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PHOTOSHOOT TIPS

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR SESSION

 

Congratulations on booking a session with us! 

Here is handy guide to help you prepare for your shoot.  

 


1.  BEFORE THE SHOOT...

  • Prepare TRICKS/POSES you can execute comfortably.  ​

    • Are you flexible?  Do you love to show off your strong back muscles and abs?  Curate your poses to show off and compliment your strengths 

    • To maximize time and lighting, we start with moves on the floor and work our way up the apparatus. 

    • Organize your poses this way to make the shoot more manageable. 

    • For aerial (off the floor) tricks, a gentle spin is encouraged to capture different angles.  This saves you a lot of time and energy from having to get up and down the apparatus. 

  • Go to  @knockingbirdcreative for more inspiration 

POLE​

AERIAL

OFF THE FLOOR

  • LESS IS MORE - Many of the best photos come from simple and comfortable holds.  When you relax and feel confident about a move, you will enjoy the moment and it will show in your body. 

    • Shapes and artistry matter more than difficulty.

    • Advance moves don't always translate well on camera.

    • You are the focus of the shots, not the tricks 

⭐️ Watch the video below.  Even though this shoot is geared towards ballet and contemporary, there are very helpful tips for posing and showing off what you want the photographer to see.  

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  • CLOTHING

    • Plan at least 3-5 outfits to add variety 

    • Colorful and flashy pieces are best for the darker and smokey background.  Darker tones are best for lighter backgrounds.  You'll want to create contrast so you can stand out in the photos.

    • Anything that sparkles, shines, or drapes will add great texture to your look

    • Avoid clothing that restricts or compromise your movement.   Comfort exudes confidence!

    • Plan and practice your outfits to compliment your poses.If you're wearing a long flowey skirt, consider that it may cover your face if you invert.   

    • Props are encouraged.  Please practice beforehand with them.  

    • Feel free to send us your picks ahead of time.  

⭐️ Check out this trailer for the dance documentary Missed Nuance  

by @NivNovak to see the dramatic effects of different fabric and color

 

2.  PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE

Now that you've got your poses selected, work on the ironing the details and refining your movements.  

  • SHOULDER, ARMS, AND HANDS

  • As a general tip, drop the shoulders, let the arms float, keep tension the wrist, and soften your fingers.  

  • Make the shape your own with how and where you place the arms.

  • May sure they don't block your face or better yet use it to frame your face.

  • Stiff hands will give away that you are stressed.  Imagine holding a delicate flower or compact mirror.  

⭐️ Pole artist Miglena Laf aka @Miglena_ThePoleDancer offers

practical exercises you can follow along.   Go to12:08 for aerial tricks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • HEAD & NECK  

    • Present your face to the camera 

    • Breathe with your movement so your mouth can soften 

    • Generally, roll your shoulder downs, push the collar bone forward, and elongate the neck.  

 

⭐️ Quick and fast modeling 101 tips from @AlexJiggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Record & Rehearse

    • Find studio time to practice your moves as much as possible

    • Record your tricks so you can see what to add or reduce.  Can certain poses be combined in a combo?  Can make a shape out of a transition?  

    • Rehearse your list so you can better manage your energy level 

    • Get input from friends/family.  They might see something you've missed.  

3.  ON THE DAY OF...

  • BRING A LIST 

    • Create a list of your planned poses

    • Have it handy on your phone/tablet/laptop.  

    • It's better to have photos of you in the poses ​​as reference

    • Just like in freestyle, you'll end up forgetting half of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • TIME 

    • Come early. 

    • We recommend showing up at least  20-30 mins before your scheduled time (not including time to park and walk to shoot location). 

    • Stretch and warm up before you have to hold that split for what seems like an eternity

  • HAIR

    • If you have long hair, be sure to bring a hair tie or clip incase certain moves cover your face

    • You can try different hair styles for different trick

  • MAKE-UP

    • Moisturize

    • Have your makeup done before arriving

    • Even out your skin tone

    • Exaggerate your features, outline the eyes especially  

    • Bring setting powder and essential makeup items for touch ups


4.  THE CREATION...
 

  • 7 DAYS AFTER YOUR SHOOT

    • You will receive a digital gallery link to view your images 7 day after your session date.  

    • Select your favorites and finalize with an email.

 

  • 30 DAYS AFTER YOUR SELECTIONS

    • We will retouch and digitally deliver your high-definition images 30 days after your selections. 

 

  • I'D LIKE TO BUY MORE! 

    • Additional edits are $30/image or 4 for $100. 

    • RAW files of the photoshoot are not included in the final delivery.  They can be purchased for $10/RAW unedited image.  

  • WHAT IS BASIC RETOUCHING?

    • This involves removing blemishes, brightening teeth, smoothing skin, and removing unsightly artifacts.  

    • Our process is to correct for lighting/exposure and color temperature to give each picture the best range and definition. 

    • There is a fee starting at $25/image for advance editing beyond the retouching services listed above.  

 

 

FINALLY...and MOST IMPORTANTLY....


Smile, point your toes, and have fun!
 

Feel free to bring a friend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERE TO HELP

 

We can't wait to capture your art.  We're here to assist in any way.  Feel free to reach out and let us know your ideas.

 

Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your aerial journey.