Posing for Two: Part 1

  • Instructors:
    Drake Busath

    PPA Members:


    Ansel Adams might have had it “easy”—he worked with the American West, shooting stunning, breath-taking landscapes. With people as your subjects, the task becomes much more difficult!

    As a professional people photographer, you’ll probably shoot plenty of couple sessions, so it’s important you know what you’re doing—how to pose them, where to pose them, what to do with them. Enter instructor Drake Busath to the rescue! In this first part of “Posing for Two,” he’ll show you how to expertly position younger and more mature couples so their images showcase their relationship.

    Some of Drake’s expert advice includes…

    • Key poses that work great for younger couples – who’s sitting, who’s standing, who’s kneeling, when to do a high kick and a twist (not really!)
    • What type of shots to get, what variety you’ll need
    • What to do with the “mature” couple to ensure they are comfortable and happy with the images

    You’ll love this class, thanks to Drake’s hands-on approach, demonstrating with real models so you see exactly what he means. You’ll even get to examine the results as Drake discusses what worked and what to do differently. It’s a live, virtual “hands-on” educational opportunity without leaving the comfort of your own couch!

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      • Drake Busath


        Drake Busath says he “grew up in a darkroom” as a second generation photographer.  He now owns Busath Studio and Gardens, a vibrant portrait business with five photographers, three of which hold Masters Degrees from Professional Photographers of America.

        His portraits have been the subject of numerous articles in photographic journals, three times on the cover of Professional Photographer Magazine.  Drake has taught portraiture to professional photographers world wide, from Australia and Asia, to Europe and in 35 U.S. states. He’s been a regular platform speaker at Imaging USA.

        Since 1999 Drake has also operated ItalyWorkshops.com, a photographic village-tour in Italy.  Hundreds of photographers have attended what Drake calls a “personal renaissance” in Tuscany, Umbria, Liguria Coast, Venice, the Lakes District and Val d’Aosta, all regions in northern Italy where he has lived and worked.

        Recognitions include:

        • Masters and Craftsman Degrees from Professional Photographers of America
        • Charter member of XXV, a society of Photographers world wide
        • Numerous Loan Collection (PPA) honors
        • Exhibited in Epcot and the Photographic Hall of Fame
        • Best of State 2010, 2011, 2012 for Photographic Portraiture in Utah
        • PPA National Award

        Drake and his wife Liz are based in Salt Lake City. Two sons, Richard and Bromley Busath currently manage the portrait business.

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