28 Days of Portrait Photography


28 Days of Portrait Photography


Lesson Info

Photo Critiques Images 142 through 167

all right chin is working shoulder is connected all of that works for may absolutely loving thee here blowing the flower in the here works everything about this is beautiful except with that hand that's coming across the front if that hand had been pulled back I would've loved the shot watch the pressure you're putting on elbows as soon as we push out our bows back we league of aim the top of the arm if that comes forward and the beck arm swings down we get lots more shape everything else about this works for me so just watching those arms always flattering those arms and pulling those elbows back but not so far back that this squishing arms all right um you know what this is a really classic pose and it's a very hard pose to make me believe but I believe the pose I just don't like the fact that it's out and you know in front of a gate so head this being done just shot straight into the light or into a white neck couldn't straight into the light I would have absolutely loved it it's re...

ally hit hard to get hands relaxed like that remember this is the bottom of the college taj I call it touching the bottom of the brown it's very common in my posing manual in in my twenty eight days but it's not something that many people use so when I see it I know that they've studied my work or they've got my posing cards because this is a really strong place to put the hand placement it's not a hand on the belly it's at the bottom of the bris line so big props for their hands in this image or outstanding I just don't like we have shot into that gateway you could've shot straight into the green and you would have done better also just watched that your highlights out too high this is very high key and blowing out we just needed to bring you recovery down bring your exposure down just a little wee bit all right chin shoulder hands alright so interestingly enough we've got such a strong direction like we've got a big shadow coming up through here so we need a stronger reflector in a flood of light I can only see one catch like to the side with my reflectors I put in a catch like on the side because it's coming in nice and close there is no connection between the chin and shoulder but fundamentally it's quite it's quite a good portrait because it really connects the subject to the eyes just watch that backhand going straight up like that it's confusing as to where the arm start somewhere finishes but good touching to the throat is opposed to the side of the face I like the earrings a little bit more connection through the chin and shoulder would have made it really beautiful really really beautiful all right this woman here is too close to that brick wall and I'd like to see a little bit more like pumped in here I can see that backhand up I'm neither here nor there on the backhand the styling for this is really good she's obviously kirby and she's got it going on I would have tried to shoot this a little bit more horizontally if I could I see what you're doing here just be aware that the brick and a diagonal like that really distracting if you'd shut this woman on a plain background I think I would have liked it a lot more just watch that you're not making too much focus on your background that's really drawing away from here you know when that hand leads offense cropped off at that that doesn't bother me too much but this shot potentially looks a lot better when it's back in aa horizontal frame so just be careful that it sits where it's meant to and just watch your brick doesn't go on the diagonal which means you need to tip your camera a little bit to the right so you're not so pulled away her eyes have a really strong focus which is important I would love to see this before and after I would have loved to have seen it before and after okay I love the shot there's so much about the shot that is absolutely beautiful and I definitely love this pose the look away it's very mod lee I would have loved to have seen a connected image this bothers me the most if you had control of this image I would have liked you to straighten out this little bit of fabric a little bit more so it wasn't so much up into her face this one doesn't bother me at all but I just like to see this one a little bit tighter also just watching your post processing when you go through your recovery to take your highlights back so you take a little bit of burn off you can actually jump in your darkness and contrast a little bit more in your blacks will go blacker which means her eyes will pop through there I love shooting through meeting it does look bridal though instead of beauty so another thing you might want to try is putting the meeting over the leans as opposed to putting it over the client but you know this image works it's not perfect but it's cute would my client by it I think they might I would love to see the contents of a tire folio and see what else she did with her because she's a very beautiful girl but in terms of the poet he used I like it just may be that folding the fabric is a little bit too dominant we've been talking about it all day really really important we've got a chin shoulder and across down a case of this arm's working we've created a diamond you've got this chin working towards the shoulder and then she's holding a cross like this so not opposed typically that would use for glamour because it's a little bit too you know hand over the belly it just doesn't really work she could have been a million different ways his hands down she could have used the side to side you could've used that flare of this good you could have set it down you could have blamed her against the wall but I just feel like that that hand across is a little bit too protective you've got good connection the isar outstanding it's nice and sharp and everything works just play a little bit more with the body language of arms around the body I'm noticing this a lot I'm seeing a lot of images today that just have too many misplace hands and arms but it seems like everybody's getting body which is much better okay good little smile she's got good connection I love this hand you've created a good triangle and then you tuck that league right up in there so it looks really tiny like a little skinny leg and it's just not extended if you wanted to be in cover girl that needs us has to come out their elbow sorry that he'll just seemed to come out so that there's another triangle up under her leg if she'd had a double triangle and