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Dear Golden Girls,
How do you get natural looking poses? What are you saying to your clients?
Natural Pose Seeker
Dear Natural Pose Seeker,
More often than not, our clients are not professional models. They don't know how to pose themselves and they are looking to us for guidance. When I meet my subjects, the first thing I do is try to break the ice and just be real. I'll try to get them relaxed and I'll give them two tips to help with their session:
1. I'll quote Sue Bryce: "Chin forward, down." (I actually renamed it the duck pose!) They watch me do it, we have a laugh at how ridiculous I feel, but then they see my double chin disappear!
2. I tell them to shift their weight to the back leg, again I'm demonstrating all this time and being completely silly! They laugh, tensions release, etc!
I start off by not posing at all, I like let them act completely natural, so that I can study their movements and mannerisms. Once I've got a few ideas, I'll always ask them to mirror me, or watch me do it first. Once in position, that is when I get them to give me that natural expression or look. Posing shouldn't be too dramatic or extreme. The point of photographing this moment is to remember the way this moment was. I'll explain to them what I want but all the while I'll say "if you don't hear anything from me you are doing it right!"
"The point of photographing this moment is to remember the way this moment was."
Here are some bonus tips to keep in mind!
Make them laugh, if you're not a comedian, it's OK, just be silly! It doesn't matter if they are laughing at you or with you as long as you get that smile!
With couples have them just stare are each other, it will immediately create that intimacy when trying to create a real moment.
Have your client move! Create motion, walking, talking, tickling, etc. I love to have a client walking away from me and then I'll yell "Turn around!" and BAM! Love it!
Set them up and leave them be! I love to create the setting but leave the clients. Sometimes, if I feel they are really nervous, I'll say I'll be right back, I need to get a battery. Then, I'll put on my long lens and go hide somewhere! So sneaky! <3
Hopefully these tips help you out the next time you're out with your clients!
Happy Tuesday! Xoxo!
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