Posing rules

Posing rules from “Posing for Portrait Photography: A Head-to-Toe Guide” by Jeff Smith

1. Make sure the face is never turned away from the main light.
2. Make sure the shoulders, waist, and hips are never squared off to the camera.
3. Make sure the arms are never posed in contact with the side of the body.
4. Make sure the chin is never lowered to the point where it diminishes the catch lights in the eyes from the main light.
5. Make sure the spine never forms a vertical line and the shoulders never form a horizontal line in the frame.
6. Make sure to never have an expression on your face you don’t want to see on the client’s face.