If you have watched the above shooting sequence, you have observed how I handle posing flow, directing the model and communicating with her. This is a part of my natural workflow and after years of exercising shoots this habit became a natural part of me by now.
Though that was not always the case!
I had to learn how to build a rapport, communicate and direct poses the hard way (with a lot of failures…).
Pre-internet it was not that easy to get condensed and awesome visual educational material with proper focus on the essentials. This has definitely improved these days. 🙂
A Practical Game-Plan: Prepare Yourself, Show Confidence
When you work with a model, being to the point and starting a shoot fast shows that you know what you’re doing. It says you’re confident – even though you probably don’t feel that way (sometimes) 🙂
A few of you might remember the LIVE 2 show where I preached that it is always you who is leading the show – (well, the shoot)!
Pretending or Knowing? Simple Systems Help You.
Your model needs to feel that you know what you are doing. Even if you are a newcomer you are responsible for the guidance when it comes to poses. If you feel lost, you should at least pretend that you know what you are doing.
You’re the boss; you are the director on the set. (Doesn’t matter if you are working with a model or a private client.)
Thoughtful preparations before the actual shoot and educational tools during the session are definitely helpful.
Remembering Poses: Michael Zelbel’s Brain Hack For You
There’s actually a neat system that easily lets you remember a large sequence of poses. Michael explains his trick and system in the following video.
The following video offers you awesome detailed posing system explanations and actions you can replicate in your next shoot right away. Those are very valuable 5 minutes worth spending – I promise you!
“Flow Posing”. More Inspiration. More Ideas. Less Hassle.
Michael’s comprehensive eBook reveals many more aspects and also poses as full system that you can adopt and rely on. In this case, I can really say it’s a hack, offering you a short cut that lets you smoothly sail around trails and errors. Purchasing the eBook is very wise spent, little money.
The 60-page PDF spells out 30 boudoir/glam/portrait poses in detailed, clear directions based on the flow & letter system. Sticking to this hack will help you to begin your shoots faster and more productively.
And because you and SWP peeps are awesome, I got a deal for you from Michael: 20% OFF.