Easy Photo Poses That Does Not Require You To Look Into the Camera for Beginners

Published on Mar 05, 2020

Envious about how celebrities and influencers make photo-taking look so effortlessly glamorous? Don't be - there are certain tips and tricks you can follow to make it easier for yourself.

Posing is a learned skill and you can overcome the cringe of photo-taking if you know which pose to go for. It's not as easy at it looks, but you can work towards making it look natural and flattering.

Based on our experiences taking hair photos, we've collated a list of simple poses that even the shyest of girls can use to show off your new hairdo without looking at the camera!

1. Downcast Frontal Shot


A pose favoured by many influencers, the downcast look enables you to exude the charm of a matured lady while at the same time putting focus on your long long lashes. 

Lavender Hair Colour by The Urban Aesthetics

Hair Illustrated by The Urban Aesthetics @ Raffles City

To execute this pose well, you will need to:

  1. Look diagonally downwards (about 45 degrees away)
  2. Lengthen your neck by bringing your ears forward and tilt your chin down so you don't end up with a double chin
  3. Put your hands in your hair to give it a slight tousle for a more natural look

We love that it allows you to look great and showcase your face and hair without the need to stare directly into the camera. Great for those who feel more shy or uncomfortable with posing!

Two Toned Pink Hair Colour by Kenaris Salon

Kenaris Salon @ Wheelock Place

When you get really comfortable, you can even use both hands to play with your hair as you take the photo. 

Blowout Perm by Focus Hairdressing

It gives your hair the blowout look, making your hair look sexy and voluminous.

Blowout Perm by Focus Hairdressing

Blowout Perm by Focus Hairdressing

2. Look Diagonally Upwards


If your jawline is a little long, you may want to consider looking upwards at a 45-degree angle to enhance your overall frontal view. 

Photo Pose Diagonal Angle with Perm by Koinonia Salon

Koinonia Salon @ Tiong Bahru

To execute this pose well, you will need to:

  1. Turn your head to the side and tilt your head slightly upwards
  2. Look off into the distance dreamily
  3. Smile!
Pink Hair Colour by SAD Hair Design

S.A.D's Hair Design @ River Valley

Yet another pose that doesn't require you to look directly into the camera so it's easy to do it even if you're around people.

3. Frontal Sideway Glance


If you like your front view but not that keen to look at the camera, you can always try a frontal side glance where your eyes move to one side but your face remains frontal to the camera. 

Photo Pose Tips Frontal Sideway Glance

Picasso Hair Studio @ Bugis

To execute this pose well, you will need to:

  1. Keep your face (body is optional) facing the camera
  2. Look off to the side
Photo Pose Tips Side Glance

Make sure you just look slightly to the side of the camera because if you look too far away, you'll look like you're giving someone the 'side eye' look. Then it'll be more of a meme than a hair shot.

If you want to make that photo uniquely yours, you can always add a prop e.g. your fave bubble tea or just add a twist and position it at the top of your head. 

4. Side View with Hand in Hair


Like your side view more than your front? This pose is perfect for you.

Photo Pose Tips with Brown Hair Colour from Full House

Full House Salon @ Tampines

To execute this pose well, you will need to:

  1. Turn your face 90 degrees to show off your side profile
  2. Ask someone to arrange your hair so it flows nicely
  3. You can choose to lift your hand to your hair to make the pose look more candid
Glamorous Perm by Pro Trim

Pro Trim @ Ngee Ann City

The side you choose depends on which is your "good side".If you're feeling awkward, you can play with your hair or twirl it around your finger.

5. I'm looking out the window


Survey the surroundings around you. Is there a window and curtain somewhere you can face?

To execute this pose well, you will need to:

  1. Find a window and face it 
  2. Try to look natural as you gaze into the imaginary sunset
Photo Pose Looking Out of The Window

Bump Hair Design @ River Valley

If so, you can gently prop the curtain open for a natural photo of you looking out the window. 

Doing this during golden hour will give you a gorgeous glow!

So aim for the morning or evening to get your money shot.

6. My Neck is Tired


This is a common pose that will get you teasing comments on Instagram from your friends, but people love it for a reason! You can hide part of your face if you feel shy and it is a simple pose that anyone can do. 

It's feminine, carefree and subtle at the same time.

To execute this pose well, you will need to:

  1. Choose your favourite side
  2. Turn your head to the side slightly
  3. Place your hand on your neck, chin or jaw 
Photo Pose Touching Neck with Hair by Bump Hair Design

Bump Hair Design @ The Rochester Buona Vista

It may feel a little strange at the beginning but it is a position that makes you look more gentle and demure. 

You can play with using your left or right hand to see which pose you prefer. Don't forget that your fingers affect the overall feel of the picture too.

7. I'm Thinking About You


Similar to the previous pose, this allows you to show off your hair and face in a way that isn't too in your face.

To execute this pose well, you will need to:

  1. Look to the side
  2. Place your fingers on your chin or lips
Brown Hair Perm by Bump Hair Design

Bump Hair Design @ The Rochester Buona Vista

In a variation to the above side view, you can touch your lips in a position that says I'm thinking about you.

Try closing your eyes, looking to the side or smiling slightly to see what looks best.

8. Top-Down Side View


If you just did your lashes, the top-down side view is a great position as it shows off your beautiful lashes while at the same time highlights the side view of your hair. 

To execute this pose well, you will need to:

  1. Look down to one side
  2. Ask the cameraman to take it from a higher angle
Korean Perm by Style NA

Style NA Korean Hair Salon @ Compass One

Just remember to bring all the hair to one side for a fuller, more voluminous look. 

9. Look Back at me


Love how your hair falls upon your bronzed lean shoulders? 

Don't forget a back shot with your strapless top!

Fluxes House @ Outram Park

To execute this pose well, you will need to:

  1. Turn your body away from the camera
  2. Gently look back
Blue Purple Hair Colour by Bump Hair Design

Bump Hair Design @ The Rochester Buona Vista

10. Back Photos


If you are really really shy, you can totally hide your face by taking a shot of your hair from the back.

To execute this pose well, you will need to:

  1. Just face away from the camera

Easy!

Back Pose Brown Hair Colour by Threes Japanese

Threes Japanese Hair Salon

There're lots of variations with the back shot alone... so, we're leaving all that to our next article on 13 Easy Back Poses to Show off Your New Hairdo!

What's your favourite pose so far?

Share your thoughts with us below!

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