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Old 7th of March 2007 (Wed)   #1
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Default Slimming Posing Techniques (by popular demand)

Due to popular demand I'm re-posting this with the photos. I'd like to ask everyone to talk about the techniques, but NO COMMENTS about the bride(s) please. I pulled the photos last time because of some potentially offensive comments. This is a public forums and my clients do find these posts. Thanks



I had the privilege of photographing this beautiful bride last summer. She and her husband were really cool to spend time with my for a portrait session after the ceremony even though it was raining! I know that many of you also have to photograph brides that are bigger than a size 6 from time to time so I thought I'd use the rest of the shots to share a few of the techniques I used for maximizing her beauty.

First let's start with a shot from a bad angle:




Even though I shot down and used a telephoto lens (for it's compression abilities), I should have turned her side more to the camera. With this angle I made her midsection look larger than I could have. Nonetheless, It give you an idea of the brides' body type.


So here's what I did to make her look her best:

In this photo, I shot from a high angle. That made her look up, which stretches the neck and the skin on her face. I also shot from her side (I never shoot a heavier bride straight on if I can help it), and I used his hands to de-emphasize her shoulders.




In this photo, I shot from higher again, and cropped tight so that most of her body is cut off. She is stretching her neck out to kiss him, which has a flattering effect on her face and neck. As a side note, they're not a sharp as I usually like, but I was using 1/15 at 200mm (equiv) on my 70-200 and it was about the limit of the IS. I wanted to capture the motion of the water raging past.





For these next two shots, I used his body to block hers, positioning him in front of her.




On this one I also had her bring her arms up around him to minimize her arms and shoulders.




Finally, I used a little PS trickery. For this last shot, I took 10 pounds off by using the free transform tool to thin the entire photo by about 2-3% (select the entire photo with the rectangle marquee, click ctrl+T, type "97" in the width box at the top, double click the photo, crop it back to 4x6). The lighting (from a window to my right - her back was to a stucco column) also helped thin her face, by adding shadows to her cheeks.





I'll add a part two with some more photos of a different bride as soon as I have a few extra minutes to pull it together...

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Old 7th of March 2007 (Wed)   #2
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WOW! Very nice techniques...and a beautiful bride! Thank you for starting this thread.
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Great examples on how to use these techniques Jamie!

Please show us more - I need to pick up a few more tricks (and a small step ladder, being 5'4" I'm always shorter than my brides).
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great advice jamie!
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Thanks for the post - great photos. Love the rushing water + the great pose.
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I remember these. Thanks for reposting them! Great shots and tips.
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Thanks Jamie, these are great tips. You really made her look beautiful on her day!
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Thank you Jamie. Very informative and constructive ideas!
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Excellent - thanks for the advice and she most certainly is a beautiful bride - they look happy together and you really captured that.
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Superb post Jamie and a pretty bride, I like all the shots but the one of the bride and groom leaning on the railings is my fave.

Thanks for sharing your expertise !
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Jamie, thanks for posting.

I particularly like the fourth shot (standing against the rail) such a simple pose (and attention to detail) with a stunning result.

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Thanks for sharing, It is veru nice to see real people photography. In most cases we will not all be shooting super model wedding, we will be shoot real people.
You did a wonderful job with a beautiful bride.
You captured her beauty as well as told the story of the day.
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You are the coolest I love everything you do.
Yes most of my brides are average to larger women, like myself and we all want to feel/look beautiful
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Very amazing pictures and great techniques.

thanks for the help in advance because I know I will be using these techniques.
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Thanks again for posting this Jamie. You did such a great job on this one.
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