Shooting Star : Directive Posing


A 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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  1. Fabuluxe

    September 12th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I love, LOVE your videos,

  2. Carol Thacker

    September 12th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Thank you for this! You are awesome sauce!

  3. Jordan Brittley

    September 12th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    how are you so stinking ADORABLE!? haha 🙂 thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Samantha

    September 12th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    You freaking rock! Love ya Jasmine! xo

  5. Kristy Klaassen

    September 12th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    completely fab! thanks jasmine! 🙂

  6. Charla Storey

    September 12th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    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!!

  7. The New Diplomat's Wife

    September 12th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    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.

  8. Carrie K

    September 12th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Thank you so much for admitting that you get stuck sometimes! So glad I’m not alone. 🙂

  9. Meredith Sledge

    September 12th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    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.

  10. Rachel Greene

    September 12th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    "Hang on, hang on, hang on…I’m dying." Haha 😀

    This was great!! Really helpful, Jasmine 😀

  11. Laura Kelly

    September 12th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    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

  12. brianna

    September 12th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    those pants you had on in the video?! kind of awesome

  13. Jessica Johnston

    September 12th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    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!

  14. Sarjane Case

    September 12th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Jasmine, you are so charming!

  15. Barbara Marcella

    September 12th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    This was great, thank you!! =)

  16. Rachel

    September 12th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    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!

  17. Jolynn

    September 12th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I always looove your video posts! Thanks for sharing!!

  18. Bobbie Brown

    September 12th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    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?

  19. Kel

    September 12th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    You are the dag’on best! I Love you and JD and all you bring to photography. Thank you!

  20. Serendipity Photography

    September 12th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. Suzanne Thompson

    September 13th, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I don’t know if it’s just my computer, but I can’t see the Shooting Star episodes. 🙁

  22. Suzanne

    September 13th, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Ignore my prior post, I rebooted my Mac and was able to see the Shooting Star segment 🙂

  23. Donna Richens

    September 13th, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Thank you for sharing yet another WONDERFUL video Jasmine 🙂

  24. Tim Wright

    September 13th, 2012 at 6:40 am

    This was super helpful!
    Thanks for posting this and sharing your approach!

  25. david love

    September 13th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    What was the softbox being used for? Was it continuous light as a fill light?

  26. Wedding Snapper

    September 13th, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  27. Kristopher Gerner

    September 13th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing, this is such a great video on posing.

  28. Annetta

    September 13th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks for this post, Jasmine.
    Always love your insight.

  29. Jonathan Knox

    September 16th, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Jasmine, great video! I particularly loved seeing the raw interaction between you and your clients.

  30. Mom

    September 16th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    What an excellent post Jasmine!! Love you!!

  31. Cayton Heath

    September 17th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    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!!

  32. kid

    September 18th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Awesome TIPs! can’t wait to try it out… 🙂

  33. John Puddy

    September 25th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Great post thanks Jasmine, adore the last shot by the window!!!! 🙂

  34. Sarah

    October 1st, 2012 at 8:52 am

    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!

  35. Emily

    March 7th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you so much! Super helpful!

  36. Chris

    July 14th, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Awesome tips as usual! Love your insight!