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.
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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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When I was in college, I had a friend who was a professional photographer. The first time I went to her home, I walked in to find stunning photographs of her children on the walls.
There was a huge canvas in their living room and a creative photo display in the main hallway. I remember being so moved by the beauty of those images, thinking to myself, “I want to create images like this!” I bought myself a DSLR as a graduation present, learned photography from online courses and started my photography business about a year later.