At the beginning of January I attended a seminar and workshop called The Art & Science of Posing by Pierre Stephenson. He is the author of Foundations of Posing: A Comprehensive Guide for Wedding and Portrait Photographers. I signed up because I wanted to gain more insight on not only how to pose people, but more importantly how to verbalize the adjustments I want made, so that theycan be understood. The seminar was half day and packed full of information! I took so many notes (even though there was a handout).
We started by working in a darker auditorium with a light behind the model so that we could see the curves created by where limbs are positioned. Unfortunately since it was so dark many of my images are unbelievably grainy due to using such a high iso. They will be good to reference though.
My biggest struggle with the workshop or hands on portion of the class was that there were 6 photographers per model. This made for tight quarters and lots of different directions. There were also two off camera flashes belonging to different people and a couple of speedlights attached to cameras. It was good to see everyone’s different ideas, however I felt like there were too many cooks in the kitchen per se.
I have attached the photographs that I was happy with how they turned out. The model, Morgan Lilly, was super sweet and outgoing. I look forward to working with her again in the future.
I loved the picture of her laughing in the window. There is something about the back light and sheer curtain that pulls me in.
Here are the last handful. I had a great time and learned a lot! I know I still have a long ways to go, but I look forward to the journey.