28 Days of Portrait Photography


28 Days of Portrait Photography


Lesson Info

Photo Critiques Images 168 through 197

okay we got a floating elbow again I love her expression I love her expression we've got a diamond there there could be a lot more movement in her body I'm not quite buying the hand but I'm okay with it I struggle with this image because I want so much for their hand to look real and I don't believe it so I would have loved this image had her hands to spain straight down and she was kicking her booty back I want you guys to start coming back to simplicity simplicity is we're its head and it's just something that just makes everything look so good don't try so hard to create diamonds if they're not working make them simple just dropped them down and I want you every time you shooting to try at least twenty hand positions before you change the pose or at least five remember so remember on twenty eight days these five poses one composition five poses and then you start moving your hands around before you change out other than that his shoulders not working to her chin but if face is absol...

utely exquisite it does look very soft up close like its head a bit of a quasi and blew your honor or too much portraiture applied so button back on the porch too a little bit if that's what you're using and just try and give me hands down simplify you know maybe there's other shots in the sequence that I've been out at the end of the day I'm gonna hand on the belly in the front which leads me straight down the belly line and I've got no chin to the front of the shoulder okay so I'm not connected what I do love about it is the background choice of love that you went straight into those oh woods but if you're going to shoot it take this hand from here to here because that hand is dominating and it's stealing and it's also taking away from her waistline and I want her chin to come around just a little bit more and connect okay this is one of those instances where a hand is gratuitous but it kind of works because she's got a good soft hand she's got a nice soft expression and it works well I think you could have pumped up the contrast a little bit more major dax a little bit darker and you know this is quite a simple portrait for may it works it would work in a sequence I don't know that it's a wow shot but you know that's not something I can actually complain about it's got some really good simplicity so yeah I kind of like it unfortunately these hands that are coming out I'm seeing them all so much so just be careful that if you're showing too much of the back of the hand you can tune it around to hear something that I don't see used enough is this sideways hand on the shoulder and sometimes I think that with the here it could be here and it could be moved around a little bit so you can try a little bit of movement with the hand and sometimes this really works to just have the floating hand here or even have the hand into here so that can work so just try a few different hand movements but otherwise it's a good portrait miss lisa asked when posing short curvy girls who don't have long limbs what do you do with the arms I'm finding that short curvy girls are finding it really hard to hug elbows or moves arms around the body but they can have the abbas under their boobs like that because it's a really lengthening shot then they can drop their chin down so look at my kids twenty eight days curves for that because pulling the boobs in pulling the albums back in putting the elbows out with space or work incredibly well this don't bring hands out to the face very really what I bring a hand up you know just like this when it's crop to the side but this beautiful because this is a beautiful soft hand although do I need that hand there you know look at this dress and look at this expression this has been nailed on every level she's got a good tape on her waist and it's a perfect cropped from the top of the heap to the belly button just watch that that hand is there for a reason headed being tuned sideways I'd give that a perfect but that front on is just very strong because when I looked at and I blew my eyes a really good way to see where you were lied to and and images to look at it and blew your eyes and see where you're drawn to and I am really drawn to that hand so if I'd taken that out I'd love it you know this is your standard lying down ottoman shot it's a classic shot itself all of my clients it's not as easy to do as you think because if it was everybody would do it better I've got an entire section dedicated to the ottoman you know and all of my teaching because it is my biggest selling shop this is really well done and well executed and well executed and I love it good good expression good shoulder again good expression good shoulder good hands I mean that's really beautifully done you know you can really bring hands up like that when you've got a long lane client like this you can see the link ethan here album so I can tell how tall and lean she is she's got beautiful here and this just really work so a beautifully executed image definitely a very beautiful girl she could have had a little bit more of a relaxed mouth but it's a good shot and it's good I like the hands up and but you know where the body is harder tears I may have pulled back and just shot here sitting on your knees on the bed I would have just maybe got a little bit more in there but I would have liked to have seen her face closer with a really relax mouth or just a little bit further away but I mean she's a gorgeous girl on it it's a good shot of her I actually really love this all right so we've got a good shoulder we got a good chin I love this connection very straight look in her face but just enough to be fashion incredibly beautifully styled I like the rep I like the backlight I like how this works this is going to be a great folio shot a beautiful vouchers shot it's gorgeous