Posing for Two: Part 1

Drake Busath M.Photog.Cr.

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 Bio

"Raised in a darkroom," as the son of a photographer, Drake Busath has devoted his life to his craft. Today, Drake and his sons – the 3rd generation of Busaths – manage Busath Studio & Gardens and just celebrated a major milestone, having surpassed the 75,000th mark in unique photo sessions! Busath Studio generates over $1 million a year in portraiture, specializing in families, graduates, children and business portraits.

When Drake is not in his studio, you can find him touring the world as the owner of ItalyWorkshops.com, which offers photographic tours abroad. Theses tours, which focus on small village and landscape experiences, go throughout regions of Tuscany, Venice, Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast. Busath is fluent in Italian and has lived in these areas, so he's the perfect instructor! Drake has recently increased his workshops, offering tours through Nepal, France and the beauty of his native Utah.

Drake is also a sought-after teacher and speaker, having lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. He's a charter member of the elite XXV Society, and his work has been featured four times on the cover of Professional Photographer as well as received numerous PPA Loan Collection honors. It's no surprise that Drake has been awarded the PPA National Award for lifetime service, as well as Best of State from 2010-2015 for Photographic Portraiture in Utah. 

Drake Busath is a great example of a photographer's life well-lived, surrounded by a perfect balance of family, colleagues, students and clients!