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Senior Portrait Posing

Colton Fischer , Nov 12, 2008; 06:31 p.m.

Hey yall, this weekend I am going to be taking my friends senior portraits. (My first portraits) The problem is I don’t know anything about posing. Are there any photographers that have some senior portraits in the portfolio I could look at for some ideas?


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Robert Cossar , Nov 12, 2008; 07:28 p.m.

So....you have undertaken to do this important job. You have no idea what you are doing. So.....you want us to show you our work so you can copy it.....right?

Not too cool, Colton........

Dawn Howe , Nov 12, 2008; 08:21 p.m.

To be a little more helpful you can go to any book store and buy a book on posing any im positive you probably will be doing poses that have been done a million times just a little advice take as many photos as possible and really watch your lighting and also if you google it you can find lots of ideas


Robert Cossar , Nov 12, 2008; 08:31 p.m.


I assume that Colton might have thought of that himself. I don't agree at all with the "shoot as many as possible" advice at all. Colton is a hunter, and hunters know to shoot with forethought and precision, not just shoot as many rounds as possible.


I have browsed your image galleries. Clearly you have a really good eye....many of your images are really remarkable......so you need to do the same thing here with respects to the grads.. Use your own ideas. You have the skill to do it....so do it. Absolutely no disrespect here to either Colton or Amber......just seemed to me that the original post was off base somewhat.....Respects to all...Bob

Mark Chartrand , Nov 12, 2008; 09:37 p.m.


Of course, Amber is correct. It is always wise to shoot more than one or two shots of each pose. This way you can choose the best of each pose. There will always be slight differences even if the pose seems exactly the same for each shot. Shoot many images with slight differences. Subtle changes can make a great deal of difference later when you look at them carefully. I would not say that looking at a photographer's work and trying to make use of a shot that you like is copying it. Every subject is different and every photographer is different. If you can learn by looking a other photographer's work, by all means do it. I would hope that we can learn from each other. That is what these forums are for (I think).


Lex Jenkins , Nov 12, 2008; 09:49 p.m.

The website for the following link contains portraiture info that might seem a bit dated, but the basics are worth considering: http://jzportraits.home.att.net/

This one has tutorials that are a bit more hip (maybe too hip in some places, but what the heck): http://www.studiolighting.net/

Michael Dougherty , Nov 12, 2008; 09:50 p.m.

Michael Oxford , Nov 12, 2008; 11:37 p.m.

"To be a little more helpful you can go to any book store and buy a book on posing..."

OR you could save some bucks and go to the library. In my experience, public librarys have a more than adequete supply of books on photography, and if you live in/around a larger city with a well funded library there is probably a book on posing (and a gajillion other fun photo things ; ) ) ...

Dawn Howe , Nov 13, 2008; 05:16 a.m.

Bob Cossar

I didnt mean to sound like a b@#&% but i have been in the situation myself and i agree you want to think about the photo before you take but like Mark said even a 5mm change can make the difference in a photo i know he probably shoots digital and can preview the shot after he takes it but its better to shoot shoot 25 times and bring home 5 ducks than shoot once and go hungry lol with digital its free so why risk missing the big one


Manuel Barrera , Nov 13, 2008; 10:50 a.m.

Library is free and so it the internet, there are many sites that you can visit. Just do a search for senior portaits and study the poses that they use. People are getting testy today must be the economy, not enough work

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