If you have a photography studio and you are considering taking on senior pictures, you might one to make sure that you are are well versed in posing. You will find that when taking this type of photography one of the best things you can do is to improve you posing ideas and even consider making a posing journal for yourself. This can be a very valuable tool for you to use in order to prepare for your photo sessions. The best thing you can do is simply find images from trendy catalogs or magazines and just cut them out and put them down in your journal to use for ideas later.
When looking for posing ideas for your senior pictures for your photo studio, use the Internet. There is plenty of inspiration online. Just be careful when you are looking for ideas on poses that you don't copy what you see, just use them as an idea and then go from there and work to make the pose your own and not a duplicate of what you saw.
When you are working with teens graduating from school for their senior pictures, there are some practical things you should consider for making sure that they are in flattering poses.
Make sure to avoid having the their arms falling straight down by their sides. This is going to make their arms look bigger and it gives a static appearance. You should position their arms on their hips or up against a fence or a wall. Over their head, in their pockets, anything that shows some sort of movement.
Pay close attention to your subjects posture. Most will tend to slouch when they feel comfortable and even though you want them to look comfortable you don't want them to look slouched either.
When you are posing girls in a sitting position you need to make sure to show some sort of movement in their legs. Try to avoid making their legs look stuck together especially if it is a side angle. Make sure one or both legs are bent at the knees and at different heights to show some fluidity in the pose.
You also might want to try shooting from a slight downward angle, this is great for close-ups and it will also help to slim down the face. It helps to reduce or hide any double chins there may be and is great for most any person.
If you are working with a heavier person try to avoid shooting straight on, in fact it really isn't even that great for thin people. Even the slightest turn of the hips is going to make a much more natural look for anyone.
For the guys you want to make sure that you put them in a position that helps to make them look strong and confident in their photos. Folding their arms across their chest, squatting, leaning forward with their elbows on their thighs when sitting or hands in one or both pockets or in their belt loops are great ways to achieve this look.