well down this is a good shot it works because she's cute and it works because she's got a cute body but that hand is misplaced but it's okay because it kind of works it could have been a little bit lower but it didn't have to be moving at all but I do like that it's pulled back I do like that she's against the wall not just freestyling I like her expression I love the way this is spain style so I just feel like their hands just pops straight up there so maybe it was dropped down it would be better but again good shot cute all right so this doesn't work for two reasons one of them is she's a floating here in the center of the image and two is because the elbow is going nowhere and it doesn't belong anywhere you don't see where it comes from so you know what is it it just doesn't look right but she's got a good expression and she's got a good face if you drop that hand down I would have believed that more I like them what you've got going on with their styling and her eyes all good connection but just misplaced with that arm that's just floating out of nowhere so you've done a really good job of starling here but I just don't believe those elbows up to be really careful with those elbows up this is a good shot it's a little bit tio retouching software around the face because I can see stuff too much I would like it to be a little bit sharper but I don't know if it's my place or not I'm loving the color choice to shoot that yellow mastered straight into the line the flowers look good I mean there's a lot of being a lot of flowers today but then I shoot with a lot of flowers and I do a lot of flour shooting I do a lot of back light shooting let's always good with the flowers I'm not worried by that you know I think it looks really really good hot spot under arms a little bit distracting on the screen so maybe take it down but that's good I may be crop that a little lower on to the heat and show a little bit more bustline and is she leaning forward or she lying down because if she's leaning forward I just wanted to be a little bit more upright pushing hitchen ford in town it's an interesting crop choice this one you could have gone wider on your horizontal or gone to vertical but you've absolutely now the shot her chin is forward it's beautifully styled cropped the top of the heat it could have gone a little bit lower so you could be shown me her bus line but she's a beautiful girl she's been well shot she's been well made over and I love her efficient to the camera so that's a great job all right so this is not retouched and how I would re touch I think here I makeup is very dark but that's okay that could be her personal choice the blusher is very strong and it hasn't been retouched under the eyes which I don't like but just be careful touching with face so I think this is probably being call of the day is about the face touching is pulling the hand down so it's not so high it's not talking on the phone I want to see more body language and left less placed hands it's like a glamour shot off somebody's bike but that's okay it's this interesting choice to put in for my critique um I like where you're going with it mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm maybe she came in for glamour shoot and said I love my bike I'm assuming it's a bite but you know what she's got so many incredible colors and there I would pump that up put a lot of contrast on there take off that shadow under her eye really illuminate that beautiful like she's gorgeous girl on those titties are amazing pump up that people in the background and make it a really vibrant pop art shop okay this is good but this is shot down again shooting down a lean body is completely unnecessary I don't know what their black line is behind here but if you'd come down lower and shot up you would have absolutely now the shot it's good styling it's a good ford shoulder good connection back she does look a little bit down in the mouth she could come off a little bit more in her expression but that's a pretty solid look back strong shot you know I like that that's a classic team or senior here he looks good you've got movement and her body her elbows pull back this definition in the hourglass she's connected to the front you've got good hands nice and relaxed asymmetry she is a little bit too far to the right you could have bought it back into frame but that's a pretty standard good solid shot from there all right a before and after the first thing I see in this image sadly is that big tear drop shadow that comes down from the right I makes it look like a mess garris ran because this is a beautiful shot infection nailed the backline put that hand down doesn't need to be there again too many hands up over the here with just normal expressions instead if you're going to do the hands up over the here you've got to do that real supermodel expression that one that looks like they own their hands up over the head otherwise pull them down that would have been just a beautiful shot with their hands down and more importantly I would have really connected with her incredible eyes because they're bright yellow and just watch that your before shot not too happy because she looks like she's having a great time in here before shot and then not a good time in her fashion shot but if she was just smiling so there nervously and like look at me getting my makeup done and then really working it then you would have absolutely rocked that before and after so this is your classic model line where the chin goes higher and there's no connection to the shoulder because you don't have tio very really and all the years I've been shooting do I get a body line like this the difference being is because you've post here like a model and because you've shot it with flesh light instead of natural light it looks like a catalog not like a portrait or beauty portrait because the focus is on her body to me this looks like she's advertising