Pose Like A Pro: Every Man’s Guide To Picture-Perfect Poses

By Jana I

If you are a guy, knowing how to pose might sound trivial. Though things have changed significantly over the years, men are still often shamed for modeling or looking dashing on social media.

People are judgemental. When they see a male influencer or their next-door neighbor taking his Instagram too seriously, they use it as a gag. They joke about it, and often in an unpleasant way. That’s why guys have a hard time finding their confidence and showing their skills online.

Daniel Asante, a social media personality, shares his posing tricks and ideas and helps his fellow men in the industry. On his Instagram page, Mr. Dasante, we’ve found many tips and tricks you might want to use next time you want to create a show-stopping photo! Keep scrolling to learn more!

Wall Pose

Standing against the wall is one of those go-to poses. People love it because it’s seemingly simple, but it can easily ruin your feed! The photo aesthetic can be dependent on the wall and whether or not it’s plain or super colorful, as well as the pose.

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In the first picture, the creator shows how dull and uncreative it is to prop one foot on the wall. This makes you look shorter and stiff. Pose with your feet slightly outward, arms posed in a thinker’s pose, and head to the side, and you get an Instagram-worthy post!

Sitting at a Cafe Pose

Sitting at a cafe can be a perfect opportunity to snap a fantastic photo for your social media profile. It can give your feed some variety, showing your exquisite taste in coffee. What could go wrong, right? If you don’t know how to pose, well, lots of things.

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Crossing your legs and moving the camera up can make a tremendous difference. If you don’t know what to do with your hands, use one of them to hold a cup of coffee. The other one can go on your lap or in your pocket. This makes your figure perfectly balanced.

Sitting On The Stairs

This one is all about confidence. Whether you have it or you fake it, it doesn’t matter. Lucky for you, we have a simple illustration of how to do that. Also, if you love hats and wear them often, this pose is for you.

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In the first picture, the man looks stiff and bored. The image doesn’t have any allure and looks very bland. In the second one, with a simple tilt to one side, a leg raise, and a touch of the hat, he’s in another dimension!

Tourist Pose

If you enjoy traveling, you probably take several measures to ensure your Instagram account looks aesthetic and colorful. Daniel Asante has a hack for you there, too. Judging by the photo composition, the pose, and the editing, he really is an expert.

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Although we all love the famous peace sign pose, it’s elementary and uninspiring (sorry, millennials!). To grab people’s attention, you can use panorama mode on your phone, but use it vertically! It will elevate your shot, and you’ll be in Daniel’s league in no time!

Wall-Lean Pose

Besides standing in front of a building, another go-to wall pose is leaning on it or standing beside it. It’s up to you. But not everyone has what it takes to figure out how to do it themselves. Our man is here to assist.

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In his opinion, simply standing next to a wall is a waste of space and opportunity. Leaning your back against it, one leg up, hand on the cap, is the way. See how different it looks? Both the lighting and the concept look better. Wow!

If You Are Not Tall Pose

This one is for all our short kings out there! Struggling to find the perfect pose is no joke. But you have Mr. Asante. He has very valuable tips on how to pose if you’re not tall or want to seem taller.

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All you need to do is tell your cameraman to lower the shot. This will visually elongate your legs. Also, instead of putting your arms flat to your body, structure them a little, and put them around the seams of your coat. Look to the side, and you’ve got yourself a perfect picture.

Not So Boring Pose

Try this one out if you always do the same pose in front of the same scenery with the same outfits. You can pull this specific photo and recreate it. It’s easy yet so effective. We guarantee that you’ll love it.

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When posing, you’ll learn that it is about symmetry and balancing out your body. Notice how his legs and arms are almost following each other. His body is in sync. You can look at the second photo for minutes, whereas the first one is just forgettable.

Emotion Pose

When posing for a photo, it’s always great to show emotion. An emotionless face is usually okay if you are full-on modeling. In that case, the clothes are the main character. But when you are the main character, you’ve got to give us something!

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Notice how the pose in the second picture makes it more engaging and attractive. It almost shines! His smile is inviting and warm, making his shot more interesting. So, don’t be shy. Smile! It allows people to see who you are.

