How to Pose for Pictures for Men

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Do you love working out and enjoy being the center of attention? Consider becoming a male model. Don't be nervous if you think you don't know how to pose. A few tips can help you appear to be a seasoned professional. Examine your favorite photo of yourself before you begin practicing. Noticing the position of your body and expression on your face should help you. You can imitate poses that you believe you have mastered and improve upon them with practice.

1 Choose poses

Choose poses that are similar to each other. According to, moving your head a quarter of an inch in any direction can create major changes in how old you look, so if you want to do two very different poses, move gradually. The camera may pick up an array of looks in your slow, subtle movements, the tiniest of which can be the difference between a defined jaw and a double chin. An old modeling trick is to stick your chin out a bit. Having it angled is key too; some people cannot master the face-on pose.

2 If you want to nail the rugged

If you want to nail the rugged, sexy look, you may have to do a photo shoot that shows off your body. Doing a last-minute workout just before a shoot may tone up your body enough to help your muscles have clear definition.

3 Posing with your muscled

Posing with your muscled flexed may be a difficult endeavor. suggests that you flex one muscle at a time and always remember to pay attention to your face too.

4 Try a pose

Try a pose similar to the artistic pose "contrapposto," an Italian term seen in paintings and sculptures. Esquire magazine suggests that men stand with the left leg forward and bent, right leg back with knees locked, and hips rotated to either side. The pose makes you appear poised and strong, but also relaxed--which means that you should not be straining.

5 Also just ask your photographer

You could also just ask your photographer. Whether he is a professional or amateur, he has some idea of how your pose looks on camera. If you are easy to direct, he may want to work with you again too.

Theresa Pickett has written since 2007. She graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelor of Arts in history and Vanderbilt University with a Master of Education in elementary education. As a certified teacher who earned the ETS Recognition of Excellence for Praxis II Elementary Education, she has been published in "Student Filmmakers Magazine" and "Model Life Magazine."