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Kristy Somers


I have been doing photography for some time now, mainly landscape and pet photography. I now have a job with a company in Las Vegas that I shoot individuals, couples and group shots in the casinos. So far so good, however I feel I could do much better if I had more poses instead of the couple that the company trained us to do. Are there any good books or web sites out there on photography poses? Any sugestions will be greatly appreciated.

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7/19/2004 2:48:58 PM

E.S. Photography   Kristy,
I have looked for the same information on-line. As yet, I have not found a difinitive web-site with great information. You can find inspiring ideas by looking at other photographer's works. However, it's a lot of work to find a photographer with a style that is compatable with what you need.
The bookstores (Border's, Barnes & Noble...) have nice-sized sections devoted to photography. Also, the library is a good resource if you don't want to purchase the books.
I hope this helps! Good luck!
Erin S.

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7/26/2004 4:51:28 PM

Kristy Somers   Thanks for your response Erin. I've been looking on line when I have time and I keep running into either the same poses that I was trained to do or poses that are far from what I can use in my enviroment setting at work. If I do run into something good I will let you know. again thanks for your reply

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7/28/2004 11:22:56 AM

Rhonda L. Tolar   I am not sure exactly what you are doing for the casino. I have done some casino work, mostly it is pictures of the employees of the month pictures. I usually have to do a group shot of all the employees and the bosses. Then I take each employee and take and individual. For the group, I don't do anything special, just line them up and shoot (the bosses are always in a hurry to get this over with). For the individuals, I try to look for interesting backgrouds and props in the casino. The employees are sometimes in a hurry too, so I don't have time to move all over the casino. So, I look for interesting props that are close by. And try to get a different pose for each employee, I don't want all of them to be the same pose or background. This can be really challenging on the months that they have 8 employees!
But look around the casino, see it in a different way, imagine everything as a background or prop.

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7/29/2004 6:36:26 AM

Kristy Somers   Thanks for your response. I am actually shooting in the shows and in the resturants. Sometimes I even shoot within the casino itself if there is a waterfall or somethng interesting for a backgroud. I need various poses for mainly couples and singles. I find that the pictures sell better if it is not just a square chest and face shot if you know what I mean. I am just bored with the poses that we were trained to do and looking for something new that would help the pictures sell. thanks again for your comments.

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7/29/2004 9:56:08 AM

Rhonda L. Tolar   Now I see! You are taking pictures of the patrons to sell.
Think about what you would want if someone were taking your picture. You would want something different, to show your friends what you did on your vacation.
One of our casinos has a million dollar wall...a wall of $100 bills behind glass. I see alot of patrons posing there to get their picture taken.
Maybe the casino can give you some props, like a deck of cards, and you could set the patrons up at an empty table,looking like they are playing poker, or black jack...etc.
I will have to sit and think on this some more. I will let you know if I come up with anything.
I don't think our casinos have photographers on staff, well, I know they don't, they are hiring me to take their photos for them!

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7/29/2004 10:38:35 AM

Kristy Somers   Thanks for your input. I do that when I can, however they mainly have me in resturants or shows so I am mainly looking for different poses that I could do while people are sitting at a table or sitting in a showroom. I have about 6-10 poses that they trained me to do including the ones that I came up with myself, but I am bored with these one and I just know that I could come up with something new that isn't like the norm, but my brain is at a deadlock. Dont get me wrong I do well with the poses that I use, but they are so normal and I feel if I came up with something that not everyone is using I could sell even more since the picture would be different then the norm in our casinos. I have no time right now to give you a list of the ones that I use but within the next couple days I will post them up here for you. maybe you could come up with something different and fun. thanks again for your help. by the way where are you from if you are not shooting here in Vegas?

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7/30/2004 1:05:10 PM

Rhonda L. Tolar   I am in Shreveport, La, we have 5 riverboat casinos, and one land casino. We are a mini vegas!
I would be interested in what you are using for poses, maybe that would get my mind to working on something new for you. I will keep thinking on it.
my email address is if you would like to correspond through emails.

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7/30/2004 1:29:27 PM

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