Start This Habit To Create More Inspired Photography – Intuitive Posing: Day 2
February 26, 2021
If you want to create more emotive, storytelling images for your clients without needing to scroll Pinterest for inspiration before every session, you’re exactly where you should be. I believe we create best when we’re Creating from a Place of Alignment, taking into account everything that fulfills us and that serves our clients. In this video, I’m going to talk you through a habit you can form that will not only make you more creative, but it will also help you get clarity on and reach your goals faster.
In Part 2 of my Intuitive Posing series I’m sharing 5 journal prompts (and my template!) to help you plan more unique and create photoshoots inspired by you and your clients. Your mind won’t be clouded and preoccupied with all of these shots you’re trying to memorize that you saw before, you’re able to be fully present and tuned into your clients and able to work from a place of inspiration instead of duplication.
What is Intuitive Posing anyway? Often we are taught that we need to curate a list of poses before going into a shoot. I don’t know about you, but this is really distracting for me because it doesn’t allow me to really see the beauty and connections before me, and when I’m preoccupied with having to check off and refer back to some list, it really takes away all of the creativity and storytelling from the session.
What I want, and when I’m guessing, you may also want, if you’re here, is to show up to family and couple shoots full of inspiration and ideas that allow me to pivot when I encounter something that isn’t going just as planned, which is literally every single session I go to.
The goal of intuitive posing is to enable you to just show up for your shoot and be fully present, to be the creative creature that you are, and to guide and direct your subjects from a more authentic place. That leads to images that are more inspired by your location, your subjects, and most importantly, your inner voice as an artist. You’ll soon began creating more unique work that is really reflective of the unique mix of everything that makes you, you.
So how do you get to this place? It’s essential that you spend time actually thinking about what emotive storytelling looks like to you, and where your inspiration comes from. There are no shortcuts to authenticity.
Enter: journaling. I’ve found that the best way for me to do this is with Goodnotes, on an iPad. Even if you really think you’re a paper-person, I encourage you to try this – it’s an amazing way to keep all of my thoughts in one place, to stay organized, and to remember to spend time daily in a space of introspection.
I have 5 journal prompts for you, to help guide you in envisioning an upcoming session (and you can download a template below, to help you!).
• Number 1: Client theme. If you had to describe the feel of this shoot that you’re planning for this client, what would it be?
• Number 2: Four words to channel during the session. What words can you call upon during the shoot to help inspire you to connect your subjects with each other and their environment?
• Number 3: where can you look for inspiration? Is there a movie that really embodies this vibe or specific emotions that you want to evoke from them?
• Number 4: What are your client’s pain points? In talking with your client, you may have identified some issues or wishes they have that will allow you to create prompts and prioritize what and how you photograph their session and tell their story.
• Number 5: What would you like to do more of? Are there any photography techniques that you’ve been dying to incorporate into your sessions, but always feel like you run out of time or you’re just too scared to start? Keep a list of them and choose just one that you’re going to spend a few minutes on at your next session.
Now, before this session, instead of scrolling other people’s work, what you’re going to do is go over this journal entry and really visualize what all of this looks like during the session. I like to go early and sit in the space I’ll be shooting to really inspire me. Don’t cloud your mind with lists of poses – visualize the feelings you want to evoke in this session, and the inspiration you’ve found, and let the creativity flow out of you.