Outdoor Standing Photo Poses for Guys
In the Background or Away From the Background
Pulling them away from the background lets you isolate your subject and draw all of the viewer’s attention to the subject’s face. In the three images below, the subject is some distance from the background. Positioning them this way in the frame, and using a wider aperture to blow the background out of focus, centers your eye’s attention on the subject.
Crossed Arm Poses
Not Every Pose Suits Every Guy
As I mentioned the challenge with short arms on the crossed arms pose. Keep in mind this senior guy is probably nervous and he does not want to look like a dork. If it doesn’t look right, or you can tell he feels uncomfortable being posed as you have him, don’t do it. But be careful how you say it.
Don’t insinuate that he’s somehow doing something wrong. That male ego is fragile. If I have someone in a pose that doesn’t look right I’ll often just say, “Nah, let’s try somethin’ else.” Very off-hand comment – never alluding that he doesn’t look good.
You may think I take too much time explaining the psychology behind posing but in my opinion, it is one of the most important facets of good portraiture. Help your subject feel great about themselves and they will feel great about their images.