Basic Pose

This one is really basic. Dasante teaches us how to pose wherever we are. Instead of standing with your arms flat next to the body, find a nearby object and create something fun. It’s all about play and creativity. Check out his go-to pose on the street.

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He used an outdoor light, leaned on it slightly, and striked his recognizable pose. If you want to take an awesome photo, interacting with an object around you can be an excellent place to start. If you want to play it safe, mimic what he did.

Not So Boring, Volume 2 Pose

Wearing a gorgeous tux or suit and not knowing how to pose in it is a waste. A man in a tux is one of the most attractive things on earth! Make sure to nail this one down. If you have a suit, don’t be a fool; use it!

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This style suits him well, and he knows how to show it. Instead of posing with an emotionless expression, bend one leg, cross it over the other one, use your hand to grab the suit, look to the side, and action! Congratulations, you have a cool photo!

Sitting on the Stairs, Volume 2 Pose

Here is another example of a dull, unimaginative photo on the stairs vs. Daniel Asante’s confident and beautiful one. He gave all you fellas a fantastic way to pose while sitting on the stairs. It’s all about depth and perspective.

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Notice how he is not sitting up straight in the first one? His knees and hands are also too close, and his expression is one-sided. There is no story behind the first photo. However, the second photo tells you a story about a confident guy, comfortable in his skin!

Broad Shoulders Pose

This one is for those times you want to look broader, stronger, more muscular, etc, which is probably ALWAYS! There is just a slight difference between the two photos. If you look carefully, you’ll notice the nuance and determine what you’re doing wrong and what you should be doing.

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If you want your shoulders to seem broader, you should move your posture slightly inward but still to the side. One hand should be in your pocket to lift the shoulder, give it broadness, and make it bigger. Pay attention to the lighting too!

Bore No More Pose

If you love Instagram or social media in general, the idea of making a business profile and becoming an influencer of sorts may have crossed your mind. If it did, what you’ll need most are fun, captivating pictures. Something that will make you stand out.

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Lucky for you, Mr. Asante has an idea. This pose is for the confident. It can’t go unnoticed, so if you use it, prepare for attention from people around you while posing and people on social media liking, sharing, and commenting. You’ll be well on your way to starting your dream career!

Back Pose

If you want to spruce up your feed, try using your body as a medium for change. Play with perspectives, angles, camera features, and outfits. It will create a remarkable profile in the long run, and your followers will lose their marbles when they see it!

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The man in the second photo projects fearlessness. That’s why we say confidence is key. It’s okay if you don’t feel it; fake it until you make it, they say! It’s all about presentation. Relax your body, shake it out, and be unapologetically you. You owe yourself that!

Traveling Pose

If you visit a new city and find yourself on a bridge over a body of water, that’s a fantastic photo opportunity you don’t want to miss. Instead of just standing there awkwardly, make it fun and engaging! Our guy will show you how.

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Notice how his body in the second picture perfectly aligns with the bridge on the opposite side. There is a straight line to follow in the middle of the picture. This creates the balance we talked about. It shows that thought went into the process, and it looks even and satisfying.

Walking Down The Stairs Pose

If you want to show off your new business outfit or corporate suit, posing on the stairs with a briefcase is the thing to do! However, if you don’t know how to do it right, you might look like a kid on their first day of school.

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The trick is to lower the camera to elongate the legs, create the illusion of walking down, look to the side, and put one hand in your pocket. Doesn’t it look so much better and more professional?! We are in love with it!

Movement Pose

This one might take a few shots to get a perfect one. The thing is, you have to move a lot. You should repeat the same movement time and time again until you are satisfied with the result. Take a look at what Daniel wants you to do next.

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In this reel on his Instagram account, you can see him working hard to get the second shot. It is not for the faint-hearted, to be honest. So, if you are not shy, try it out. If you don’t want to risk your camera (those things are crazy expensive), you can use another prop.

Feet Pose

On the subject of walking poses, you need to pay attention to the position of your feet! If you thought it couldn’t get any more complicated and meticulous, it just did, friend. Take a close look and pay attention to what Daniel is showing us.

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It’s all about creating the golden ratio. When walking, one foot should be leaning on the heel, the other on the toes. This creates an illusion of realistic walking. The first shot just appears goofy and asymmetrical – therefore, unnatural.

