Parent Posing 101 with Cortney Talbott
When I first started my business 11 years ago there was no Facebook, no Instagram or Pinterest. Youtube was just getting started. There weren’t posing guides or professional photographers teaching in person or online workshops on the art of posing. To be honest, majority of what I learned came from trial and error. Parent posing was definitely one of those areas that scared me…..for a long time!
As simple as they seem, there are a number of variables that go through your head when you are preparing for parent poses. How big is the baby? Should I wrap the baby or keep him/her unwrapped? Does mom have long or short arms? How comfortable is a new dad holding his baby? All things that can drive you crazy thinking about and trying to figure out.
Of course it is important to take all of that into consideration like grains of salt but don’t forget to KISS. Keep it simple. It doesn’t have to be fancy! You don’t have to try to reinvent the wheel for every session! When it comes down to it, your clients want a beautiful, simple and timeless first image of them and their baby. Below are six outlined tips to help keep parent posing simple but achieve images your clients will love every single time.
Like anything in photography, the more you practice the easier it will become. Some parent posing sessions will be easier than others as some people are just more comfortable in front of a camera and taking directions. By following some simple steps and creating a flow for your parent posing, you will take a lot of the guess work out of it.
About the Arthour
Cortney Talbott is a studio newborn and child photographer based out of sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. She is a California girl at heart, growing up in the Los Angeles area. Since attending high school in Oregon, college in Montana and meeting her husband in 2004, she has found a love for the outdoors and the adventures they bring. Along with their 11-year-old son, Easton, and their fur baby, @bridger.the.bernedoodle, you can catch them camping and traveling around our beautiful country in their off time. A teacher by trade, her business was established in 2009 and took a very natural and organic growth into a full time studio in 2012.
**Backdrop used in all photographs is Coconut from Intuition Backgrounds.
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