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7 of the Best Poses for Male Models

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For models, posing is critical. It can be the difference from taking an average photo to making a compelling and engaging work of art.

Posing also helps set the tone and mood of your surroundings. Next time you’re posing for a picture, ask yourself what kind of impression you are trying to portray.

This is the first of two articles we’ve put together on posing for models. This post covers the best poses for male models. Click here to view the post with the best poses for female models.

1. Contrapposto

Contrapposto Pose

Photo via Wikipedia.

Contrapposto is one of the first poses male models should learn and feel comfortable with. This pose should feel comfortable because it is a relaxed, mellow pose which shows the model as calm and not stiff, but natural. The key component of this pose is the natural essence to it.

Check out Khan Academy’s tutorial and lessons on the Contrapposto pose.

2. Strolling

Photo via What My Boyfriend Wore.

Strolling is also a very natural pose; however, the model may work with this pose more. To some, strolling may just simply look like walking, but to male models, it is something different. Something that they can flash, or work with.

While strolling, some male models will tend to strut and walk in a straight line with tense posture, while others may walk with a loose, relaxed feel – this is based solely on the model and that is the beauty in it.

3. Hands in Pockets

Photo via Pinterest.

Having your hands in your pockets can help display confidence and class. You can vary with having your whole hand in your pocket or leaving your thumb out.

These depict two different emotions and can be used to display them in the image. Whether you’re trying to show leisure or business confidence, having your hands in your pockets is always a great look.

4. Arching Arm

Photo via Gucci.

The arching arm pose is a great way to show a fierce look with power. Sort of a James Bondish pose in my eyes, it is an excellent pose for modeling suits or jackets. Having your arm arched out helps stretch your body to cover more area and show more detail.

5. One Leg Up

Photo via Lookastic.

A “one leg up” pose can be performed while sitting down or standing up and is the perfect way to show complexion in a pose, rather than a straight-bodied pose.  While standing up, this pose is perfect for when leaning against a wall.

6. Leaning Pose

Photo via Pinterest.

Leaning with your back, shoulder, or arm against any wall can help change the look of your style and pose. Leaning may help to go with the leading lines in a picture, or it can help to contrast lines and create a non-parallel look.

7. Hand and Face Pose

Photo via Matthew Moloney.

Utilizing your hand to cover your face in any way can end up looking unique and interesting. It is just another prop or effect to help set the stage for the image. Try different approaches with your hand and you’ll find some really fun looks can be created. The options are endless and all look unique in their own way, so create your own style.

All of these poses will help you to become a better model over time. Keep practicing and experimenting to find what’s best for you and you will be on the right track.

Special thanks to Matthew Moloney for this article on posing. Connect with him on Twitter and Instagram.

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