Authentic Posing Techniques Salt Lake City, Utah

November 02, 2019

Posing can be intimidating and challenging for people photographers, and for good reason! It’s difficult to develop the confidence and skills necessary to help your photo subjects feel comfortable and look amazing ⁠— all while making stunning images at the same time. That's where we come in.

Instructor Alex Adams is a professional people photographer based in Utah, and a whiz at posing and explaining her process. During this one-day course, Alex will walk you through basic and intermediate posing concepts and how to apply them, with her right there to help you! She will cover important topics like helping your subjects feel comfortable, how to keep the flow of a photo session going, and classic poses for men, women and couples that flatter your subjects. Once you’ve mastered that, you’ll dive into ways to capture more authentic expressions and movements to create artistic lifestyle images that feel natural and are chock full of emotion. Throughout the day Alex will demonstrate these concepts with models and YOU will have the opportunity to practice posing with our models as well, receiving feedback from Alex along the way.

This course is the perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to improve their posing technique, gain confidence in directing subjects, and practice photographing models with real time instruction and feedback!

In this one-day course, instructor Alex Adams will cover:

  • How to communicate with your subject
  • How to maintain a natural flow during a photo session
  • How to get your model to relax and feel comfortable
  • How to achieve natural poses that feel candid and authentic
  • How to minimize selected features and flatter your subjects
  • Classic posing techniques that work
  • Demo and practice time in a gorgeous natural light studio

Other Bonuses of Attending!

  • Free Lunch

    Yes, a pizza lunch will be provided!

  • Continued Learning

    Your education starts before you arrive! Registering gets you access to three of the best PDF guides RMSP has to offer -- one on Lightroom exporting, one on basic exposure, and one on starting your photo business. Just register for this course and we will send you a link to all three via email or text!

  • Networking

    Photography is more fun with friends. Short courses are a great way to meet fellow photographers in your area. We cap the group size at 16 to ensure you get to know your classmates and have a good student-to-teacher ratio. Our recommendation? Make friends and continue to shoot and learn as a group even after the course!

  • More RMSP!

    Our flagship programs, Summer Intensive and Professional Intensive, are a dream for many photographers. We try to make the transition into these programs as easy as possible. If you register for "SI" or "PI" in the future, we will take the cost of this "Short Course" off your SI or PI tuition.


    All RMSP Short Course attendees get a $15 voucher for RMSP swag! Use it on our swag store to pick up a t-shirt, mug, Peak Designs camera strap and more. The best part? Purchase what you want ahead of time and we'll give it to you at the event!


This class begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Pizza lunch will be provided.

Meeting Space

Meeting Space is TBD!


The following equipment is required for this class:

  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera, lens, battery, memory card (contact us if you don't have a suitable a camera)
  • Note taking materials
  • Laptop (optional but recommended as you will need a way to look through your images and pick one out for critique. You are welcome to use the back of your camera for this, but a laptop might make things easier)
  • What skill level is required to get the most from Short Courses?

    A basic understanding of your camera is helpful to get the most out of these courses. For example, students should be able to navigate their camera menus, change f-stops, shutter speeds and ISOs, and have a familiarity with manipulating their exposures.

    What is the deadline to sign up?

    There is no deadline to sign up, however, seating is limited and all registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage students to sign up early in order to guarantee a seat.

    What time does it start and end?

    Start and end times vary from course to course. Please check our website for further information.

    Where is the course located?

    Please check the Meeting Space tab for information on venue location.

    Will there be time for shooting during the course?

    For most Short Courses, there will be opportunities to work with your camera in order to understand some of the concepts being taught, as well as a field shooting session. Check the individual course for more information on what is covered.

    I'd like to attend a Short Course, but I don't have a camera. What should I do?

    If you don't own a camera, please reach out to us and let us know. We'll send one to the course for you to use.

    Is a laptop required?

    A laptop is not required, however if you want to participate in the critique session (a part of most courses) you will need to have a way to select and transfer your images to the instructor. This can be as simple as viewing images on the back of the camera or writing down the file numbers and giving the instructor your memory card. However, a computer can streamline this process.

    Do I need any special software on my laptop?

    Some Short Courses include editing demonstrations. If you wish to participate in the editing demo you will need a copy of Adobe Lightroom Classic installed on your laptop.

    Will there be electrical outlets available to charge my laptop battery?

    We'll do our best to provide as much access as we can to electrical outlets but can't guarantee that you'll have the access you need. We recommend that you come to the course with a fully charged laptop (and camera!) battery.

    What else would I need for the course?

    Check the Equipment List for the particular Short Course you are interested in attending.

    How many people attend Short Courses?

    In order to ensure a great experience for all our students, we've capped attendance for our 2019-2020 courses. Check the individual course listing for more information.

    What is the instructional staff to student ratio?

    There is one instructor at an event, however, if necessary, we will provide an assistant to ensure that the ratio is better than 1 to 10.

    Are there any tuition discounts available for Short Courses?

    There are no discounts available for Short Courses. However, if you later decide to enroll in RMSP's Summer Intensive or Professional Intensive program, your Short Course tuition is credited back to you in full!

    Do I have to pay for the Short Course in full at the time I register?

    Yes, the full tuition is due upon registration.

    What is your cancellation and refund policy?

    If you notify RMSP at least 10 business days prior to the course, tuition is refunded in full minus a $25 processing fee. If cancellation is received fewer than 10 business days prior to the course, the full tuition is retained by RMSP. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.

    How early should I register to ensure a seat at a Short Course?

    Registrations often come in spurts, so even though there may be plenty of spots left for a course today, there may not be space tomorrow. We encourage you to sign up early to ensure a seat at the Short Course of your choice.

    What happens when a Short Course sells out?

    Once a Short Course sells out, we stop processing registrations and start a waiting list for that course. There are sometimes cancellations, so we suggest that you put your name on the waiting list even if a course has sold out.

    How can I add my name to the waiting list?

    To add your name to the waiting list, call or email our office and provide us with your name, phone number(s) and the name of the course you would like to attend. You can call us at (800) 394-7677, or email Bob McGowan in our office at You will be notified by phone if a spot opens up.

    Will I receive confirmation after I register?

    Yes, you will receive an immediate message confirming your registration.

    Will I receive any other information ahead of time?

    All information will be available on our website. However, you will also receive an email one week prior to the course date as well as a reminder email the day before the course begins.

    Will I need a car during the course?

    For most Short Courses, there is no need to drive anywhere. However, there are some Short Courses where you will need to drive to field shoots. We encourage carpooling among participants.

    Please feel free to contact us either by phone or email with any further questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to an RMSP Short Course!

    Cancellation Policy

    Tuition is refunded in full minus a $25 processing fee if notification is received at RMSP at least 10 business days prior to the event. If cancellation is received fewer than 10 business days prior to the event, full tuition is retained by RMSP. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after RMSP receives notice of cancellation.

    • Tuition Notes
      High school students get 50% off the tuition. Call us, email, or reach out on Instagram for the discount code.


    Alex Adams

    Photographer. Traveler. Seeker of human connection. Alex specializes in contemporary women’s portraiture and feels most alive when she’s creating intimate and evocative images that make people feel beautiful and seen. She attended RMSP in 2011 and will always carry a fondness for Missoula and the places where she first learned to view the world through her lens. She calls Utah home but has traveled much of the world in search of experiences and connections bigger than herself. She’s a little cheeky and a lover of home-made pasta, good wine, and lingering conversations with interesting, kind people.



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