address not a beautiful shot of his face although in terms of there being a beautiful girl without doubt you've kept it a beautiful girl but this is classic what I see I see a beautiful shop that to me looks like a catalog or affection shot that to me is not a beauty shot a beauty shutters when you can't stop looking at her face I would have loved to have seen this in a more natural light that's not in a filled light and I love the movement that you got in the blowing of her here but I just feel like it's just a little bit to catalogue for me maybe it's the flesh that's doing it and maybe you could play around with some color filters and take them into the blues and pinks and see if you can make it look a little bit more portrait in that way but I feel like you've taken a beautiful photo of a great dress on a hot body and see that to me it's more of an expression to the face I love the shoulder I love how it's working I love the connection and the dress you've got a good elbow pull back she's got definition this is a beautiful shot this is a very well executed executed moving shot you know how hard it is to move one of the most important things you do when you start swinging dresses people swing their elbows out all of the time so it's really nice to see a moving shot which she's gotta go good here blowing and she's got elbows in with address out this really works for may we haven't seen a lot of dancing shots today we haven't seen a lot of moving and this is being executed beautifully interesting choice to go square I would have kept it horizontal but that's okay I'm assuming it was shot horizontally you've got a good forty five connection al bo's forward slims out the arms when the elbows go she's got a good egg type expression and that's your really typical standard lifestyle portrait shot and it works for here so I like it I wouldn't change anything about it other than the crop okay really classic example you've done a beautiful job of lining up their hands you've done a beautiful job off getting her close to here you've done a beautiful job of sitting them out nice and tall so they showed us their over the elbows but they both looked terrified of you they look like they're gonna burst into tears both of them need to come out with their chins and then together so that they're not like this and both of them look like the kind of consumed so I can love this but the expression it's very hard on the face in terms of flesh like you didn't need to crop it so tight to the reed here top of the here if you just got a little bit more expression there I would have I really liked it be careful with your backdrop it's very dating I think it's going to be it's very boudoir I don't know that it's very glamour I feel like it puts you more in the eighties care degree then it puts you in the two thousand thirteen so just watch that one and just square up the face is a little bit more in a little bit bitter expression but everything else was executed really tightly in this image if I was to look at this image I'll be really honest and say I feel like I'm looking at an old school photographer because I feel like it's old school executed with old school mistakes ruby had a question with regarding to skin tones how important is it to you to get really true skin tones oh I didn't get a true skin turn it all off my skin times of cold I prefer cold skin tones I always go away from ridin into science looks more fashion but as far as other people that maybe choose the opposite aesthetic skin tones to you are it's not it's not the most important thing as faras knock yourself out thank you my choice was his oi spain to goto coco tens I don't know if you remember shooting in the early nineties but when we were still shooting film we were shooting a lot of e six cross process so we were shooting training film cross process in the c forty one processor which gave us this incredibly blown out white skin sai intent magenta tint through all of their images what it did give us was that cold look which was very fashion also blow out in the in the dark so badly and looked really muddy but in the high key in the highlight it was outstanding although it is very dating looking so what I love about their cross process was we were always shooting towards science so as soon as we mean to digital I was always had this propensity to go toward science when I was photoshopping I still do it takes the red out of images which makes it stop looking like normal photography to me any way I can describe it is quite with makes it colder which makes it look more fashion and edgy very really what I cover a model's face on dh shooting it I I this kind of wigs it kind of works that kind of dozens in the context of a folio the feathers actually kind of looks like her eyebrow and here which is a little bit comte fusing with sixty really beautiful shark I would have actually loved it if it was cropped a little lower and with more hand because it's a beautiful mouth and eyes I'm so this works for me but it's just cropped a little high on the faith like I feel like if you just shave the top off it and showing me a little bit more hand than I would have made that work okay cute shot young girl you know but she looks pissed off so she looks like a typical pissed off teenager and remember when they're young and they're just getting boobs you could've pushed to flat against the wall she didn't have to be pushed forward she does look super young so if your hips will push back to the war it would be a little bit more age appropriate and just a little bit more of a smile would have just made this a really cute porter that's well done beautifully executed nice and sharp she's got a chin for such a beautiful mouth but I would just like to have seen a little bit more connection to the front in a little bit more expression on her face all right so this is a classic example of mom's dominating upin the shot instead of