Best Power Poses: 20 Modeling Poses Showing How To Look Great In Photos

By Shevon Clay / October 6, 2017
Woman posing in front of the camera

While you have an excellent style, it’s not all that you need to get caught by street style photographers or create a capturing fashion blog or even an Instagram profile.

The secret of success is charming photos, yet creating a great photo sounds easier than it is. There are two major parts in the equation. Photo shooting technique is one thing, involving composition, proper location, background, right lenses, etc. The good posing is the other and is equally more important.

There are plenty of different ways to stand for the photographer. We have selected 20 different ways to look great in the pictures. Scroll down to find your personal favorites.

The “Walk By” pose

We guess that everyone who is into fashion has noticed that the most successful street style poses is… walking. It perfectly showcases your outfit and expresses the way clothes look in real life.

One of the most successful street style poses is… walking. It perfectly showcases your outfit and expresses the way clothes look in real life.Photo: styledumonde.com
One of the most successful street style poses is… walking. It perfectly showcases your outfit and expresses the way clothes look in real life.Photo: bleumode.com

The “Checking Your Email” Pose

Sometimes there is a little problem with acting naturally while you are being shot. Well, the phone is the way out since we do it every spare minute.

Sometimes there is a little problem with acting naturally while you are being shot. Well, the phone is the way out since we do it every spare minute.Photo: thehautepursuit.com
Sometimes there is a little problem with acting naturally while you are being shot. Well, the phone is the way out since we do it every spare minute.Photo: Instagram/@deborabrosa

“Say Cheese” Pose

Street style is all about “Fashion stole my smile” but look how beautiful smile suits with a colorful outfit.

Street style is all about “Fashion stole my smile” but look how beautiful smile suits with a colorful outfit.Photo: styledumonde.com
Street style is all about “Fashion stole my smile” but look how beautiful smile suits with a colorful outfit.Photo: manrepeller.com

The “Rain On My Mind”

The way out of the problem “where to put my hands” — an umbrella. It’s an extra accessory that helps you with posing.

The way out of the problem “where to put my hands” — an umbrella. It's an extra accessory that helps you with posing.Photo: collagevintage.com
The way out of the problem “where to put my hands” — an umbrella. It's an extra accessory that helps you with posing.Photo: styledumonde.com

The “Sunbathing” Pose

This pose’s trick is slightly lifting your chin to catch the sunlight. Also, it looks beautiful when eyes are closed.

This pose’s trick is slightly lifting your chin to catch the sunlight. Also, it looks beautiful when eyes are closed.Photo: bisousnatasha.com
This pose’s trick is slightly lifting your chin to catch the sunlight. Also, it looks beautiful when eyes are closed.Photo: classisinternal.com

“May I Have A Seat?”

You can sit wherever you want no matter if it’s stairs, fountain or floor. This way your outfit will be shown from another perspective.

You can sit wherever you want no matter if it's stairs, fountain or floor. This way your outfit will be shown from another perspective.Photo: Instagram/@maria_bernad
You can sit wherever you want no matter if it's stairs, fountain or floor. This way your outfit will be shown from another perspective.Photo: classisinternal.com

“That Car Is As Cool As Me”

The car in the background makes your photo look amazing. Choose the fanciest car on the road and take a picture with it. Will be better with retro one.

The car in the background makes your photo look amazing. Choose the fanciest car on the road and take a picture with it. Will be better with retro one.Photo: Instagram/@adenorah
The car in the background makes your photo look amazing. Choose the fanciest car on the road and take a picture with it. Will be better with retro one.Photo: Instagram/@maria_bernad

The “Coffee First” pose

That coffee-to-go cup makes the unique atmosphere in your photo. You can drink, carry or just walk with it.

This action averts your eyes from the camera, and it’s especially helpful if you are a little bit shy of the lenses.

That coffee-to-go cup makes the unique atmosphere in your photo. You can drink, carry or just walk with it. This action averts your eyes from the camera, and it’s especially helpful if you are a little bit shy of the lenses.Photo: Instagram/@frejawewer
That coffee-to-go cup makes the unique atmosphere in your photo. You can drink, carry or just walk with it. This action averts your eyes from the camera, and it’s especially helpful if you are a little bit shy of the lenses.Photo: thehautepursuit.com

The “Don’t Look At Me!” pose

Cover your face with hand, hair, or something else. This pose completely focuses everyone’s attention on your outfit.

Cover your face with hand, hair, or something else. This pose completely focuses everyone's attention on your outfit.Photo: vasilievablog.com
Cover your face with hand, hair, or something else. This pose completely focuses everyone's attention on your outfit.Photo: Instagram/@deborabrosa

“I Am Straight From My Hairdresser” pose

One important moment: make sure sunlight is directed towards your hair! Try to shake your head from side to side to make your hair flying.