just turn that front hand down you would have really nailed that also what actually arm is straight up and down if it's pulled back in the hands on the thigh and pulled back to here then we get more boob and less back instead of more back and less boob which is really really important otherwise everything else works in there it's cute if you're going to bring the knees up just make sure you shooting nice and low when you were shooting lean bodies shoot low so shoot lower than the eye line their bodies can take it and they look more fashion than mohr down shooting portrait this girl's got a lean body if you drop down who league would have wakened up a little bit more so she doesn't look so tact in and she would have looked you know a lot more space around it and looked a lot more fashion than it does okay you're outside it's too high key I don't know whether this is my computer or not but you could have dropped this right back because it's really blown out to me but other than that here make up and styling you've done it perfectly you've created a chin a shoulder the hands of relaxed ok you've got hourglass her chin is working the shoulder so it's got body language this asymmetry in this image because she's going down on the diagonal you've got good focus good expression it's a good solid composition photoshopped looks okay except for the blowout so this is where you're falling down here you've lost your skin tone it's being pushed too far I don't know whether it's your computer on my computer but fundamentally everything you've got right is solid well then all right this is a really great example I love this image because it really shows you've lollypop here okay so you've got a lane body and here he'd looks too big so when you've got a small body like this you need to bring her arm forward she needs to be thickened up all of the rose for curves goes out the window for this body type this is the only time you bring her body forward the only time you bring her hand to the outside of her body in the only time you tuned her body fled to the camera because when you look at this image you've executed everything beautifully her little smile is cute her expression is good the here and make up is one of the best I've seen today but who here has predicted forward and her chin has predicted ford which is a good thing but because she's so lane and you've shot up high like I can see you're almost above her eye line nobody this then should be photographed on the airline she could be photographed on her boob line so jean come in here and I'll explain to you what that is if jim is here and I'm shooting on her eye line which is here this is shot here I can tell because she's looking up slightly and what's happened is when the chin pushes forward and the body's pushed back just like that it looks to lane and the camera but if I was going to shoot someone of jean's body size I would shoot it down here and push your chin forward and down to me so I've got perfect chin definition and that would be my eye line there okay so that's right on her boob line now I talk about my lines all the time in twenty eight days every time you see a chute I'm like look where my line is look where my line is classic example of lally popping trying to it thank you nobody wants a lolly pop here again classic elbows back which gives me definition in the hourglass this is what it's all about it's nice close crop word and number three I'll put the one to five on my block tomorrow so that you've got the one two three four five and then you can see the difference in the competitions it's good asymmetry great connection little smile I would have liked to have seen better here it looks of expressly and it looks a bit on dumb but other than that just what your colors your background as a quack or took wise and your top is red and your jack it is purple blow so you've got a quick purple red and blue and it's really taking me away from her face beauty images about simplicity on dh really the simplicity should be that we're connecting to her eyes in connecting to her face the such a fine line between making this image work it's part of twenty eight days but in twenty eight days the mama's sitting at a four five degree angle to the camera she's not front on to the camera so frampton to the camera doesn't do many people any favors in a sitting position tune her side on and bring the daughter's body around because they do have full arms these girls it's border lining on being a little bit of a straitjacket pose okay I don't want it to look like the arms or overcrowding but you know I love the connection and how beautiful they are together I like the connection you've got on their faces and heads together I like that the daughter's faces ford and that it's sitting forward but it needs to be in a forty five degree angle so you can bring the daughter's body in so she's not just a floating head and you can push mom's body back but in terms of what you've connected with them outstanding and I don't know whether your choice of image wass to give me the beautiful smiling fan shot but those hands a very overcrowding I know you wouldn't have taken a whole lot of shots out there but it is something I teach to do the forty five but I teach at the forty five tune them around if mom's on a bar stool like this jin coming here so if mom's on a bass door and the daughters behind remember the whole point would be that we're here at a forty five that my body is in the frame now we always put the curvy a girl on the back because here body blocks my body right and so then I can put my arms around here or I can connect here or I can connect here or we can cold hands here but we're connected and I'm here but my body is half behind here but if I'm here like this than I am that floating here again and that looks like I've got her in a headlock so just bringing out round to a forty five would be great ok they will not sharpe and b we cropped too close on this more arm and there then there is we've got no here line when you removed the here line you take away the here or together and you get this sort of idea of baldness so unfortunately this a little bit too close I like that I like the connection I like that she's smiling at you through the eyes with a little smile in the mouth but I just want you to pull back a little weak but more there's a very classic shot on my block I am off a girl very pink tones beauty shop blond hair pulled back in a bun and it's very close but it's it's not this close you can see the top of hear hear line and never ever ever would I crop