Seated Poses and Props

Watch out for distortion -

  • Phones are made for taking photos of people AND mountain ranges. So they distort portraits. Notice that my boots look twice the size of my head unless I pull them closer to me. This can be fixed in photoshop - but it’s better if you get the models to pull their feet in.
  • Same thing with couples: whoever is in front looks huge. Put the woman a little behind the guy. Overall the general population looks like that anyway.


  • Props are GREAT! They help people joke around and look like they’re having fun, or sexy, or brave, etc.
  • Be careful not to let the prop overshadow them or cause the photo to be way off-center by trying to get them to keep the prop close in.

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