My preference are candid photographs, they are impossible to replicate but I don't always get the shot I want. If I'm fortunate enough to have a mulligan, I have to find a way to recreate the scene. Here is my dilemma, I don't like posed photographs. Posing to the average person is simply being still & we can't forget that cheesy smile which isn't genuine. When the average person is posed, they are not relaxed and they move their eyes to see what the photographer is doing. Even though they're patiently staying still, they really want to be doing something else. My preference is to stage the scene.
I saw this scene out of the corner of my eye, but didn't have an opportunity to photograph this scene. Recognizing this as one of those iconic photographs, I asked the gentlemen to simulate placing the cufflinks in the shirt sleeve. This photograph was the result, I couldn't have asked for a better result.
Sometimes, posing is the only way to create the photograph you want. Working with models makes the process a lot easier, because everybody involved is focused on creating the ideal image. If you're photographing anybody else, the shoot is already more challenging. How much time does the person have to pose for you? How receptive are they to your directions? Several years ago, I saw a portrait of a couple. I mentioned to the photographer that a piece of jewelry was distracting, the photographer had asked the client to remove it, but refused.
You might feel there is no or very little difference between posing and staging photographs, but the difference is real. Combine this with other minute adjustments you would make during the shoot and in post production, the results would be amazing.