Posing Course 101 2017-12-20T11:38:27+00:00


Posing can be intimidating for both the photographer as well as their subjects. Take command of your portrait sessions by being educated in the skill of posing. This workshop is intended to equip you with a solid foundation in posing retail clients to have them looking their absolute best.

  • Learn the difference between posing principles and techniques, as well as how to use them.

  • Find out why posing is important.

  • See practical examples of posing people and couples.

  • Understand how lighting and posing work together.

  • Learn how to work with your subject to make posing fun

  • Learn 10 go-to starting blocks when posing couples

About the Posing Course

Posing is perhaps one of the most neglected and challenging skills any portrait photographer could have. Improving your posing skills and finding a posing system that works will improve your self-confidence dramatically when directing a model, or a couple.

This 1-day course will be presented by Warren James, who is a very successful and established portrait and wedding photographer. Part of Warren’s success as a portrait photographer is his remarkable flair to pose and direct his subjects. Warren will be teaching these principles through visual samples and practical demonstration. The audience will learn first-hand how to use a posing system, rather than “guessing as you go”. Attendees will also receive an eBook with Warren’s posing system and lots of actual sample poses; including “do’s and don’ts”.

Key Aspects Covered

  • What is posing, and why is it important?
  • Making your subjects work with you 
  • Principles Vs Rules
  • Understanding the Spine and how to pose it
  • Posing System 101
    • Posing Females 101
    • Posing Males 101
    • Posing Couples 101
    • Posing Groups 101
  • Weight distribution
  • Joints and Hands
  • Bringing it all together with expression, movement and mood.
  • 10 go-to starting blocks when working with couples
  • Using lighting and composition when posing

 About Warren

Warren is an accomplished portrait and wedding photographer as well as an ambassador for Vanguard and Photon lighting. Early in Warren’s career, he saw that there was something lacking in his images against those that he saw in high-end fashion magazines. After working hard at his lighting skills, it became evident to him that his biggest obstacle would be posing.

Warren made it his mission to find out what makes the difference between a highly sellable commercial image and a somewhat mediocre professional image. Over the last few years of research and practice, Warren has come across various different posing systems that can be used around the globe and refined them into what he now uses each at each of his gigs today.

Warren teaches each one of his clients that the process of posing should not be boring or intimidating, but rather fun and exciting and should add to the overall experience of the photo shoot. View Warren’s work here


R 1,700 per person. R300 Discount for Photo Critic members

Course Duration

  • 1-Day Weekend Workshop

For whom is this course

This course is intended for the enthusiasts as well as the professional who wants to get a handle on posing. Although Warren is primarily a wedding and retail portrait photographer this course is about posing human beings, regardless of the event or the style of the clothes.


MCademy Training Institute | 1034 Saxby Ave, Centurion (opposite Eldoraigne Village Shopping Centre)

Upcoming Posing 101 Courses for 2018:

  • 23 September


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