Posing 101 (Female Subjects)


Posing is my secret sauce. Okay, not really, but it's arguably the one thing that has improved my images.  Yes, it is important to know your gear.  Yes, it is important to understand light, but none of that really matters if the images of your subject are not flattering.

Giving my subjects "directions" by asking them to turn their head into the light and taking one thousand frames, but only having about 10 frames that were keepers, is how I used to work with my my fingers crossed hoping for useable images.  After doing that for some time, I was not happy with those percentages.  I decided to research and understand basic posing techniques, which later helped me to direct the positioning of my human subjects into flattering poses; this enhanced my subject’s form and made my final images 100% better.  With this approach, I was no longer taking a ridiculous amount of images and my number of keeper images increased.

In this workshop we will go over basic posing techniques that you can use to help increase your number of keeper images.  These techniques will make you a more deliberate photographer.  Here are some of the topics we will cover:

  • Light and how it relates to posing
  • How to position the legs and feet to make a pleasing form
  • We will discuss certain things you should avoid when “striking a pose”
  • How to position hands
  • How to make sitting and reclining poses look natural and appealing
  • And so much more.

Here's what you will need:

  • Camera
  • Note Pad (there will be a great deal of demonstration, so you may want to take notes)


  • Photographers $150
  • Limited to 3 photographers

General Notes:

  • This workshop will be held in Cary, NC.  The exact address will be provided to confirmed attendees.
  • Event Date: Saturday September 19th, 2015 from 2pm to 3:30pm.
  • This is a rain or shine event. This event will only be cancelled/rescheduled if the weather conditions are dangerous for travel and/or gear.

Model: Shana Collins


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They call me MISTER Parker! | North Carolina Photographer

I almost always implement and execute a shoot focusing on three main objectives: The first -- and this is a very important step in my process -- is to  find good available light and if there's none, I create my own using artificial lighting.  Next (second step) is to assess how the light is falling on my subject.  My third step, is to pay attention to the location.  While some tend to obsess over location, for me the location is not something I care about; lighting is more salient to my desired end-result and ensuring a great portrait.

When I have checked off my three main objectives, I then begin to work with my subject to figure out which angles and poses work best for capturing strong, impactful, and flattering portraits.

My subject for this shoot was Orlando Parker Jr.  He impressed me with his easy-going, effortless demeanor.  Just below that calm surface is a man who as Nicole exclaimed, "gives good face!" Nicole, my wardrobe stylist on this shoot said he had the intensity of actor Sidney Poitier, timeless, classic and contemporary all at once.  This was not Orlando's first time being in front of the camera; he easily followed through on direction and did what was required, allowing me to capture the amazingly striking images below.

The shoot was inspired by a movie starring Sidney Poitier released in 1970 titled "They call me MISTER Tibbs!".

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Steampunk | Fayetteville, North Carolina Photographer

A photographer friend of mine Rico Allende-Goitia invited me to join a Steampunk photo shoot that he was hosting with a few models and other photographers in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  My primary focus of this photo shoot as with all my photo session is the light, then the pose and finally getting a great expression.

On this shoot I used a combination of strobes, speed lights and of course national light.  

All the images below were very deliberate as I was going for a specific look in every shot and to ensure I get what I was looking for I posed every model.


Farrah Helen Beck

Maria Celeste Sallie (also was MUA and Hair Stylist for all modesl)

Nicolette Grenier

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Crappy Location | Amazing Images | Cary, North Carolina

Taking photos at high noon with no reflector, defuser or flash can sometimes prove challenging, but not always :-).  There was nothing really amazingly beautiful about this location, but when you have light and shadows, sometimes the location just doesn't matter.  Running from the light was simply not an option, so I embraced the light by applying very specific poses to bring out shadows, which brought depth and dimension to the images.

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