Fashion and Beauty Inspired Portraiture
Do you feel to old to be beautiful?
A woman can and should feel valued and beautiful at any age. But that's difficult in our Western culture. Most of it has to do with how you think about beauty. This article by Michele Borboa (in Sheknows.com) helps women to stop devaluing themselves just because they are getting older.
You are only one attitude away from having a Couture Glamour photo shoot - at any age. The right photographer can find your beauty and display it. Think about it! No, really. Think about it.
Photographing a flowing dress is fun. And I love how the images come out. They are so dramatic and exciting!
Here is a collection of a few flowing dress images that I've done in the past couple of years. And you will see that it doesn't have to be a dress. Even though it's been mistaken a few times as a dress, the first image of the blonde in red is not using a dress. That was a red satin sheet that she pulled off her bed on the shoot morning so that we could create that image! Obviously, no single sheet is that big. It's made that big in Photoshop by compositing many different images of the sheet into a single picture.
The last image isn't a flowing dress, but it's the same concept of making something look larger than it is in real life. The large blue sheet was created in much the same way.
Model: Windy West
Model: Brittnay Lopez
Model: Andrea Lasley www.alasley.com
Model: Windy West
People often want an image of themselves like this one of Andrea Lasley (www.alalsey.com), but they think it can't be done because they don't own an absurdly long dress to use in the shot. What they don't realize is that this is actually a short dress (around knee length). The rest is in the magic of Photoshop and the way in which the dress is photographed. To use a dress for this kind of shot, it needs to only be about knees length (longer is fine) but it also needs to have enough material to flair it out on the sides. Most everyone has a dress that would work for this type of image.
The picture below is an un-retouched image (straight out of camera) of what the dress actually looks like in reality.
The truth is, the dress doesn't even have to be able to flair out as much as this one can in order to used for this type of shot. But the more it can flair out, the better it works.
After I shot Andrea's base position (a shot similar to the one above), then she changed clothes and stood just out of the camera frame to wave the dress as I took several images of it flapping in the air. The image below shows just one of the couple dozen shots we took of the dress being waved.
There are lots of little details on how to light and photograph the model and dress for this type of image, but only another photographer/retoucher would be interested in those. I'm not going to bore you with with that in this short article. In short, the rest of the process involves some Photoshop magic to take the various images and composite them into a single final image. It's actually not hard to do, unless you didn't do a good job on the photography. If you mess up the photography, then the Photoshop work is a killer or not even possible. It's always a fun image to show friends. And it doesn't take long to shoot it. It's the Photoshop work that takes more time.
I will be more than happy to create this kind of image for anyone that wants one!
Model: Andrea Lasley
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Peter Hurley offers great advice on how to look great in your head shots. It's called Squinching!!! Just click on the link below for the short video.
Colbie Caillat decided that she was tired of being photoshopped. You should check this out. Very well done!
You can find her story in ELLE at this link:
For some of my photo shoots, the model does their own make-up and hair. At a few of those, I shot them while preparing for the next set. I've always found it an interesting, even artful, process in the preparation itself. Obviously, makeup itself is an art, but the process of applying it can be just as artful.
I recently photographed Kimberly Gambucci for a maternity shoot. Kimberly has a background as a dancer, so we did a maternity ballerina photo shoot as a way of combining two art forms. Maternity photography has largely become static in that everyone is basically doing the same few poses over and over. Honestly, it's hard to get away from, but I wanted to create something that had a different mood and feel for her maternity shoot. Combining the dance part of her personality with the maternity seemed like the best approach for Kimberly.
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