28 Days of Portrait Photography


28 Days of Portrait Photography


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Day 25: The Beauty Shot

today our challenge is all about the beauty shot this is one of the biggest selling shots in my studio you know this is the shot that a ll girls come for this is a shot that they all by it's about the girl looking like she's just dipped out of a magazine or a beauty image it's about simplicity it's about connection and today I'm going to take you through different beauty looks in the simplest forms so that you can master this for every one of your clients today we're talking about beauty images and we're talking about the connection that you have through the eyes I believe that a beauty image for glamour photography is exactly as you see in the magazines the trick here is simplicity simplicity meaning it's not really about smiling or laughing accessories out and really I try and keep the outfit is simple as I can down to single its tank tops really simple nick lines boob tube straight across really the most basic lines and clothing I also find with beauty shots they look really good sh...

ot on the white background shut on the light blues shut on the light grace and also shot on the black exactly as you would find any beauty shot and any fashion magazine so because we're not working with models and we're not working with you know absolutely symmetrical faces and full of skin the idea is that we're trying to make these girls look like models so I always say to people when it comes to the sale the girls always by the beauty shops but the husbands in dead always by the laughing casual shots so the beauty shop to really for the girls I love the beauty shots when they have great here and make up and I love them when they have lots of here but it doesn't matter it's what's important is how you shoot it how you crop it but the most important part is the angle that you shoot it on in the expression with which what the girl is looking at you in the camera so today we're going to talk a lot about connection right through these images there are so many facial expressions you can do this not laughing or smiling that make a huge difference to a shot so I've got tipple lined up here as you can see with my camera on this angle I'm shooting well below her eye line so tiffany is quite tall and that's a bonus for me that means I don't have to crouch down I'm standing at my full height but my camera is pretty much directly if I come to hear my camera is as usual going straight to her mouth line so the lenses sitting around here and I think this is we're most people get this wrong the just not quite shooting low enough okay and I'll show you some good in bed examples of this so if you come to my life you now I'm got her live in my camera and the first thing I'm going to do is bring her chin towards may and down stop now I can see her eyes open out because tiffany has a heart shaped face I'm not going to take a chin any lower but what I'm going to do is use my chimp in here and I'm just going to say chin back to the camera this way stop perfect and I could just don't make do with my hands from here now I want to get a hidden shoulder shot it's a nice tight crop what I'm gonna do is tiffany's holding her hands as you can see in front of here I want her to bring them to hear siren stop so from here I'm just kind of get tiffany to put her hands back and in tuck it elbows and straightaway that slim to shoulder line right down out of the shot I'm going to get here to project kitchen fire towards me and because I'm not getting any lower right now she's right there so I'm just going to take a still here for you to see for me that simplicity and composing a buchard is absolutely beautiful and it's all I need from here what I'm going to get you to do is not smile with her eyes but just put a little smile on her mouth and I'm gonna take that shot now inevitably the eyes will smile a little that to me a mouth smile with no I smile looks more squinty this time I'm going to say a tiny little smile in your eyes that's it can you see that left straight away her eyes lifted and not so much her lips but that the difference and that expression is really really really big so if you push which in towards me now and drop your chin down half unending there that's it now I want you to do that tiny little waist mind your lips again just and eyes together this toe that's a good girl so from here that real model face lookers when you come up on the chin so bring it in out nice and high and thats it not too high now push towards may good girl stay there and drop that bottom lip so you dropped that bottom lip chin forward and that little sparkle and the idea here it is okay so you can go through all of these expressions one by one but at the end of the day there's no secret to what I do I'm posing to make her eyes really large and I'm posing to make her face look in the best shape so I've got arms pull back I've got a chin forward I'm pushing that chin forward so she's got a beautiful define nick line on bringing here chin down ever so slightly lips together so I say lips together reelection mouth these are my exact words and just I want you to get me a tiny little smile through your eyes cook ill now I want you to do that again but this time what little bit war in the mouth and eyes if people are struggling to get that expression I pulled away from the camera and I look at them and I will say like this so as soon as I show them smiling with the eyes they smiled back with their eyes so this is a few things that people do wrong when people look up to the camera they lived their eyebrows up straightaway very common that people look up to the camera with the eyebrows up so I will always say to people elect your eyebrows straight away big difference in the eyes and I've heard people direct expression where they say give