The 3 P's of Posing
POWER. 1. Power - YOU the photographer are in CONTROL. You are in control of how comfortable your clients are socially, physically and emotionally. So many times I want to say "Aw, it's too hott today... this session just isn't going to be as good". What?! No! I have the power to MAKE it work, but I have to remind myself of that. I am in control of EVERYTHING and my clients WANT me to be in control! Remember that! Your clients, more than likely, have NEVER had to be models before....they don't want to do this on their own, they want to be directed and encouraged! . One thing to watch is YOU. Be careful that you don't get overwhelmed during a shoot. It's VERY easy to do and still happens to me constantly! However, you need to recognize when you're moving too fast and getting stressed. Take a minute and collect yourself.....you will be SO thankful you did this later when you're going through your images because the first thing that goes when you're overwhelmed is creativity. When we get overwhelmed and forget that WE have the POWER in this situation....we lose our creative poses and our confidence. So if this happens to you...recognize it and take a minute or two to just stop, collect yourself and then give it another try!
PRAISE. 2. Praise - "Yes!!!!" "That's SO it!" "Awesome girl!" "OMG You look AMAZING!!!!" "Are you KIDDING ME?!" "Look at you! Gosh!!" ............ Am I obnoxious or what?! .....But it works. It does. I am overly vocal when I shoot and I mean every word. My couples are gorgeous. Every single one of them.... and I let them know it. When photographers are shooting and it's dead silent, their clients will start to think that they're doing something wrong and all of their confidence is thrown out the window! So as you're shooting....constantly tell them how awesome they are. I know that this works from personal experience. When Jasmine told me I was fierce.... I believed it! I don't even have the amazing "model face" but on my wedding day.... I believed I did! ..... Because she kept telling me I was amazing and fabulous and "gorge".... (idk, it's a Jstar word....she makes it work). . So PRAISE your clients constantly and you will see their confidence go through the ROOF! BUT....It has to be genuine praise. People can tell when you're just saying words without any meaning. I LOVE my couples...every single one of them and I think they are AMAZING.... so I let them know that. We talked about this A LOT at the Sugar Shoot and then again when I attended J&M's Walk Through a Wedding. It's such an important technique to incorporate into your shooting style.
PRECISION. 3. Precision - I still struggle with this. I say "MAYBE" way more than any normal human being should..... but I'm working on it. You have to be PRECISE when your directing clients. Saying "Well maybe move your right shoulder forward a little" is confusing! Your client will be thinking... "So should I move? Our photographer said "MAYBE"....I'm confused".... and then they start to lose confidence. Be exact. Use phrases like "Katelyn I want you to take one step towards me, nice!" ....."I need you to look straight into the lens....ah! perfect!". J&M also mentioned that using your client's name over and over again is ALWAYS a good thing and I think that's such a simple but yet brilliant tip for interacting with clients! Who doesn't love hearing their name?! And.... this clears up confusion as to whom you are talking to directly. . Oh I could go on and on about tips and tricks and examples of what NOT to do (because I've done them! haha). But we'll have to leave it at that today. So next time you're shooting.... try remembering that YOU have the power to control the situation, you need to PRAISE your clients constantly and be PRECISE when you're directing them!! Try it out and let me know if this helped at all! Enjoy your weekend! .
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