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Sue Bryce

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14. Wardrobe

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I want to make it very clear what I do in a shoot out when my client comes in so I tell my client to bring in four or five outfits and as I told you women bringing about twenty three things and they have nothing to wear say this is quite generally what people will bring in they will bring in a couple of tops maybe a slip they maybe have one pair of jeans and every now and then they'll have a few nice dresses so that's pretty generally what I get about sixty percent black and a splash of color so I have a shooting wardrobe at home which I don't have here in my shooting wardrobe is really a coup tre mon okay so it's just accessories scarves and a few little ed on tops and things that that are key pieces that you will actually see pop up in my folio but aren't necessarily really significant pieces I always have a plain black dress in a couple of black tops a couple of white tops a plain white slip a nude slip because we've always gotta have something like that and then a few vintage piece...

s of lingerie which really wonderful real pieces I always keep something like this so this we actually put on some tea why we didn't use it for anybody else basically it's a sash and I can actually make a top out of it I could make a dress out of it I could make a boob tube out of it I can wrap it isa come ban it can go around the throat and it could guarantee here I hold key pieces like this because the styling off what we do is very important and often people bring in their own clothes the more if it that they go to buying outfits the more invested they become in the chute but not everybody is capable or able to do that and more importantly if you get somebody like me I spend a lot of money on shoes and handbags but I'm always wearing black so I teamed to not I spend a lot of money on different colored clothes or anything like that and if I was going to do a shoot I would bring my three favorite black dresses which isn't going to give me a lot of options when I'm photographing somebody like me and there are a lot of people like me out there that don't go out of the way or some people just don't value shopping for clothes so they don't bring in great clothing choices and you have to work with exactly what you've got so having sessions like this bring waistlines in the fashion at the moment is a lot of box he dresses in the whole point is that I'm trying to create that hourglass and I can't do that and boxy tops also shoots a lot of women bring in a plain white shirt white looks bigger and boxy and it doesn't cover the body doesn't have the body it doesn't accentuate the body in any way so I tend to not shoot shoots the coup via the girls are the slimmer they look if they're clothing is fitted on dh that's had with curvy girls because often curvy girls bring in baggy clothes you know they hide behind their clothes is supposed to have been quite tight and fitted so I'm always looking for pieces like this that are really significant to may I always have a scarf or something really sheer like that to drape around arms if they have a dress and they don't want to show their arms or for cover girl poses and things so I can flatter I have a few little cardigan type tops in my studio when these same miners that choices she bought a few different choices of nick line I told her something light something dack so if I could say anything to you and I doesn't matter if your boudoir photographer family portrait photographer the more time you take coaching your client into what to bring for the shoot the more prepared they will turn up and the more invested they will be in the shoot so I'll talk to women about getting their nails done do you usually have a spray tan if you you do go and get a spray tan do your roots need to be done going get them done three days before there is nothing worse then photographing a client and then having them come back for the viewing and go our look at my roads and of course you're fixing roots and photo shop um have you had a hair cut are you due for a haircut you know do you get your pit many pity done um what do you need to do to prepare your skin I found that as I started to coach people more and spend the time with them and they appreciate I would get them so excited about the shoot because suddenly they doing all of these things that are really special too them and they suddenly feeling like I'm going to go get my head and I'm going to get my many period and I'm preparing for a fellowship I get women coming to the shoot that have actually dieted for the shoot like they have actually gone I've bean cab free bean eating really lean and working out because I want to feel so good and I mean people come in the more than if it that they put in then obviously the more and they are to be photographed and the end result is better for everybody because they're getting a result that they really want and they're putting the evidence tuning up there not ringing me the day before the ship going hi I'm canceling my showed you know they're coming in so excited they've gone shopping it's it's build up build up so the more time I take in preparation the bitter might end result also the more connection that I have with my client you could send all of their out in an email but why would you it's a ten minute phone conversation in that fine conversation I say you're going to look really hard are you going out tomorrow night and then they say you're right I'm gonna get my husband to take me out tomorrow night I'll get a baby sitter for the kids or I'm gonna get on my girlfriend's together I've had girls ring may two weeks after a shoot after the viewing or come back for the viewing and say that night that they went after the shoot they met the new boyfriend they're like they're like and so again I'm selling the experience if I tell them it's not any girls day out you'll look heart so I seduced you hit the town so I kind of had that in my advertising because I want to start selling the experience right from that moment for the young girls I call it do do the shoot on a thursday friday saturday and then you could go out and paint the town red you know for the sort of city forty demographic it's like girls you really want to god have a beautiful dinner afterwards because you're gonna look gorgeous you know for the family first the mom demographic it's like get your husband to take you out this is date night because you are going to look really gorgeous and I think it's something that I like to ty and it leads to my education leads to my product so it's really common for me to just have quite a simple wardrobe like this what I then do it and after lunch I'm going to show you