Candid Posing Guide Artist Feature | Hannah Horner
Hannah from Hannah Alena Photo talks posing tips & her experience using the Candid Posing Guide!
We LOVE hearing from photographers who are having amazing results using our Candid Posing Guide, and we straight up ADORE Hannah’s warm, adventurous & authentic shooting style.
When we found out she was using the Candid Posing Guide we knew we HAD to get her posing insights!
Tell us a bit about your biz!
I started doing photography a few years ago when I traveled the 50 states, then about 8 months ago I started photographing people and couples. It quickly escalated into me doing weddings. I shoot a lot based on feelings. I always ask my couples how they want to feel when they look back on their photos, not how the want them to look. I think its more important to be focusing on capturing an emotion then to be capturing poses. I always ask my couples to tell each other something they are proud of the other one for doing. I always get the best reactions from that.
How would you describe your ultimate dream shoot?
Right now I am dying to shoot in Iceland, Joshua Tree, or Kauai. I’ve been to all three places and they just hold a special place in my heart- I always feel most myself when I’m there and I want to share that feeling with my clients.
Have you always used emotive prompts in your sessions, or was it something you came to after you’d been shooting for a while?
Yes I always have! But I had no idea how to cultivate it into my sessions until I read your guide! It has always been my goal to create emotion during my shoots but sometimes I felt like I was hitting dead ends with them.
How has your experience been so far using the Candid Posing Guide prompts?
It was super helpful! Now I can go into a shoot confident in knowing what to do. I feel like I have a bit of a routine that is custom to every couple, but I don’t have that awkward “what do we do now” feeling.
What’s one of the most emotional experiences you’ve ever had in a session?
Occasionally, I do free shoots to people I think deserve it. I shot a couple spreading the ashes of their son who passed a few days after he was born. I sat there and listened to the mother tell me about what happened. She really opened up to me and I think of that family often.
Do you have any “must try” prompts?
I love the “tell me what you’re proud of” prompt, or telling them to grab each others ass, or drawing on each other’s cheeks with their nose!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to achieve more authentic moments, expressions and connections in their sessions?
Stop passively listening to your couples. Get to know your couples- I leave almost every wedding feeling like best friends with them. Ask them about them, and don’t feel afraid to share about your self. They will never open up to you if they feel that they don’t know you.
What made you decide to spend the $$ and give it a try?
I just started this a couple months ago- I had no idea what I was doing and I hated it! I knew I had to invest in business if I wanted to succeed!
What one thing from the Candid Posing Guide made the biggest difference?
Knowing how to set the stage is so important! I knew what prompts to use but sometimes I’d throw them out there and get nothing in return. Knowing how to connect with your clients is the most valuable thing you can do for yourself and for your business.
Is there anything else you’d like to say? This is where you can elaborate!
Ever since I have read this, I have gotten to best feed back from my clients! I had lost my voice a few weeks ago and the client texted me after, “I loved meeting you, Its funny, even with you loosing your voice, I could tell you were so sweet and an amazing communicator!” and I know I wouldn’t have been able to do that before this guide, let alone with loosing my voice.