I never pose the people I photograph, I work with moment design and work with the poses that come naturally.
But. I want to be able to pose someone if I have the need, to have the skill! So in order to learn, I searched the internet after a photographer who works like that, and give classes. I found Meg Bitton, and am currently in her Posing Boot-camp.
This week’s assignment is posing a single subject. I borrowed a friend’s daughter yesterday, and got to work – trying to remember all the “do’s” and “don’ts”. My model was absolutely fantastic and tried everything I asked for without hesitation, despite mosquitos and nettles.
Bend, twist, and turn. All limbs visible (at least partly). Hands relaxed.
Take the photo slightly from above, to enhance the eyes.
And remember location! Where is the light? How can I make her stand out?
I love this photo, despite the flaws (her right hand is not placed in a good way). That look…
When I had tried all my ideas – some worked, some most certainly did NOT work, she got to play around a bit on her own:
Really like this pose! Relaxed, with movement, twists and bends for interesting shapes. Hands relaxed.
And this light! All limbs visible, slightly diagonal lines, beautiful.
So far so good! I look forward to more sessions and experiments! And yes, this will be in my repertoire. Soon.