How and where do you come up with all your poses? I am really lovin weddings but I don’t always wanna do the same poses… Yours are always different. Do you just think of them on the spot?
Yes, we do.
I think that every photographer (& every person for that matter) sees the world a little bit differently. So one of the best resources that we have is each other. I don’t mean going to people’s blogs & right-clicking. You cannot steal creativity. For one thing, you won’t remember the pose & for another thing, you are not being very authentic. What I find the most beneficial, is to team up with another photographer (in my case, Kari) & have her shoot me & Adam.
While our style is similar (to provide consistency for all Eternal Reflections Photography clients), we definitely each have our own thoughts, flair & ideas. When I was doing Kari & Matt’s shoot, I just did my thing. Did shots/poses as they came into my mind (and a few things I had envisioned before when I was thinking about the shoot). Kari was amazed at some of the ideas that I had, that she had never thought of. The same thing happens when she photographs me & Adam….I see the world differently & I get fresh new ideas.
But what makes it even better then just pursuing other photographers blogs for inspiration? I lived the experience (as the model), the pictures mean something to me, so when I’m on a shoot, I will remember them! They are something Ive lived, done & looked at. That is far more powerful then looking at blog after blog, trying to remember or right-clicking images.
So, my suggestion, is to team up with another photographer & swap photoshoots. It is amazing how much you can learn from being on the other end of the camera.
On that note, my photography style became far more lovely & unique (“modely”) once kari had done a few model shoots of me. We both learned how to direct a client(s) in an efficient way. This was learned by me telling kari “ok, now be fabulous” and her staring up at me blankly “what does that mean”? So by shooting each other, we have learned what to say to help a client give a certain look, or to achieve a certain feeling in an image.
Some of our most “wow” images are from having set up a scenerio & getting the clients to either act it our or imagine it. They are taken to that place in their mind & can just be real. Thus real looking photos, from real moments.
I hope I am making sense here……
So my advice:
Find a photographer who inspires you & offer a photo swap.
Also, take inspiration from your surroundings. So often we are looking down at our screen, or down the lens that we miss something in nature or architecture that would make a really “WOW” picture.