The lean forward is another classic male pose for portraits and headshots. The good news is–if you’re a man–this position may actually feel natural for you. In fact, once you sit down, you’ll probably lean forward before your photographer even directs you to do so. Here are a few poses you may find yourself sitting in for a headshot or portrait session and some tips to keep in mind for settling into them.
Men, you’ll fall into this one almost automatically once you have a seat. The only thing that’ll be a little different for you is where you sit. For this pose, you have to be placed on the edge of a bench or chair. You’ll keep your feet flat on the ground and sit with your legs wide. Next, you’ll place your forearms or your elbows on your thighs, which gently propels you forward. Your hands will naturally hang towards the ground, which is a great look. But, you can also clasp your hands, which may give you a bit of added stability. Likely, your photographer will have you try both.
Instead of sitting at the edge of a surface, this posture will require that you do the opposite. You’ll be utilizing the back of a chair. First, you’ll straddle the chair and get into a comfortable position with your legs and feet. It’s also important to sit up tall so that your neck and chest stay visible. You’ll then tilt forward so that your arms can rest on the chairback. Your photographer will have you try some variations with your arms, but crossing your arms at the elbows is a standard one as in the picture above. Since getting into this pose does take three steps, it can take a tad longer to get you into it, but once you’re there, you’ll look natural and relaxed.
Placing you on a group of stairs is another seated position where you’ll be hinging forward towards the camera. The key here is to have one leg up at least one step higher than the other. That will create a surface for you to lean on easily. Then, you’ll just rest your forearm on your thigh and place the opposite hand by your side or on the other leg. Before you know it–you’re in the forward leaning pose again and ready to smile.
Men, if you’re worried that you’ll feel awkward during a portrait or headshot session, think again. Your photographer will ask you to lean forward to create this classic male pose. She knows that using this technique will broaden your chest, give you a sturdy base, and therefore naturally elicit more confidence from you. Now, if your worried that you won’t feel the same strength and ease if you’re not sitting down, read my post, Classic Male Pose, which will walk you through a casual standing posture that I know you’ll appreciate as well. All of these poses will help to relax you and to allow your photographer to capture the real you–and those are the pictures you’ll want everyone to see.