One important moment: make sure sunlight is directed towards your hair! Try to shake your head from side to side to make your hair flying.Photo: Instagram/@natashandlovu
One important moment: make sure sunlight is directed towards your hair! Try to shake your head from side to side to make your hair flying.Photo: Instagram/@maria_bernad

“Hands In Pockets”

This way of posing is really popular with denim. Street style stars put their hands in jeans, skirts or shorts pockets.

This way of posing is really popular with denim. Street style stars put their hands in jeans, skirts or shorts pockets.Photo: horkruks.com
This way of posing is really popular with denim. Street style stars put their hands in jeans, skirts or shorts pockets.Photo: manrepeller.com

“My Heart Is Jumping, Jumping, Jumping

This is not an easy pose as it’s hard to control your face during the leap. But it looks compelling in any case.

This is not an easy pose as it's hard to control your face during the leap. But it looks compelling in any case.Photo: Instagram/@annasndl
This is not an easy pose as it's hard to control your face during the leap. But it looks compelling in any case.Photo: classisinternal.com

The “French Mood” pose

The posture that gives your photo a true Parisian-chic vibe. Take a seat at the nearest pedestrian cafe, cross your legs and order a drink.

The posture that gives your photo a true Parisian-chic vibe. Take a seat at the nearest pedestrian cafe, cross your legs and order a drink.Photo: horkruks.com
The posture that gives your photo a true Parisian-chic vibe. Take a seat at the nearest pedestrian cafe, cross your legs and order a drink.Photo: Instagram/@thehautepursuit

“Is It Vogue Shooting?”

This pose is something between studio photo shooting and street style. Your mission is to imagine all professional staff backstage and act like a model – this gives power to your photo.

This pose is something between studio photo shooting and street style. Your mission is to imagine all professional staff backstage and act like a model – this gives power to your photo.Photo: tinasizonova.com
This pose is something between studio photo shooting and street style. Your mission is to imagine all professional staff backstage and act like a model – this gives power to your photo.Photo: fashionvibe.net

The “Bag Campaign” photo shooting pose

Your bag is your best friend. It has once again helped you and this time with posing. Hold your darling with both hands to focus attention on it.

Your bag is your best friend. It has once again helped you and this time with posing. Hold your darling with both hands to focus attention on it.Photo: Instagram/@deborabrosa
Your bag is your best friend. It has once again helped you and this time with posing. Hold your darling with both hands to focus attention on it.Photo: Instagram/@adenorah

The “Over-The-Shoulder” pose

There aren’t any rules that say you have to look and stand forward to the camera. The over-the-shoulder glance is popular pose during fashion weeks and generally among bloggers.

There aren't any rules that say you have to look and stand forward to the camera. The over-the-shoulder glance is popular pose during fashion weeks and generally among bloggers.Photo: styledumonde.com
There aren't any rules that say you have to look and stand forward to the camera. The over-the-shoulder glance is popular pose during fashion weeks and generally among bloggers.Photo: styledumonde.com

The “Fix The Hairdo” pose

It doesn’t matter if it’s windy or not when the photo is taken. The pose with you tucking your hair behind the ear is highly romantic and alluring.

It doesn't matter if it’s windy or not when the photo is taken. The pose with you tucking your hair behind the ear is highly romantic and alluring.Photo: fashionvibe.net
It doesn't matter if it’s windy or not when the photo is taken. The pose with you tucking your hair behind the ear is highly romantic and alluring.Photo: horkruks.com

“I’ve Been Waiting For You” pose

The point of this pose is to use your hand to hold the head. You can make a facial expression something like “finally you are here.”

The point of this pose is to use your hand to hold the head. You can make a facial expression something like “finally you are here.”Photo: Instagram/@frejawewer
The point of this pose is to use your hand to hold the head. You can make a facial expression something like “finally you are here.”Photo: Instagram/@frejawewer

The “Crossed-Arms-On-Chest” pose

This one is somewhat similar to the previous, and this pose is traditional for any photo shoot. It looks beautiful with a smile which gives warmth to otherwise harsh-feeling look.

This one is somewhat similar to the previous, and this pose is traditional for any photo shoot. It looks beautiful with a smile which gives warmth to otherwise harsh-feeling look.Photo: Instagram/@adenorah
This one is somewhat similar to the previous, and this pose is traditional for any photo shoot. It looks beautiful with a smile which gives warmth to otherwise harsh-feeling look.Photo: manrepeller.com

The “Postcard”

We promise you, this one never loses. Choose your favorite outfit and make yourself comfortable in the front of famous structure in your city or while traveling. Pro tip: watch out for suitable colors!

Choose your favorite outfit and make yourself comfortable in the front of famous structure in your city or while traveling. Pro tip: watch out for suitable colors!Photo: Instagram/@tina_sizonova
Choose your favorite outfit and make yourself comfortable in the front of famous structure in your city or while traveling. Pro tip: watch out for suitable colors!Photo: Instagram/@nastyanastya
Woman posing in front of the cameraPhoto: horkruks.com