When it comes to being a senior photographer, there’s undoubtedly a few things we have to do well. Posing and helping our clients pose is certainly at the top of that list. Seniors want to feel confident and like they know what they’re doing when they come in for their portraits, so it’s important that we can make them feel that way! I’ve always been a firm believer in the idea that the more we can explain, show, and tell them, the more confident everyone will be. One of my favorite ways to approach posing is by mirroring poses to my seniors. So today, I’m going to share some easy posing tips for senior portrait photographers so that you’re comfortable mirroring poses for your seniors, too!
When I say “mirroring poses”, I literally mean that you’re demonstrating exactly what to do for your clients. This allows your seniors to see what you mean and are trying to tell them! You can see this in action HERE. Now, onto the tips…
Yep. It sounds easy, but it’s the truth! You have to be able to do the poses you want your seniors to do! Practicing in a mirror helps you understand what the pose looks and feels like. This makes it much easier to explain and coach your seniors into the right positions.
While you’re mirroring the pose for a client, break the pose down into smaller bits. When you’re explaining it, start with their feet. Then maybe their hands. Then onto the expression you want. Smaller chunks of direction are easier to digest and process! This will lead to less frustration on everyone’s part!
Everyone feels awkward in front of the camera. It’s a fact of life! So, don’t forget to encourage your clients as they’re working through the pose. If you want them to adjust something, mention it! They want their photos to look good and are trusting you to make sure that happens. Be there for them and help them understand what they’re doing well (or what they’re not!).
Something I’m asked A LOT is how to incorporate poses with movements? Many photographers will ask how to prompt their clients but also how to make sure the images come out clearly and in focus. My biggest tip for moving poses is to repeat them at least twice, while letting your client know that you’re just taking extra shots to make sure they’re perfect. Some of my favorite moving poses include walking, twirling with a dress and swaying slightly side to side.
If you want more tips on poses with movement, make sure you check out the new Senior Posing Academy! I have so many great tips for posing ideas, how to pose clients, and how to get confident with your posing options. Click HERE to learn more about the Senior Posing Academy.
While it’s easy to overshoot and overshare final images, I want to encourage you to remember that the more work you do at the session, the more you have to do after the session. Time is money so don’t give away too many images. Set a limit per pose or outfit, only shoot on one memory card and remember that you don’t have to repeat every pose in every outfit! Some outfits will help dictate your posing and it’s okay to follow that – and only that. And, if something isn’t working… move on! You don’t have to make every pose work perfectly every time. It’s okay to try something new.
I have a brand new course called The Senior Posing Academy (to be released soon)! This course will teach you the importance of posing, the entire posing formula and show you exactly how this formula works on senior sessions! If you are interested in being the first to know when this course is available, be sure to go to the waitlist and add your name so you’ll be the first to know (and get a special discount). And don’t forget to grab my FREE Posing Guide, 1 Pose 50 Ways.
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