Poses for Amazing Backgrounds: With Video Illustration

The way you pose for a portrait is not the same as how you pose them for an amazing background. In this post, I’ll explain exactly how I achieve those amazing, dreamy, beautiful, and fun backgrounds that are all over my website.

Our must-have collection of poses for classic, beautiful background images, designed to take your photography to the next level. Use the poses in our post, or in conjunction with your own ideas, and you’ll be creating professional-quality shots.

Backgrounds are one of the most important aspects of our photos. Whether you need a pose to match for your next post or want to replicate an amazing background, this article is just for you.

1. Sit/lean on fence, hand up

What this pose demonstrates are several elements that make a great shot. First, it’s properly exposed which means most of the scene is correctly exposed. It also has good contrast. And it was simple: just lean on a fence post, hand up. This is how we pose for many shots and creating a theme or story where it looks like you took different shots and then put them together in an expert photoshop-ish way.

This pose can work for capturing or storytelling images. It is very casual but also adds depth to an image, as the light hits the hand against her face and the shadows and contrasts in her outfit are accentuated. Make sure that you keep your hand at a slight downward tilt to avoid casting a harsh shadow on their face.

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2. Back to camera, profile face

Back to camera pose is a balancing pose that aims to create an illusion of depth by showing one half of the body. It can also be used to draw more attention.

I love it because it softens their look, helps elongate their legs, and brings the focus back to the face. Let’s get into exactly why this pose works as your background and how you can use it in your next shoot!

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Faceless poses for amazing backgrounds

1. Half sit, arms out

There’s a ton of poses you can use for your photos. Keep it simple and add something unique to the pose. My favorite is someone half sitting, arms out.

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2. Sitting, hands on knees

I always go for a standing pose if I can, as I think it presents the best opportunity to get a close up of someone’s face. But sometimes, you just can’t get away with an image that’s all head and shoulders (no pun intended). That’s where this pose comes in handy. It’s a sitting pose – but one that looks natural.

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