On March 11, 2017 I will be running a pole photo shoot marathon at Aradia Fitness Calgary. I always try to give some tips for the shoot and help the pole enthusiast prepare ahead of time. It’s important to be comfortable and confident when you step in front of a camera, but I know there can be a bit of trepidation especially if it is your first time. Any level of pole dancer can do a pole photo shoot – just have some ideas in mind for poses. It can help to do some freestyling ahead of time. You can take video or just watch in the mirror and see what positions you like and feel sexy/beautiful/sultry/devilish/etc. in. I’ve put together a list of pole photo shoot tips to help everyone minimize stress and be ready to create some wonderful images together.
- Get your make up and hair done professionally. I’ve tried to do my own make up for shoots and I never end up using enough for the camera even when I feel like I have. Getting a hair and make up artist to work on you also makes you feel extra special and can boost confidence levels.
- Come prepared with a list of moves and poses. If you have photos this can be helpful for your photographer. Luckily for my clients, I am also a pole fitness instructor and am familiar with the poses, movements and best angles.
- Practice! In the weeks leading up to the shoot practice everything you want to photograph as much as you can. It’s likely you might have to do a more more than once. We also might have to try to make some adjustments (possibly fix a strange expression 😉 ).
- Try out your outfits and props ahead of time. If it feels like things might slip out or around, get some double sided tape.
- Take your time in the shoot. It might not feel like it, but we do have a lot of time. We’ll want to let the blood rush out of your head if you’ve held a pose too long, you might get hot under the lights, etc.
- If you are going to wear heels, make sure you practice in them and can get in and out of your moves with control. The backdrop paper can be slippery under those heels.
- Share an hour (or more or less) with a friend. You can do doubles poses, take turns to ensure you have good breaks, help each other with costume changes and poses.
- Be you. You will be most comfortable in your own style, doing moves that look good on you and that you are strong in.
- Bring your grip aids. I always have a few but they may not be the ones that work for you.
- Work on pointing your toes, keeping your legs straight (squeeze those quads) and nice lines in general. I will help you during the shoot, but the more you start thinking about this when you are practicing the less time you might have to spend upside down holding a position while we try to adjust you.
If you would like to book me at your studio, please contact me. I am available to travel :).