Watch a Pro Pose her Subject [VIDEO] - Digital Photography School

Watch a Pro Pose her Subject [VIDEO]

Having trouble posing portrait subjects? In this video wedding photographer (and one of the nicest photographers I’ve met… in fact I had the pleasure of Jasmine photographing me a couple of years back) – Jasmine Star – shows a little video footage from behind the scenes of a shoot she did with a friend.

Between clips she also explains the thought behind what she’s doing. There’s a real sense that she’s warming her subject up, stretching them a little as she shoots and as they become more comfortable.

I guess now I know what she was doing with me when she shot me back in 2010!

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  • http://hubblefromthesun.wordpress.com hubblefromthesun

    The most useful thing is the idea of posing simply to get the subjects relaxed before you really start the shoot.

  • alexx

    The pose, along with lighting, composition, and background, is the most important part of portriat photography.

    http://www.disney-photography-blog.blogspot.com/

  • Average Joe

    I see some good ideas here! :cD
    I like how those pictures turned out- the subject looked very relaxed and real.

  • http://www.wildlifeencounters.eu Steve

    The most difficult subject I had was a Zulu ‘big mama’ . I was trying to get a natural scene in her daily environment

    http://wildlifeencounters.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Zulus-and-Zulu-village-scenes/G0000CUFsk4Bu0UU/I0000wOZeu2pNkgQ

  • ccting

    wow, very useful piece of info !!!!!!!

  • Mary

    Thanks for this video and for sharing a few of the photos that came from the session. I’m not in business or anything, but I love photography as a hobby and have been doing it for a few years now. I mostly just shoot my own kids or other things I find interesting, but I was recently asked to shoot senior portraits for a family member who can’t really afford to pay for photos. He wants “brick wall” photos, so this helped me extra in that I was able to see the positioning of the photographer in relation to her subject, as well as the direction of the light. Even though I had the idea in my mind of how it should be, it was helpful to see it like that.

  • http://www.maxalmontephotography.com Max Almonte

    Very nice short clip of Jasmine *. She is really wonderful when it comes down to explaining. Thank you for the upload.

  • CanonMaiden

    Nice article. Thanks. I especially liked seeing the photographs.

  • Sam

    How long was this shoot — clock time? 10-20 minutes? Longer? Shorter?

  • Kim Peterson

    thank you sooo much! really helpful and fun! luv ur smile and your subject shots are beautiful!

  • http://www.ptjphotography.co.uk Peter Johnston

    Wonderful tips for portrait photographers! This is an area I want to develop and so huge thanks for this vid!

  • Erm

    Wait. She’s shooting her best friend? Who also happens to be gorgeous? Who here can’t make their BEST FRIEND feel comfortable and look good?

    This is embarrassing to watch.

  • http://ryannanney.com Ryan Nanney

    Thanks for sharing this, very very nice :) !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessicaannphotographycolumbusga Jessica

    I LOVED this tutorial. Thank you Jasmine Star!

  • Mamarazzi

    LOVED your presentation, how you handled the client – doesn’t matter if it’s your best friend or a stranger, I do believe the camera makes EVERYONE nervous! Great presentation, very good tips – would love to see more!

  • Juan

    I know this has nothing to do with the subject matter of this post but her friend is really beautiful.

  • http://www.jeff-smith.com Jeff

    Excellent video, but I couldn’t take my eyes off Jasmine

  • CHris (Grizz) Kesler

    You know, you did a really good job with what you set out to do (after the fact) and I don’t need some HD supersoundtrack video to learn something new. You have a great personality for working with beginner/non-professionals. I can see you doing weddings. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

  • RoaringFish

    I have to agree with Erm. Getting a best friend, who presumably is already trusting and comfortable with you, to feel comfortable is not the hardest thing in the world. On presentation, count how many times she says “I”, and at 3:11 – “… leaning on the wall (…) gave her a level of comfortability”. What sort of pretentious nonsense is that?

