Bright. Fun. Carefree. Storytelling. That's how I want my images to look and feel. I want my clients to be beautiful and uninhibited when in front of my camera, without a care in the world. Trust that I will capture the essence of them and not make them look silly. I aim for every client to walk away from their shoot feeling like they had the time of their lives. Yes, exactly like the end of Dirty Dancing. A huge piece of this, I think, is focusing less on stagnant "posing" and moreso on action, giving couple's things to do, ways to feel, and the confidence to be themselves. An example of this: Client by a bus stop leaning against the schedule: "Imagine you're waiting for your ride and someone just drove by and gave you a catcall" (not unlike a photographer giving a specific action to a professional model on an editorial shoot to dictate the story the magazine is trying to convey). After hearing Jasmine Star talk about how she relates poses to clients via actions, I decided to come up with some stories of my own. How does she come up with these things??!?!?!? Does she just dream up "stories"? Google? (don't bother, that doesn't help). I could have just quizzed her and other photographers I've learned from on park it on the sofa for reruns of America's Next Top Model, but instead I wanted to figure it out for myself. Put my brain to work and develop my own spin. If you don't want to listen to this professional talker, then here's a breakdown (but the video has some gems! You've just gotta be patient with me!): Ways to come up with "stories":
--Dissect poses from photos I love. Figure out "what's the story"? Catalogues and editorial spreads are great for this as there is usually a theme.
--Relate stories in cinema and books. You know the frames where Allie runs through the rain to kiss Noah in The Notebook? Use that scene as inspiration for movement.
--Reflect on past experiences. When I was a kid I was imaginative. Always off in my own world, dreaming up make believe scenarios. As an adult I still harbor a lot of those childlike qualities and I plan to reflect on the daydreams I would come up with the most. Conjure the memories and emotions I would pretend existed. (You know, like the feeling you get when the windows in the car are down, the music is up, and the sun is in your hair? Take that feeling of "free" and make it an action to ask clients to perform.)
--Listen to what the couple says about their relationship, then use it. He says they are competitive with each other about everything. Tell them to see who can get to the ocean the fastest. (I'd win)
More in-depth thoughts and ideas of actions to direct clients into poses in the video. And when I say in-depth, I mean long. I go on and on and on, clearly finding a lot of things to say! But give me a break, Marshall has been gone for a few days so I need to get my daily "talking" out SOMEWHERE! Definitely some losses of memory in here too, but...I kept them. It is what it is. ;) ;) Let me know if you have any ideas to add! &, as usual, thanks for getting my brain rolling J*!