Shooting Star : Directive Posing

couple months ago, I was really nervous before an engagement session. Like sweaty hand nervous, which is so who-will-ask-me-to-Homecoming, right?! I mean, how old am I and why would my hands think it's okay to revert back to the days when I thought blond highlights looked natural on me?! GET IT TOGETHER, JASMINE.

In light of this, I begged JD to join me for the engagement session (his inner chi could calm a hurricane) and he obliged on the condition I'd treat him to McNuggets afterward (this? This is a big deal because I think McDonald's is trying to poison Americans...yes, I watch too many documentaries). Once we arrived, I fell into my usual shooting groove and he was at liberty to shoot what he wanted. JD filmed a few behind-the-scenes moments, which demonstrate how I use Directive Posing during an engagement session.

In this Shooting Star, I'll discuss the following...
*How I start an engagement session by using explanations to set expectations.
*How to use Directive Posing to smoothly move from one pose to the next.
*How to create naturally posed images by instructing subjects to walk while simultaneously pose.

If you'd like to see more on the topic of Directive Posing, feel free to check out THIS photography tutorial for a more in depth perspective to how I work with my clients.

Happy Wednesday!
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Chris - Awesome tips as usual! Love your insight!  07.13.14 - 9:50pm
Emily - Thank you so much! Super helpful!  03.07.13 - 1:02pm
Sarah - Ah! Amazing! I always struggle with posing and getting couples to basically do what I want so this is so helpful. I particularly like what you said to her as she went to adjust her hair, definitely going to use that!  10.01.12 - 1:52am
John Puddy - Great post thanks Jasmine, adore the last shot by the window!!!! :)  09.25.12 - 12:14pm
kid - Awesome TIPs! can't wait to try it out... :)  09.18.12 - 8:28am
Cayton Heath - Hey Jasmine! Great post- I love listening to you talk to people and the way you communicate and encourage is inspiring. Anyway, quick question- I saw that you were using a softbox at the engagement session in your video. Do you bring a generator for the times their isn't an outlet? I have wanted to bring softboxes to my sessions but the best way to plug in has always alluded me. :) Thanks again for your hard work and all that you do to help others. We appreciate you!!  09.17.12 - 7:20am
Mom - What an excellent post Jasmine!! Love you!!  09.16.12 - 9:34am
Jonathan Knox - Jasmine, great video! I particularly loved seeing the raw interaction between you and your clients.  09.16.12 - 1:10am
Annetta - Thanks for this post, Jasmine. Always love your insight.  09.13.12 - 10:08am
Kristopher Gerner - Thank you for sharing, this is such a great video on posing.  09.13.12 - 8:39am
Wedding Snapper - Great tips, thanks for sharing!  09.13.12 - 4:19am
david love - What was the softbox being used for? Was it continuous light as a fill light?  09.13.12 - 2:26am
Tim Wright - This was super helpful! Thanks for posting this and sharing your approach!  09.12.12 - 11:40pm
Donna Richens - Thank you for sharing yet another WONDERFUL video Jasmine :-)  09.12.12 - 9:49pm
Suzanne - Ignore my prior post, I rebooted my Mac and was able to see the Shooting Star segment :-)  09.12.12 - 7:26pm
Suzanne Thompson - I don't know if it's just my computer, but I can't see the Shooting Star episodes. :-(  09.12.12 - 6:21pm
Serendipity Photography - Thanks so much for sharing!   09.12.12 - 4:20pm
Kel - You are the dag'on best! I Love you and JD and all you bring to photography. Thank you!  09.12.12 - 2:04pm
Bobbie Brown - Ohhhh, I always love these posts, but this was a favorite to date for sure! Thanks for sharing! Oh, and is that a reflector in some of the footage with you shooting?   09.12.12 - 2:03pm
Jolynn - I always looove your video posts! Thanks for sharing!!  09.12.12 - 1:54pm
Rachel - Jasmine, it is perfectly normal to get nervous before doing something you love because you are putting your heart into it. I know that you are very successful and running a thousand directions at once, but please allow yourself the chance to be human like the rest of us!! We won't think any less of you, only more. Love from someone who is not a photographer but that is still a fan and religiously reads your blogs.:) Cheers to being human!  09.12.12 - 1:04pm
Barbara Marcella - This was great, thank you!! =)  09.12.12 - 1:02pm
Sarjane Case - Jasmine, you are so charming!   09.12.12 - 12:59pm
Jessica Johnston - Ahh! You are amazing for posting this - so helpful to see you "at work" and hearing how to pose and interact. I love love love this post - please bring that husband of yours along so you can post more of these great helpful Shooting Stars!  09.12.12 - 12:14pm
brianna - those pants you had on in the video?! kind of awesome  09.12.12 - 12:10pm
Laura Kelly - Hey Jasmine!! I loved this video, and as someone who paid for the similar video in the Store, I really think this one offered more helpful information!! I would have loved if there was more talking through poses in the Store video, because I think that's the most helpful part :) I am so glad you made this one, because it had so much info I can use to shoot with!! Love love, xx  09.12.12 - 12:08pm
Rachel Greene - "Hang on, hang on, hang on...I'm dying." Haha :D This was great!! Really helpful, Jasmine :D  09.12.12 - 11:02am
Meredith Sledge - This was SO helpful and I knew I was going to love it before I even watched it. Thanks Jasmine! These are my favorite posts ever.  09.12.12 - 10:33am
Carrie K - Thank you so much for admitting that you get stuck sometimes! So glad I'm not alone. :)   09.12.12 - 10:31am
The New Diplomat's Wife - very helpful, even if you're not a pro - it's always a weird feeling to pose people, even when you know the photo would come out so much better if you did. and i'm with JD, we are pro chicken mcnuggets at our place.  09.12.12 - 10:11am
Charla Storey - Hahahah I tell my boyfriend Jesse and my son Seth all the time that McDonalds is trying to poison us! And that try are the reason food is the way it is now and cause of cancer etc LoL they think I'm nuts! I also watch to many food documentaries! This was very helpful and fun to watch/read today! Thanks again for sharing all your rock star awesome was lady!! Muey gracias!!   09.12.12 - 10:09am
Kristy Klaassen - completely fab! thanks jasmine! :)  09.12.12 - 9:34am
Samantha - You freaking rock! Love ya Jasmine! xo  09.12.12 - 9:18am
Jordan Brittley - how are you so stinking ADORABLE!? haha :) thanks so much for sharing!  09.12.12 - 9:15am
Carol Thacker - Thank you for this! You are awesome sauce!  09.12.12 - 9:09am
Fabuluxe - I love, LOVE your videos,  09.12.12 - 9:08am