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Props

The use of props in portrait photography can complement the subject and the set, help portray a certain message, and they may even help the subject relax and enjoy the session more.

Props include things that are and aren’t meant to be seen in the final product.  Props may be things the subject sits on, holds, or is surrounded by without making physical contact.  It is with our experience at the studio, props help take away the pressure of finding the right pose.  Whether the subject is experienced or inexperienced in posing for photography, props either give the subject something to focus on, or the props act as a distraction.  In either case, props almost always end in successful photo shoots whether we are photographing an adult or a child.

Some of our favorite props at the studio are balloons, confetti, specific chairs and stools, sunglasses, and even reading glasses.

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Studio Sessions

Studio sessions are versatile and useful in many ways.  

Some may say these types of images with simple back drops are traditionally seen in studios handling family photography, but there are a number of reasons and ways to justify a setting that does not have a busy background.  

1.      Okay, so we've already identified family photos with simple back drops.  Yes, especially when getting annuals, and printing them for display in homes, white, gray and even black backdrops may provide consistency through the years.  

2.      Senior portraits are often captured outdoors, although a high school student may prefer a studio setting over the natural light outdoors when given a choice.  Some photographers may offer packages that allow and provide both types of photography in celebrating this monumental occasion.

3.      Studio sessions are also great for headshots and images that will be used for LinkedIn, websites, and business cards.

4.      Additionally, dance and sports teams prefer to have packages with combinations of self portraits as well as team photos in their uniforms.

5.      Even more, studio sessions are great for product photography opportunities, which may or may not include a model's hand or leg, but primarily focus and hone in on the product or idea of a service being purchased and enjoyed.

 

Posing

Posing can present a myriad of opportunities and challenges during a photo shoot, but with proper preparation and an initial consultation, you can capture the subject in their element beautifully.

Poses may include side views, aeriel views, lower angles from the ground, and partial angles depending on the light source and the desired effect. 

First and foremost it is ideal to be on the same page in managing the clients expectations during the execution of the photo shoot.  This may entail showing the client example images from other photo sessions and or asking the client what they have seen.  Reviewing the photographer's images or the clients examples from Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram can alleviate anxiety in the actual posing and expedite the communication process during the photography session.  

Second, an initial consultation about the posing and what's to be expected during the session, also helps the client prepare for the shoot. Clients begin to think about photo session preparation in terms of hygiene and also styling and clothing selection.  

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