Directing & Posing Your Subject in Photo Shoots

120 Minutes

You have the lighting dialed in just right.  The background is saying what you want it to say, the image, the look you have in your head is starting to come together.  And then you have your subject… Now what?

Directing & Posing Your Subject

The human eye immediately grabs onto the human form first in an image, more particularly first: the eyes.  This is to say, your subject is THEE most important element of your image!  Do you know what to do, how to act and what to say to pull off the vision you have for your subject’s part in the image? 


This class is designed to help you do just that: to learn the tricks and techniques used by the pros in the real world to effectively get the results they want to achieve by directing & posing their subject as per their vision for the image. 


In this workshop we will cover:

  • Various problems you’ll encounter when posing non-models (and sometimes even models!);
  • The most effective approaches to working with your subject;
  • Getting out from behind the camera to engage with your subject;
  • How to engage with your subject – guidelines on how to interact with and direct your subject: what to say, what to do, what NOT to say, what NOT to do!
  • How to relax your subject;
  • Poses, poses, and more poses; and
  • Matching poses with lighting.


You will leave this workshop more confident in directing photography subjects before your camera and posing each in a way that works with your lighting setups.


Requirements: Intro to the Photography Studio + Strobe Modifiers & Effects and 12 Ways for Lighting Your Subject in the Studio workshops or relevant previous experience shooting in a studio setting with a human subject. We will not be going over equipment, equipment settings or lighting setups. Should you need instruction on this before this workshop, please contact [email protected] to inquire about affordable private instruction opportunities.


Optional: Feel free to bring your camera, however, you will also need to bring your camera’s USB cord for tethering to Lightroom. If your camera does not tether to Lightroom, you will need to use the classroom camera, which is a Nikon D750, which I can help set the settings for you. No exceptions. Each photographer will receive copies of all photos he/she takes during the workshop after the workshop via a Dropbox link to download.


SPECIAL NOTE: Any student photos taken of the model belong to the photographers, however, photographers agree photos shall be released to the model for his/her portfolio-use only as a special thanks for her time. Photographers agree to sign a class model release prior to any photography during the workshop providing such use of the images by model and prohibiting photographer from commercial use (selling the photos) without prior written consent of model.


About the Instructor:

Dawn M. Wayand is a professional photographer, exhibition curator,+ photography educator and founder of NYC Digital Photography Workshops. Having published almost 100 feature photography articles and gear reviews since late-2015, Dawn has written for the Adorama Learning Center, B&H Photo and Digital Photography School. Dawn has been shooting travel, street and candid portraits since 2001 and has been working with models and actors shooting portraits, headshots and fashion through her own photography business, Dawn M. Wayand Photography, since 2014.

Dawn M. Wayand