me squinty eyes and give me and that doesn't work for me smiling with the eyes is quite easy to understand and if it's not easy to understand you can show them when you look at somebody and you talk to them if you're looking at somebody usually mirroring their expression so if they're telling you a sad story you're sympathetic you're nodding your listening so when somebody has got a nice open smiley I expression you tend to return it so when you I always say to people look at me like this and it's quite easy to do most people can do it now the biggest problem is most people try and smile with their mouth so I will ask people who smile and they hold all of the attention through the lips and mouth so they'll go like this now hold all this teaching here and then they try and do this broad smile and very uncomfortable and if the smile comes out without the eyes it's a grimace the k when you smile at people you smile with your mouth but when you look at someone smiling you look into their eyes so all the different smiles that we have all of them are about expression so all I want you to do is pose your client get them to push the chin forward wherever their face looks the best and then tell them to relax the mouth to say election mouth lips together and then all you have to do is say eyes up and then asked them to smile through the eyes with a tiny little smile on the mouth like this and there are so many levels that they could go up to it's so subtle but it makes a really big difference in how you're posing someone not only for beauty shots but for all shops okay wr election mouth practice with me eyes up to may the best way to teach somebody this is to stand with someone and hold the guys it's absolutely incredible to say I'll show you with tiffany and I want you to practice this practices at home come over here so that you think of you so I want you to hold my gaze and then return the same expression to may it's a really cool thing to do I want to go practice it it is really the most asked question I get above all others is how do I get people to look at me the way that I do and there is no mystery I don't I just get them into a position where I feel like their body in faces all in a great position and then I just called for stillness it's not a magic recipe there's no there's no mood I'm trying to make them feel it's not like imagine somebody kissing your neck it's not like that for me that open gaze is when you relax your face enough that you're inside expression comes forward it's when you take the guard down from around your mouth drop your eyebrows and just hold somebody's gays it is the most honest and open gaze that a face khun dio and it's absolutely beautiful photograph that's where I want you to be that's really important you need to practice us this is your challenge today and then as you do these great three beauty combinations that we're doing I want you to keep practicing that stillness and that gays and that expression through the eyes with if great single one of your clients now when people email me and they say so I had a really difficult client today I just could not get here to smile with her eyes I do not believe there I do not believe you can't make somebody smile so everybody can do it you just have to take control off the situation posed them make them listen to you and do it so I'm gonna put tiffany back here and I'm going to take some gorgeous beauty shots of here right now in this very short space so come over here back to where you were so for this camera I just want to show this angle here we're shooting on this tiny little alcove we've just got a very small space here we're right by the window and susan has defused my window light with packaging so this is the deck round packaging that came with the cheers for the studio and we keep it because it looked really good and we just get taped it onto the window so this is the only diffuse light that we have I don't have a reflector on the side because there's so much light coming into this room she doesn't even need a reflector it's nice and even and remember for me beauty expression simplicity up close and really good expression that's what I want I'm also going to show you through this camera and then I'm going to grab my other camera and take some stills oh I'm a lot shorter than you because ofthe thing let me recompose okay so just the absolute simplicity off having tiffin this gorgeous quick hella not getting out of your frame sean I'm going to stay here then come forward it's alright you don't need to really see a lot of me in this one I composed that ok nice and still for me tiff arms by your sides hands albums back last chin forward position could kill the you asked idea and I just want you to long chin really push it forward towards mei chin down just a touch and just give me a tiny little smile through your eyes and gil said just not there okay soft little small through the mouth too got you're beautiful okay and then I want you to go ten are pushed towards move chin election mouth down just lips together now not to that's it so if I feel like the mouth comes open too far I happily say just then you'll expect together again I never say shut your mouth it's quite quick I'm gonna go to the thirty five mil so I can come closer to tiff the one thing I want you to understand about all beauty images and then a lot of people are doing is you need to shoot them from nice and clothes and then not crop the men so you can't shoot you can't shoot these from a distance and then crop it they need to be shot here chin ford but not down that's a go ten down just one stop you got it so I'm shooting here in this beautiful window light I'm it fifty shovels beat him at two point eight three twenty I s oh come towards the window for may what I don't know that I start yet what I love is that I'm getting a good drop away and shadow here so I'm going