One of the biggest concerns I hear from teens is “How will I know how to pose for my senior pictures?”. This post is all about how to pose! There are many different viewpoints on posing when it comes to photography. Some photographers are more “lifestyle” and just let you do your thing. Others give suggestions and some will give you full posing direction. I’m a mix of the last two.
In your pre-shoot emails, you’ll get 2 emails with my top tips for posing as well as some advanced pose ideas. I don’t expect you to remember any of it! I’ve found some teens find it fun to practice in the mirror before the shoot but if that isn’t you, no worries!
I always start senior picture photoshoots with full posing direction. In the beginning, you might be nervous or unsure of what to do. These poses are pretty simple and give me a good idea of how to photograph you. After about 20 minutes or so, I start giving more suggestion style posing. “Put a hand up by your face” or “Grab that branch up in the tree”. The suggestions tend towards more natural looking pictures because you’ve done the placement yourself.
Once we really get comfortable we’ll do more of what is called flow posing. You’ll do slight movements after you hear the shutter on my camera click. These are often the most favorite images from the shoot and give great variety!
Micro-adjustments are made throughout the shoot to ensure you look your best. Things like “chin down more”, “face this way a bit more” can really make or break an image. I’m always coming up with new poses to give a great variety of images but I find these micro-adjustments can make or break a photo.
Always ask your photographer their stance on posing. I’d love to talk to you about what you want from your senior pictures. Summer dates are going fast so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to grab a date with me!