Pole photo shoots are a fantastic way to polish up your ego. I mean what is more motivating than a beautifully exposed photo of you in your favorite Pole pose? Pole photo shoots help you to document your training success and boost your self-confidence.

However, many Pole beginners think that they are not good enough yet to participate in a Pole photo shoot. I cannot do any crazy tricks; Which tricks am I supposed to perform?; My photos would be boring are just some of the arguments that keep far too many Pole beginners from taking part in a photo shoot. Yet, many here forget that a photo shoot in no way is designated to impress the photographer or the later viewers. A photo shoot is for you alone. Out of respect for your body, your achievements, and the hard work.

In my opinion, the best photos show the Pole athlete in symbiosis with the Pole and in a state of well-being and self-acceptance. The actual Pole trick, whether easy or advanced, spectacular or simple, plays an only subordinate role.

Below I will show you some stunning photo shoot results from seemingly unspectacular tricks and give you 5 tips, beginner or not, on how to get the best out of your Pole photo shoot.

Natasha Wang by Diego Castillo Photography

1. Prepare well beforehand

For most professional photo shoots, each participant usually gets a specific time frame and only a certain contingent of photos, which are included in the price. Prepare a couple of Pole moves that you would like to get photographed, according to these parameters. You do not want to think about your moves ‘on set’ and waste your precious time.

Marion Crampe by Loriana Lorenzon

2. Less is more

Listen to Mario Crampe, because she knows it, right?

I’m convinced that the best shots are always coming from very simple poses, sometimes even just from a transition. – Marion Crampe

Best choose Pole moves that you have mastered already and feel comfortable with. You should be able to hold each trick for a couple of seconds and to possibly repeat it several times. You will only be able to focus on your lines and expression in Pole tricks that you feel safe in. Marion Crampe demonstrates how this delicate Pole sit is 1,000 times more convincing than any sweaty Iron-X.

Yvonne Smink by Jan Stege

3. Be realistic

We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Some are bendier, others are rather strong. Know your limits and emphasize your strengths at the photo shoot. Why would you torture yourself with a Jade, if you cannot do the splits and hold a marvellous shoulder mount? The photo shoot is not a place to fight with your body. This is all about congratulating yourself on how awesome your are. And if you are having a bad day and the tricks you would have liked to get a photo off do not work, be flexible and perform something else. Bear in mind that a trick that might seem super crazy to you, does not automatically show off in photos. We are back to Marion here – sometimes it is the little things.

Malwina Ginter-Stelka by Made by Em

4. Be self-confident and authentic

But you are only able to do six Pole tricks? So what? At least, you can do six. [Quick pause for a proud moment.] No one should be ashamed of something she works hard for. We all can or could do only six Pole tricks once. Stay true to yourself, be proud of your six pole tricks, and give your best during each of them.

Desiree Novak by Finearts

Desiree Novak by Finearts

5. Have fun

I like ending my lists with Have fun, but it is true. Honestly, we probably have paid lots of money for the shoot. We have prepared well and perhaps even practiced a little. Now it is simply about enjoying the moment and having fun. There are no rules for a photo shoot and if you decide to roll across the floor doing floor work at the end, then just have fun doing it. In addition, and now I will just risk sounding pathetic, no Pole move in the world can make up for a smile.

Pole Art

Kylie Wilson by Hannah Elizabeth

What are your tips to properly prepare for a photo shoot? When did you have your first photo shoot? What do you think today about your pictures? Would you have liked to do something differently?