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.

glamour photography, posing

1/60 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 400

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, I put myself in the pose but let her give me her interpretation of that pose—often better than my original idea.

Once she’s in a pose, I select camera angles that accent their good features and minimize anything she is self-conscious about, even if she’s wrong about it. One way to increase communications is to show them some of the images on your digital camera’s LCD screen during the shoot. I don’t show her every shot, just ones I like. Most subjects respond positively to this but with some it totally breaks their concentration and you have to start all over again. If this happens; don’t show any photos until your finished with a specific pose or clothing change. When it does work—and that’s most of the time—seeing how great she looks gives her confidence in your abilities and makes the session progress smoother.

This glamour image was shot in the loft outside my old home office with an EOS 60D and EF 85mm f/1.8 lens and a 550EX speedlight as fill. The ‘pushing against the wall’ pose can be thought of as a vertical push up. Makes sure her hands are no higher than her shoulder so there’s no chance of blocking her face. But ’ya know that the best pose is one that looks good to you and the subject.

Author: Joe Farace

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