Are you ready to learn about another one of our newest photography workshops set to debut in January? Today Lora Swinson is here to share more about her upcoming workshop, Shooting 101: Posed for Success (teaching assistants will include Amii Wroblewski, Jennifer Dell, and Dana Tate). You’ve asked for a class on posing and it’s finally here. Read more below to find out exactly what Lora will cover in this awesome new workshop!
an introduction to the posed for success workshop
Posing has been one of the hardest things for me to learn. I’d walk away from sessions feeling completely deflated. My clients looked awkward and uncomfortable. I knew that I had to learn so I forced myself to get better at it. Through a LOT of trial and error I grew confident in my ability to pose my most difficult subjects and am beyond excited to share what I have learned these last few years with you!
Shooting 101: Posed For Success is a 4 week online course that will help get you on your feet when it comes to posing all different types of subjects. Many times our subjects are extremely different from one another and the task of posing them together can be daunting. In Week One we will cover the basics of posing and why they are important. Can you combine lifestyle images with posed subjects? How do I make my subjects feel more at ease? We will cover both these topics and much more.
We will approach working with toddlers in Week Two and discuss ways to deal with all their different personalities. We will uncover tips on getting those shy and uncooperative toddlers to give you a few moments of their time and in the end, helping them enjoy their time spent with you. Also, we will discuss teenagers. How to flatter them and make your subjects comfortable. We know they can be the most awkward to photograph but this week will not only help them, it will also put you more at ease and show YOU what you are capable of!
Week 3 will cover posing men and women. These two subjects were the hardest for me from the very beginning. The topics will broaden when we dissect both men and women into their age categories, starting with those in their early to mid-20s. Learn how to make your subjects feel more masculine/feminine and comfortable in their own skin, turning what they may think is a painful experience into one they walk away from feeling 10 feet taller.
Not only will we cover families in Week 4 of the course, we will also talk about shooting and posing large extended families. How to seamlessly achieve more than 1 pose of the large group and how to break them down into smaller subgroups while keeping a polished and a cohesive feel to the entire experience will be one of the topics we touch one.
Each week will include a short video of myself working with that weeks subjects. You will follow my session and see how I turn that week’s PDF into an actual session. Watching me move from one pose to the next will help tie everything we talked about that week together. I cannot wait to share this journey with you!
Thank you Lora for sharing some information about your new workshop with us! Do you have any questions for Lora about this new workshop? Please ask in the comments below! Would you like to sign up for this course or know a friend who would? You can find the workshop information here. Registration is currently open to everyone as of today!
Lora Swinson, Colorado
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Happy wife and mother of two young boys, Lora enjoys life in the quiet state of Colorado. As a sophomore in high school, she began her photography journey with a roll of film and a darkroom. Her style has evolved over the years into the natural, timeless, and heartfelt photography that it is today. She is a Canon girl at heart shooting with a 5d mark II and both 50mm and 135mm lenses and loves to help others learn which she does in her Shooting 101: Posed For Success workshop. And although she proclaims to spending her days off as being lazy, Lora loves crossfit and running. Reading, music, and coffee are among some of her other favorite things.