Recently I heard a photographer say, "I don't know how to photograph a guy" (this was a male photographer speaking). Well it really is not that hard. Think about some things that guys want to look like in images when photographed alone:
- Guys want to look cool
- They want to look strong
- They 'may' want to look powerful
- Typically don't want the cutsie look (generally)
- They may be more self conscious in front of a camera than some women
- Generally need something to pose around (rather then empty space)
- Harsh lighting is ok for most men; with the possible exception of a pre-teen with bad skin.
- Shadows can be your friend and provide a dramatic look
- Poses leaning flat against a wall (if available) can work for a male.
- Stress a strong jawline by having the subject by having your subject push his chin toward you. (Peter Hurley has a Youtube video on this point)
- If he is slim, squared off to the camera will give him strong looking shoulders. If he is a little overweight, a 3/4 pose could work with this upper body very slightly bent toward the camera.
- Give the guy something to do with his hands (not over his groin). Hands/thumbs in pockets, arms crossed, Adjusting a tie, newspaper, or better yet a job or hobby related prop
- Knees should be slightly bent in a relaxed manner
- When sitting, legs crossed over one another can given a relaxed pose.
- If balding, choose a camera angle that minimizes that feature (generally- may be exceptions).
Posing men is not difficult, just a little different than working with females.