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Photography has always been a passion of mine.  I have loved taking pictures since I was a kid and had my first camera.  I started with film like almost all middle age to older photographers and have come full circle today as I continue to shoot both digital and medium format film.  Today I spend almost all of my free time away from home traveling the United States and Europe.  

I started as a wedding photographer (and sports photographer) but have transformed over time to dedicate my time to landscape photography.  I still occasionally do weddings for special clients, typically destination weddings, but 98% of my time today is spent traveling and photographing.  My main complaint is not having enough hours in the day to dedicate to editing and social media.  After my most recent Europe trip (36 days straight) I have over 2,000 pictures still hiding in my computer somewhere.  This trip is roughly outlined on my blog but with many more posts to come.  I have also spent several weeks exploring Iceland which is the newest hottest destination for photographers and those checking off their bucket list.  If you want more information on Iceland, contact me and I would be happy to share my experiences. 

Beyond my travels, I run a photography business in California - featuring my photography that is printed, framed, and displayed in galleries. My work has been internationally published and awarded and I pride myself on bringing landscape photography the way I see it to my clients. I am a 100% self taught photographer who travels the world seeking out the best photography locations and share my tips and travel reviews on my blog. 

Portrait Photography: Tips to Posing

Photography Tips / Articles

Photography tips and articles helping photographers learn techniques for better pictures are plentiful on the web.  What makes this blog different is my photography tips are free and available.  I work to maintain one goal: to help photographers of all levels.  Wedding photographers should browse my tips for better portraits and contact me for individualized help as I have photographed multiple weddings including destination weddings, always seeking methods to make sure the bride is always happy. 

Portrait Photography: Tips to Posing

Jared Lawson

Portrait photography is one of the most lucrative forms of business photography - the trick to good portrait photography begins with posing your model.  This article focuses on my tips to answer the question: "What are some ideas for posing a model?"  Let's address this question to maximize your portrait photography potential.  

I recent published my tips for a successful portrait which included lighting, emotion and composition.  This article takes a step back from those three tips for successful photography and focuses on posing as a key element of your portraits.  Keep in mind, each of these elements: lighting, emotion, composition and posing are each important and serve a role in photography - you need to develop and practice each element to improve photography.  

There is no one pose that will work for all models.  There are unlimited posing options for portraits - the trick is to narrow your ideas and focus on one key photography tip: pose your model to highlight their personality.  The most overlooked aspect of photography is getting to know your client.  

Teaching bodybuilding to a young apprentice

Teaching bodybuilding to a young apprentice

One major difference between amateur and professional portrait photography is professionals know how to read their clients, they know what questions to ask and they create a portrait bringing in aspects from their clients personality.  My main tip on posing should become very clear: do not use one pose for all of your clients.  If your client is sensitive and compassionate you should pose your client in a softer light, softer touches, and color throughout your scene.  I teach photographers to embrace the differences of their clients.  

This is why I prefer to photograph almost all of my models in their natural environments. This may mean bringing elements of a studio to them.  I still often will shoot a model in front of a white backdrop, but the key I rely on is to focus in tight, bring it in close on their eyes and their expression.  Avoid posing all models the same way.  You can bring similar elements into different photographs, but embrace your client's differences to bring out the best of your portrait photography.  

For example, in my recent portrait session with WeLove2HateAdam he had contacted me to photograph him for his upcoming bodybuilding show.  I have known Adam for a long time and know his personality, he is a big strong guy with a big strong personality.  Most people don't know he is a huge family person and loves to interact with kids.  I have photographed Adam before for fitness photoshoots, but this time I wanted a picture that highlighted his personality and who he is.  My focus was to pose him in a scene that incorporated strength and family.  There are several ways to do this, but to capture Adam appropriately it should focus on weights and kids.  The end result was a fantastic portrait that my client Adam was absolutely thrilled.  

To see more from my Bodybuilding Pictures check out my portfolio page.  Follow me on 500px or on Google+.