So you feel awkward in front of the camera.
This is something expressed to me quite often before a session. Which makes me think, what are photographers doing with their clients? Is it just a free-for-all? Are they not telling them how to pose? Why is this such a common huge concern?
However I feel the need to start out by telling you this: Smiling and staring straight into the camera is the most unnatural thing you could possibly do! I don't know why this is 1) what everyone assumes they have to do during a photo session and 2) why they think that this is the only pose that they're allowed to do. Honestly, this is my least favorite pose of all. I'll make sure that we get a couple like this because, yes, it's nice to have at least a few and there's always family members that have deemed this the quintessential "nice" photo that they all want to have, but good golly this will absolutely not be the only pose we do 🙅♀️
They way I've crafted my sessions is to create an experience for you within the time we have together. So we're not just "taking photos" to check this off of our to-do list, we're creating memories together. Having fun. I'm capturing true, genuine smiles, not the forced ones that make you look like you need to use the bathroom. (To read more, check out my Prompts, NOT Poses blog post I did featuring a family session).
I'm sure growing up, we've all done the department store photo sessions that posed us in the absolute worst, most awkward, and cheesy poses. The ones with your chin resting on your hand, you leaning on a pillar, or having your family all sit super close together and being told, "Now sit up straight!" 😬 (Child of the 90s here). FYI our session will be nothing like that.
You're in luck because I have some good news for you: I got your back! I will 100% guide you on how to pose every step of the way. I'll tell you how to stand. How to walk. What to do with your face and your eyes. How to smile for different poses. What to do with your legs. What to do with your hands. I got you!
Most people feel awkward in front of the camera for one reason or another. It could be because of past experiences (like the department store thing) or sometimes it's because it's not something they're not used to...and none of us like doing things we don't feel exceptionally "good" at.
By special request, I'm putting together a list of my favorite poses + directions to help calm the nerves of my friends as they're preparing to jump in front of the lens.
Scroll through the photos below from my most recent Engagement Session and read the directions + prompts given. Just as a little disclaimer, these two mentioned multiple times before and during their session that they were awkward and kept apologizing for being "so difficult." Alright, so you look through these photos and tell me, do you think they look awkward?!
So no matter how awkward you feel...
All you need to do is put your trust in me and have faith that I will take great care of you, guiding you every step of the way. I use Style & Select Online Personal Styler to style your session. This is based completely on YOU and your own personal style. It will provide photo-approved outfits that will translate well in-camera. Just because something looks good in person doesn't mean it will look good in camera!
I use Unscripted to create a profile specific to you with multiple pose/prompt ideas for your session. I like to go-with-the-flow of what's natural to you and base my directions and prompts off of the those interactions. I use the app to help keep us on track and remind me of specific poses I wanted to do!
And I supply the bubbly for my Engagement Sessions (for those who are 21+ and partake).
P.S. The more willing you are to lean into my ideas, get your toes in the sand, splash around in the water, and be adventurous, the more amazing your photos will turn out.
Now I guess my big question to you is, "Do you trust me?"