to use that by shooting a little bit asymmetrically to her right hand side and now tiff I just need a little soft smile in your mouth so just a tune up you keep going down there to go beautiful chin up to may tiny little spot on your mouth just a little bit more tuneup could gil stay there now I'm not bringing hands and yet this is so simple this is a shot as you can see that's coming up now that every woman has bought in my studio for ten years I have done this shot with every single woman regardless of her age every woman wants the most beautiful face shot and shoulders that they can get long chin towards me tiff alba's pen back just a little but not over is good girl and go up higher and that such davia now lips together tiny tiny little smile chin down now just a touch title's mine your lives who got your beautiful stay there okay I've just got to be careful I don't do two things with tiffany one is I'm slumming her down to match there is such a thing they're so I'm going to make sure I don't pin those are inspect this time and I'm gonna push your chin not so far forward but just away from him nick and I'm gonna show you a bit lower to show you the difference because I don't want a lolly proper chin down now to make that I'm lower than you now give me that little smile in your eyes now that too may is a just a classic beauty facia love there don't move I'm just going to bring this into here now as always a little bit more I'm going to go but tighter and show you that really face to not now happen it start ok love that perfect now I'm going to do this on the horizontal but actually because I'm on a short war that's not gonna work so I'll show you the horizontal tune on the blue fears all just to aside on sir tune your body forty five degrees lean back with this front shoulder good girl give me some space touch the back of your hand perfect ok exactly the same front position to the face almost give me a straighter and it it don't move but this time it's changed the bottom half of the image so watch this just to there nice and close chin up to me half an inch in nice easy little small in the mouth now good phil that was beautiful and just like that this is my siri's of beauty shots two standing here it's a great war map image she looks beautiful straight on she looks beautiful side on I can even simplify even more by taking this off in having her lame bag a little bit more and this time I'm going to shoot the side of the wall so chin up to me a touch and remember that opened up the diamond always keep that open and this time I'm kind of coming here but I need you to go wait on your back a girl and long chin towards may stay there and here I am here now this is something I always don't long tend towards me tiff and down stop don't move there it is right there and as you can see I'm here chin up to me half an inch this way stop don't move beautiful I'm using see that little light line on the wall I really like there and if not I can go right into here do telling chin up to me now good girl stay here love that all right let me pull out forty five follow me with your chin stark so just pulled away from the wall a little and she's followed mai with her chin so that she stays straight to the camera chin up to me now okay a lot of heads a girl it's a beautiful tune up though don't tuck in lips together and just smoke to match up to that they get so from the the reason I'm saying chin apter tiffany is she keeps default setting glower like this a lot of people default it up she default sits down so as soon as I start clicking here chin just slowly start to come down and then I go to night and she brings it baker most people go the other way around they come away and you go back to your shoulder back to you showed us that the recent where it's comfortable she's tall so she's always used to having a hit down most short people were used to having the hidden there so they'll just keep default setting back to the normal position and that's why I just keep resetting it and remember listen to the voice when you're shooting it's about saying shoulder bag perfect chin up to me following me around nice will expression click there we go chin up to me a little bit more keep that expression lips together three sitting her chin actin option up keep going captain acting up keep going good girl good girl start there it is I don't stop talking and directing the second I stop she is not a model okay she's not a model I know on all my creative lies I tell us ah hilarious story about the model shoot that I did and she just keep changing during the quick change in one second and I just took sixty photos in a minute and I was laughing that I've never seen a normal client do that even in my life not in over five thousand woman I photographed never seen a normal woman do that so just keep directing them the more direct in the more control the more confidence they have the bit of the shots you can take and every time you're just nail it instead off just letting people freestyle eye height saying photographers did this like just do your thing and have some fun with it and just laugh and I'm going to take eighty a thousand shots right here like this and spend the rest of my week telling them so that you can pick three of the best ones all right this is about control it's about opposing the body slimming it if you have to contouring the body to the camera and then controlling the expression to get teen of the being shot so that she buys five of them have fun practicing that my second beauty shot is going to be almost exactly the same shot as the first one we're going to try out those back but I'm going to shoot this straight into the back light now over this programme I'm going to do an entire section on this backlight on getting this right but today for the beauty shot I'm going to assume you've either started shooting into the back light or you