    This video feels to be more about self-promotion than anything else.

  • http://www.whitepetal.co.uk Paul

    Nice, shoiws there is more to taking a photo than technical skills!?

  • Tim

    Jasmine is an amazing person but just an average photographer. I get excited watching her but her photos are nothing to get excited about. I don’t see any “WOW” in any of her shots. Just being real.

  • http://www.feltonPhoto.com Jamie

    Although this was a video geared for beginners, I found it enjoyable and interesting . Jasmine is cute and has a refreshing personality .I’m sure she does well making her clients feel comfortable.

  • bigdave

    In re. to Erm and Roaringfish – I guess there always has to be someone who will look for even the littlest flaws to bash. I, with just about everyone on this post, thought Jasmine did a good job.

  • tim

    This was to show how a pro poses her subject. now, did anyone learn anything about that at all? what she did was so elementary. i expected more, and did not get it.

  • RoaringFish

    @ bigdave

    I guess some of us have standards, and other like to celebrate the mediocre.

    Tell us honestly: were you incapable of getting your *best friend* to pose for photographs before you saw that video? Maybe you were, but I can tell you that I didn’t, nor can I bring to mind any normal human being who would find it a challenge. Think about what the word “friend” means – it is someone who trusts you and willingly co-operates with you. This video is essentially a display of getting someone who is already willing to co-operate to willingly co-operate. What is so fantastic about that?

    As for the presentation, using a word that doesn’t exist (comfortability) is not a little flaw, it is something you would correct in a school child, and definitely would not be accepted in any professional environment. It is extremely amateurish, as is her repeated use of “I”. If she is allegedly ‘educating’ people, why is she talking about herself all the time? A professional presenting that video would use cleft or passive sentence constructions to put the *information* front and centre. Jasmine is using active constructions to put *herself* front and centre. That is either amateurish, or deliberate self-promotion disguised as ‘informational’ for the gullible.

Some older comments

  • RoaringFish

    March 28, 2012 11:23 pm

    @ bigdave

    I guess some of us have standards, and other like to celebrate the mediocre.

    Tell us honestly: were you incapable of getting your *best friend* to pose for photographs before you saw that video? Maybe you were, but I can tell you that I didn't, nor can I bring to mind any normal human being who would find it a challenge. Think about what the word "friend" means - it is someone who trusts you and willingly co-operates with you. This video is essentially a display of getting someone who is already willing to co-operate to willingly co-operate. What is so fantastic about that?

    As for the presentation, using a word that doesn't exist (comfortability) is not a little flaw, it is something you would correct in a school child, and definitely would not be accepted in any professional environment. It is extremely amateurish, as is her repeated use of "I". If she is allegedly 'educating' people, why is she talking about herself all the time? A professional presenting that video would use cleft or passive sentence constructions to put the *information* front and centre. Jasmine is using active constructions to put *herself* front and centre. That is either amateurish, or deliberate self-promotion disguised as 'informational' for the gullible.

  • tim

    March 28, 2012 04:26 pm

    This was to show how a pro poses her subject. now, did anyone learn anything about that at all? what she did was so elementary. i expected more, and did not get it.

  • bigdave

    March 27, 2012 05:25 pm

    In re. to Erm and Roaringfish - I guess there always has to be someone who will look for even the littlest flaws to bash. I, with just about everyone on this post, thought Jasmine did a good job.

  • Jamie

    March 27, 2012 12:34 am

    Although this was a video geared for beginners, I found it enjoyable and interesting . Jasmine is cute and has a refreshing personality .I'm sure she does well making her clients feel comfortable.

  • Tim

    March 26, 2012 05:19 pm

    Jasmine is an amazing person but just an average photographer. I get excited watching her but her photos are nothing to get excited about. I don't see any "WOW" in any of her shots. Just being real.

  • Paul

    March 25, 2012 06:19 am

    Nice, shoiws there is more to taking a photo than technical skills!?