Another Cafe Pose

One of the things Daniel emphasizes most about posing is you need to have structure and motivation behind your pose. Also, showing emotion is always recommended. In this example, he incorporated his advice and created another illustration of posing in a cafe.

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Don’t slouch when you take a picture; lean back, open your arms, and show your chest. Smile with a head tilted to the side and slightly back. Pose your hand with a cup in a way that faces the camera. Notice how the focus is on him in the second picture, not the food.

Bore No More, Volume 2

For this one, you’ll need a dashing maroon or burgundy suit. Or maybe even red! We’re kidding. But it won’t hurt. Use this little hack next time you are walking and want to take a spontaneous photo to capture the moment.

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It’s essential to pay attention to the details. Not only is he walking sideways from the camera, but he has a hat and a watch that tie the look together. You can always play with patterns, materials, and poses to your liking. Take this and give it your unique punch!

Fake Walk Pose

These kinds of poses and their illustrations are abundant. Daniel’s got you covered for your whole Instagram career! If you have or want one, he’s got your back. Check out how seamless and confident he is. His stance is firm but not stiff.

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He looks more relaxed and put together in the second picture, but he also looks strong and not as rigid as in the first one. If you want to learn some hacks from him, you can always check his Instagram page for heaps of content!

Backward Pose On The Stairs

Stairs are a fantastic spot to take pictures. Daniel Asante truly believes this and wants to spread his love and knowledge with us, and we appreciate it. Listen up, dudes! Next time you are on a set of picturesque steps, take inspiration from him.

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One of his favorite poses is the looking back moment. He is so dramatic, and we love it! One foot is propped on the upper step, knee slightly bent, a hat on fleek, and eyes on the camera. What a pose!

Longer Legs Pose

Daniel Asante himself is not the tallest guy out there. Hence, he has a few tips and tricks on his profile that might help you look taller and fake your height. (Hey, it’s okay, we won’t tell anybody. It’s not like we don’t already do it ourselves!)

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The pictures on the left and the right don’t even look like the same person! He looks so tiny in the first one compared to the second image. The trick is to lower the camera angle, pose with a wide stance, and imagine you’re a cowboy waiting for your enemy!

Paparazzi Pose

When someone takes a random picture of you, the point is to seem as if you weren’t expecting it. As if you are always that attractive and beautifully posed. You know?! So this next one shouldn’t be a surprise at all.

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Look at this fella! He is so slick and stylish that we can’t comprehend how someone could always look so cool! The point is, look effortless, but put in so much effort your head starts pounding. If you want your pictures to pop, you must put in the work.

Look in The Distance

This pose is very trendy and widespread. If you don’t want to express your emotion, you can always pretend there is something away from the camera’s eye that caught your attention. Daniel will show you how in the next one. Observe and learn!

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He looks busy, snatched, clean, and wealthy! Those are all highly valued and appreciated qualities. Even though they may not be crucial to you, you still want your impression online to be positive. All those people don’t even have to know the real you. And that’s where the fun begins!

Step By Step Pose

In our next entry, Mr. Asante is very simple and direct. He tells you step by step what to do if you don’t know how to pose. There are only three strict rules to follow: wear shades, lean onto something/hold onto something, and cross your legs.

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He is out here doing the Lord’s work, helping men get into their confident selves and increase their social media following! His advice is truly valuable. It’s clear to see how big of a difference these three simple steps make.

Extend One Leg Pose

With over three million followers on Instagram, Daniel doesn’t disappoint. While scouring through his page, we’ve found a lot of hacks to make you look taller. We loved this one, too, and decided to share. There are so many short kings and queens out there, and we must be of help!

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In this one, he suggests lowering the camera angle (duh) and extending one leg forward. Put one hand in your pocket and look to the side. This one seems super spontaneous, as he doesn’t look too posed. It looks more like he was caught off guard.

Wide Lens Pose

Our phones now have various features that can change the length and width of the camera lens and the angles. Playing with that and following the leading lines in the camera app can be of great help! You should pose and try it out!

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Look at how he transformed his image and stance in a few steps: change the camera lens and pose differently. Voila! You’ve got yourself a nicer shot in a heartbeat. This one and the Step By Step Pose are very straightforward.

