"HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH WOMEN "BEAUTIFULLY!"
Photographing women is an art form...its as simple as that! I spent nine and a half years as a pro photographer, I covered weddings, portraits, and my favourite...model portfolios! if your model is not a professional the chances are that she will feel shy and awkward in front of the camera, it is important to put her at ease, talk to her, find out some information, ie her hobbies, likes and dislikes, her hopes and dreams etc, you are going to get better pics if your model is relaxed, i always feel that you will get better results doing a location shoot, I always take the client to Port sunlight village here on the wirral, for one thing its quiet, secondly you will find some great backgrounds for your shots, you can move around the area and of course its much easier for the amateur to pose, use a camera with a lens / lenses that cover the 90 - to 135 mm range, you will get better results and you will not have to invade your model's "space" by getting up close and personal with your camera in her face,
Always advise your client to bring a friend or family member with her on the shoot, the reasons for this are of course obvious, having someone with her will again go a long way to relaxing her. studio sessions are not always a good idea with an amateur model, for one she will not have the repertoire of poses that only come with experience, secondly, the chances are that you will be photographing her against a single plain background, even with an experienced model this can quickly become boring !!
PLEASE NOTE! Unless your model has made it very clear that she wants to build up a portfolio of shots with the intention of becoming a glamour model...DO NOT SUGGEST nude or semi nude shots...chances are the poor girl will run a mile...you have been warned!!
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