Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Posing a couple, part of Family and Group Portraiture.
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Whenever you organize group shots, you want to look for relationships…between the people.…And in this case, Trushana and Sako are a couple.…Natalie Fobes: Now your head come on in, go ahead.…You can actually kind of touch.…Now I would like you to have your hand just up here, holding her, there you go.…Let's actually try it over here on her shoulder this way, and down just a little…bit, just kind of caressing.…As a photographer you have to be aware of where your people are.…
Notice if they're nervous, if they need to take a little break.…With Trushana and Sako, after a little bit of embarrassment about being…photographed, they really kind of started getting into it and started…enjoying it.…I wanted them to be enjoying each other while I was photographing.…Natalie Fobes: And you can smile.…You have got a beautiful woman on your arm.…There you go.…When I am putting my couples together, I use the same poses that I use when I am…shooting individual shots of them.…
I posed Trushana first and then I bring Sako in, posed him, and then step back,…
The course discusses how to plan for a portrait photo shoot and how to make stylistic decisions regarding props, clothing, and makeup. Next, the course reviews the essentials of posing women and men, starting with a single subject, moving on to a couple, and then working up to large groups. The course also demonstrates how to pose and compose a group portrait in ways that highlight the relationships between group members, whether they're family members or business colleagues. Lastly, to illustrate the time constraints photographers often face, Natalie works against the clock to shoot a group of people she's never met.
The course also covers various postprocessing techniques geared specifically for portraiture, such as working with wrinkles and skin textures.