How to Pose Friends Who Aren’t Models (Portrait Photography)
How to Pose Friends Who Aren’t Models (Portrait Photography)

– Today we have a special treat for you. Where did I put that? (squeaking) You guys asked us for a tutorial on how to pose solo portraits, so today my sister Megan
is gonna help us show you how to pose clients and friends who aren’t necessarily models. We’re gonna draw on a lot of tips that we’ve show you in previous tutorials to show you how you can apply these to almost any genre of photography. Let’s get started. (funky space indie rock music) (rattling) (squeaking) Remember when we told
you that straight lines provoke feelings of
brashness and masculinity and S-curves provoke feelings
of softness and femininity? Well, that applies to
posing people as well. Depending on the mood and look you want, have your subject keep his or her limbs and torso straight and
jagged or bent and curved. Two, direct instead of pose. If you remember from our
tutorial on shooting couples, we would recommend directing over posing. So after you’ve chatted with your subject about the shape of her limbs and torso, don’t give her any more direction on where to place her
hands or chin, et cetera. Instead, give her a role to
play or an emotion to act out. Here, I’ve told Megan to imagine that I’ve just given her
access to any of the clothes in my childhood bedroom closet. It’s funny to her, because
I would never do that. Here, I’ve told her that my
parents had her on accident. Before you start shooting,
figure out the story you want to portray in your image. Determine the emotion that
will help convey that message, and help your subject feel
and act out that emotion. This will give your photos a more lifelike and interesting quality. A great way to naturally
capture a candid moment is to give your subject
(camera snapping) an action to portray that
creates motion in your photo. This could be as simple
as having your subject shake out her hair or
repeat a stride in place. Capturing the photo mid-action can bring life and interest to the shot. Recap. 1, use straight lines & S-curves. 2, direct your subject
instead of posing him or her. 3, utilize motion to add interest. – We hope you guys enjoyed that tutorial. This week, when you post your portraits, use the hashtag
#mangostreetportraits on Instagram so we can check out your work. And as always, please like and subscribe if you haven’t already,
and I’ll see you next week. ♫ We the stars we the stars ♫ We all stars we all stars

100 thoughts on “How to Pose Friends Who Aren’t Models (Portrait Photography)”

  1. DaDavidVids says:


  2. Krasimir Rangelov says:


  3. Lydia Leung says:

    it's really cool!!!

  4. xxmistyymusicz official says:

    Omg you have 666k subs0-0

  5. iwan chanel says:

    where came from? And regards

  6. Chaz Medlock Photography says:

    Awesome advice!

  7. IlyaKlimin says:

    Damn I so ducking enjoy your channel,it’s really great thing guys 🤙🏽👍🏽 keep going!!! My first video of yours was about video shifting and montage,it was really cool,I want to do the same,thanx guys.You are the coolest and the best!!!

  8. hailee febres says:

    What song is this? Great video!!

  9. Darryl Merritt says:

    Lol you think this will work on strangers

  10. brent847 says:

    simple effective advise

  11. Erik says:

    Excellent. Short and sweet and I learned something

  12. William Miles La Mont says:

    Subbed! Great explanation, sense of humor, and concise 👍

  13. Mai-Linh Le says:

    Really helpful video! Thanks for posting!

  14. Iah Fabular says:

    you gained another subscriber

  15. Mark 2033 says:

    Do a video on how to get a friend. 🙁

  16. Exploring Moscow says:


  17. Anan147 says:

    at the first of the video you can tell that her partners looks like there hating there lifes by participating in this video XDDDD

  18. Elaine Kam says:

    May I know how to set the mode?

  19. Sreymao Bo says:

    Love ur vdo! btw, what camera did u use to shoot those pictures? Thanks!

  20. Christina Oliver says:

    Almost every video I see on how to pose people for portraits they are all on the skinny side. Can you do a video for the best way to pose someone who is thicker?