Not Boring Stairpose Pose

At this point, we’ve figured out what Asante’s expertise is: walking poses, leaning poses, and shots taken while he’s sitting on the stairs. Don’t get us wrong; we love it. We need more variety since they are common while traveling and roaming around the city.

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For this one, he preferred a side angle, feet on different stairs, one hand on one knee, the other hand slightly on the kneecap, and face towards the sun. It’s a mesmerizing snapshot. This one is one of our favorites. His suit also complements the stairs very nicely.

Friend Photo Pose

This one also plays with illusions of height. If you have a shorter or taller friend than you, you should consider altering your poses. The shorter one goes in the front. It would be best not to stand side by side, as presented in the picture on the left.

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Not only does the woman look like she’s walking toward the camera, but they both also show pleasant emotions with their smiles. The second picture shows their dynamic as carefree and spontaneous. But the first one looks dull and makes them seem like they are not friends at all.

Businessman Pose

If you want to appear busy, serious, and hard-working, posing like a businessman on a conference call might be the pose for you. Asante presented this in a couple of reels on Instagram. We picked this one out of the many.

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His pose gives off this busy, untouchable energy, but his face also tells a story. He looks serious, deep in thought, contemplative, and powerful at the same time. Posing is like acting; you have to believe in what you want others to see.

Trying Something New

This one may not be to everyone’s taste. Even Asante himself discredits one of his favorite poses. Here, it’s all about being different and grabbing the most attention. If this is something you want to try, take a good look.

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Of course, in the picture on the right, he is not standing upside down. He instructed his cameraman to turn his camera to the side and take a photo. This is so simple yet so effective because of the leg raise.

Portrait Mode Pose

If you want to take the perfect LinkedIn photo or a Tinder profile picture, you can try this one out. Instead of using the default settings on your camera, change it to portrait mode. This setting is perfect for creating crisp images.

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It focuses on the body and face and blurs the background. See that second photo? It’s magnificent. You could change it up a bit for the pose, turn your back to the cameraman, turn slightly, and look over your shoulder. This one is the public’s favorite, for sure.

Superhero Pose

If you are bored of everyday life and boring poses, the next time you go to take a picture, wear something flowy on top. This will help you create this quirky dramatic pose Asante used once on his Instagram page.

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Simply push your coat or whatever you wear upwards and slightly lean forward to create an illusion of flying/walking fast. This will surely make your followers giggle and double-tap the picture. Who wouldn’t? Give it a try; don’t be shy!

Follow the Grid Pose

Try this hack instead of snapping a picture without any concept in mind. The point is to follow the preset grid on your camera app. Follow the first two blocks from the bottom and try to fit the whole object in them.

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You will see how it changes the overall picture quality. The cameraman also lowered the phone and shot at a lower angle. This elongated the figure and created a beautiful balance and concept. This guy clearly knows what he’s doing!

Stair Master Pose

Posts about stairs and posing on the stairs/steps are neverending! Don’t fool yourself and think it’s over too soon. Nah! Our buddy Daniel Asante will always deliver the freshest content. Take a peek at what he prepared in our next photo.

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This is almost like the statue The Thinker (Le Penseur) by Auguste Rodin. At least, that’s what it reminds us of. He looks serious yet ethereal. It’s certainly a captivating photo. We are talking about the one on the right, don’t get it twisted!

Foreground Objects Pose

Daniel has a playlist on his Instagram dedicated to improving your street-style photos. It’s awesome! So, here is an example of how he would improve this vibe as well as the picture’s composition. The best thing about his tips is that they’re simple enough that anyone can follow them.

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His whole idea is to find an object, like a car, and use it in the foreground of the photo. In other words, make the vehicle closer to the camera’s eye and you further away from it. This creates an illusion of randomness and spontaneity. Cool, isn’t it?

Tilt the Camera Pose

Now, this last one is something we might have already talked about a bit here. It’s a classic. If you don’t want your photos to be dull or want to make them a bit dynamic, try tilting your camera slightly to the side.

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Do you see what that simple trick can do? Wonders, that’s what! First of all, the reflection is gone. Second, his posture looks better, and he looks taller and stronger overall. He is confident, bold, and daring. See how powerful photography is?