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POSING NATURALLY | TEACHING TUESDAY

Today we have the lovely Kristen Weaver of Kristen Weaver Photography to give us a few tips about how she poses her couples naturally.  You can join Kristen in her live webinar on August 18th and learn about TARGETED MARKETING.  Get all the details HERE!

There’s such a beautiful energy between 2 people in love, and it’s sometimes difficult to know when to direct, and when to sit back and let things happen. All in all, it’s a delicate balance, but I think it can be accomplished easily with a few little tips. I’m going to answer this more along the lines of engagement shoots, but the same would apply for weddings, trash the dress sessions, portraits, etc.

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I am extremely shy – especially around people I don’t know! It might seem completely crazy that I chose this field as my profession, but I love small intimate gatherings and feel like nothing is better than spending the day with good friends!  I work ahead of time to make sure I feel like my clients are good friends – which helps me to be more comfortable during their session! Getting to know them through consultations, emails, phone calls and even Facebook, has helped me to bond with my clients before we shoot. When I feel like I’m out with friends, it feels like second nature to joke around with them, and they feel more comfortable being “smoochy” in front of me!

First of all, be confident in yourself and your abilities as a photographer! Your clients will look to you for direction and guidance, but you’re already ahead of the game! Remember that they hired you based on your creative vision, and so you should feel great about working together with them! Not every client is a natural in front of the camera, but your job is to be a natural behind it! Just like kids can sense tension, and animals can smell fear – clients can feel uncertainty!

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I always try a couple little “go to” shots first, to break the ice and get a sense of their comfort level in front of the camera. I won’t move them around too much – just reposition them and give lots of little direction (chin up, look at her, ok, now look at me, give her a little kiss). Once I’m feeling a little more comfortable with the way they naturally pose, I’ll move to a new location and get a little more creative. If I can tell from that first set that my couple is naturally a little more stiff, I’ll make sure I’m giving a lot of direction and start cracking a lot of jokes! But if they seem to flow in to every pose, I’ll step back a little and let them be! Usually, they start to warm up after a bit and become more natural and relaxed.

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Here are some things to keep in mind:

1. Try to offer slightly longer engagement sessions than normal. I find my favorite shots are towards the middle and end of the shoot, when everyone is more at ease.

2. Encourage different wardrobe and location changes (if you’re able) – same reason as above

3. Don’t forget to connect with your client! You’ll become more creatively involved in the session – producing more emotional images!

4. Always keep an asylum of “inspiration” shots – a great place? On your phone! Take a quick peek if you’re feeling stuck! Some great places for inspiration are fashion magazines, and yes, even other photographers. Remember, there’s a delicate line between being inspired and copying – but a pose here and there shouldn’t ruffle any feathers – and just like in American Idol – find a way to make it your own!

5. Pose, but don’t over-direct, your clients. Once you set up the pose, keep snapping pictures. The best shots are the ones that happen after they think you’re done shooting!

6. Don’t be afraid to try new things! If it’s not working, who cares? It may lead to something that will! I’ve never been afraid to say, “Ok, this isn’t working” and move on to something else. My clients usually appreciate the honesty, and we get a good laugh about it!

I hope that helps! Good luck and let me know how it goes!

weaver-bioEntering only her fourth year in business, Kristen has taken the wedding industry by storm. She was named as a Grace Ormonde Platinum Photographer and one of the World’s Best Wedding Photographers from Junebug Weddings. She has been published in wedding and fashion magazines around the world.

2013 Editor’s Choice, The Knot, Best of Florida Weddings: Photographer

2012-2014 Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Platinum Photographer

2012-2014 Junebug Weddings World’s Best Wedding Photographers

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Don’t miss her live Webinar on August 18th!  Get all the details HERE!

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KRISTEN WEAVER | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW

Chic Critique is excited to have Kristen Weaver of Kristen Weaver Photography host our live monthly webinar!  She will be discussing Targeted Marketing on August 18th.  Get all the details HERE!

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Entering only her fourth year in business, Kristen has taken the wedding industry by storm. She was named as a Grace Ormonde Platinum Photographer and one of the World’s Best Wedding Photographers from Junebug Weddings. She has been published in wedding and fashion magazines around the world.

Kristen has an approach to life that is honest, genuine & unbelievably energetic. This attitude has transcended to the beautiful images she creates. With an eye for beauty and a heart for philanthropy, Kristen has worked during the course of her career in photography to give back to the community. With a background in advertising and marketing, she actively trains and supports other photographers in growing their business. From Kristen’s outstanding abilities behind the camera, right through to her understanding of the power of social media marketing, Kristen is one photographer you do not want to miss.

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Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?

Both!

 

Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?

Honesty is often a forgotten value of truthfulness. An honest critique can benefit a person’s knowledge about their own images and ways they can grow in their business.

 

What camera do you use? Favorite lens?

D800 and D700, 85mm

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What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?

Someone once told me I should pay close attention to watching where shadows fall on the subject’s face. This helped me a lot with my use of natural lighting in my photography.

 

What 3 words would you use to describe your style?

Clean, Luxury, Personal

 

Where do you pull your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from many places, but I tend to LOVE editorial magazines! Although I work primarily in the wedding industry, fashion photography has helped me grow as a wedding photographer and capture stunning photos of exotic locations and gowns!

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What is one specific way that you balance work and family?

Working out of my home has really helped balance my work and family! However, it is also important to know when to turn off your business mode and spend quality time with your loved ones.

 

Best biz/photo advice?

Learn when to say no! It is completely acceptable to know when a client is not your type. As your client interviews you, don’t be afraid to interview them as well. After all, you will both be working together and want what is best for the client!

 

What have you learned the hard way?

In my beginning stages of my business, I found myself accepting clients that were not true to my style of photography in which I instantly regretted. Be honest with your clients and stay true to your business! If you don’t believe a particular client is your type or will benefit your business then give them the opportunity to hire a photographer that better suits their style.

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How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?

Spending extra time and money on my clients is something I feel is important to my business. I love to send my clients welcome packages, anniversary cards, and little gifts to remind them how special they are to me and my success as their photographer.

 

Where have most of your 2014 clients come from (besides WOM)?

Most of my clients come from previous client referrals and social media. Facebook is a great opportunity to network and meet all different types of groups!

 

I absolutely loved Images for a Cure and the idea of using talent to help fund for an important cause!

 

What is your most popular product?

Albums

Don’t miss Kristen live on August 18th!  Register HERE!

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SUNDAY SPARKLE

Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega

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Leslie Vega is a seasoned brand designer for photographers and wedding professionals. She founded Leslie Vega Design in 2008 and has been creating breathtaking brands for clients across the globe ever since. From logos to stationery and beautiful web presences, her passion exudes in her work and in her client experience. View her work at www.leslievegadesign.com
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