Saturday, July 23, 2016

I'm an LA Poser

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Hey remember this?


Well after much gentle prodding from Brittney and Bari, I went to something called Posing School, put on by The Local Skill.

It's 2 hours of working with a photographer in group and solo shots, meant for fitness pros or enthusiasts. For a very modest fee you get to hang out with cool people in cool places and get your picture taken.  Click here for a more detailed explanation (scroll down to "Event Details").

I signed up and nervously forced myself to actually go. Once I got there I was feeling uncomfortable UNCOMFORTABLE.  

After introductions and an explanation of what was to come, we were directed to our first group shot and told to make some angles.

I really hoped this would count:


It did not.

We were then told that we weren't in high school so to get creative.


I truly wanted to run away at that point as was evidenced by my distance from the rest of the group. 

Next, we moved on to individual poses. The first guy went and, shockingly, I did not get more comfortable.


I was feeling nauseous.


My fight or flight response was kicking in.



Brittney pulled me aside and gave me a pep talk.


*It was kind of a personal discussion.

A few minutes later it was my turn in front of the camera.


Seriously, what was I even doing there?

We talked about my background and when we hit upon ballet she suggested I do the dancer's pose.
She demonstrated a ballet-like stance.


I proceeded to try and imitate her.


I probably should have mentioned that it's been almost 30 years since I stopped taking ballet.

Shay walked me through some fancified (it's totally a word I just made up) warrior poses, and then Jesse the photographer suggested some jumping, so I channeled my ballet and jazz days and leapt. Then he suggested I:


And then I suggested he:


Shay gave lots of helpful posing tips.


Lots of people chose poses that showed off their athletic abilities.


I chose to stand back and make encouraging noises while in an upright position.

I definitely felt better after awhile and even volunteered at the end for a solo jumping shot.

Everyone was so welcoming and it was a happy and supportive group. I'm not yet sure if I'll go back, especially if the news crew shows up again.

Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you; the local news was there.


After all that I figured you might want to see some of the photos, so here you go. You should definitely go to their site to see all the amazing shots, and if you're local get on their email list for upcoming events. Maybe I'll even see you there.


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24 comments:

  1. Yess!!!! Love it! Spot on drawings too :)

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    1. Well hello, Ms. Bari! Thanks for your encouragement through out the process!

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  2. I think you're amazing for going so far out of your comfort zone and doing this!!!! And the photos were awesome!

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    1. Thank you! I sure was something. Crazy maybe. I'm uncomfortable with the photos but I've gotten lots of positive feedback :D

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  3. Um the drawings are amazing. And what an interesting experience. I would love to do something like that a) for the pictures and b) for the experience. How often in life do you really get to push yourself like that? So interesting. Thank you for sharing it! I'm sure that, though you are/were a bit uncomfortable, you learned a great deal, and discovered some new self confidence (though you may have felt insecure in the process). #growth (lol)

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    1. Thanks Susie! Yup, it was for sure a "push yourself" experience. #growth indeed :D

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  4. If it was a "posing school" shouldn't they have taught you some unique poses rather than forcing you to attempt your own? Regardless, great pictures resulted.

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    1. Thanks Pickleope! Well, I think they try to help you find your 'look', plus a lot of what other people were doing were too advanced for me. They did pose me with that girl where you see us from the back.

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  5. If it was a "posing school" shouldn't they have taught you some unique poses rather than forcing you to attempt your own? Regardless, great pictures resulted.

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  6. I think you are secretly reaching for the pole, which then made an attempt to be a stick in the hiney. Aha hahah Fun pics, but especially fun stick figures. You are living the So Cal dream!

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    1. Haha. You're right about one thing-it's the So cal dream.

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  7. I would have done a full wheel with leg extended...I would show you a pix of my pose but I guess I can't put photos here anywhere? You can see it on my site- it's called Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana. I would have been intimidated too! Cute shots!

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    1. Thanks! I am not flexible enough but lots of people did those.

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  8. That's exciting! But also super stressful - I was in a wedding a few weeks back, and ALL THE PHOTOS were definitely the worst part.

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  9. I always feel interesting when reading your posts. They are attractive me. Thank your sharing! I like...

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  10. I love your funny stories through your wonderful images! Love your blog! I also loved the photos you posted. I"m not shy in front of the camera (I secretly like it, but only if the photos make me look good). I think this would be a fun thing to do! You obviously pushed yourself out of your comfort zone, which is hard to do, so congrats on that!

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    1. Thank you Lucie! It was tough; I'm glad I did it :)

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  11. Oh. My. Hell. This is my nightmare. Which is partly why it was making me laugh so hard. I'm SO impressed that you fought the urge to run and participated instead. And with a freaking news crew there? Good night! Well done TriGirl!!!

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    1. OH, and "energy through your fingertips"?? Really? What does that even MEAN?

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    2. Yeah, I'm still not sure what possessed me to go. I've looked for the news coverage but haven't found it. I'm grateful for that. Um, energy through your fingertips: I take it to mean to keep your arms not get saggy; my ballet teacher used to always shout at me for being lazy with my arms, and my butt.

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