In photography, nailing the pose is everything. It’s how you sell the clothing or accessory the model is wearing and it’s how you get a mood across. It’s key that my poses come across organic and natural. I want my images to feel effortless and believable.
Interacting with the models is so important. I begin by talking with them and making them feel comfortable before we ever start shooting. Once we figure out our first look and concept, I like to explain the vibe I want (smiling, looking bad ass, playful, strong, etc.) and start snapping and see what happens. I usually play off how the model is moving and begin giving suggestions. Some models need more direction than others, so I judge how much I need to direct and I try not to initially position them myself or get really detailed in explaining how they should move or look. I shot weddings for years, so I’m very quick capturing the moment and I think that has helped me shoot fashion. There’s a moment and you see a shot and you have to grab it before it’s gone. It’s hard to recreate those moments without creating a posed look. I find that if you give too much direction, the model can start to overthink the pose.
Posing tips …
Have fun…and let the model have fun! The minute you get too serious or show frustrations, it changes the vibe and that can come through in your images. If the model feels awkward, then your photos will look awkward. Make your subjects feel comfortable! Give them a compliment, tell them what you do like. If they aren’t giving you what you want… change the location and try something else.
Don’t over pose the model. I like to give suggestions and let the model run with it. Some models are more natural than others, but usually this is how I’ll get my best shots. If you’re too picky about posing them (i.e. telling them exactly where to put each hand, leg, head tilt, etc), then you will most likely lose that effortless look.
Get weird! The best shots are when you push for the unexpected/ Don’t be afraid to come up with silly ideas. Have them shake their hair, run past you, do something different...this when you get interesting shots. Many of the shots look silly and won’t work but no one will ever see those except you. Getting weird usually makes everyone laugh and the moments before and after the pose are those candid natural moments that end up being the shot.
Taryn is a southern California based photographer specializing in fashion, lifestyle, editorial & travel. With a degree in graphic design, a trends/materials background in the action sports industry & a passion for travel. Taryn's path has taken her around the world and offered her the opportunity to work with some amazingly creative people. From lookbooks to editorial features, she has collaborated with bands, brands, and top designers.
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