are just learning to but either way this to me is one of the most quintessential beauty shots you can get it would be the only beauty shop that I do that has a little bit more a body in it now at the moment tips just put on this gorgeous little dress it's so pretty and I'm going to do the same sort of category shot I'm just going pull a little bit lower so that you can see a little bit mohr off her body so let's go from here exactly like you were before I want your hands back to here but don't lift them up so high just those elbows tucked in and now put your fingers down good that's perfect long chin towards may as you can see and this angle here I am directly below the high line so I need to tip her chin toe towards me and down that it stopped perfect now it's all about expression on the shot I am at two point eight my shutters at one hundred I'm it six forty is oh I haven't got a reflect dicus is enough light bouncing around one of the most important things to do and these situations is make sure the here is framing the face but not putting shadows on it in from here I'm going to shoot this right here so I just need a little bit more in your eyes and your mouth so bring that little mouth into a tiny that's it smoke now you just put your chin down to pop it back up again that girl perfect now I'm a little bit asymmetrical and I'm shooting right into that light which is beautiful chin up to me a little bit more this is often where I put flowers in the here but remember keep this light this is really about simplicity again what about the blueness of her eyes and his skin and here contrast it's about how beautiful this fabric is and everything that's going on but we want to keep it really basic so try long chin towards me tio tuck those elbows back in chin down just a little weak but more don't tuck your shoulders back there that's really important good girl and from here I just want you to bring your chin up lips together in just a soft little smoke there that's the one perfect and at my full height I am chin up to me now too that so I just want to show you how this camera performs I just want to show if I bump up my exposure so I'm basically shooting just about two stops over because I'm cheating into the backlight the meter is reading her eye it's exposing for that dark here and it's just getting the most perfect drop away at two point eight with a really nice halo all the way around this too may is no different than when we were standing over in the corner but we've just mix it up with a different colored outfit we're keeping it really beauti keeping it really simple let's just try something really simple like taking her here back off his shoulders like that so maybe one side now instead of penning both elbows I just want you to touch your hip so she's going to touch this hip here come up innit elbows gonna pull back not her shoulder okay so it's about doing that not that okay we need to get this up to define that waste now if she's having trouble talking her shoulder in it's because she hasn't bought a hand around far enough here and as soon as she bring to hand around far enough you'll be at sea for that front view she's now tucked into here so I just want to talk that side bag and I'm going to go again with the here tactic there love this absolutely beautiful good eyes well done noticed now I don't have to ask tiffany for the expression because she's already done one for serious of images she starting to repeat all of your expressions too may she still bringing her chin down that store default setting but that's ok I'm going to keep reminding her to pull it back up again and now I want to show what it looks like both sides put back so well to show off the dick allah taj will show off their shoulders and from here we can drop those shoulders down and we could put here in here if we wanted teo I definitely love this whole look here and I can also mix up beauty shots by bringing the here all around one side to remember it's not about making big changes it's about making subtle changes I don't want to overshoot this I just want four or five kill it images before I move on and so I want them to be simple lovely and just really beautiful shot could go that absolutely incredible stay there and just because I'm here tuck this elbow and for me now this right side that no one not your shoulders though good girl long chin towards may and down little smith and because she's here on the wall and because we've got it all set up I would just bring her straight to here that's it and I would get here to lean on the wall body away that this hand comes to the outside of the hips are shaping her body it's about having an hourglass it hear about relaxing that hand there now you can begin it make that beautiful okay we've got good here the light's perfect and now I'm going to use the wall so I'm going to shoot that guy now look where I am in relation to here look with my crop is bring your chin around to me to stop okay I'm right against the wall with my body so I am directly in front of her face I want long need lifting up nice and tall for may and bring your chin forward and down stop I'm going to crop this to the top of her here down to the outside of her hips just like this so what you're seeing coming off camera it's exactly what I'm seeing now I'm notice on this image I've slimmed down to match I am shooting on the fifty mil not the city five so just means that there is there is to match so what I'm gonna do is straighten her up a little bit more because their arm was going too far away from the camera and who he'd was too far forward so pull up effective and then just bring your chin down that's a girl now she's in proportion so lips to give up chin this way on up to me half french that come back down that was perfect come back down so see once I start moving her around I'm looking at my camera and I can see where she