How to pose people
Take a quick look at the rejected photographs above and apply these lessons to your own work, it’ll push your portrait work to new heights.
Posing panics happen, but it doesn’t have to give you a mind melt.
We’ve all been out, with a model – it’s a huge rush of excitement. We just want to keep shooting, well into the golden hours.
But then it happens. Brain freeze. Inspiration drains away, leaving you panicky and frustrated.
The picture is beautiful, but something is a little off. And it’s hard to put your finger on why.
Look at my mistakes and learn from them. SEE THE FULL STORY HERE
Mistake #1 – Posture
Once your model or friend has taken a seat, ask them to sit tall, push their shoulder blades together and drop the shoulder nearest to the camera.
Mistake #2 – Tension in the hands
Now ask your friend to take the tale-tell nervousness from their hands – ask for soft, gentle and curled fingers.
Mistake #3 – Trying too hard
You’ve got the perfect pose coming together beautifully. It’s just a little too perfect. Too artificial.
Secret #1 – Tell a joke
The missing ingredient is connection. When you’re confident you’ve crafted a flattering position for your model. Tell a joke. Share a story. Ask a question. Then wait.
Secret #2 – Wait for the laughter to fade
Once the giggles and smiles have calmed. Raise the camera to your face. CLICK. Be confident you’ve captured a genuine smile. And move on.
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I produce stylish portraits for the modern women that are neither cliched nor formulaic. The portraits in my portfolio are full of character and detail, captured during relaxed sessions that are ever-practical and fun – so they are easy on the purse strings and appreciated by couples or families too.
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