January 2021 // The Beauty Edition

In-Studio Posing | Laura Shortt

Another technique that works beautifully when I’m photographing clients is to mirror poses for them. When I say mirror, I mean we almost end up playing a game of Simon Says, as you can see below. In this behind-the-scenes photo, you can see I’m showing the model how to pose and they’re mirroring it back to me. I’ve found this to be such a useful tool when photographing both my clients (people with little experience in front of the camera) and a lot of models too.

Like everything else in photography, learning in-studio posing is a journey without an end. And it’s not easy. Everyone has a unique face and body and there’s always going to be some trial and error during a shoot figuring out what does and does not work for them. It does get easier with experience, but there’s also always something new to discover. What makes it easier for me is remembering that ultimately, it all comes back to the subject in front of your camera. Just remember, honour who they are (and make ‘em look damn good ).

Laura Shortt is one happy woman. A portrait and headshot photographer based in Vancouver, Canada, she considers herself one of the luckiest people on the planet to work as a photographer full-time. When she’s not taking pictures of people, you can usually find her being a homebody, drinking coffee, and spending time with her family. website: laurashortt.com instagram: @laurashorttphotography

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