out the bottom of the chin so this one's just a little too close for me had you shot this close up but in the horizontal where I could see the top of here here lying on the bottom have kitchen and maybe just the ghost of his shoulder I would have loved it because expression is there but you're gonna have to give me a sharper focus in this this is not out of focus it's got movement which means your shutter speed was too slow okay so just watch that because it's ruined the shot nets pulled it down okay here we are again classic um cover girl shot we've seen this a few times today the thumbs are coming in too too far in and they were not trimming the waste enough so remember we want to bring their waste in from out here from out here we want to bring it into here okay so there's a suit and pinching that you can do but we don't want to bring it into here where it just sums just sit up half way that do nothing because it just looks like look this is me trying toe put my thumbs into my tummy okay so it's not out here it's here okay and it's not in here like this it's about the cover girl pinching in taking the booty out getting lots of shape dropping this shoulder pushing the chin ford here but not pushing the boobs out so just watch those thumbs because he's sticking right up in the interfering with that shot and they're pulling it down okay very very important I love the shot okay shoulder chin connection expression you could have pulled back three inches on the bottom and you wouldn't I've inhaled a shot it's a little bit scene too heared floating here okay I love the hat you've crept just enough of it but if you've given me just two inches down here you would have been perfectly balanced because at the moment it's sitting and just at two middle crop and they heared she's sitting in the halfway zone instead of in the upper food but beautifully executed I mean this is the shot everybody buys its the beautiful daughter grandma bisys dead buys this absolutely perfect well done just give me a little bit more on the bottom crop the double hand again watch those double handers and she's making a butterfly okay I remember hands are so expressive and they'll take over the jazz hands they'll do whatever they want to do you've got a good expression in there you've got a beautiful smile head her hands being straight down and you would have just shown me that beer shoulder I would've loved the shot what's your contrast you've shot here in the shade you've got your highlights on the background they've jumped up there making you look like you're not a professional professional doesn't shoot flat like to the face and high contrast light at the back okay so what's your background put your hands down beautiful connection little smile cropped very tight to the top of the eyebrows give me one more inch and the forehead and I would have believed that so lifting up just a little higher this acute shot this works for may I mean you know at the end of the day she's cute I love your glasses it's not great here styling but they're too right not everyone has great here I like how that hands touching the back of the hand is very dominant on the left hand that goes across to his shoulder you can fix it if I bring it and around the arm a little bit more so jin coming here I will show you this it's really really important if you put this hand here and just touch your arm and then this hand comes out let you marry her pose the idea really is that you pushed through a little bit more with this arm so that it hugs the outside of the shoulder a little bit more then you're not getting two things you're not getting the back of the hand and you're not getting and you're pushing the oboe and why which gives you more waste and more taper anyway so just remember we're always hugging so when this hands down and it's like this we had the upper body we don't have the belly unless we're pregnant we have the upper body we had the arms but were always hugging ourselves if their hands are here then we're seeing a lot of the back of the hand we're always trying to bring those albums across and really hug that line and make it really beautiful making kick the beauty back which brings the albums for a little bit more so that they're not predicted forward really big different sink you beautiful shot gorgeous absolutely love it amazing connection he looks cured he strong I love the shadow on his face the highlight might be a bit bright but again you could have fixed it on your computer I love how low you shot this it's an absolutely perfect asymmetrical crop for a boy love his suit winning outstanding I love this image glamour is so much more than twenty four year olds you know this is absolutely beautiful and I love it I love how she's working her shoulder but it looks like it's meant to happen she's divine what a beautiful shark congratulations to the author of this image it could be entered in an award she is absolutely beautiful I hope you got one that's pulled back a little bit more I feel like because of her age this crop is very fashion if you'd pulled back a few more inches you would have put it in the traditional I love how she has that ring on her finger and truly an exquisite woman and one that I would be very proud to have in my folio this that makes my heart warm you have no idea okay the chlor that dreaded chlor but so close this image to me embody so much he has the perfect relax mouth I love this movement you've just kicked back in the hip I love that your hands just coming forward the background is very strong but it seemed to work but then she's just got that little pinch here and if she just softened to ballet hands if she just ran a hand down a dick alitalia down a bris line to here or just shake that bris line it would be perfect but beautifully executed expression beautifully executed shoulder back line hand in hip line well done only the hand is pulling that down good lean back beautiful shoulder working the chin you've really used to hear well the hands could have been a little bitter but I love how she's turned away on the wall so many people are tuning way free styling but you've tuned her away on the wall this is a beautiful image teen out of ten I just I absolutely love you've totally now this girl's face her expression cute little smile you know there is a big shadow on her right hand side but you really are focused on that right eye and just watch these these little armpit lines they really should go nobody ever likes them everybody complains about them but beautifully executed image good connection good look