  • RoaringFish

    March 24, 2012 08:13 pm

    I have to agree with Erm. Getting a best friend, who presumably is already trusting and comfortable with you, to feel comfortable is not the hardest thing in the world. On presentation, count how many times she says "I", and at 3:11 - "... leaning on the wall (...) gave her a level of comfortability". What sort of pretentious nonsense is that?

    This video feels to be more about self-promotion than anything else.

  • CHris (Grizz) Kesler

    March 24, 2012 04:03 pm

    You know, you did a really good job with what you set out to do (after the fact) and I don't need some HD supersoundtrack video to learn something new. You have a great personality for working with beginner/non-professionals. I can see you doing weddings. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

  • Jeff

    March 23, 2012 06:38 pm

    Excellent video, but I couldn't take my eyes off Jasmine

  • Juan

    March 23, 2012 02:31 pm

    I know this has nothing to do with the subject matter of this post but her friend is really beautiful.

  • Mamarazzi

    March 23, 2012 04:03 am

    LOVED your presentation, how you handled the client - doesn't matter if it's your best friend or a stranger, I do believe the camera makes EVERYONE nervous! Great presentation, very good tips - would love to see more!

  • Jessica

    March 23, 2012 03:02 am

    I LOVED this tutorial. Thank you Jasmine Star!

  • Ryan Nanney

    March 23, 2012 02:23 am

    Thanks for sharing this, very very nice :) !!!

  • Erm

    March 22, 2012 07:55 am

    Wait. She's shooting her best friend? Who also happens to be gorgeous? Who here can't make their BEST FRIEND feel comfortable and look good?

    This is embarrassing to watch.

  • Peter Johnston

    March 22, 2012 01:13 am

    Wonderful tips for portrait photographers! This is an area I want to develop and so huge thanks for this vid!

  • Kim Peterson

    March 20, 2012 01:51 pm

    thank you sooo much! really helpful and fun! luv ur smile and your subject shots are beautiful!

  • Sam

    March 20, 2012 10:57 am

    How long was this shoot -- clock time? 10-20 minutes? Longer? Shorter?

  • CanonMaiden

    March 20, 2012 03:18 am

    Nice article. Thanks. I especially liked seeing the photographs.

  • Max Almonte

    March 20, 2012 12:27 am

    Very nice short clip of Jasmine *. She is really wonderful when it comes down to explaining. Thank you for the upload.

  • Mary

    March 20, 2012 12:12 am

    Thanks for this video and for sharing a few of the photos that came from the session. I'm not in business or anything, but I love photography as a hobby and have been doing it for a few years now. I mostly just shoot my own kids or other things I find interesting, but I was recently asked to shoot senior portraits for a family member who can't really afford to pay for photos. He wants "brick wall" photos, so this helped me extra in that I was able to see the positioning of the photographer in relation to her subject, as well as the direction of the light. Even though I had the idea in my mind of how it should be, it was helpful to see it like that.

  • ccting

    March 19, 2012 06:58 pm

    wow, very useful piece of info !!!!!!!

  • Steve

    March 19, 2012 06:10 pm

    The most difficult subject I had was a Zulu 'big mama' . I was trying to get a natural scene in her daily environment

    http://wildlifeencounters.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Zulus-and-Zulu-village-scenes/G0000CUFsk4Bu0UU/I0000wOZeu2pNkgQ

  • Average Joe

    March 19, 2012 03:21 pm

    I see some good ideas here! :cD
    I like how those pictures turned out- the subject looked very relaxed and real.

  • alexx

    March 19, 2012 09:52 am

    The pose, along with lighting, composition, and background, is the most important part of portriat photography.

    http://www.disney-photography-blog.blogspot.com/

  • hubblefromthesun

    March 19, 2012 08:19 am

    The most useful thing is the idea of posing simply to get the subjects relaxed before you really start the shoot.

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