I often hear from clients who are new to us that they don’t like “posed” portraits. It’s funny, because even though most of my portrait work is intensely posed, my clients universally love the results of our posing efforts and have a great experience at their sessions. I think the fear they have going in is largely due to the fact that posing is becoming a lost art in the wedding and portrait industry, and so when it is attempted the results are poor and the experience is awful. But the fact is, most people will look better in photographs that are artfully posed. In fact, I believe that because we are such a media-intensive society we intrinsically expect good posing, even if we don’t know exactly how to do it.
Witness this: From a Vanity Fair collection of Kodachrome images of movie stars most often seen in Black and White.
Yvonne De Carlo by Ray Jones
Ava Gardner by Clarence Sinclair Bull
Marlene Dietrich by Al “Whitey” Schafer