Barbara is a VIP client of mine I have photographed her several times and every time I find myself blown away by her beauty, ambition, endurance, and joy. This shoot is for her portfolio at http://home.sfcasting.com/. She wanted some corporate/catalog looking stuff (most of her stuff is too hot for the average job)! We only did 3 outfits and one set up (the woman loves her black, but who doesn’t). Here are a few of my favorites!
Are you kidding me?!!! No retouching, smoothing, blending, nada. I love her skin. She won’t mind me telling you she is 42, yeah you can pick your jaw up off the ground now.
Can you say Cindy Crawford? This is my favorite style for hair, I am such a 90’s girl. Her hair is just fabulous, it’s like a Pantene commercial.
This is so Macy’s catalog, I love how it looks as if she has a bounce in her step.
For those who read my last blog about Barbara, you know she is a black belt and did competition ball room. Here is one of her dance stances. This works because it is her being her. It also looks like something on an American Idol poster, lol!
I often tell my models to look into the light. This give the illusion that they are interacting with someone in the room. It makes you feel as if you are capturing a moment between two people.
Even though I chose one with the hand to face, there is nothing more feminine than a woman’s hands. Also there is a sense of comfort and sensuousness when you see a woman run her fingers through her hair. This is why clothing /lingerie models do it a lot.
The following didn’t make the cut and I will explain why. If you are trying to get into modeling take notes.
Ok, holding the jacket over your shoulder is typically for men models, woman have hard time pulling this off without looking masculine, also even though it feels natural to put your hand on your thigh it usually captures as if it is in your crotch, so make sure your hand is slightly on the outside of your leg.
As adorable as Barbara looks in this picture, her hand is amputated by her hair. When running your hand through your hair, make sure your fingers are showing toward camera and that you aren’t blocking your face.
In a classic Victoria’s secret pose I asked Barbara to hold her neck. It is very hard to do this while maintaining a long neck. This did not work with the jacket because it hid too much of her body. Tip, drop your shoulders and don’t hide your hand behind your back.
This shot makes Barbara appear to be short. Her shoulders are too high. It feels coy to scrunch up your shoulders but, it doesn’t photograph well. This shot would be great if the shoulders were dropped more.
As stunning as Barb’s face is I want to see more of it!! Looking out the corner of your eyes isn’t as sexy as it may seem. Don’t turn your head too far from camera, the first shot above is much more flattering.