Pole Dance by Nina Reed Photography

How advanced should I be before my photo shoot?

I get this question more often than you’d think, so it’s time to dispel the myth that you have to be crazy advanced/flexible/strong before having professional photos taken – no matter what movement form you work with.

This is mostly a concern for pole dancers and aerialists, because you take classes based on your level, progress is measured in the new skills you learn, and all your friends keep sharing new advanced tricks on Instagram. So that little voice in your head keeps telling you that you’re not good enough yet, that you need to learn at least a few more tricks before it’s worth having professional photos taken.

Tell that voice to be quiet.

Pole Dance by Nina Reed Photography

Many of my clients come prepared with a list of tricks they want captured, whether it’s some crazy backbendy thing they finally perfected or a handful of new tricks they’ve mostly figured out. And yet more often than not, the photos they love, the photos that become profile pictures, are the ones with simple poses.

Here’s the thing. When you’re in an advanced trick, you’re probably focusing on engaging your shoulders, tightening your core, maybe even keeping your toes pointed if you’re comfortable in the pose. And if your goal is to showcase your skills, that’s great!

But if you want photos that show off your personality, and maybe even a relaxed face and smile, you are much better off picking simpler poses that let you breathe. A good rule of thumb when planning out your poses before a photo shoot, is to make sure you can count to three Mississippis in at least half your poses without losing good form.

Aerial Hoop by Nina Reed Photography

Now my trigger finger is quick, so if you want to get a picture of your Iron-X even if you can barely hold it, I can make that happen. But as Meri captioned this photo from our aerial hoop shoot:

Life is all about the simple things.

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