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Become Better Photographer: Engagement Session Posing with Vanessa Joy

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In this lesson with amazing Vanessa Joy  (via her awesome show “Breathe Your Passion” highlighted by AdoramaTV) we are going to talk about Vanessa’s  typical engagement session, how she  interacts with clients and poses them. 

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Vanessa shares: “Because this is usually the first time  that my clients have been in a  professional photo shoot, I try to start  off with easy poses basically staying a  little bit further away from them than I  normally would and having them do things  that are natural, like walking  away from me, walking towards me maybe,  being even a little bit flirtatious  looking at each other and interacting  with each other, rather than interacting  with me as much.”

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“After I get them a  little bit more comfortable I’ll have  them start looking at me for some photos  and then I will have them interact with  each other with a little bit more  affection than just holding hands. When I  posed a bride and groom, I love it when a  groom’s hands are on the bride’s arms,  and her arms are just tucked in nice and  close with him, it just looks so much  more connected for me than the  typical arms around the waist, arms  around the shoulders look.”

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” After I feel  that my clients are comfortable being  photographed I’ll move in  typically with a 50 mm 1.2 lens  and photograph some more of the details.  Photographing the bride having her  looking at me, look at her fianc\xc3\xa9 maybe  some of the details like the ring or  anything else that will make for a cute  photo.”

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” I do like to photograph the groom  as well so I try to make sure I pay  attention to both of them even though a  lot of the attention does tend to fall  on the bride-to-be. “

“From there we’ll change positions, I  typically try to do standing still,  standing and moving positions, and  sitting positions with my clients so  they have a good variety, again having  them interact with each other is great  these tend to be the pictures that my  clients like a little bit better, and  will blow up or make big pictures in the  album’s. The pictures of them looking at  the camera do tend to be the ones that  mom and dad hang on their wall! “

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Vanessa continues – “So I want  to make sure I get both of them. Both far  away and then again both close up. I’ll  do a little detail pictures, and then  I’ll also have closeup pictures of them  looking at the camera, again I want to  give them as much variety as I can in  the hour-long session that I have with  them, and I typically spend a little bit  longer than that even with the couple,  usually shooting about an hour before  sunset, so I have the best natural light .”

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“Even though my style is a little bit  more light and airy and soft and  romantic I will do some that are a  little bit more fashion-forward so some  stronger poses just to give them again a  little bit of variety.”

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“Posing the hands  is something I’d like to pay special  attention to. Posing hands on the lapel  and then the bride with her hands on her hip.  After that I do get them a little bit  closer together because again those are  the types of photos that they have  learned to expect from me so I want to  keep those at the forefront of what I’m doing.” 

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