow our Facebook page to see more content and updates to the website.

If you have questions we can help with, by all means, send us an email right here and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the Senior Portrait Posing Guide website. Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day.

Dave Meir – Grand Pooba

Dave’s Stuff


Everyone knows all work and no play makes Dave a dull boy. We all need to play once in a while, and that’s what you’ll find in these galleries. These images are all off-the-cuff, random, unplanned shots – except where noted – like the obvious studio style images of some of the cars. They’re included here simply for your enjoyment.



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Seventy-eight pages of beautiful babies.

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