Lighting and Posing Women, Part 2

Jen Hillenga M.Photog.Cr.

In the first part of this two-part class, PPA Instructor Jen Hillenga went over high-level posing tricks. Now, get down to the details as she examines all the different poses you should include in your shoot so your female clients look stunning!

Get a refresher on the basics—moving from close-up to full length, placing the light on the subject, the expressions to capture from standard and traditional to fun and edgy.

Learn how to put your client at ease and let her have fun with all these posing tips! Show her how to tilt her chin, arrange her hair, or kick out her hip for a great effect. Capture her many expressions as you photograph her facing the camera, looking up, looking down, laughing, smiling and serious.

Jen then discusses the specifics of standing and sitting poses: How to position feet and hands, how your client should stand, what she does with her hair, and how to use a chair as an effective prop. As a photographer, you’ve heard your clients say, “I don’t know what to do with my (fill-in-the-blank body part)!” Now you’ll have the answers!

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Jen Hillenga Bio

After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design and working for several studios, Jen Hillenga started her own studio in 2004 with business partner, Kate Cosentino, in Savage, Minnesota. In 2008, they established an online superstore for Professional Photography products called The store has quickly become the leader in online professional products for photographers around the world.

In the years since opening Momento Images, Jen has been able to master her skills as a photographer as well as a digital artist, allowing her to turn her images into artworks and gaining her international recognition and awards among her peers. Jen focuses on the story behind each image and the internal as well as external beauty of each subject by relating to her clients with sensitivity and humor.