The Down Low on Posing | How to Get Authentic Photos and Not Posed Ones

This morning I watched an episode on Creative Live by Pye Jirsa on posing and it inspired me to look into my own posing and how I pose my clients. In any session or wedding day, I really want genuine emotions to come forth - whether it be laughing, crying, or seductive.

But add in kids, and man oh man, things can get interesting quickly! So for this family session, I’m going to show you a few tips I have on getting real emotions and authentic love in any kind of shoot.

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Emote, don’t pose.

If I was to tell my clients how to stand, which way to shift their weight, where to put their hands, etc., you would have the most awkward photos you’ve ever seen. Instead, I tell my clients to “snuggle up” or “pull her close”. This way, each couple can move whichever way is most natural to them. Now, of course, I might tell them to shift their hand down a bit or turn their body a certain direction, but I let them guide how the moment is going to start - I just enhance it a little so I can get the right angles that will make them look good.

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Play with them.

The kids, that is. My favorite photos are ones where the family is simply interacting with one another - whether it’s a tickle fight, eskimo kiss, or piggyback ride, those photos where a family is simply having fun being a family are the best ones in my book!

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Relax your shoulders.

I probably say this at least 15 times in any session. Seriously. Unfortunately, we live in a world where everything is fast paced and stressful, so it’s hard to train our bodies to relax on cue - i.e. for a photo session. So before I click the shutter, I’m going to tell you to relax your shoulders. Everyone looks better and more relaxed when their shoulders aren’t up around their ears!

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Breathe in.

This tip is especially helpful for working with couples. When you want that intimate moment photo, I usually tell the male to “breathe her in”. This will 1) get an authentic laughing photo of them first and then 2) get the most meaningful and intimate photo you’ve ever dreamed of - no matter how awkward the couple thinks they are.

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I hope these tips have helped you! If you’d like to have Stacy Anderson Photography photograph you, contact us today!

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