  21. Kai S says:

    went back to watch old videos in this channel…I miss those type of videos Mango street used to do. Their recent videos just does not interest me at all. RIP Mango street 2017-2017 :/

  22. Ehlayssa says:

    Follow me on instagram please: Ms.babypug

  23. Rezart Veshi says:

  24. AERON says:


  25. Rene Castaneda says:

    Here I told her my parents had her on accident….SAVAGE 🤣🤣

  26. jerry jjs says:

    My friend is black….

  27. Default Name says:

    All my friends are poser so im good

  28. Ella Havia says:

    1. Straight lines for more brashness, masculinity and S-curves for femininity
    2. Direct instead of pose. Give your model directions and instruction, give her a role to play or an emotion to depict. It's easier for newbees and it makes them feel more of an equal.
    3. Capture motion. Tell your subject to portray an action (eg mess with your hair, walk in place, jump), so the portrait can come to life. Capture the photo mid-action.

  29. Shramana says:

    I wish I knew how to apply these tips to self portrait photography. I have no friends who'd take pictures of me because I'm always the photographer so self portraits are the only way I can have some good pictures of myself.

  30. The Tony Hernandez says:

    great video. simple but very helpful

  31. 영주자유영혼 says:


  32. Reisegedanken says:

    THX guys a good tipp! We will use more S Lines 😀

  33. Dhruv Bindoria says:

    Caption 🔥💯😂

  34. A5Artilary says:

    Helpful ❤

  35. Ronal Valerio says:

    Love it thank you

  36. Jacob Ballard says:

    Finally videos that actually help💙

  37. soles ucker says:

    very casually "Here, I told her my parents had her on accident."

  38. Tina Garcia says:

    This channel is interesting. The content is an attention grabber. Keep it up!

  39. io Sauna says:

    Thank you!!!

  40. Fajar Sidikz says:

    Amazing video, very shot but so helpful

  41. pao lon says:

    alot of nostril pics…

  42. Priscylla Correia says:

    ohhhh that content

  43. Roy Ch says:

    “ here I told her our parents had her by accident “ 😂😂

  44. M A says:

    Just can't take this rich daddy's girl, bimbo, pretending to know about real photography seriously at all.

  45. MariNate says:

    must be nice to have friends.

  46. 13 says:

    0:35 that shot is so nice I really love it

  47. ILL BERG says:

    I just wanted to take a minute to say, Mango Street is an AMAZING page! I’m in film school now for Directing, and your page has bridged the gap on sooooooooo many things I’m learning. And for that I say THANK YOU!

    Also, your chemistry and teaching style is fun creative, and straight to the point which I love and a appreciate.

    Keep up the great work, and if you’re ever in Chicago and need some extra hands, or if you need some extra hands wherever, let me know I’d love to soak up the knowledge!

  48. Healthy Roots & Strong Wings says:

    Sweet vdo guys. Thanks

  49. dee sha says:

    What kind of camera are you shooting with ?

  50. Southern Exposure says:

    Great video! Posing… Sorry, directing, is one of the most challenging aspects of portraiture for me. And since all of my "models" are friends and family, this is perfect for me. Can't wait to try out these tips.

  51. Asili picture says:

    nice girl photographer

  52. Areful Eeslam Presents - Marketing with aref says:

    I like your short and to the point videos. Keep it up

  53. ZuRriX says:

    0:33 – !

  54. Максим Кириченко says:

    Love you guys

  55. kanaya Achmad says:

    Nah ini kk

  56. iroquistore says:

    You’re all have a gorgeous faces.

  57. ATLAS İSBİR says:

    ı didnt get second one of recap

  58. Kubilmoon says:

    1:40 That is what i hear when shutter moves (Pistol Sounds)

  59. Monte4Christo says:

    Awesome 😍😍😍😍😍😍

  60. Vat says:

    You also need a good camera

  61. Ben Lebourré says:

    My dentist said it's the toothbrush that matters not the toothpaste…which means it's the camera that matters not the face…we can do miracles with ugly faces…

  62. Honoki Kurogami says:

    Short but i learned something. Thanks! I hope to see more videos from you <3

  63. 9 9 says:

    We need tutorial on how to photoshoot not pretty people

  64. İrem Saygin says:

    Thank you so much 😗💞

  65. Rhodalyn Perejas says:

    When you come up with photo ideas, you first need to edit them before uploading it. There is a way to make it worth uploading. Try @t

  66. Jonalexher says:

    this is such a rarity on youtube, a short and concise video to the point, thanks!

