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ONE OR TWO STUDENT SHOTS

Know what you’re doing and why.

Always have an idea of what your goal is with the shot or video before you take it.

What a difference a smile makes.

Both shots are good, but the difference in energy is clear. All you have to say to the model is, “Smile.” “No smile.”

smiling kickboxer
Kim
smiling kickboxer

Her arms frame the shot to showcase her smile.

smiling girl elbowing bag

Why many women and lot’s of teens see the GI as dorky.

Kim

This is one of my TKD black belts. She is not a kung fu student. By posing her with her hands framing her pretty smile, this looks like a kung fu student.

smiling kickboxer

Here, the instructor is the focus of the shot. The child had his hands up which provides an energy that he is ready for action.

Kim

This shot of Joe Lewis slamming me to the cement floor took a dozen takes. What we wanted was aggressive energy. I think we got it.

student Jumping<br />

This is my son about a decade ago. He has never done a kata or any traditional skills. By posing him with his rear hand framing his face and his are extended, this looks like a martial arts student, even though he isn’t.

Kim

While the lovely Mrs. Graden is focused

on the bag, her face draws you to the logo.

Kim

This shot is WAY TOO POSED and not one to use.

student and instructor side kicking together
student Jumping<br />

This is to convey the instructor/student dynamic in that the student is doing what the instructor is doing, but with just a little more effort.

student and instructor side kicking together
focused girl punching

These two shots were, “Look at me.” “Look at your opponent.” 

focused girl punching
Empower Kickboxing-sidekick-chucks

Always include “smile” and “no smile” versions.

student Jumping<br />

This is so cool. It’s not a martial arts skill or uniform, but the gloves and belt are enough to tell the story. This has great energy.

Empower Kickboxing-sidekick-chucks

Classic shot of a tween executing a sidekick while preparing his nunchaku to strike. What kid would not want to be this guy?

student and instructor side kicking together

For teens, this shows healthy competition and sportsmanship. What parent wouldn’t want that?

focused girl punching

This girl looks focused which is a primary benefit that parents seek from our schools.

Teen-punching-target

This image is left-to-right on impact and the student has kind of a smile which makes it all the more genuine.

smiling girl elbowing bag
Young man punching and smiling at camera

Two great smiles. One on a bag in class and the other with the background removed. Both look authentic.

jumping karate kid

Some kids are just photogenic.

teen girl focused in guard

While this could be cropped above her head, the skill she is showing is focus.

smiling girl elbowing bag

This shot shows focus and determination, which are great benefits. Because she is a bit more intense the right-to-left focus aids in that mood.

This is an appealing shot because of her smile and slight shifting of her hips to the side. 

young girl kicking behind young boy

This is all about lines. Her kick and his upper body seem almost in rhythm. His smile and her determination give it a yin-yang kind of feel.

Young man punching and smiling at camera

Making the shot grayscale with just the Empower Kickboxing kicker in color has a nice effect and draws your eyes to the logo.

smiling girl elbowing bag

Though a bit out of picture focus, he is in the zone of mental focus which is what we want.

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