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Posing Prom Pictures prior to the Prom - Any Suggestions?

Jackie Boldt , Apr 24, 2007; 03:03 p.m.

I am hired to take a group of high school kid's pictures prior to their prom on Saturday. I've never taken those kinds of pictures, and when I was in high school, you just had your parents take your pictures before going in the limo. So, I'm not sure what they are expecting exactly?

She has me hired for the hour. What do you suggest as far as posing? I'm going to try and keep it fun and not boring for these kids, but that's all I'm really sure about.

Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!


Bob Donlon - Albany, NY , Apr 24, 2007; 04:24 p.m.

I would ask them if they were looking for any shots in particular, or standard posing. If they give you some ideas work with it, if not, just do standard poses, boy-behind-girl, facing each other, maybe a group shot, individual poses.

Treat it as if it were any other type of shot you do with 1, 2 or more people in it.

Get the standard stuff first, then if you have time, try fun stuff.

Mike Barrett , Apr 24, 2007; 04:29 p.m.

This is what most are looking for. I can post more if you like...


simple but fun

Nadine Ohara - SF Bay Area/CA , Apr 24, 2007; 05:11 p.m.

Some kids also have their own fun ideas, so always ask--usually the dramatic stuff like extreme dips, or from the latest TV shows or movies. If it is a group of kids, you might also want to do just girls, just guys, and girl/guy groups. Think back when you were a silly high school kid and you should have plenty of things to draw from.

Craig Gillette , Apr 24, 2007; 06:51 p.m.

Location? Someone's home? any idea what you have in the way of "background?" I took some for my daughter for a winter formal, mom's orders were, "Get them out of here in under 15 minutes!" At that point our grass and yard was still winter cruddy, and there was no particularly great indoor spot. Odd angled ceilings or low ceilings for bounce help, poor angles (none dramatic) on the stairs. I scouted a local park but wasn't able to use it. (I'd have been OK, however, but because of prior problems, commercial/pro's need a permit there, something to consider.)

Jackie Boldt , Apr 24, 2007; 08:33 p.m.

No, it isn't someone's home. We are going to an area with nice cityscape of downtown Minneapolis. The location won't be a problem. It's a common place for photographers to take pictures in the Twin City Area.

Juliet Jones , Apr 25, 2007; 05:46 p.m.

Hi! this is my first time posting... I just did a few photos for prom. You can see them on my blog: www.julietelizabeth.blogspot.com go to prom 2007. I just kind of "documented" the day, and some I just took (that aren't posted) of them just hanging out talking. I guess just like you'd shoot a wedding. Hope that helps! Juliet

Craig Gillette , Apr 25, 2007; 07:08 p.m.

On my daughter's pre formal pictures, she (or someone else) wanted something that showed off the hair, others that showed off the detail of the dress, one wanted to be sure we caught the shoes, some full length, some basically "headshots" and "together." I had one request to show his truck - he'd spent hours and hours cleaning it up after some winter four-wheeling. They were looking for fun and simple "We're all dressed up with somewhere to go!" and basically informal shots - they got the formal backdrop/posed shots at the event.

Although my daughter is pretty relaxed and well settled, there are a lot of the girls who haven't figured out how to differentiate between "hot" and slutty, some, of course, don't care, so it might be worth keeping in mind that some of the shots may be intended for grandparents, etc., so some parent/adult input might be a good idea as well.

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