RickFL wrote in post #18594571
I have a beach swimsuit shoot coming up with 2 women who are friends. They want to shoot together, so the majority of the pictures will include both of them in the frame. One of them is curvy, the other is thin. Any ideas on poses to flatter the curvy gal while she's next to her thinner friend? Are there any general rules of thumb to keep in mind?
The concept example pictures they have sent me are pictures of 2 equally thin models. The curvy gal has expressed concern about her body, so I want to flatter her as much as possible.
Thanks for any feedback!
It rather depends on a lot of things, starting with what "curvy" really means in this case. Does she still have the golden 1:0.7:1 hourglass proportion, which always looks good regardless of actual measurements? Does she have fat rolls, or is all just roundness?
She will need to be careful in swimsuit design. Flattering, well-fitting swim suits are important. Review some of the suits designed for heavier women and go over them with her.
Going in, I'd likely keep the thinner woman in front and to some extent obscuring the figure of the larger woman, however the selection of poses would be based on the needs of the larger woman. If you place the thinner woman in front, you might want to capitalize on that by using shorter lenses as well to use exaggerated perspective to your advantage. But if you put the heavier woman in front, move back and use longer lenses.
Poses that tend to point the heavier woman's body away from the camera will help, and of course you don't want to photograph her fully frontally. Keep "air" between her body and her arms to give her as much waist as possible. Bring her ankles together as much as possible to keep a tapering line from hips to ankles.