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Best Poses for Professional Headshots

Effective poses play crucial role when it comes to professional headshots and business portraits. Appropriate posing doesn’t just make you look great in photos, but also helps communicate your personality, and most importantly your confidence. You are probably wondering how are going to look confident if you don’t know what to do (how to pose)… This is why I’m writing this blog post, for you to know exactly what to do for your upcoming headshot photo session

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Best Poses for Professional Headshots

Standing Poses

Hands in pockets

Don’t let your hands just hang in there! It’s boring, and will likely look awkward. Instead try a variation of both hands in pockets, and just one of your hands. If you don’t have pockets, simply place your hand/hands on your waist. 

Professional headshots posing guide - hands in pockets

Crossed arms

While body language of this pose can sometimes be misread as closed/defensive/stubborn etc, a variation of it can look fantastic when posing for professional headshots. Talking about body language, check out The Best Poses For a Photoshoot where explain how it helps with effective posing.

I often direct my clients to giving themselves a gentle hug (below left), and holding (or stacking) their arms without actually crossing them (below centre). 

best headshots poses - crossed arm posing variations

Desk poses

These poses are my favourite! This is the easiest way to pose – you are leaning against a table/desk while resting your arms (forget shifting weight and where to hide those hands dilemmas!) Here’s some inspiration for desk headshot poses below. 

Business portrait posing ideas at the desk or table

Seated Poses 

This is where it get tricky… Comfortable seating poses are NOT flattering, so forget about comfort. A stool without back would be ideal; sit on the edge of the stool and keep your back straight. I often use a prop to elevate one of the knees to create an opportunity to lean and rest arms on an elevated knee. 

Seated poses for professional headshots and portraits

This is all for this week. I hope this post was helpful. Which professional headshot poses do you find the best? 

Headshots and business portrait posing guide


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