Like I said if you missed it, these are old and not great just showing quick examples of something to work from - I think this may have been my first "shoot" with a youth team since we got towards the end of the season and no school photographer showed up. For basketball it was also probaly my last, the school photog showed up the next year (and that's where I got the complaints about the stupid poses). This group was the best I've ever coached, in terms of they really couldn't care about the photos and would have rather spent the time practicing (I wish I could clone them!!)
poses shown could be improved by not shooting "square" to the camera.
Yup, I do that more now - however, it does depend on the persons build, not every straight on photo will make a person look "fat".
Definately, do that now.
That's what they wanted, I suggested more upright and they didn't want it. They got to check out the results in camera, #3 re-did hers to get it like that - she wanted relaxed sitting back. #4, well just wanted to drop some 3's and get on with practice and could care less.
Right now my main ones are...
Stand, Sit, Kneel, Lay...(like most).
Standing, full body in soccer (because they have the foot on the ball). Basketball however would crop it more to the upper body, with her just standing there it does nothing to add to it by keeping in the legs.
Sitting, there's a few ways to do it...I've shown a girl an example and she does her own little twist that looks good so don't make her change.
Kneel, usually is the same thing with them upright, hand on ball on the ground - but again some girls change it up a bit and it looks good so don't MAKE them do the "sample" picture I showed them exactly. #3 wanted to sit back, and if you're telling me she looks fat cuz of it, you're insane. I would have rather had that at an angle looking back.
Laying, well there's a couple that can be done with laying. Laying on the side or laying on the stomach. The day you see me asking a girl to put a b-ball on her feet is the day I quit. A soccer ball on the feet, maybe - it makes more sense. The photog made one of my teams do this before and when they got there photos back I never heard so many darn complaints (basketball). A b-ball on the feet is a violation anyways, my teams are to disciplined to do that kinda thing! :P
Coaching 16 seasons in 5 sports having school photographers come in you get to learn quickly what the players don't want...and of course teams differ. I've had teams that cared more about looking good, others that really just wanted to get them done and could care less. Either way when they get them back they always critique them, so best to give them options and let them adjust as they want. I found out the school doesn't have a photog this year, so will be doing b-ball shots soon to update these too better shots. Don't think I've shot b-ball since these actually.