BASICS ON POSING
Thanks to the Eagle River Camera Club, & Carl Bostek & Adrienne Levine, we had a full house tonight at Blaines Art Supply! Trying to cover basics of posing in a 2 hour block while reserving time to apply some of the techniques was quite a challenge. I just couldn't help but keep thinking about Lindsay Adler's initial reaction to being asked to teach a 3 day workshop for CreativeLive. She wondered how one could possibly spend 3 days talking about posing & then once she got into it, she started running out of time. My experience exactly.
So, what did I do? I touched on some essential elements & broke it down to (1) the FACE, (2) the ARMS, & (3) the BODY. What about legs, you ask? Well, they were subsumed by the body. It's important to show examples of what I like & why. Also to note that rules are really guidelines. I wouldn't say they're meant to be broken, but I would say that a good photographer needs to know when & how to break them.
If I had to summarize, my nugget would be this:
The key ingredient for compelling portraits is "purpose" in the eyes, the hands, & the soul.
My best portraits have them all. The person, or people, in the image must have a connection, be it within themselves, with others in the image, or with the photographer.
Over the years I've discovered that some of those best received, as well as my personal favorites, are void of color, eye contact, & big smiles.
What do you think? Do these images convey a sense of feeling?
[Naturally, my in-class examples included many images with eyes open & smiles!]
Many thanks to my wonderful clients above, from top: Rachel, Catey, Rachel, Bailey, & Dawn & Carson.