Making Posing Guides for Personal Use

Making Posing Guides by Pierce Brunson

This segment is about posing guides.  It is really simple to do and I think you need to have these with you when you go and shoot to create a more organized shoot.  You can still get creative by using the posing guides as it helps you have a starting point at your location.  I basically Googled posing guides and found some free downloads that were simple drawings.  I then took those drawings and put them into a chart in a word file.  The images are about 1.2 inches tall and it creates 18 boxes to fit the images in.  After that I printed them out at home and took them to Office Depot to be laminated.  The lamination was the 10mill.  Don’t go thinner than that.  The cost for two laminations and two double sided photo copies was $5.33.  Now they are protected, and you can punch a hole in them for a ring or a clip.  Make sure you put your name and contact number at the bottom of the page.

I decided to use posing guide images with no color so my subject could focus on the pose and not the person in the image.

In 2014 I will use posing guides on every shoot with the intent of having a more dynamic range of images, reduce laziness, deliver a better product, improve my portfolio and make more money.  Enjoy!


Pierce Brunson is a photographer and entrepreneur that works in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida areas.  The main goal is to capture great images that clients will enjoy well into the future.  Areas of concentration are maternity, newborn, families, high school seniors, and social and corporate events.  As a strobist photographer Pierce works to capture the best images and deliver as quick turnaround so clients can enjoy their images longer.

Photo Tips: How I Improved My Skill

Over the last few months I have had many people ask me how did you become such a good photographer.  Being thankful for the compliment I started to wonder how did I get to the point where I capture what I want about 85% of the time I click. Good is so subjective but there are things that all photos have that attract the majority of viewers.  Most know it is practice but they want a fast track of knowledge and eliminate the fluff so they can impress others.

With a limited amount of funding you can greatly improve your photography skills. So here is my list of deeds.

1.  Facebook’em:  Follow active photographers on your favorite social networking site.  I personally follow 25+.  They should be from all walks of photography that you want to learn. When they post a sample of their work look and like.  Then try to create a similar image using your style.  It make time to grow your style but keep viewing photogs.

1A: Google+ yourself and join a community. You can follow me Pierce Brunson  and join my community: Creative Couples Photography

2. Youtube’em: Same as #1 but photogs show you technique for free. Use the search.

3. Take a class: Live instruction great.  Go into the class (probably at your local community college) with a strong basic knowledge of photography. Taking a class and doing the assignments will help improve the questions you have and confirm some things you already know.  It doesn’t have to be a semester long. I currently teach one that is five classes over five weeks.  Sign up and improve your basic skills. Find me here Spring 2014:

4: Buy the “Field Guide” book for your camera. You will learn things, crazy cool things.

5. Favorite educational sites or join email lists:  I have many favorites on my email list but I also get notifications in my email. If you don’t know about DPS you ain’t trying to improve.  They are just giving away knowledge.  I read one article a week.  Here is their link

6. Shoot a lot: C’mon it is digital files not film. No need to not shoot as much as possible.

7. Shoot slow:  Take your time to improve.  Don’t go clicking like you are shooting off an AK-47. Focus on what you want to shoot.

8. Plan a shoot:  Go out to shoot with a purpose.  Walking around is a great way to capture images but your photo shoots should have a plan of image capture.  Start working on your knowledge of simple poses, finding your favorite spot, and learning yearly lighting conditions in your area.

There are many more but these are the few that helped me improve
my photography skill. Thanks.

Pierce Brunson

Let me know how you improved on our Facebook page.

Photo Tip: Use A Pro, Often!

Couples Portfolio Images by Pierce Brunson Photography

Couples Young and Young At Heart!

Photo Tip: Use A Pro, Often.  I can’t define what is often to you.  It could be yearly or every 18 months but the key is to have a professional take the time to capture some great images for you and your family.  Yes, we live in a world where there are cameras attached to almost everything but the professional will deliver some great results for you.  Don’t wait until the memories have faded, work with a professional photographer that can deliver you great quality so that you can archive your life.

Photo On!

My name is Pierce and I am a professional photographer that focuses on capturing the most memorable moments for families and social events.

My dedication is to deliver the images that you envision without the hassle of confusing fees for services rendered.  My sessions are stress free and enjoyable for all of my clients.

Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy a regular professional photo session without wondering if there are hidden fees or bait and switch tactics.  When you work with me I always deliver a high number of quality images, multiple poses, and include access and downloading of image files.  Bring your ideas and we will work together to create the photo shoot results you desire.

My customers enjoy the results from our photo session as they return for other sessions in the future.  Connect with me at (727) 599-6153 or to set up a session.