Foundational Flow Posing is the method we use to compartmentalize our shooting. Instead of moving the client from standing, to lying down, and back to standing again, foundational flow posing gives us the tools we need to maximize our standing poses all at one time. Once you organize your posing you’ll find the benefits innumerable.
Benefits to your client?
Obviously more images will come from shooting more poses. You’re able to maximize your time and variations resulting in gorgeous imagery. Showing your clients more variety and well executed posing in every image will result in higher sales
Clients feel more at ease when you are in control.
Utilizing flow posing eliminates the “uh, let’s try this” moment. You can move seamlessly from one pose to another providing your client with nothing but positive reinforcement. When she sees your confidence she will feel at ease. A big part of establishing yourself as the expert happens as you coach your client. If you know exactly what pose and variations to move through your knowledge is revealed and you become the trusted director of the shoot. The burden is no longer on your client so she’s free to be more vulnerable.
Benefits to you?
Higher sales of course! While that seems to make perfect logical sense, it begs the question. Why isn’t everyone using flow posing? Well, the answer is a little more complicated.
Photographers are creatives, and organizing their creative process is not usually a skill that is refined right away. Some people will even feel creatively stifled by the idea of routines or shooting foundations. Don’t let the idea of flow posing suck out all the fun and creativity in your shooting. While it may feel monotonous in the beginning, once flow posing becomes routine, you will find that your mind opens up to another level of creativity.
No longer are you worried about what pose to do next, now inspiration is coming and you are coaching clients for shots you’d never even imagined before.
Then when you’ve got the shot, you’re right back to your flow posing technique keeping your work consistent and beautiful.
I call them foundations because as I’m shooting I’m building a house in my mind, a firm foundation, then the bricks, then perfect the details. The process works like this.
First I decide where I’m shooting. For Example, a small corner in the studio with a chaise lounge. Then I decide my foundation. (inner monologue) well the chaise can accommodate sitting poses, lying poses, and even some kneeling poses. I could also stand her in front of it, or next to it.
From here I decide whether I’m ready to commit to a particular foundation, I know that if I do sitting poses on the chaise I will not visit sitting poses again during this session. Am I okay with that? Yes! I would much rather do my lying poses on the bed, and my kneeling poses on the floor.
And with that, I have a plan. Sitting poses on the chaise, then kneeling poses on the floor, then lying down poses on the bed. If I have time maybe some standing poses near the footboard. Then I’ll change sets and the process begins again.
This book will walk you through each of these steps and better prepare you for each session, adding confidence and variety into your posing routine!