looks good and I can see we have our my goodness look at that I get lifted up nice and tall long chin towards may this way a little start ok actually what you just did then when your chin was back there that's it relax your mouth lips that certain and should not be a little more stop now just slide towards me ever so slightly that's the one exactly what we did on the first will bring a chain around yeah let's put you here throw so I would do this for a beauty shop more than I would do this ever for a portrait I wouldn't if I was you know doing the different expressions this is really this twisting of the here and stuff like this I don't move the here around a lot when I'm shooting the show are when I'm shooting normal portrait because I just I don't have time to do that I just want to do this to mix up the beauty aspect covered so that's why we're not smiling that's why we're keeping it simple long chin towards may and I've got lots of dark here here going on I really love this so remember chin up to me now with that front shoulder forward just remember beauty shots are about simplicity the beautiful face that soft expression oh my goodness I love this look at this ten up to me now good girl because she keeps blaming chin down it's about being nice and close it's about getting these types of shots ten up to me now now good girl elect your mouth completely down chin up here it is okay shot straight into this lights davia stay there stadia were more I'm coming back in low so good drop away real simplicity pushing the chin always asking for beauty expressions nice and close now if this was a normal portrait shoot I would perhaps even do something more a body more for more smiling but I would change her outfit because she that to me is her beauty shot damn captured easily five shots in the folio on dh there all wow and we're always looking for well shots I don't show my clients sixty five images and let them pick that twenty well shots I showed them twenty wow shots and they buy all of them because I know the difference between that's good and that's wow and when I'm flicking through my images when I started out as a photographer I used to show them sixty five and then they used to just cao cao cao cao and what I used to think was I spend the first hour selling my wig in a negative way I don't like that I don't like that I don't like that if you would have shown me sixty five images I could pick the top twenty five just like that and I can always pick what my client is going to buy and as I got more experienced and more confident with that I realized there was a significant difference between a good shot and a wow shot and if I can I'll go through these stills right now and I'll pull out a good shot and a well shot and I'll show it to you so this is one of my all time favorite beauty poses using the box like this it's probably one of always my go to poses I've chosen to put tiffany in her white dress and I want to play you get these little beautiful dresses that come in but I choose the slip that goes under the dress that comes in so I always want simplicity she does have a very basic knickers here because it matches your eyes only and I've chosen the powder blue polly boards because I like them and I met just her eyes I'm always a go teo on the light blue the white light grey like I said in the black for beauty poses because my favorite just favorite monotone colors that match the skin tone and hear ofthe people so what I do here is the first thing I do and I'm going to film you doing this because I think it's really important that people can see my angle is currently tiffany is in a very relaxed sitting position on washed on her knees and I put a blanket down said that she doesn't have to kneel on the wooden floor and I'm going to get you tiffany to come up and over your shoulder nova york shoulder over your elbows okay so I need to pull back so I'm going to pull back my camera so you can see my full bloom this year's now you can see and my other camera here in relation to where I am to tiffany so my camera level here is really at iran pit line so it is really low that a lot of people are shooting this shot down towards the barks and then getting the top of the box I do shoot this solo but I kind of just re contour body to fit in it so it doesn't look like I'm shooting up to here so I'll show you how I do that so the first thing they do is don't move your face because I've just focused nice and shop on your eyes is to bring your elbows out and your hands like this one on top of the other that tip and you could go winning ring on top so we can show that when you make beautiful the next thing I do know is if if I have somebody who's to v or big busted I get them to pull their boobs back through that space a little bit to give me space that's it so I just call that boobs back now from here I'm going to get a tip your chin forward and towards me and down there it iss I'm just going to take a still there so if I go back to her original shot her original sitting position and then I show you this shot already her body has lifted up its length and she's got a beautiful line through her whole body and now what I want you to do is just do some beauty posing through the hands so from here I always look for asymmetry so let's go this way and see if this works love that and straightaway I like that straight away so I'm going to take the shot so what I'm gonna do is get here to push your chin towards me lips together election mouth tiny little smile and your eyes they're beautiful and just like that I can take something that simple so I can crop this horizontally I can crop this vertically I can crop this square but either way it all works for me this is my all time favorite beauty shot now from here I mix up the arms a little bit I can bring this hands straight up in alberta to the center and I can cut the face here now because