Corrective Posing, Making Your Client Look Like a Model

Corrective Posing is based on the idea of posing the body to hide the flaws and problem areas of our average clients.   Women especially worry about “everything” in their appearance, but they also tend to worry about the Same things.  No woman wants her hips or thighs to appear larger and if they were telling the truth would like them to look a little smaller, in addition they don’t want their waistline, arms or feet to appear large or their bust line to appear small or uneven. They also worry about the thickness of the face and double chin or loose skin under the neck.

In almost every full length pose that I take you will see that the arms and legs are positioned to hide or obscure the waistline, as well as the client is rolled over on the side of the hip or the legs/knees are brought up when sitting to slim the hips and keep the bottom and hips from widening out when seated flat on a chair or hard surface. In the following photos, you can see the effects of simple corrective posing.  You always have to look for ways to hide the waistline area when you put a client in a seated pose.  By bring up her leg and laying her on her stomach a much more salable portrait.

In addition to bringing up both legs to hide the waistline and thin the legs, the camera height was raised above the subject on the stairs.  One problem with seated posing is the hips and legs push up the abdomen, which in turns pushes up the chest area toward the neck and face, increase the mass of the body around the neck and face.  By raising the height of the camera and having the subject raising the face upward it extends the neck and lifts the upper body while stretching out the skin under the chin and neck.                                              

As Professional Photographers it is our job to create salable portraits that our clients’ egos can handle, without having to resort to extreme corrections in Photoshop.  This is one of the benefits of having studied lighting and posing in the days of film, everything had to be captured “in camera” because anything other than simple negative retouching was expensive and only done when absolutely necessary.  For more on Corrective Posing and Lighting you can click on the book above.


~ by jeffsmithbooks on December 14, 2009.

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