posing 101 – With coffee

Have you been trying to figure out how to get the perfect shot with your coffee or of your coffee? It’s not always easy and as I’m writing this I’m sitting outside of my favorite coffee shop drinking black coffee (my go-to).

When its just about the coffee you need to show the logo or if it’s a latte you have to show the art on top. If you’re shooting yourself with the coffee remember to interact with your ‘prop’, gaze off in the distance, sip the coffee, focus on your hands around the cup and try fun new ideas like my shoes + coffee shot!

Look at your surroundings. Is the interior space worth shooing in? Is there a wall (like the metal or blue one below) to use as a better background? If there’s a patio, are there trees that you can use to help frame your shot?

See below for some inspo!

COFFEE AND PEOPLE

COFFEE MUGS AND TO-GO CUPS

Posing 101:

To recap, here are some of my best tips for posing with coffee!

  • Interact with your cup | hold it close, drink out of it, gaze down at it, smell the aromas
  • Hold the cup & look else where | when you drink your morning cup and enjoy that peaceful moment of quiet before you start your day, that is what others want to see
  • Take a photo of the cup | make sure your nails are nice, if there’s a logo, show it, shoot it in front of their sign, or in front of their branding
  • Drinking espresso? | Show the milk art on top, is it unique, is it a classic heart?
  • Look around at your environment | is there a unique wall or landscape that you can use as a background or to frame your image?

I hope these tips help your next coffee shoot! Let me know if you have any questions below.

Which shot was your favorite? Do you have another posing idea that I need to try? Let me know in the comments.

Atlanta Coffee Shops

Some of my favorite coffee shops you must check out for your caffeine fix. In no particular order:
[on your phone? turn your phone sideways for optimal viewing – you’re welcome]

Spiller Park
all about the toasts and coffee too, multiple locations to fit your mood

Cold Brew Bar
coffee on tap
and matcha too

Gilly Brew Bar
oldest house in stone mountain (originally for the mayor in the 1800’s) and house made syrups

Hodgepodge Coffee
oat milk on deck,
delish coffee and pastries

Brash
3 locations, brash box is my fav

Brother Moto
motorcycles, coffee & hipsters
(currently closed)

Daily Dose Coffee
masculine decor, books
and all the windows

Victory Coffee & Calamity
(formally DAC)
open space, big patio
& good coffee

Muchacho
think huge patio, warm vibes
& tacos

Docent Coffee
roast beans in house & all the good smells
(currently closed but still roasting)

Chrome Yellow Trading Co.
lions, tigers and coffee

Little Tart Bakeshop
2 locations, grab in go from KSM
or stay awhile in summer hill,
get a pastry, you’re welcome.

Moonbird
brick walls, natural light
& Saturday morning cartoons

Cultivate
traditional coffee, good space
to work and beet lattes

Also a fan of Academy Coffee Company, Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, The Deer & The Dove, The James Room, East Pole and Chattahoochee Coffee Company to name a few. Would you add any coffee shops?