tiffany is tall and long I've got to make sure she's got two things right I'm going to make sure she turns a hand away from the camera lets it too far half way stop and then I'm gonna make sure that she's not kuching down so nice fingers to the negative if you put that set and then she can still be long up through her whole body line chin up to me ever so slightly don't move right there that's perfect lips together beautiful good girl it's perfect okay from here I'm gonna straighten who hit up to may I'm going to put those fingertips through around the throat a little bit more and all I'm going to do here is slide this hand across slide slide slide slide stop and as soon as I get to there you can pull back on your crop a little bit and get the bottom of that hand trailing off the box if you like but just that little finger just chicken fingers and they're good girl don't move lips together tiny little smic right there a little bit more in the mouth tip that gave tiffany bring your chin up to may you've gone too low that's it good girl now lips together now and a tiny little bit more smile on the lips you got it now to show off a little bit of body this also looks really good what I want to do is I want to pull us frame over a little wee bit to here and I want tiffany teo stay in this position but walk the whole pose over that's it and what happens is I can now see her booty poking out of this side and I like that because it just trails her body line over and it looks really clean now I'm going to take a still there so really all I'm doing is I'm looking for clean lines I'm looking for beautiful hands so let's look att some different ways we can use their hands around the body let's try under her chin and see if this works now not everybody can do that some people could do this really naturally some people can't tiffany his beautiful hands so I just have to direct them so that they're not front onto the camera let's try both elbows up together and around the throat this way so let's just lower on the throat but open the map that's it not so much bring them together could go long chin up there it is now if you're going to do this I think it works if you're more symmetrical towards may and just pull that little curl out from between your arms justice want now just one little one that's it to come back up to here elbows together now nice and symmetrical here beautiful lifting up tour with the eyes that tried this one really modeling dropped that bottom lip extend your chin for good girl that was a perfect perfect so what we don't want to do with the model face is do what I call fish face okay it's really important that we don't do that blank eyes open mouth so just do that now expression formative when you find just hangs there bottom left chin down a little bit more that's it there that is not beauty face I think what you do here is you say lips together again relax the mouth again it means that the mouth has fallen open too far so if you bring them out together again that's it right there and a tiny smile in the eyes good girl it's beautiful you've got that right there perfect now just one more here what I would do is I can use this line here so I can go elbow down let's bring her hands back down that's it now let's go back where you had them so you were just one over a little bit more and maybe just put one through okay this hand goes flat like ballet hands could go okay now from here slide across so we've got a symmetry and I can see a little bit of body on this side and lift up nice and tall I like everything but the sam has to go under fear that no this one sorry halfway back out that's the one okay let's try that no that looks to submit to court may so let's mix that why don't we try hands together and then elbows after one side so let's see what other way do the other way that good don't move okay this is beautiful tips just spring the hands back to the shoulder now don't turn your face away from me all right almost there I'm just not quite feeling the backhand so we move their hands around until we find a position open up to me this way that's it maybe just put this hand into here and we just keep moving them and just let your fingers go really soft belly fingers no I'm not buying it so I'm not going to shoot it I would rather move her now so this is where if you are directing if you're leaning direction and you feel like you're not getting a pose don't keep shooting it just to look good for your client this is where you stop and say okay keep moving I don't like that like I used that confidence in my direction because I want them to know that I'm in control but maurin importantly I want to make sure I'm actually getting the shot that I want I need you to lift up talks you've gotten too low and I want you to put both hands inside you're here that's it and a little bit more this way uh straighten up to may now put your hands out albert's back together again and I keep moving them around put this forearm in front this one in front of this one other way until I find something I like lifting up nice and tall oh I love that election mouth good girl and I will keep mixing it up and changing it around you can also do this bring this hand down and bring bring some hands up to the face if she's here but remember it's gonna be a hell palm and you can't you can't squash the face down to don't pace the hand to the face it's like cupping the chin and just sitting on the inside flat hand on the front here good girl look att hands now lift up nice and tall and now just cut the face back here but we don't talk on the telephone chin up to may that's it love that now last shot I just want you teo take your hand to the outside of you here I want you to scooch the here and that's sixty here straight not too much here that's too much that's it now straighten your head up to make a left up two or three around so you've got