6 Easy Photo Posing Tips for Men - Make your Next Picture Instagram Worthy

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Get ready. I’m about to teach you how to take the best Instagram photos you’ve ever taken.

You’re going to look like the pros, like you weren’t even posing and the paparazzi just snapped a candid. But instead of looking like you just rolled out of bed on your day off from being a movie star, you’re going to command the photo.

Look, posing for staged Instagram photos is so weird. You know it’s staged, we know it’s staged, and yet you want to look natural. It’s called posing, how is that supposed to be natural?

Luckily, you’ve got me. I’m going to break down photo posing for you into 6 easy concepts. Your photos will look great, you’ll look natural, and you’ll be a master poser… but, like in a good way.

These concepts will work for your Instagram photos if you’re a content creator or influencer, or if you’re just trying to switch up your dating profile from that one photo of you holding your big catch.

And as a last disclaimer, these will be geared more towards masculine posing, but the general concepts apply across the board.

Posing Concept #1 - Find Your Angles

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Even the most attractive of us have bad angles. And for the slim part of the population that doesn’t, I’m not talking to you… and get out of here. This isn’t for you.

However, that also means we all have some good angles that we can use to our posing advantage. I know as guys we don’t generally think about this, but you do have angles. And really the goal of “finding your angles” is figuring out how to accentuate your good features.

Typically, for guys accentuating the jawline and elongating your neck are what to think about in your photos. Those features are the most striking in shots.

So, two ways to bring that jawline forward:

  1. Start by slightly tilting your head (like a confused pup), then turn your head in the direction the top of it is pointing. This puts the protruding side of your jaw forward to the camera. We’re assuming the camera is in front.
  2. If you’re shooting straight onto the camera, roll your shoulders back, keep your chin down, and elongate your spine.

Bonus hints for this: suck your tongue up to the roof of your mouth. If you’re like me and really have to cheat that jawline (especially because I normally photograph with a second chin), this will help keep everything tight underneath your jawline. Then lightly clench your molars and relax your mouth.

Then, all you have to do is adjust this depending on the position of the camera. The idea of creating these angles will be the same regardless of what setting you’re in. Just keep in mind where the camera is.

Practice these at home in the mirror so your muscles learn the movement. Once you’re in front of the camera, you’ll already know what hitting that good angle feels like.

Posing Concept #2 - Body Position

Now that you know what you’re doing with your face, don’t let your body fall flat and stiff.

So, let’s start with the basics:

  1. Turn your body slightly away from the camera, specifically your shoulders. It’s slimming and creates a more dynamic shot. Being flat to the camera blends you in with the background.
  2. Relax your body. Something about a camera makes people tense up, and we definitely want to avoid that. Just make sure none of your joints are locked.
  3. Don’t shrink your limbs into your core. Does that make sense? I mean keep your legs and arms away from your trunk.

Now, level up your body position because those were just where you need to start. I want you to think about the idea of creating triangles with your body.

All this means is creating triangular shapes with your limbs. The strongest of the shapes! But also the most natural looking. Doing this creates a sense of motion as well.

It also separates your posing from everyone else. If you still feel awkward doing this, think about playing with your accessories. I usually end up with my hands on my glasses or hat to get that shape.

Once you’ve got your pose, just lean into it and relax.

Posing Concept #3 - Motion

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Let me let you in on a secret: the best way to make that photo look natural is to NATURALLY move through the frame of the shot.

You know those photos of guys walking off curbs or in streets and they look casual and natural? It looks that way because they actually are walking.

So, next time you’re taking photos add movement. Walk through the shot and allow the camera to continuously shoot through that motion. You’ll inevitably end up with a shot that captures good motion!

Just don’t forget to keep those other two points in mind as well. If you’re setting up that walking shot, think about walking at an angle offset from your camera instead of directly towards it or perpendicular to it.

If you don’t have the walking room you can also fake it. Assume the walking position and rock back and forth, changing the weight from each foot as if you just took a step. This generally gets you the same look.

The last tip for motion is to crank up your camera’s shutter speed, and keep moving through the shots. Each time it clicks, you’ll hit a slightly different position. You’ll end up with variety and great frozen moments of motion.

Posing Concept #4 - Exaggerated Motion

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Enter motion posing level 2. Once you get simple motion down, it’s time to exaggerate them.

Basically, I want you to double down on that movement. That means getting up on those tip toes, jumping in the air, really playing with what you’re wearing. As you get more comfortable with it, push your limit.

There’s no doing it wrong here. But, I do know that you pushing this motion outside of walking through the street with a hand in your pocket can feel weird. There’s a sense that the more we exaggerate and pose the less masculine your photo becomes.

I’m challenging you to break that way of thinking to really level up your photos. If we stuck to doing what was traditionally masculine or what everyone else was doing, we’d be left with those old dating photos (you know, the ones with the fish. We already talked about this).

Continue to play and experiment with a wider range of movements. Everything from subtle to bold.

Posing Concept #5 - Interact with your Environment

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One of the most common mistakes made in a photo is just planting yourself in the scene. Like someone literally dropped you in the center of it and you’re just there.

You miss a huge opportunity to create dynamic photos when you don’t engage with your environment. Be a part of your location by leaning into it.

No, like actually lean on stuff. Make me believe you were there.

Test it out even if it feels awkward at first. As you get more comfortable in your surroundings, you’ll also naturally come out of being stiff. Can’t be stiff and lean on a post, or at least it’s really hard.

Posing Concept #6 - Follow the Light

Last piece of advice is to follow the light, but like in a good way, and not the end of the tunnel kind of way.

In all of your photoshoots, there is going to be a light source. It could be natural or artificial. In either case, you’re going to want to follow it with your face and body position.

Position yourself to illuminate what you want highlighted in your photos and hide what you don’t want with shadows. For example, bring your face towards the light and create shadows below your jawline. Instante sculpted jaw.

Your last task is to put these concepts together to master your posing. Before you know it, every single photo you post is going to be a 10.

Take the time to practice. The least embarrassing place to try these all out is by yourself at home. With that, you’ll know exactly what you’re doing when you go to hit that next pose.

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