Pole Photography - Photo shoot advice
LIGHTS…. POLE POSE …..ACTION!!
Preparing and planning your photo shoot is essential for it to go well and for the pictures to be a success
Think about some or all of the following in advance:
By being fully prepared you will enjoy the experience more too
COSTUME AND YOUR LOOK
Think about outfit clashing with the background. Stand out or blend in?
Think about tassels and loose tops coming over your head if you are upside down
Think about which is your best side - if there are marks, tattoos or bruises you wish to hide
On the day mention anything you are self-conscious about so they can advise you if necessary
If you feel strongly for or against photoshop, say so
What kind of finish are you looking for? Silhouette, detailed, shadows or distant?
Do you want the base of the pole in the pictures?
MAKE YOUR MOVE
Pick only moves you are confident in and that you can do several times in succession if necessary and can hold for a decent length of time (about 5 seconds).
Remember the photographer may need you to do it several times to get the best shot
Bring a list of moves with you and don’t be over ambitious, some of the best photos are the most simplest of moves
ANGLE IT RIGHT
Think about the angle you want the move taken from – do you want so see your face? Do you want the angle of your legs to be the highlight or your facial expression?! Make sure the photographer knows which bit of the move you are showing off.
ask the photographer to move their position too (high, low, up, down, left, right)
The same move can be used for many different photos by using different angles, different outfits, looking in different directions, with shoes or bare feet
Talk to your photographer in advance about the look and feel you want
WHAT TYPE OF POLE WILL I BE USING?
There are many poles now on the market so always ask in advance what dimension the grip will be. Is it a pole you are familiar with and what is the grip like of this pole?
Will the pole be high enough for some of your extended moves and will the back drop be wider enough for your horizontal moves also?
Remember stainless steel, brass poles and powder coated poles have a higher grip that chrome
EXHAUSTION SHOWS IN PHOTOS
Do hard moves first as your energy may go quickly
Be prepared for the effect of adrenalin. You will have less strength than normal and will tire quickly
MUSIC TO SET THE MOOD
We all know that music is a great motivator, so don’t be afraid to have your music turned up. Not too loud though as you may be missing vital directions from your photographer
OUT DOOR PHOTO SHOOTS
THE BEACH, THE PARK, THE STREET where will your pole take you?
Remember most importantly the cold of outdoor shoots has a massive effect. Warm up well and stay warm. Work quickly
Be prepared for the effect of being in a public place. Are you ok with people watching? What do you do if someone objects?
Think about order of moves if on a beach etc as even with the best effort you will have sand on feet after move 1!
Finally… if you are organising, make sure you schedule enough time for each person
Give the photographer a break and refreshments too
Suggestions of things to take with you:
Poles & Allen key if needed
Vodka – for the pole not for you!
Mats and under mats?
Pole and body grip
Water to sip or drink
Prepared list of moves including order and costume changes
Small towel for feet or baby wipes
High energy snacks and drinks
Flask with hot drink
Flip flops or slip ons
Spare make up
Face powder to prevent a shine
If beach then bring an extra towel
Warm clothes, big jumper or zip up top so as not to ruin your hair
Cloths to wipe pole components with after
First aid kit
Rug / blanket to sit on / put stuff on
SUGGESTED POLE MOVES AND POSES
Just a stand next to the pole
Pole Sit – legs bent, legs straight
Pole stand lean back
Plank with variations
Plus your favourite ones of course
Ask for the list of reputable pole companies
Many thanks to the contributors:-
Training provider Pole Passion www.polepassion.com
Sue Thompson – Pole Passion Littlehampton, Pole Passion Bognor
Karla McCarthy Photography
Kay Penney Pole Passion Crawley, Pole Passion Redhill