length it's the worm wow that uh that's beautiful good girl right there and I love that that is a beauty shop keep it simple keep it clean give me those smiley beautiful eyes and you know keep it model keep it I always look at shots like that when I trained photographers and I looked them when they get it I look at them and I say that is what every woman comes to me for the quicker I can get people into these prices the more you can do it just it's not realistic if you know it's I can't bean now setting someone up in this position and then you know sell her three of them I need to be about then this really huge shots I want to be out of creative folio and so I learned how to do these things go there right I mean I learned how to do these things as quickly as I can and then I kind of look at them and I think it's a bit of operas it down from the front so when you're standing at my camera do you like that that down okay not there and twist twist and pin twisting pen here is amazing always looked so good to camera trust in pen one more pen cleaves and if I can see the pen I don't get worried about it because I just bought a shop it out I'm or trying to go for speed here than I am for perfection I mean there's a lot of perfectionist out there but I'm just trying to get some really good shots and really quickly so this is my last beauty shot I want it to be dark and film noir I wanted to be really sexy but really like all my other beauty shop simple I want this shoulder teo lean for it I want you to curve here back in in a supermodel pose which is the sloppiest posture but it looks great I want teo don't bring that shoulder forward and I'm going to just tuck that in there and see what I got from the front so one of the hardest things to do is pose and style from this angle stadia white where you are see her face angle there I absolutely love that soon as she looked down naturally I just see that that is just absolutely beautiful to me sounds going take a shot here and then what I'm gonna do is get the camera go up to here and this angle here that I could see when I was doing here here so eyes lower tiff that's great perfect is absolutely beautiful wow amazing stadia girl and so here I am sitting my camera from the front but I'm seeing something bitter from around here oh my goodness I think one of the greatest gifts that you can have is a photographer is that you can still get excited by saying something beautiful and saying an image that you're just creating I still think to myself when I'm doing this that's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen I kind of think haven't you ever taken a shot that gorgeous I get so excited when I get to see that because I kiss after twenty three years I want to be stimulated I wantto want to goto wit and I feel like I feel like this and when I feel like this I don't think there's anything I would rather be doing so I could shoot all day long but when it comes to that final when you just get telling that you just look in and you're just a door and that that's what excites me that's what thrills me love that love that I get to do can we hear and then I just want you to go I cannot tell you now okay I'm going to release a little bit of here and take it back down to their twisted pen toys about twisting pen in terms of here pieces you can go on by them sure but this was tiffany so you don't have to go and buy a hold of the here pieces but if you coach your clients properly and they have things like that they'll bring them in although gun by them and if they can see the results like that if you really coach them well on the phone they're going to be bringing in the stuff and then you can do great stuff like this and take gorgeous portrait that make a difference I could kill him this camera let's try going that way I do that there he's trying different try a couple of different things be a bit nice struggling to sit in such a bad posture put your toe put you tire election mouth long neck lift up okay can you try instead of think this hand here of your book can you just try being that that's perfect don't move no uh take it away and just go take it away take it a night this year to stay there good girl give me some space between your nick and chin it said left up there the one now bring that knee up this higher yeah and bring this elbow forward and then just tuck under here stop ok from there lots of space like through that nick and that's a longer girl moved at move stadia was gonna pull pair I was gonna pull back one more time I'm gonna prime here on prime fifty one point two okay give may tip towards your hand on your chin around to may take that hand away or together but don't move your position is take it away down stop chin up nice and long long long keep going don't turn around this way start lips together good girl came one more staying there it's going to come into here tip this way for me stop that's it and we're right there beautiful nicely done thank you so much those air our beauty shots today so we started off on that white wall we went to the back light we went to the powder blue simplicity beauty keep it simple no jewelry no expressions it's just all about beautiful nous beautiful body lines make sure they find this shoulder make sure they have a beautiful expression and make sure you include this into every one of your shoots and I'm just going to take much because she looks really good looking no smiling just look down reelection mouth tune up to me no chin up there to start for your lips together here it is just top that bottom not just a tickle that's a girl's day I could just keep going but I think we'd better go home

Class Description

Sue Bryce's 28 Days is the all-in-one portrait photography class that teaches you posing, shooting, marketing, selling, and everything else you need to know to run a successful contemporary portrait photography business. 

