On Location Glamour Posing
Dec03

On Location Glamour Posing

Nowadays, I have an in-home studio but in the not-so-distant past, I made all of my portraits on location in my home working with window light in the kitchen, dining room, and a loft area outside my home office. When working on location, don’t get fussy about posing subjects Watch what they does naturally and try to have them interact with the background in some way that’s physically comfortable. To show them how I want her to stand,...

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Studio Tuesday: Posing on Seamless Paper
Aug27

Studio Tuesday: Posing on Seamless Paper

“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.— Diane Arbus I haven’t had an Oreo in a long time but anybody who’s ever made a portrait knows what the late Ms. Arbus was talking about. But posing a portrait subject against a seamless paper background is the ultimate tests of your ability to make something from nothing; you’re shooting without a net—naked, even if your subject is wearing...

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Portrait Posing Basics
Jul30

Portrait Posing Basics

When I was younger, I attended a workshop on portrait posing and it went something like this: The well-respected speaker, who was known for his classic portraits, demonstrated how to pose a subject. It was basically pose A, then pose B, then Pose C. After a few minutes he asked me to show the group how to pose the model we had been working with and I didn’t remember a darn thing. It was too much detail for my brain to handle, so I...

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A Pre-Shoot Portrait  Checklist
Jul23

A Pre-Shoot Portrait Checklist

Communications is the most important aspect of portraiture. It starts with initial client contact and then moves onto communication during the session but to make the best possible image, you need to start before a subject arrives. Here’s a few simple tips that will make your subjects look better during future sessions which in turn translates into better portraits and happier clients. Feel free to copy and even improve these...

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Photographing People is Not Just About Equipment…
May23

Photographing People is Not Just About Equipment…

…it’s about interaction with your subjects and getting them to trust you and relax. A portrait shoot is a team effort so discuss what you would like to accomplish during a shoot. So many times I’ve seen photographers shooting models and expecting them to do all the work. Sometimes that works, sometime it doesn’t because there are two types of photo subjects: Inner-directed people are the Energizer bunnies of photo subjects. You...

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Posing Tips: Expressions & Hats
May14

Posing Tips: Expressions & Hats

There is an old photographer’s expression—ESP—Expression Sells Portraits. The expression on a subject’s face tells the story of who they are. If they only have one look on their face, their portfolio will look monotonous. Be sure to look at both sides of a subject’s face. Most people—even supermodels—have one side of their face that photographs better than the other side but don’t let that stop you from posing them one way or...

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In the Studio: Some Posing Basics
May07

In the Studio: Some Posing Basics

One of the most important elements in creating saleable portraits is knowing how to pose your subjects. You may be able to photograph a beautiful woman but if her pose is awkward, clumsy, or just unattractive, it will greatly reduce your ability to sell prints. And because often you’ll often be working with people that have not been photographed since their wedding or senior portraits, it’s also important to develop a good...

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