March 2021 // The Senior Edition

5. MIX IT UP

Make sure you get a variety of poses throughout the session from standing to laying down as well as a good mix of full lengths, 3/4 or 1/2 body and close-ups. Flow through similar poses to easily get a different look. Jackets and hats are great tools to help with posing ideas and give the hands something to do. Action shots like a hair flip, walking and twirling are perfect for getting the senior to laugh and let loose. Know and use the poses that are your best sellers while also showing more creative, interesting options. Use the location or props to inspire posing ideas such as back alley stairs for sitting and leaning or soft grasses and sandy beaches to lay down. Have a variety of furniture to use and maybe even a blanket.

Settings: f4.0 @ 1/200 iso 200

6. THINK ABOUT IT DIFFERENTLY

To put the extra edge on an already great pose, try to play the “what if” game. What if you photograph that pose from a completely different angle? What if you use a wide-angle lens as opposed to a telephoto? What if you push yourself outside of your own comfort zone and find something that fills your creative cup? If you play this game regularly these things will start to come naturally and unique posing will be like second nature to you.

Settings: f2.8 @ 1/1250 iso 400

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