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Flow Posing Hack: Memorize 30 Poses The Easy Way


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. 🙂

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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)!

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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

Flow Posing - Boudoir Flow Posing by Michael Zelbel - eBook - 1 copy

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.

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Tutorial “Posing with Coxy Dominika”

LIVE Replay: ‘The World Of Posing’ – Starting Out, Glamour & Art Nude

LIVE Replay: ‘The World Of Posing’ – Starting Out, Glamour & Art Nude

12 Films. 128 Min Runtime. FullHD
Starring Czech Playmate Coxy Dominika & Canadian Art Nude Sensation Hanna.
From Posing Basics to Coaching Systems to Genres: always sexy. Different genres, different posing styles, different model types. All techniques and examples guarantee you immediate, meaningful and portfolio-proof imagery and the settings with Coxy Dominika and Hanna will let you replicate and adapt not only your ideas but also your shots right away.

A traveler at heart, inspired by women, working along Swiss precision. Dan is a mediapreneur, photographer, author of several books and founder + Editor in Chief of Being a successful photographer for more than 15 years Dan got internationally published and featured on/in GQ Online, The India Times, FashionONE TV, FotoTV, GoodLight Mag, amongst many others. Dan is currently residing and working in Prague, CZ. Dan will talk about his projects, provide insights in shootings & concepts, produce webinars, create Academy content, explain styles, emphasize the importance of working with models and any other exciting topic he discovers along the way.

What “system/hack” do you use for remembering poses in a flow?

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Dan, Just went through the book and found it very informative (like just about everything on this site). It did leave me with a technical question though, the diagram on page 56 uses speedlights (which I’ve never used before). I went into set.a.light and tried the same settings as shown in the diagram using 250 ws monolights and the shots were massively blown out even at minimum power, leading me to believe that the monolights are much stronger than the speedlights. My own are 320 ws, so I would expect it to be even worse if I tried. Obviously, I… Read more »

Wow, that was quick – thanks! I swapped out the units you used for what I actually have (47″ octabox and 7″ reflector) and when I put them in the exact position and orientation you had it worked great. What surprised me was that the wall light had to be stronger than the model’s to make the background blend away. I then tried it on the pose that I originally had been trying, which is much like #3 “Anchor” and I was unable to get the look. Here’s the link with the .set file that got closest, but the light… Read more »

I think it’s great. Hadn’t thought of using a light blocking item to stop the spill. Once that’s done, it all comes together nicely. Thanks for the help, and I hope this conversation is helpful to others too.

Boudoir Flow Posing is a very useful to guide you on a boudoir session.
I recommend it for anyone working with photography at that style. The e-book is so easy to undertand and very elaborated.

Hi Dan
In Michael’s video re the posing his books language is not English (German??) can you please confirm what the written language is in the book

thank you

Hello Chovik, thanks for reading, watching and reaching out.

While Michael is indeed of German origin all his (ours) material is delivered in English, the book(s) as well. Hope this helps.

Best from Prague, Dan

Hi Dan Thanks for sharing your posts. I have watched many of your tutorials and DVD. In fact I have purchased too many of your DVD and books that I never had time to finish watching/reading. Many photography teachers have discussed about posing sexy models. But hardly anybody have explained clearly why and what they want to achieve from those poses. We can pose sexy models in hundreds of ways. Professional models know how and are able to do many poses. Amateurs or the average clients are only able to do limited poses due to their body type or fitness.… Read more »