It’s typical in the glamour industry for photographers to limit the number of outfit changes. The rationale being that changing outfits takes time, and the more time spent changing results in less time available for shooting. To balance the needs of clients with the practical constraints of time, I suggest thinking in terms of “looks” rather than outfits. You can create an outfit ensemble so that one look can provide a variety of options.
Autumn is my favorite time for outdoor photography so I’m always eager to shoot a beautiful client surrounded by beautiful scenery. My client and I shot this image in the spectacular Tahquamenon Falls State Park of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Under most circumstances the primary goal when photographing the female form is to reveal its sensual curves. Though perhaps counter-intuitive, the best way to achieve this is with asymmetrical posing. Often this means posing the model with one arm higher than the other, or one leg straight with the other bent. The following two images illustrate this principle in both a standing and sitting pose.
In previous posts I’ve discussed ways to accentuate the positives while minimizing the negatives for specific features from a woman’s figure. What I’d like to discuss in this post is how to bring it all together whether for a full body or partial body pose. What differentiates a woman’s figure from a man’s, is of course the hour glass shape. And for the purposes of this post I’ll discuss the easiest methods to revealing it.
While some women can seemingly strike a striking pose without much thought, most benefit from at least a little coaching. It’s easy to assume a woman with a size two figure and hour glass shape produces the best poses, but in reality great poses can be taught and anyone can execute them.
Image branding is a means of marketing who you are, what you do, and how you do it. It’s used to communicate your qualities and characteristics to your market or prospective clients. Once you determine the qualities and characteristics you wish to project, your brand identity is built and maintained through the continuous and consistent application from both written and visual media.
In this age of Photoshop, post production editing possibilities are seemingly endless. The question sometimes comes up why “Photoshop” at all? The simple answer is that this genre is glamour, not photojournalism. I’m not trying to photograph you in everyday light looking like your everyday self. Famous celebrities want to be seen at their very best, and you should as well. So just as with a glamorous runway model, my goal is to capture you at your alluring best. This means in the softest light, sexiest poses and most flattering outfits. And it means editing with the most advanced digital software available, Photoshop.
Image branding is a means of marketing who you are, what you do, and how you do it. It’s used to communicate your qualities and characteristics to your market. As it pertains to visual media, your logo, website, photographs, and social media should all have the same look and feel. They should use the same colors, graphics and fonts without deviation. Consistency and continuity is the key.
Copyright privileges is a complicated subject and while I’m not a lawyer, I’ll try to explain it as concisely as possible. Legally, to be in compliance with U.S. copyright law, ownership of original work is never surrendered by the artist. So once a glamour client has possession of their final portfolio, it’s their’s to use only for private purposes. If they wish to use it for commercial purposes consent must be granted my the creator (photographer). So first, let me explain how consent works then I’ll explain how I provide consent.