This series begins with two sessions of intense instruction on business, pricing, and overcoming your fears. Following the kickoff, Sue delivers short sessions exploring 28 different topics essential to any successful portrait photography studio. Sue covers flow posing, connecting with clients, posing and shooting groups, marketing to your key demographic, sales, and more.

In this comprehensive series you'll learn Sue's inspiring approach to styling, posing, marketing, selling and so much more!


1Teaching 2 Photographers in 28 Days
2First 2 Years: The Truth
3Rate Your Business
4Year One in Business
128 Challenges
3Price & Value
4Checklist, Challenges, and Next Steps
1Day 1: The Natural Light Studio
1Day 2: Mapping Your Set and Outfits
1Day 3: One Composition - Five Poses
1Day 4: Flow Posing
1Day 5: Posing Couples
1Day 6: Capturing Beautiful Connection & Expression
1Day 7: The Rules - Chin, Shoulders, Hands
1First Weekly Q&A Session
2Day 8: Rules - Hourglass, Body Language, Asymmetry, Connection
1Day 9: Styling & Wardrobe
1Day 10: Shooting Curves
1Day 11: Posing & Shooting - Groups of 2, 3, and 4
1Day 12: Posing & Shooting Families
1Day 13: Products & Price List
1Day 14: Marketing & Shooting the Before & After
1Day 15: Phone Coaching & Scripting
1Second Weekly Q&A Session
2Day 16: Posing Young Teens
1Day 17: Marketing & Shooting - Family First Demographic
1Day 18: The Corporate Headshot
1Day 19: Glamour Shoot on Location & Shooting with Flare
2Photoshop Video: Glamour Shoot on Location & Shooting with Flare
1Day 20: Photoshop - Warping & the Two Minute Rule
1Day 21: Posing Mothers & Daughters
1Third Weekly Q&A Session
2Day 22: Marketing & Shooting - 50 & Fabulous Demographic
1Day 23: Shooting into the Backlight
2Bonus: Shooting into the Backlight
1Day 24: Marketing & Shooting - Girl Power Demographic (18-30s)
2Photoshop Video: Girl Power Demographic (18-30s)
1Day 25: The Beauty Shot
2Bonus: Vintage Backdrop
1Day 26: Marketing & Shooting - Independent Women Demographic
1Day 27: Sales & Production
1Day 28: Posing Men
1Bonus: Pricing
3Photography, Style, Brand, and Price Part 1
4Photography, Style, Brand, and Price Part 2
5Marketing Part 1
6Marketing Part 2
7Money: What's Blocking You?
8Bonus: The Folio Shoot
1Photo Critiques Images 1 through 10
2Photo Critiques Images 11 through 27
3Photo Critiques Images 28 through 45
4Photo Critiques Images 47 through 67
5Photo Critiques Images 68 through 84
6Photo Critiques Images 85 through 105
7Photo Critiques Images 106 through 130
8Photo Critiques Images 131 through 141
9Photo Critiques Images 142 through 167
10Photo Critiques Images 168 through 197
11Photo Critiques Images 198 through 216
1Identify Your Challenges
2Identify Your Strengths
3Getting Started Q&A
4Rate Your Business
5Marketing Vs Pricing
6Facing Fear
7The 28 Day Study Group
8Selling Points
9Interview with Susan Stripling
10Emotional Honesty
1Sue's Evolution
228 Days Review
3Student Pitches
428 Days Testimonial: Mapuana Reed
5How to Pitch: Starting a Conversation
6Your Block: Seeing is What You're Being
7Your Block: Valuing and Receiving
8Building Confidence: Your Own Stories
9Building Confidence: Your Self Worth
10Pitching An Experience
11Pitching An Experience: Your Intentions
12Pitching An Experience: Social Media
13Final Thoughts