back and good body shaping with hips pushing forward leaning back which is such a refreshing change well done again you guys in nailing the shot which is great the elbows and shoulders aligned up you've got the hand around the neck not the face you know it's a good here and make up strong colored top I mean this is a good portrait this is a good contemporary glamor portrait it's what people come into my studio for us that's great oh this is a good one this is a good one because it's a good mistake okay because their arms going nowhere and her expressions going nowhere okay so I want to do two things to this image I either want to just change her straight away to her holding your elbows so that her shoulder comes forward what I want to just drop this hand down so too often weak with their hands up on our hips here we've got a big elbow dominating towards the camera when we could just be touching with the bottom of the back of their hand sliding down the bomb which drops the hand in a bad position that's still in the diamond but not out here like this and secondly she could have been turned away from the camera more so that she's looking back but what I don't believe is the way she's looking at you I just feel like she's caught in the headlights a case is she's looking back she's got a big wide look her mouth is open but it's not smiling so I want to see either the mouth close or I want to see a big smile but I want to see those eyes relaxed I also feel like it's very body dominant so I would've either crop this higher and maybe that would have saved so much of the mastered shoot crop this higher and no nick wrinkles pushing the nick ford always driving the chin towards the outside of the shoulder and just watch that the face doesn't get too white because it's very pasty in it looks like it's been hit with too much highlight more than its light in color you know this works for many reasons it works in the sense that you have nailed the pose you've got a very young outfit in a very young po's on an older woman which works because she's got a rocking body and clearly this is who she is that lipstick is very pink but again if that was her choice personal choice I can't fault that this league's got a big highlight on it which is very distracting you khun drop down your highlights on the body like this but I'm mohr I think she just needs a little bit more retouching to the face she needs more mohr reflected like to the face I can see a reflector in there but I just feel like you know around who knows highlights everything it too hard and just watch the retouching on the face I can see smoothing again when I want to see softer retouching I just feel like her face looked a little hard and I just like to bring it back in the right places because of the shadows not because of the makeup but because of the shadows this is beautiful exactly the same we've been doing this a lot just one little tip when you're doing elbows back it's watch that the hands you're not capturing them out there so the easiest way to pose elbows back is to put your hand out like this and then bring your elbows in one of your albums come in then you drop your hands down okay but just be a little bit careful if they're still flailing out like that maybe you could have placed one out on one end or maybe you could just drop them both down and keep the albums back you've got you really nailed the hourglass you've got good expression I like thee here just for styling purposes she is very insipid so she's got no lip color on it all so she's very gray and beige and cream and beige the whole image and who he is beautiful but I would have either put a little bit of pink in your cheeks made her eyes blue or put a little bit of pink and her lips but I tend to look more at her belt then her face and her face should be the most important part of this image because here is a big shadow on her left side which means you need to get that reflector closer remain but you can get the reflector right up in their grill and you could be right on the edge of that reflector you gotta do what you gotta do to bounce it light in I don't care if somebody has to sit on the floor in front of them and bound to reflect her out from underneath them I have shot a client with the reflector leaning on their thighs pushed against my thighs holding the camera on my own and then holding a here dreyer going on and I'm balancing reflect just gonna eat this and my clients go or trying to look like a supermodel but it wicks because I got to do what I gotta do to get that light in there okay this is classic example of your standing teo lean how to do cover girl and you're starting to get movement but you've just shot this out on the balcony which is cool if this is about you learning posing fine drop those shoulders down lift up nice and tall bringing a reflector watch those highlights and shoot a little bit lower so you're not shooting down on people but all I see here is shoulders up and you could have shot us on a plain background why did you shoot in the back yard you know this is one of those instances with the leading arm really works and what I like about the leading arm is it works because you can see through the schizo I'm lead straight down too league's which look quite sexy it's it's a beautiful this a beautiful shot I would have retouched it better in the finnish myself I feel like that arm looks a bit thick at the top but the truth is is it's a cute shop I didn't need that right hand up there it all she still talking on the phone and little wee bit but what I love about it is she's got great connection that hand is just in the frame so it's not cropped out it's beautifully done it's very soft if you had given me a little bit more space pull back just a little bit more you would have had room to warp in this arm a little bit and make that not so strong they feel like it's getting quite chunky here and if you slam that down a bit you would stop looking down that I'm lying and you start looking at your face but other than that it's all good chin shoulder hands let's go through it out chin is pushing forward one of the hardest things about lying down shots is that the chin can get tacked down this way and it's really important that you bring their chin back to the camera so this is being done really beautifully so chin back this way the shoulder is a perfect line hands a gorgeous expression connection asymmetry in the image beautifully done in well shot into the back light I mean well exposed well shot love it

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