the daughter being higher so mom should have been sitting in a tear daughter should have been standing they shouldn't have both been sitting if they are sitting I don't know maybe they're both standing if the man was sitting she should have been slightly lower let's get this right because none of the posing twos have been working out today so I want to see a couple of things let have a look at this nicky you jump in the chair and you go behind her jean okay so this is what would've worked here see jean instantly is two inches higher than nikki so straight away this is where we want to pay we want to stay get outpost and the reason we want to do that is because on this image mom looks bigger than the daughter who's standing behind here and it doesn't work to be bigger than the person that you're standing behind because state bactine because mom's down here like this the daughter's down here behind here and month dominating the image where she should be dominating the image to slightly here I mean you can have them almost equal there and their tune straight back to the camera but just not that lower crop so what's happening is you're drawn down the mums frame and not together but if she's slightly taller than here then ifs who hand goes back to here and they connect there she leans forward and then they bring me a chance to the front of the camera there then see you can connect their body language by tipping her he had back this way beautiful big smile ladies and there it is so right there just like that we're connecting them also mama's tuned side on so she's tuned side onto the camera this way and I'd rather see her slightly open forty five degrees and have her body coming around then that would have been perfect thank you knighting clarification question from frances marie would you always suggest the daughter stand or is it just a matter of size of the person the bigger the figure the larger person stands behind I do I often stand the larger person behind what happens if they both large stand them up okay don't sit them down because of these two large people the one thing you don't do about curves as soon as you sit down and everything folds in here who wants that shot nobody wants that shot to stand them up took them on the back foot together and do the beautiful heart shaped shop together and you can do it in two or three different looks and outfits that will make a significant difference to how you shooting and selling so it's not an age thing at all it's a size yes son age things besides you always want to slim down so it just doesn't work these woman are obviously slim they've got no connection to their hands mum looks like she's here daughter's holding on to a four arms for grim life neither of them are connected to the front shoulder and neither of them are connected to each other but what you've done is styled and beautifully the daughter looks significantly smaller than the mother so if she wants she should have been in front and it should have been at the forty five but it's a beautiful too beautiful ladies with beautiful here I just want to see them connected with their face and their expression more okay so if somebody is you know sending in an image from twenty years ago this is what I'd say this is so at the end of the day it's gordian blew its soft focus it's an old fishing outfit here stalin story and I mean it just you know it doesn't work if it worked it worked it worked in nineteen ninety all right really good before shot let's look at the after shot this shot works for two reasons not because it's a good pose because it's not and not because it's a good expression could well sorry it is a good expression but not there's no connection or body language in this image it works because she's pretty and she slim okay same with this one you flattened her down onto her boobs she's pretty and she slim but neither of these images are winning in body language pose composition they all shot too high now that tells me that it's a good shot because she is pretty and that's winning but if you had a curvy girl that wasn't as pretty in there then this pose is not gonna work from you there's no shoulder there's no connection this elbow is predicting forward and she's flat on her boobs so I really want you to just push the elbow right back lift up nice and tall I want to see some shoulder working because none of this shoulder is working or body language is working towards the camera her chin is down to her shoulder but who child and she's looking back at the camera but his shoulder is not back up to her chin so she should be up here straighten your head up and bring your shoulder around and connected this way too simple movement and you would have absolutely nailed that you also shooting down onto this girl makes you cum down lower and get her to lift up nice and tall and bringing their children working that shoulder across all right this here is should you do do do do do too much back not enough boob but you would have heard that all day I definitely like that you've got the elbow going down onto the league but I need you to open up this pose just a little weak but more so nicky come on in and bring in the apple box there with you okay this is a really classic pose and I really want you to get this right I perhaps wouldn't have done this post with this girl in a tope shirt because it's very full full and bill away this is oppose I generally generally reserve form or fashion cordially it's called fashion quarterly because that post does nothing for her body it does it's a very open billowy shirt so it makes her arm looked large so let's have a look at this post if she was wearing a tight outfit I swap legs always had the back make up and the front leg down I always come up onto the toast because when they come up onto the toasty legs longer bring your toe right out to the edge bring your albert right to the edge there and then touched down here now we've