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Female bodybuilder's bridal shower

 
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Jun 06, 2011 21:13 |  #1

I've been asked to shoot a bridal shower in a few months. I said yes, thinking that the bride-to-be was going to be (I hesitate to say normal because it's such a relative term) like any other woman you'd see walking down the street. Only later did I find out that she's a bodybuilder.

Now I'm not saying there's anything wrong with her, but is there anything different I should do when shooting her as opposed to a non-bodybuilder? Thinking about it now, I have a feeling I'll find it hard to engage and shoot her since I'm not accustomed to seeing well-defined arms (amongst other things) on a woman. Not trying to sound mean or anything, but I'm just not sure how to go about this.


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Jun 06, 2011 21:20 |  #2

Just make sure she's oiled up, j/k!


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Jun 06, 2011 22:41 |  #3

Talk to her. Go for lunch or coffee. I think this sort of uncertainty is best resolved by communicating with your client.


I know exactly what you're concerned about, and I'd love to know how this turns out.


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Jun 06, 2011 22:47 |  #4

Do what you would do for any other photo shoot

Don't see why anything would be different




  
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Jun 07, 2011 01:04 |  #5
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Have you actually seen her?

Because I know a bodybuilding woman who looks like a swimsuit model until she flexes..

Does she look like arnold unflexed, or normal?


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Jun 07, 2011 08:42 as a reply to  @ sbattey's post |  #6

Why are you even asking this question? Shoot her like you would any other woman at her bridal shower.

Really, why do you assume her hobby will have any bearing whatsoever on the photography you are planning? The question reveals more about you than about any photographic issues you are likely to encounter.




  
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Jun 07, 2011 09:28 as a reply to  @ rral22's post |  #7

Did ya ever get the impression that someone is in the wrong career? :rolleyes:


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Jun 07, 2011 11:10 |  #8

I think maybe the OP would like opinions on things like angles and lighting to flatter the client's body type, and not derisory or sarcastic comments?


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Jun 07, 2011 11:22 |  #9

What are you going to do when you get an overweight client?


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Jun 07, 2011 11:22 as a reply to  @ Sirrith's post |  #10

I would also suggest a quick sit-down the bride-to-be.

She may want you to emphasize her musculature in the shots. OTOH, this may be her only real photo opportunity where the physique doesn't need to be the center of the attention.

The only way to find out what she expects, and consequently deliver for her, is to ask.


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Jun 07, 2011 12:40 |  #11

You could try to not your chauvinist jerkness show.


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Jun 07, 2011 12:58 |  #12

tzalman wrote in post #12552192 (external link)
You could try to not your chauvinist jerkness show.

I suppose you wouldn't have said anything had he asked how to shoot a male bodybuilder?


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Jun 07, 2011 13:03 |  #13

Sirrith wrote in post #12552322 (external link)
I suppose you wouldn't have said anything had he asked how to shoot a male bodybuilder?

The point is that we are talking about wedding related event shooting. What does the physique of the main subject have to do with it? What if they were really short, or really fat, or really tall, or had a horrible scar on their face, or had one eye? What's it matter?


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Jun 07, 2011 13:40 |  #14

If you are worried about her muscles appearing too defined try using as soft a light source as you cam. I am sure she is not worried about it, she worked very, very hard to get that physique and is undoubtedly very proud of her appearance. Stop worrying and shoot it.

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Jun 07, 2011 13:43 |  #15

Sirrith wrote in post #12552322 (external link)
I suppose you wouldn't have said anything had he asked how to shoot a male bodybuilder?

I would advise him to have the bodybuilder go "GRRAAAAGGGGHHHH" and flex real hard, so the rented tuxedo jacket is ripped to shreds. THAT would make a good photo.


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