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Posing Large Clients in Group


I have an upcoming family shoot that involves 5 people. 4 out of 5 of these folks are very large figured. I am curious if anyone has any posing ideas that are flattering to them & that will look good. I worry I will not be able to get them grouped nicely. Thanks
Bri


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11/29/2005 11:51:49 AM

 
John G. Clifford Jr
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005
  Loose clothes that blend in to the background, and don't get too close or use a wide-angle lens. Watch your lighting to make sure it doesn't accentuate things like double chins, etc.

Unfortunately there's only so much you can do with photography. If your clients aren't comfortable with their self-images, hopefully they will understand that a camera basically captures what is there.


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11/29/2005 1:31:29 PM

 

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  Thanks John! Is there a trick or technique of posing them where they don't look so far apart? I do not know how to word my question where it doesn't appear rude. They are large...I will not be able to do the normal poses - which in turn will make them appear far away from one another.


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11/29/2005 1:35:42 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  bRIGITTE,
IF THE SITTING HAS NOT ALREADY TAKEN PLACE-CAN YOU TELL ME HOW MANY ARE WEMON AND HOW MANY MEN AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP-AND I WILL TRY TO HELP.
THERE ARE WAYS TO TAKE OFF A LITTLE WEIGHT.


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11/29/2005 5:27:56 PM

 

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  Thanks Debby!
Husband & Wife (wife is large, but the smallest of the large)
Husband, Wife & 7 yo male child (all large)


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11/29/2005 5:47:58 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
 
 
  better for weight
better for weight
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Ok Brigitte,
lets start with a exersize that you can do yourself: get a stool and set it in front of a full length mirrior
( the mirrior is the camera) now if you are super thin you may have a hard time seeing this, but do try.
with the stool up as far as it will go sit on the very edge, legs streched out at a 45 degree angle,the hand closest to the camera is drawn up to the hip , the hand furthest from the camera is streched toward the knee- now see how you have created windows on both sides of the waste? now put your arms down to your sides- then back up- can you see how you look thinner and have shape when you pose the arms to give you windows to the waste? now with your arms posed lean forward- can you see the muceles pull, the chin goes up, the face mucels firm and the breasts rise. all this helps to make a subject "appear" thiner and younger.
*now I would take the shot from wiest up: both ladies on stolls as close as you can get the stools(they will try to move them and sit all the way back on them )pose them in this way. then put the men behind the ladies remember to angle them-( I will post the only copy of the look we are going for)do not cut in to the arm or shoulder-this will also make them look large-angle them at about 45 degrees(you can do dramtic lighting here-that will help. if you have the childs Mom as the one in back then you can stand him with one hand on her shoulder have his one foot right behind her stool the other with his wieght on it at her side. have every one lean forward.
forward would be as if you were standing in front of them at the 3:00 hour( if you picture your studio as a clock and your subjects and the backdrop are at 12:00)
I know this sounds confussing in type, so please know you are welcome to email me a phone number and I can talk you through it.
I do hope this and the picture helps,
Debby Tabb


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11/29/2005 7:53:23 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  now for your group the men will be in back - and the child may need a posing box to stand on , but he is at moms back. leaning forward close to her.


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11/29/2005 7:57:08 PM

 
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