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Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
 

I Need Help Finding Forms and Pose Guides.


Hi Everyone,
I'm desperate to find Photography business forms, checklists, posing guides, etc.
When I say checklists, I mean something to have when I give a consultation so I can figure out props, costume, backgrounds, color, etc. Just stuff to plan things out a bit easier. Any suggestions would be great!!
Thanks!!
Dawn


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1/15/2006 10:18:16 PM

 
Deborah N. Flack
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  I am looking for about the same thing, but also examples of contracts, forms, model releases, and licensing agreements. I am not sure how to word any of these, and do you have to use an attorney to draft these? Is there any "general" wording that is used? Dawn, I say that if we are having trouble with this others are too, and if we can't get any answers and have to dig and search, I would maybe suggest that WE start an information web site with answers to our questions (after we find the answers of course)


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1/22/2006 4:44:27 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Both of you ought to go to http://www.asmp.org and find the publications section. There, you'll discover an excellent book called "ASMP Guide to Business Practices for Photographers" or something like that. It'll cost you about $25-30 but it seems to be exactly what you're looking for. Even better, while you're there, download an application and send it in !!

As to the prop list, you'll find a generic list in the assignment confirmation invoice section of the book. You really need to customize your own for what you particularly need.

Take it light
Mark


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1/22/2006 4:56:38 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Posing guides? C'mon Dawn, you're beyond that, I think. At least from what I've seen of your stuff (haven't we discussed this before??). But I'll tell you what you could do, and that's make your own.

Just go to your fave fashion mags whether Vogue or something else and start tearing out pages with poses you want your subjects to emulate. Put them in a clip file of some kind, like a binder or file folder.

Seewhatimeaneh?
Mark ;>)


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1/22/2006 5:00:27 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Well thanks Mark for the support! :)
I guess I just don't think I can come up with the arrangements myself although I guess I already have been.

Deborah,
That's a good idea. If we could get info and pass it on others would appreciate it cause it really is hard to find this stuff.


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1/22/2006 5:03:15 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Of COURSE you can Dawn. You only need to use your imagination to be creative. Let it out to play with your subjects in wardrobe, settings, poses, styling, everything. Be bold, be different and unique. I'll lay odds you can do those things. Use variations on different themes if you want. I guess we all do that. The more you experiment, the more unique your work will start to become to YOU, and others.

Ok, ok, lemme give you a hint: When someone comes to you for a portrait, spend a little time talking to them about what things interest them, their life, find a few common themes they love and then illustrate the themes with wardrobe, etc. Try that. Then expand upon it. Trust me...you'll like the results. Let them figure out where to put their hands and how to sit. Talk to them, don't pose them. Get the picture?
Be well
M/


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1/22/2006 5:35:06 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Mark you're so great! Thanks again!
I figured I would have a consultation with the client first and ask them questions to see what they wanted from their portrait session but that's why I was wondering about checklists. Just a rough idea of what kinds of questions to ask them. But I guess you pretty much summed it up for me. LOL
Thanks so much for being so wonderful!


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1/22/2006 10:56:26 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Wonderful? Thanks Dawn, you make me blush. Oh, and they're probably differing schools of thought around here on how wonderful I really am. LOL !!!

While asking someone what they want from their portrait session is a good idea, someone who takes it literally is probably going to answer with something like "Well, I want a great portrait." So, asking questions like what are you going to use it for; business, family, friends, publicity, acting head shots, etc., helps you better design the shot. What kind of clothing do they plan to wear? Is this formal or informal? Do they get to change wardrobes? How many times? What about make-up? yes, for guys too.

THEN, asking them some personal background questions like hobbies, sports, interests, occupation, number of years, etc., gives you things to talk to them about while you work, shows you have an interest in them, and helps take their mind off the shooting process and helps them relax. For most people getting their portrait done is worse than going to the dentist. Unless of course, you're providing anesthetic. (A couple of glasses of wine works wonders with some people though. Giving them a cup of coffee also gives them something to do with their hands.

I'm sure you get the gist. Just practice the interviewing technique and make sure you've got your shooting technique down pat so you don't have to be dinking around with the camera etc., and make the person feel like you're not interested in their responses to your questions. Have you got a Polaroid mag? Or you're shooting just digital right?

A Polaroid mag. not only lets you check lighting, wardrobe wrinkles, make-up, etc., but when you nail a good one, it instills confidence in your subject. That trick works amazingly well to get people to relax and just enjoy the experience. Leave the sound effects from the dentist office turned off.

Ok, you can rinse now. (:>O~
Mark


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1/23/2006 11:57:43 AM

 
Keith G. Williams   Dawn,

You can order a photographers sample pack from nebs.com. It comes with a contract, order/invoice, wedding contract and a few other forms that we all either need or will need. They will send you the sample for free. Go to nebs.com, request a catalog or sample, free sample pack and click on photographer.


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1/23/2006 12:46:28 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Mark- Thanks for the suggestions. Hey, just curious, why don't you have a gallery of your work for us to look at?

Keith- I went to that site and did what you said, thanks!


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1/24/2006 1:59:14 PM

 
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