LIGHTING AND POSING LESSONS
What is SeniorPortraitPosingGuide.com?
SeniorPortraitPosingGuide.com is one of those things I always thought would be cool to have when I was starting out in senior portrait photography. Recently I had some time on my hands and thought it would make a fun side-project – so here it is.
When I first started in the portrait business, every year I’d purchase the Professional Photographers of America Loan Collection book. The Loan Collection images are the best-of-the-best images submitted to PPA annual print competitions. I’d pour over those books, studying the images, the poses and the lighting to figure out how the photographers did what they did.
SeniorPortraitPosingGuide.com is purely and simply a website full of high school senior images meant to give you some inspiration for new poses and maybe learn a few lighting techniques. Nothing more, nothing less.
What I’m hoping you’ll to do is really look at and study these images; how the hands and arms and legs are posed, how the head is tilted, where the light is coming from, the composition, the color harmony. That’s how you learn. Even if you don’t like my style or my images, you can learn by deconstructing each image, taking the parts and pieces you like and applying them to your own work.
“I don’t want to be posed!”
You can’t imagine how many times I’ve heard this. They’re right of course – but the line should read, “I don’t want to ‘look’ posed.” Big difference. Throughout this website, you’ll see many many images that look natural – like that’s how that person would stand or sit. You’ll also see images that quite obviously “look” posed.
Regardless of the image, I “posed” all of my subjects. Telling a senior guy to, “sit on that step” seems pretty straightforward. But your goal is to make your clients look their very best. Let them sit how they will to be sure, maybe even snap a quick image. But then tweak it, make it better, have them sit up straighter, tilt their head a bit. Mom will love you for it.
This site is, and always will be, completely free for you to access and use. I have no plans to sell anything to the people who sign up here. That said, it does take a considerable amount of my time to maintain this site and create the lessons.
To offset my expenses you may see Google Adsense ads and affiliate links on the site. If you click on an ad or an affiliate link and wind up buying something from the website it takes you to, I may earn a small commission – at no extra cost to you. Please know I only post affiliate links for products I’m familiar with and/or have used myself.
On the Resource page you’ll find links to all the equipment I used to create these images. I understand if you’re new to the portrait business you might not have a suitcase full of cash with which to invest in expensive camera equipment. Much of the stuff I use/used is – by comparison – cheap(er) than the high-end pro equipment, everyone thinks they have to have. You don’t need to go into hock to outfit yourself with some very suitable equipment – I’ll try to show you how.
Please understand that all of the images on this site are protected by copyright. These images may not be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without my signed written permission. Please respect my copyright as you would expect your clients to respect your copyright.
How Can I Help?
If you have a question about a particular image lesson, by all means ask it in the comment section below the lesson post or shoot me an email. I’ll do my best to respond as quickly as possible.
Thanks again for stopping by and have fun looking around.
Go take great images!!!