Updated: Jun 22
You wouldn’t go in front of thousands of people and start winging a speech you’ve never prepared. So why would you walk into a photoshoot not knowing what to do?
Yeah, I get it, it’s your first time in front of a photographer and you don’t know where to start or what works.
No worries, if you’ve found this post it shows that you want to make the most out of your photoshoot and you’re already one step closer to photography success.
Here are some guidelines that will help you get the best results from your photoshoot;
As tempting as it is to face the camera head-on, it’s not necessarily the best look. Unless you’re deliberately going for that “mug shot” look. My guess is, that’s not the case here. Standing or sitting at a slight angle (facing the direction of the sun/main light) makes you look far more relaxed and way sexier.
Show off your face
This one is pretty simple. Make sure you’re not covering your face with your hands, clothing or props. Your face is the money maker, so make sure the camera can always see it.
Aim for the moon
Someone once said to me “aim for the moon and even if you miss at least you’ll fall among the stars”. I always believe that you need to walk into every situation with a clear goal in mind. As a photographer it's no different. I like to map out a visual goal for every session. For me the best place to start for inspiration is always – you guessed right - Pinterest.
Find at least 2-3 poses you absolutely love and practice them in front of the mirror. If you’re feeling really brave, ask someone to take a few shots with your phone.
Be prepared, the end result may not look exactly like Beyoncé on the set of crazy in love, but we’ll get something that’s pretty darn awesome and unique to you - and that is what’s important. Just remember practice makes perfect.
As much as I love directing a shoot, I absolutely LOVE it when you show me what you’re all about. So dance, walk, skip, jump and use the props to show off your fabulous personality using interesting poses.
This is a great way for your viewer to get a glimpse of who you are and form a first impression of you. The photos from this photoshoot will be with you for a long time and if you’re using them to market yourself in any way, they will speak before you do. Remember that how you pose determines how confident you appear.
If you haven’t already noticed, I’m all about movement in my style of photography. There is something about motion that takes away the awkwardness in a “pose”.
Although I will give you suggestions to get you going. I’m secretly waiting for those magic moments in between to start snapping the best photographs of you.
It’s easy to overthink your photoshoot and yeah I know there are a lot of tips here, but if you only take one thing from this post remember to smile. The most beautiful thing about you is your smile. So while you’re bobbing and weaving or jumping and kicking make sure you do it with a smile on your face (at least some of the time).
Above all relax and enjoy, I’ll be there directing you through every step of your photoshoot. We’re going to have so much fun (you’ll see).
For more inspiration on how to pose head over to my studio photography page
That said... can’t wait to meet you!