  67. Doll Face says:

    Well, it doesn't matter because my friends would only upload and tag my goofy ass pictures they took.

  68. OnceThereWasAPageWithAReallyLongAssNameAndNowYouAreLookingAtAChannelWithAReallyLongName! says:

    Titles video: "How to Pose Friends Who Aren't Models (Portrait Photography)"

    Uses model.

  69. Timbee3 says:

    Finally a great instructional video that isnt 15 minutes long. Awesome!

  70. Charlie Slump says:

    I got some of my friends who aren't models to pose..
    Friends look like movie stars

  71. Pancakes says:

    it's so short, i like it!

  72. Shreya Deshpande says:

    Firstly, I need a Friend with a DSLR and PATIENCE !!

  73. Lucy Silvia says:

    I haven't come here to learn about posing, I have come here so that i can learn different angles in drawing and i must say, this video is helpful

  74. sharp 3d says:

    This is amazing guides dude. Good job and many thanks

  75. Yash Salve says:

    Me sitting comfortably.

    Me standing like an Egyptian mummy when my friend's clicking my pictures.

  76. Lyric Master says:

    Haha actually she is beautiful so …she looks pretty in every poses

  77. Luigi Enrique says:

    Just have all model friends

  78. David Garj says:

    Thanks for the video. Make more videos like this

  79. ZeeZee says:

    Simple and sweet love it

  80. Jean LaFlare says:

    Are you sure she's not a model?

  81. jagruti bhavsar says:

    Thumb nail looks like the player is covered with gillie suit….😝

  82. Livio Ramirez says:

    here im telling her that my parents had her on accident says carelessly

  83. you will be triggered says:

    1. S Curve – Definitely a person with osteoporosis will fit perfectly

  84. Meven Sc says:

    Bold of you to assume i have friends

  85. quick dux says:

    I told my brother that same line "Parents had you on accident" and he just threw my camera out the window. It was a Canon Rebel, so nothing was really lost. Got a really good shot of him being angry though!

  86. Kuya Eee TV says:

    Wow. So informative. Very effective that I have to repeat watching and take notes. Thanks so much for this. Cheers guys! 🙂

  87. Joydeep Sengupta says:

    This is so nice, short and sweet tutorials, just what's needed, not a hundred minutes long video

  88. Sangit Assam says:

    First : you have to be good looking

  89. SpartanWolf19 says:

    This is incredible, right to the point. Thank you HUGE tips in here for me.

  90. Ruby de Feyn says:

    Love your videos, guys! I've been into photography for two years now and really try to improve as much as I can. At the moment I feel stuck in frustration and demotivation being very dissatisfied with my photos. Then I found your channel and it really motivated me to keep going, keep improving and learning instead of giving up!

    I very much appreciate your channel!


  91. JackDespero says:

    "I told her that her parents had her on accident". Jesus christ. I guess that pro photographers would do anything for the best possible photo.

  92. Md Noyon says:

    How to make music video in camera

  93. King Tsaka says:

    That was actually really helpful! ♥ ♥ ♥ Thanx so much!

  94. Lars Murdoch Kalsta says:

    Heyhey I feel very validated did the last tip about motion because she wouldn't let me help her with anything else

  95. erlan bruno campos says:

    Hello!! Thanks for this tutorial,please what's the name of this song wich is playing?

  96. Camilla Julien says:

    what about how to pose if you're an actual potato

  97. Shubham Lalwani says:

    the best!!!!!!!!!

  98. Mohamed Bellator says:

    What lens are you using ?! ? (In this video )

  99. nithliveslife says:

    1. get friends

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