How to Use Flow Posing in Your Mini Sessions

You have your mini sessions all set up and scheduled. But now you’re wondering how on earth are you going to get enough variety in just a 15 minute session? Flow posing is going to be your best friend for keeping your sessions short, on track and still delivering a gallery with variety to your clients.

Lisa Micheli – Lisa Micheli Photography

What is “flow posing”?

Flow Posing is a system that takes your clients through multiple poses in a short amount of time. This can be done with a single person, couples, families, etc. The main idea is to have a series of poses in mind so that if you ever get stuck on a pose you can easily talk your clients through it.

Beth Miller – Beth Miller Photography

How to Use it

Flow posing is great for mini sessions because you’re short on time but still need to get through a variety of poses for your gallery. This gives you the chance to study the best ways to move people organically through different poses so that you can easily mix it up to get multiple options in one spot. This could be done by adjusting something simple within the pose. Here are some tips:

  • Change how they are standing – If it’s a couple, switch them to stand side by side, facing each other, one person behind the other, etc. By making little adjustments to the direction they are standing you can create variety and movement. For families, change up which parent is holding the kid(s) or rearrange who they are standing next to.
  • Change the placement of hands – this is a big way to make a difference with any type of subject. How the clients are holding onto one another. Or if you’re photographing a senior, you can easily reposition the hands to get a completely different feel. Change it from one hand in pocket, one hand on wrist, hands moving through the hair… There are a lot of ways to mix this up!
  • You move – Don’t forget to change up your distance and angle too. You can easily add variety by zooming in close, do a pull back, change which side you’re on.
  • Add in some movement – Have them walk, dance, ring around the rosie, blanket toss, etc… Get the family to tickle the youngest. You’ll be able to get some great in between moments by adding in movement.

Lindsey Willis – Lindsey Willis Photography

The “Money Shot”

Use your client questionnaire to find out what is the number one shot your clients are hoping to get during their session. Is it a picture of everyone looking at the camera with their best smiles? Or is it a love soaked candid photo of them interacting with one another? Whatever it may be – you can make that one shot your focus at the beginning and get it done then feel free to move through your other flow of poses from there. You can send out the questionnaire automatically before the session by incorporating it into your mini session workflow in Iris.

Study, practice, perfect. 

The biggest thing you can do is practice yourself. Study photos that you like, and then work out poses on your own to see what feels comfortable to you. Once you have that pose down, how would you switch it up and easily transition it into the next? By doing this over and over, you’re going to be able to pull out poses easily during your sessions.

Looking for more ideas and tips? Try out these awesome sources!

Sue Bryce Education – The queen of posing, Sue has an entire education platform where you can watch how she poses in any type of scenario.

Picture Perfect Posing and Picture Perfect Practice by Roberto Valenzuela – Both of these books come highly recommended for posing and finding ways to tweak them to perfect your posing during  session.

SBP Family Workshop Guide – In Sarah’s full family guide you not only get to learn everything about the ins and outs of running a business, but also learn how to create natural family posing in your sessions. This guide is everything you need to know about being a family portrait photographer.

Design Aglow – They have a variety of posing inspiration cards for many types of photo sessions.

Photography Concentrate – This awesome blog has several posts on Stress Free Posing that demonstrates this idea. Click to check out their standing posing edition!

What are some ways that you keep moving when you get stuck during a session? Let us know in the comments below!

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1 Comment

  1. Kyle Hislip

    What perfect timing to get this today! I just booked a couples shoot. Thanks for all of the ideas and additional resources.


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