Hello, readers! Even though spring officially began in mid-March, the weather here in the Northeast waited until the past week to actually reflect the time of year. Last week brought bright blue skies, gentle breezes, and temperatures over 65 degrees, so I’m a happy camper – there’s nothing like Vitamin D therapy!  Earlier in the week, I stumbled upon an article on a website titled PhotographyAwesomeSauce.com all about tips and tricks to keep in mind when posing any subject you happen to be photographing. Most of the advice is pretty basic, but wouldn’t necessarily be the first thing on your mind when staging a shot – so it could be pretty helpful to any photographer (novice or experienced). I won’t list information from the entire article – makes more sense to link to it, but I will point out the tips I thought were most useful!

  1. If it bends, let it bend. The point here was to keep your subjects from looking too stiff or unnatural. Most body parts (like arms and legs) are made to bend, so let your subjects move around and be loose as you photograph them.
  2. Give your subjects lots of direction. If you are a novice photographer, then you will probably be working with subjects who are not professional models. Therefore, they may not know how to pose or move, or where to look. Make sure you keep the conversation going throughout the photo shoot to ensure that your subject is comfortable and knows what to do. (This includes encouragement; make sure you tell them how they look – they can’t see the photos you are taking!)
  3. Don’t shoot up the nose! No one wants to see that…I promise!
  4. Demonstrate what you mean. After all, sometimes just telling someone how to pose is not the most effective way to get your subject to understand what you’re talking about. As the photographer, it is your job to help get the perfect shot. If you think your model needs to do something specific with their body placement, angle, etc., then get in the frame and show them exactly what you are looking for!

These are just my favorite tips, but the article has so much more! To read the full article, visit the following link:  20 Things I Wish I Knew About Photography Posing.

Last, but not least, here is a collage of some of my favorite spring photos! Remember – spring brings new growth and should therefore be considered a time for new beginnings and experiences. Enjoy!!



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One Response to SPRING into Photography!

  1. Teri Centner Teri Centner says:

    D’oh! I totally missed the short window this year to take photos of the cherry blossoms. Luckily, lots of other people posted theirs on Flickr.

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