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Are you stuck for Instagram poses ideas when you take your photos?
Then this post will give you tons of ideas on different poses, props or scenarios you can try for your next photo session. Whether it’s a professional one or just yourself taking outfit photos in a mirror selfie style, these will be perfect for you.
I’ll be completely honest here. I’ve been at this Instagram and fashion blogging game for years and it took me a long time to find my confidence and different poses that I liked for my photos.
So if you’re just starting out, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. We can all get a bit too critical of ourselves when it comes to that “perfect” Instagram shot.
Don’t overanalyse your shots, just have fun and take some inspiration from this huge list of Instagram poses ideas to get those cute photos you want.
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47 Instagram Poses Ideas
Let’s dive into all the photo posing ideas for influencers.
1. Mirror selfie sitting down
For this pose, sit down in front of a mirror, ideally a full length one. Put one foot forward towards the mirror and cross the other leg under. Then relax your hands on your knees and take the snap.
2. Fling that handbag
Use your handbag as the perfect prop for a relaxed pose. Put one foot forward or to the side and fling your bag forwards or backwards. This pose is a really dynamic one with lots of movement and it works really well for outfit pictures.
3. Hold your flowers and your hat
Some useful props for your pictures could be your hat and a flower bouquet or just a few stems of flowers. Hold the flowers in one hand and grab your hat with the other, for an effortless look.
4. Hand on hip
Place on hand on your hip and legs apart. A super quick and easy pose for when you’re in doubt of what to do in front of the camera.
5. Head down
This pose is great especially if you want to show off your hat, for example. Simply look down and maybe use one hand to grab your hat or your hair.
6. One foot up
This pose looks so effortless and like you’re just chilling when someone happened to take your photo. Find a wall or a curb, sidewalk you can sit on and put one leg up with hands on your knees.
7. Heading in or out the door
This in-motion pose is a really cool one you can use for your photos. Place one hand on the door handle and one foot in front of the other, to make it look like you are heading in or out the door.
8. Hold my hand
This is a classic pose that’s so cute. Have your photographer – or Instagram husband, haha 🙂 – hold your hand for this pose.
9. Walking away street pose
If you like taking street style pictures, this pose is perfect for you. It’s so popular because it just works. Simply act like you are walking away, putting one foot forward or one foot back. You can add extra motion by touching your hair, putting one hand in your pocket or you could hold a coffee cup.
10. Crossing the street
Similar to the previous street style pose. Put one foot forward or to the side and look both ways, just like you would when you’re crossing the street.
11. Scooch down
Turn your body sideways towards the camera and scooch down. A cute pose for when you want to try something a bit different. It really helps showcase the details of your outfit.
12. One foot in front of the other
A very simple yet effective pose. It elongates your legs and it’s a very flattering pose. Add other elements like one hand on your hip, holding a handbag or holding your hat for extra details.
13. Hands on knees
A super cute pose. Sit down on a surface, bench, wall, cross your legs and put both hands on your knees.
14. Checking your phone
A cool pose that makes it look the shot was taken “in action” is the checking your phone one. Hold your phone in one hand and either look at the camera or look down at the phone.
15. Sitting on stairs
Stairs can be such a great place to take Instagram photos.
16. Kick one leg up in the air
You can face towards the camera or you can face away from the camera, and then kick one leg up in the air. This is such a fun pose that gives a careless vibe.
17. Both hands in the coat pockets
If you’re wearing a coat or jacket, this pose is a super simple one you can try. Put both hands in the coat pockets and either face the camera or turn sideways towards the camera.
18. Lean forward
Sometimes a quick lean forward and a big smile is all you need for that great Instagram shot.
19. Hands up in the air
Another fun pose is to throw your hands up in the air and say a yay.
20. Side lean on a door or wall
When in doubt, lean one shoulder on a door or a wall and look the other way.
21. Sitting on a wall with hands together
Sit on a bench, wall or sidewalk curb, legs spread apart a bit and hands together.
22. One hand in your pocket
If your trousers have pockets, take advantage of it and put one hand in your pocket.
23. One item in each hand
Use any accessories or extra pieces of clothing as props. For example, hold your handbag in one hand and a cardigan in the other hand.
24. Round mirror selfie
Have you got a round mirror around your home? This is a perfect prop for mirror selfies that stand out a bit more.
25. One foot forward
While standing, put on foot forward. This is another pose that elongates legs and looks flattering in pictures.
26. Fling your coat
If you’re wearing a coat or jacket, put one hand in your pocket and fling it around to create more movement in the photo.
27. The flamingo
The flamingo is such a cool pose you can try easily. Lean against a wall and bend one leg up.
28. Enjoy a cuppa
Nothing better than enjoying a hot cuppa. Hold your favourite mug for a simple and cute pose.
29. Grab a seat
Sometimes finding a stool or armchair you can sit on is everything you need for that cool outfit shot.
30. Sit on the floor
Alternatively, you can sit on the floor with either legs to the side or crossing your legs.
31. Look over your shoulder
Pretend like you are turning away from the camera to walk away. Then turn and look over your shoulder for a really cool pose.
32. Back towards the camera
Sometimes facing completely away from the camera can look so cool, especially if you’ve got a nice scenery in the background. It’s also a great pose if you want to showcase a backpack or a hairstyle.
33. Fix your hair
Whichever previous pose you choose, adding a bit of movement such as fixing your hair can give it a nicer effect.
34. Look to the side
A really simple but cute pose you can try is simple look to the side.
35. Simply smile
Sometimes all you need for a great picture is a big smile.
36. Legs crossed
Cross your legs one in front of each other for a cute and simple pose.
37. Fling your skirt
If you’re wearing a skirt or a dress, grab the fabric with one hand and fling it from side to side. Again, movement in a picture can really make it stand out and it draws attention to the skirt or dress you’re wearing.
38. Sit down on a bench
If you’re shooting in a park or somewhere you can find a bench, why not use it as a prop for your picture?
39. Bend one leg back
The cute Hollywood-style pose with bending one leg back is an easy one to try.
40. Having fun mirror selfie
Sometimes just being silly in a mirror selfie is all you need for that cute Instagram picture.
41. Stepping down the stairs
If you’ve got stairs around in town or you’re just using your front porch, step down those stairs looking down.
42. Bag hanging on one hand
A great way to show the bag you’re wearing is to place it on one hand and turn a bit sideways to make it stand out more.
43. Hold your sunglasses
This is such a simple trick that looks effortless. Take your sunglasses off and hold then with both hands.
44. Reach for your sunglasses
You can also reach for your sunglasses while you have them on. This is another pose with movement that you can try.
45. Tuck your hair behind your ear
Tucking your hair behind your ear can look so classy and it’s perfect if you want to show off earrings or a hair style.
46. Hair in the wind
Is it super windy the day you’re taking pictures? Don’t fret, just let your hair go wild in the wind. It can make for a really cool effect in your pictures.
47. Upside down
Sit on a sofa, bed, chair or floor with your legs up in the air. This upside down pose is a bit different and will definitely stand out in your feed.
I hope these Instagram poses ideas gave you some inspiration for your next photo session.
Which one of these poses are you going to try? Let me know in the comments!
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