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1:29:05 Duration

Posing & Direction

Angles and Rule of 9’s (10:21)

Sue shows us the 9 different facial poses you can shoot, and experimenting with each client to see which pose suits their face the most beautifully.


Rule of 9’s Cont.

Sue walks you through a shoot she did with Nikki Closser and explains how they went through the rule of 9’s to find the position Nikki was most beautiful in through the camera.

Key Things to Take Away:

  • Rule of thumb: don’t let the nose go past the cheek



Sue takes you through micro expressions and how they can make the difference between an engaged and disengaged portrait. Watch in real time as Sue directs Tessa through different expressions, and learn to do the same for your clients!

Key Things to Take Away:

  • Work on your own expressions in the mirror. Then you can properly mirror them to your clients. “The face you look at mirrors your own.”
  • Think of yourself as a conductor and talk your client through their expressions.



When you’re shooting a client and you feel stuck and not sure what to do next, rotate. Watch Sue go through a rotation with Tessa and find poses that works the best for each side.

Key Things to Take Away:

  • Turn your client. If they can’t turn, you move.
  • Look for poses connecting the shoulder, placement of arms/elbows, and remember diagonals.


Sue goes through the importance of knowing when to bring hands in and when they’re taking away from the shot. Asymmetry wins over symmetry. “If you can’t find a good reason to bring the hands in, don’t.”


Get variety in your images by playing with composition. Sue takes you through 5 basic compositions to try when you’re shooting.

Key Things to Take Away:

  • Put space on either side to find a good composition for your client: avoid passport photos.



Composition Cont.

Go through the photos comparing the five different compositions.


Posing from the Feet Up

This is about achieving the feminine shape in the body and learning to move how you want your clients to move. “You’re shaping for femininity, not for thinness.”

Key Things to Take Away:


  • Practice moving this hip/shoulder motion
  • In order to teach your clients how to move, you need to be able to move




“Where we touch our body is where we look.” Sue emphasizes what kind of body language we portray when we touch certain parts of our bodies.


Black Boxes

When sitting your client down, stagger boxes at different heights. Sue walks you through a series of posing you can do while creating triangles in your images to make them more interesting.


  1. Loved it! I literally saw this video 4 times before I kept going! this is amazing, I knew about finding your “angle” I just didn’t know what it implied! So, how I’m going to remember this is.. by using my clients eyes to dominate each “Square” like you did with your friend. Loved it! thanks for sharing!

  2. Love this so much! Thanks so much! I was practicing while watching and I’m actually sore lol…do clients ever talk about being sore after the shoot? Like I seriously need a massage????

  3. Best posing series I’ve EVER seen! Thank you SO much! I went from feeling incompetent and lost for posing clients to feeling like I’ll NEVER run out of poses! Amazing! Thank you! Thank you! A million times thank you!

  4. Sue, do you crop in-camera? Just curious because I crop in camera but am trying to create 7×10 prints- and I find that when I’m trying to resuze an image in Photoshop to these dimensions, it cuts where I don’t want it to. Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong?

  5. This was probably the most needed education in posing right here. As a Fantasy Boudoir Photographer, this is important. Loved this Sue. But if someone asks me how I am spending my Friday night, and I say that I am inbedwithsue learning how women should touch themselves…well, don’t think folks would get it! 🙂 Love your posing videos Sue…so informative and so much fun!

  6. Sue, do we want to refrain from having the back shoulder disappear on rotation? Or does it still work style-wise if it disappears behind the body?

    1. Love how you describe all the 9 stations, makes complete sense. It is amazing how much a small movement can change the overall image so much. Now I need to go figure out my best angle!!!