IMP Studio Workshop: Strike A Pose

Last night I hosted April’s workshop at the studio. We chatted all about posing and had a blast! Below are some of the tips that I shared with the group before we went outside to catch the last little bit of light with Melissa and Brad.

  • Look for amazing light. Light over location…any day! (The images below were taken in a busy parking lot and in a dirty alley)
  • Know your gear. Be confident in your abilities as a photographer.
  • Educate your client on how to prepare for the shoot and what to expect during┬áthe shoot.
  • Arrive early, scout the location and develop a plan prior to your clients’ arrival. Once your client arrives, discuss your plan.
  • Don’t over complicate a pose. The best pose is a natural and organic pose that just flows.
  • Show as well as tell…Give clear directions and mirror what you’d want your clients to do. (Tip: Practice poses in the mirror ┬áto make sure that they look natural)
  • Use your clients’ names and give positive feedback. Talk to your clients during the shoot. Engaging in conversation relaxes everyone. Bonus…if you’re having fun, you’re guaranteed a natural smile/laugh. You never want to ask for a cheesy “smile!”
  • Always have your camera at the ready…you never know when something amazing is going to happen.
  • Don’t forget to move! Pick up your feet and walk around your client, lay on the floor, squat down…look at the same pose in a different perspective.
  • Establish go-to poses in case you get stuck. AND…if you get super stuck, just go for a walk with your client. Sometimes taking a second to breathe and walk it off will give you new perspective.
  • Tell the story…shoot environmental things, too.
  • Take a deep breath and have fun…it will ensure that your clients will have fun too!

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And then, we took the shoot indoors…

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