No Tummy, No Teeth, No Boobs...
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real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new
landscapes but in having new eyes." ~Marcel Proust~
Has this ever happened to you? You're starting a photo shoot,
and all the things you thought you were going to do were
stopped. Dead in their tracks.
This happened to me. I was creating an image for Rebecca, who
is another photographer, and we discussed the shot she wanted.
She even sent me sample images. They were boudoir in nature
and very "revealing", so to speak. What she wanted was the
derby girl theme weaved into her session. This is something she is
into and I think it's very cool. Painful, but cool.
(Just look at the bruises on her left arm. And this is mild.
I admire her for her conviction and love of the sport,
she's only been on roller skates for less than two years}
and she's into this in a big way...)
Anyhoo, we start the shoot, and she tells me, as we're going along,
no teeth. When she smiles or reveals he teeth, she has vampire teeth.
That's what she tells me. And she was bang on. As soon as she did
smile, even slightly, there they were! Okay, I get it. No teeth.
Onward. The next limitation was tummy. I saw that she had one,
and being a photographer who shoots many, many people in all
sizes, types and styles, I am always looking out for things like
bellies, chins, eyes....anything that may need corrective lighting,
posing, or any strategy to minimize the trouble spots.
Rebecca has some leftover tummy from having had a baby less than two years ago.
But this is life in the portrait lane. I have to make these decisions
every week, with every family, individual, or couple I photograph.
Except babies. Babies are cool. Chubbier, the better. Just don't show
any private parts or use any bad poses (floppy arms or legs) on newborn poses.
Then she tells me her boobs have dropped down, way down, since she had the baby.
Okay, no boobs. So, what I thought was going to be one image, evolved into
something else. This is cool. We adapt. Many times what clients ask,
and what we can deliver, are different. Don't rely on them to bring you answers.
You must be creative and adapt. Modify. Recreate.
I wanted this image to look sort of bad ass. These girls are bad ass,
and sexy. As Rebecca tells me: "the guys come out to watch
girls in shorts and low cut tops race around the track...."
Let's run with it. Here's the image I had in my mind. No tummy, no teeth,
These sets by the way, come from Mike Long, who is
the Pin Up guru....check him out.
While I was shooting I decided to try something softer
and more feminine....here, I am at 70MM lens wide
open at 2.8, ISO 2000 (yes, 2000) using only
the modeling light from the softboxes.
I adjusted the white balance to tungsten setting and it all
worked out great!
Same scene, same lighting, but I've cranked the lens out to 200mm, wide
open at 2.8 for selective focus. Handheld.
No teeth, no tummy, and, well, loads of cleavage. Some of the coloring effects
in these images were created using Andy Armstrongs Design House series
of PhotoShop Actions. They are amazing! check em out
Seriously. If you want to really crank up your photography, posing,
lighting and photoshop skills, not to mention photo marketing
and success strategies, I cannot recommend that you get your
butt out to the Inferno In Nashville.