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Cari F. Minnamon

Older Girls (Tweens) posing and props

Hello Everyone!! My name is Cari and this thread has truly been a Godsend!! I have been trying to catch up by reading all of the pryor threads on Studio Photography and it has helped me so much!! Better Photo has become my new favorite website. I have been a photographer pretty much forever, but I am now going into business for myself now that I am getting the equipment that I feel with capture the quality in portraits that I want to portray. I have totally fallen into this field right now out of sheer blind faith, and circumstances and I am having to give myself a crash course in Studio Portrait and On location photography. I have soooo many questions, but thankfully I have found many answers here in this forum. One thing that I do have a question about that I havn't seen any post's on yet is posing ideas for older children, tweens, especially girls. Any ideas, suggestions, or resources would be greatly helpful.

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1/25/2006 9:35:21 AM

Kerry L. Walker   Since I am not a studio photographer I really can't help you with suggestions on how to pose young girls in the studio. You might want to e-mail Debby for suggestions on that. As far as location shots, check Kerby's gallery to see what she has shot of her young model.

One thing I will offer as a suggestion is this. (Warning, these are my own personal opinions, not professional advice.) Girls this age have an innocent charm about them that begs to be captured. You need to try to catch that impish smile so many of them seem to have, which I think is best captured when they are looking up toward the camera. You don't need to try to pose them like you would an older girl, where you might try to capture that coy look that speaks of sexy innocence (that is not an oxymoron). Try to capture their youth, innocence and charm.

BTW, if this post makes it seem I am partial to girls, I am (have one of each myself)but I like boys too. They taste just like chicken!

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1/25/2006 12:18:19 PM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  LOLGood day Kerry!

I will see if I can get some loaded into my gallery at sonme point today-though the scanner was giving me trouble last I messed with it-And at the moment I can't remember whats in my gallery.
I do want to invite you to check out the thread "Studio Photography" I belive you'll have a fun ,yet exahusting time going through all 13 threads,lol,lol

Hope to be posting back soon and see you on SP thread,

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1/25/2006 12:56:52 PM

Kerby Pfrangle
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/19/2005
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Kerry is absolutely right about how you photograph young preteen and young teen girls.

I will NOT photograph in a swim suit or clothes that are to low or to tight.
These girls time will come but be very careful about what they wearing and how you pose them.

These girls do have an innocense and beauty to them and try and capture this.

Try and look for locations that have beautiful backgrounds to them. Parks, garden area's, homes with beautiful backyards. Location to me is over half the image.

Look at props, clutter around where you shooting.

Once you snap the picture that clutter over there is going to remain there. Make sure it picked up.

I have taken images of a young model who just turned eleven for the last year and half. She is an incredible model and we work well together.

Look for the most beautiful young people you can find to work with. I know this sounds crazy but it will show in your images. I shot several of my little models friend and I have got some good shots but not on a consistant basic like I have with the young lady I take images of.

If you have any other questions feel free to email me or ask on the thread.


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1/25/2006 3:10:39 PM

Cari F. Minnamon   Thanks everyone for the wonderful input!! It really is helping me to get some ideas! Kerby, I love the picture of the young girl that you have on here. This is exactly the kind of image I want to caputure. Anyway I meant to post this thread originally on the Studio Photography Thread the first time but alas I started a new one. If it's Ok with everyone I am going to move this thread over there. Debbie, Thanks for all of the useful tips, hints and advice!! I have been trying to catch up with the thread for a week now! But I have learned alot! See everyone in thread 13 of Studio Photography.

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1/26/2006 12:12:54 AM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Hey Cari,
we started thread #14 Last night here is the link:

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1/26/2006 6:49:11 AM

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