Inspired Poses

When honing your skills for posing, I highly recommend drawing inspiration from other pieces of artwork. Posing is not easy. In fact, I find it one of the more challenging aspects of fashion flair. Hair, makeup, and wardrobe are taken care of before the shoot, but the posing is based on your ideas, your client's abilities, and your communication skills during the shoot.

Because of the challenges of posing, I recommend that you come prepared with inspiration shots for posing or some concrete posing ideas to use as a starting place. I do this all the time for fashion flair shoots. In fact, I often print out a piece of paper with 5-6 different poses that have inspired me for a shoot. This is even more helpful when photographing couples. When doing research, I seek out poses that reflect the theme of the shoot or the personality of the subject and use these poses as a starting point.

Figure 4.2, for example, is an interesting pose that I can honestly say I would not have come up with myself. I found this pose in a fashion and style blog. Finding great poses is easy with professional models, but with regular subjects it becomes more challenging to push the boundaries.

Figure 4.2, for example, is an interesting pose that I can honestly say I would not have come up with myself. I found this pose in a fashion and style blog. Finding great poses is easy with professional models, but with regular subjects it becomes more challenging to push the boundaries.

Fashion Photography Poses

Figure 4.2

Because posing can be challenging, I often bring along inspiration on a sheet of paper to guide the way.

If I had to verbally describe these poses to subjects, it would be challenging. That's why I bring physical printouts of these inspiration shots to the shoot. It helps clients visualize what I'm trying to go for. If this pose isn't working, I can always take the shot and compare the two images side by side to see the differences. In general, though, I am not working that rigidly. I usually find a good pose as a starting point and then go with the natural flow of the shoot or the chemistry of the couple.

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