5 Dynamic School Portrait Poses

Portrait poses can sometimes come off as cheesy or forced. You do not want to be the photographer that makes the subject go into a cliché pose that they will not be happy with. Make sure that they are posing in a way that will make them seem comfortable and natural. The more the subject likes the pose, the better the picture will be.

Use a Chair

A chair is an excellent prop because there is so much that you will be able to do with it. Have them sit backwards on the chair or lean back in a relaxed pose. Make sure that the lighting will be able to compliment these poses. Sometimes when a subject is leaning forward or backwards it can mess up the lighting that you had set up. Barstools are also great props for the same reasons.

Mid Action

Tell the subject to do something: tumble, jump, laugh, talk, whatever it is that they like to do. It can be tricky to get a mid action shot so this is only a good idea if you are more experienced in these types of photographs. Ask them to forget that the camera is there and have fun. That is the most important part of getting a true mid action shot. You do not want the poses to seem like they are poses. Simply have the subject have fun in their own element. A good way to do this is before you begin to take pictures ask them what they like to do. Once you have an idea, simply let them have fun.

Funny Poses

It is always good to have at least one funny pose to choose from. Those can sometimes be the best ones. Whether they are making a silly face or striking a silly pose there is no limit to the amount of fun that you will be able to capture with a funny pose.


The prop will completely depend on the age of the subject. If it is a child, see if their parents brought them their favorite toy. You will be guaranteed to get some amazing shots of the child holding their most prized possession. If it is an older subject, see if they enjoy sports; give them a ball to play around with. If it is around a holiday then it is common for portraits to be taken. Give them a basket for Easter, a present for Christmas or an American Flag for the Fourth of July. The possibilities for props are endless. The only thing that you will have to do is rely on your subject for advice on what they will have the most fun with.

Always Ask

While you are the professional, you may find that the most that you will have to learn is from the subject. Ask them what they love to do. Allow them to have some freedom to pose however they want to. This will allow them to not look forced or uncomfortable in their pictures.

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