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The 'Non' Pose

 It seems you can always find someone willing to do something different or silly for a photo.  For awhile, photos of people jumping on hotel beds seemed to be the thing.  So much so, they've devoted a whole website to it (I so know you're going to check it out!).  More recently, planking was the popular thing to do.  It's so popular, here's what Wikipedia has to say about it:

 Planking (or the Lying Down Game) is an activity consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. Both hands must touch the sides of the body. Having a photograph taken of the participant and posted on the Internet is an integral part of the game.

I, myself, haven't tried jumping on hotel beds (well, not for a photo to be posted on the internet, anyway. Oh, and it wasn't me.  It was my kids, I swear) nor have I tried planking.  What I have recently photographed is people doing a 'non' pose, which usually consists of people (or person) standing still, arms down at their sides and not smiling.  It can be anywhere from one person or more.  You can even find a Flickr group for the 'non' pose.  I tend to like this one the best because unlike hotel bed jumping or planking, I seriously doubt there's much chance for being injured (though there's always a first time, I suppose!).

When I did the above prom shoot I explained to the kids what I wanted to do but I could tell by the look on their faces that they thought it was a strange request.  However, once I shot the photo and they saw it, they were quite pleased with it.  It's different, and I like it.  Or, as my girlfriend commented when she saw my photo, "Very 'Children of the Corn'-esque, but I like it!".  Hey, works for me. :)

How about you? Have any hotel bed jumping shots, planking pics or photos with uncoventional poses? If so, share away!  We'd love to see them. 

Reader Comments (10)

Here;s one - of a whole series I'm doing - on creating shapes with our bodies:
May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie
I like you prom shot so much better than the posed ones I've been seeing people taking in the park. The girl is always beaming, the boy utterly bored. There's one of my son looking utterly devoid of emotion in my blogpost here
May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose
I was going to say it looks a little George Romero zombie-ish, but Children of the Corn, I can see that too. lol I like it, it's different.
May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Love this!
I haven't tried planking yet but love a good quirky pose!
May 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervivienne
I love these!

This a favorite moment of my son from a wedding--totally sums up his feelings about the day:

also, I was photographing a taekwondo black belt testing and was trying to get all the parents out of the way so that I could get the group photo of the kids done. It suddenly occurred to me that I still had my wide angle lens on me and if I turned around and snapped a photo at such close proximity 1. it might make a cool shot, and 2. they might get the hint! I actually love this because of the spontaneity, and nearly all of the parents wanted a copy of it.
May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonya
We started doing family portraits non-pose pose style for a change of pace last thanksgiving (note...shortly after camp!) and this was the result...
for xmas though, we had a hard time keeping it together for a straight face...
My family has always been very 'smile-for-the-camera' to the point its almost ridiculous. So anything that deviates from that is unconventional
May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra
they look like they could be the band thats playing at prom, very cool.
May 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen
i love your NPP prom shot! i'll admit, i recently started's one now
May 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterurban muser
What an original prom shot ~ fantastic!
May 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

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