got two spaces we've got this big space here and we've got this space here both of these spaces create triangles around her body they do that because she's wearing a tight dress she's wearing a fitted dress and she spring types okay so if she was wearing a billowy dress this would fill up the space the shoot would block that arm she would fill up this space and it would make her look blocky and chunky which is what you've done to this girl so you've got a beautiful expression good shoulder good chin good good look good good connection in the eyes and then you just blocked up all this post and maybe that would be more about outfit choice and I want to see more space now have a look at this nicky is small but she's short lend and a short limbs person is just a disadvantage sometimes as a curvy girl because they don't have the length of their limbs to create bigger spaces so she can look more blocking and she is because she's tiny in real life so what I want to do is create a cz many spaces around her body as I can so if I put it sam back to the I create another triangle here if I stretch out this apple box then I do the albert comes forward I get a bigger space here and if I push this foot down down to the I get a bigger space there from the front of my camera I will this shoulder forward I bring the chin all the way around I get it sit up nice and tall push your chin forward eyes to the camera and then your idea okay now the more space I create around here the bid is she's going to look slimmer and longer she's going look it's all about length okay thank you any christians in there right keep going um beautiful image beautiful girl good asymmetry that hands work she's got her hands on her here it would have just been such a classic shot of just lifted her up into a model chin but it works she is a little bit down and true pee in her eyes like this okay so if you border up to here so she's sitting here like this she's just got a little droopy top lid if you water up to here with the droopy top lip it would've looked like the cover of w magazine so beautiful shot beautiful girl just lifted up straighten it heat up all right so watch the chill okay white on black be careful here okay so two things one of them is I like her glasses and I like the bangs I don't know that I would have put the flour with both I would have probably pulled the back ofher here back and put the flour in lower and at the back that's a lot of chill wrapped around her body and it's not doing her any favors it's executed well but in the sense that it's just a little bit too wrapped up in chul okay it's too big it's too out there so I mean you can pull it back and her hands are locked into her belly like this which is awkward okay if she was going to hold on she could hold on to the bottom of your breath line here and that would have worked the case they're just keeping beautiful hands making sure we're not locking down into the belly and just it's a bit actually all right so I liked the polka dots and I like the blue I like how everything's being executed but what I've got is leading hips no shape in the body and I'm looking at this part of the image here so I'm more drawn to his mid frame then I enter her body and the reason I'm doing this is because him mid frame is predicted up and down in the camera whereas I want her back on here back foot I love held us has been processed and I love the lightness and coldness of exams always drawn teo scion and my images but you've just got a bit of a fail on the body shape there's no shape in this leading arm so head this arm tune a little bit more this way head this albert come out so we touched the bottom of the bomb with the hand here alba forward we tipped down the wall we engaged the chin long we take this hand back and lifted up that would've been a perfect hourglass so whatever this situation has been photographed in his being beautifully executed I just want to see more shape and the body away from the camera go to twenty eight days go to the wall shaping all of the wall poses for this one and nail these wall posters that's a different seller in your studio so another question from tough total is it valuable to teach yourself how to pose that you could be better you can better explain it to your client should I spend time learning and practicing posing myself absolutely one hundred percent you should be out explain or do the posters yourself even the guys when I teach the guys have a shape I always say ham it up you know do the pose show them you know just get them to marry you it's all about marrying all of my posing is about marrying okay I love this girl how she started love here here love him make up but it's a passport shot was shoulders at forty five degrees if you'd given me that phantom and connected that shoulder I would love this shot you know short here is such an interesting pose because she's short here people often have that little pixie face I would love to have seen here going diagonal across the frame with your chin back like this I would have loved to have seen her side on with his shoulder working up like this but she's opened up in a cootie gil pose and yet she's obviously lean and you're not doing her any favors you should have fought me given me body language so beautifully styled but there'd be executed in your front shoulder but if you'd created that front shoulder you would have given me asymmetry body language and connection and expression all in one go so the movement of one shoulder is so important and I really want to see it shifting bring up I want to see rotations and why shoot down on the lean body okay I want you to get below her make it look more fashion I like the type crop to the here that should be right at the top frame looking back this way or even pull back straight to the camera lot to shape and her body would have absolutely rocked this girl

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