I recently read an article in a photography magazine about posing positions for portraits. I thought I will share with you some of the poses that are suitable for presentation slides. You can use these poses when taking photos of executives for your presentation visuals.
Take all photos against a white background in natural lighting when possible. Be sure to experiment with various positions to see which fits the individual.
An upper body shot with crossed arms. This can also be extended to a full body shot. Note that shoulders should be pulled back a little and stomach muscles kept in check.
Leaning against a wall makes another interesting pose for an upright position. Lean back against a wall and look slightly left (or right). Lift one leg off the ground to rest against the wall. Hands can either be folded or in the pocket as shown on the right.
A simple pose for a formal portrait like this example can be interesting when taken with full body. Hands can be holding on to the jacket. Alternatively the hands can be holding to work items such as a laptop, file, or books.
If the individual is a male subject, then the hands can be placed in the pocket. In the situation where one hand is carrying an item, the other can be placed in the pocket.
Holding a jacket over the shoulder, merely a thumb in the pocket (or tugged at the belt level), and legs crossed as shown in the illustration on the right can work very well for a business casual shot.
Leaning against the wall side ways. This is an interesting pose and can be a formal or casual shot. Instead of folding the arms as show in the illustration on the left, putting hands in the pockets and leaving the jacket unbuttoned will look good as well.
Sitting on a chair and leaning forward a little gives a pleasant uncommon pose in a formal shot. It works with or without the jacket worn.
Ensure that the sitting position is comfortable and that the height of the chair is adjusted correctly.