a full natural light studio set up is this would be very similar to the space that I have at home and the space that I have in my sports studio I would shoot an entire shoot around one window and so I generally am using this wall here because I have this natural light coming in I would use this wall on the back wall because I have that light hitting there and so I have all of these poses here and remember I'm shooting square so I'm using the wall to pose and then I'm using the war flat for category position I would move around here and do a recline here into this back corner I would have the ottoman very close to the window here I would have a cheer very close to here so technically I could shoot maybe six scenarios without moving in this two meters as long as I'm close to my light source correct so before I go into that and show you each one I'm just going to show you how I would select this wardrobe for that section so it's amanda come in alors um that you would be talked a lot about the neutrals other colors that you would tell your clients to come plete ly avoid its patterns not colors avoid avoid patterns they just take away from the people all the primary colors looked magnificent but the truth is is it's whatever looks good on here you know it's mine it glows and white yesterday and she was in that white that creamy white and it was just it suits her and that translates through the camera so if she was in a color that didn't suit it then it wouldn't matter how it photographed yeah I want to pick the mood of the outfit the color of the outfit in the style of the outfit around the sort of image that I would take so I'm not gonna lie her down on this outfit because it's fabulous so I would go straight to a cover girl straight away and I have no qualms at all about using this outfit to freestyle because I think it looks really modeling and all the shoulder positions I think this is really gorgeous I'm not going to do that leaning against the wall sort of reclined nice portrait shot in this either because it's going to squash the sleeves so straight away I'll lay out five or six outfits in my mind I'm already seeing each one and what I'm going to do with it so straight away I'm thinking for the ottoman lying down I'm going to do this gorgeous little six he won it's a pink slip lying down the white ottoman with the ottoman forty five degrees this way thanks so that is already one anti sequence in my mind now knowing that I'm also going to go through five flow poses on that ottoman and then sit her may be in front of it in that pink so too may I've already created team different images in that pink dress this black when I'm going to do a little bit of a free styling I'm gonna show you free starting today I'm gonna do a free styling with it which is when they move without props and without leaning so this is direction only which is probably one of the hardest things to teach and she has this gorgeous little single it here and I know she has beautiful white pants so I'm going to get that gorgeous cheer amanda sitting on and bring it to here and do a gorgeous sort of recline into that cheer and the white with the white okay so that's already done for me in my mind I have this gorgeous nude slip here so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna put this light nude slip on I'm going to stand here right here in front of the curtain I'm gonna shoot here straight into the back light that way and she's going to a beautiful siri's there into that note back light um and then I've got this beautiful piece of fabric and because she has this gorgeous little sequence here this little top in fact I could even do it with this she can take the white pants off and I'm going to make her flowing skirt so she can dance uh with the white and the dancing so I've got freestyling and black pink in white dancing white and white on the cheer hot pink on the ottoman mood going back lit on the war and then all I need now is jeans and a black body suit for her lace top to do the war recline here and in one hour we have got six one winner one in the lace too in the free styling three and the dancing white here white top hot pink nude on the back light and I still haven't done a cover girl shot near so potentially I have seven sequences very quickly in my mind in two by two meters okay so that's how quickly we can create a folio a folio that myself for three thousand dollars so it should be in your mind you should plan out your chutes and visualize your chute side that you're a photographer so you have a visual you know good visual mind you have a strong visual mice it's good to just sit here and plan that out and then execute each one in sequins so I kind of look at them in terms of how had they are to achieve I know the wall shot is how I start every thing I start everything with the wall shot they've got something to lean on they don't move their body because their entire body is leaning here so really that is just about a lot of recline it's nice and slimming if I'm going to show them an image at that stage I'm going to show them there so I can show them and they can really warm up I will move here into the last two sequences which is free styling and the dancing one because those are the two things that she needs to be really warmed up for if you get my meaning you know I need her to be really trusting of may I can ask you to do anything and she's game she's not shy she's gone through her portrait shots so she's just going to keep building up to that so I lay all the clothes out like that I reject anything in there that they may be bought that I don't see as being in my sequence of six changes and then I say to them but I make sure I say to them are you happy with all of those pieces because I don't want them to be holding something in their bag that their mother gave them that is very important to them that I didn't choose or that they did not bring forward it's very very important that they offered to me you know what it is that they weren't aware and that I'm we're both happy with the choices very very important in your studio that you give your client's a safe place to go and get changed now quite often uh we're in a big room of girls and they'll often only based minor and I and one hundred percent of the time our clients just undress in front of us but we never expect that they will do that we always sit at one of the big the reflectors we've put it into the corner and we say just pop around get changed there often they'll say it's okay and I'll just take off the clothes but I would never give people I would always give people the option to leave to go get changed I don't want them to go out to the bathroom or lead the studio to the bathroom because they kind of get stuck on the mirror and start training they're here and if they go to the bathroom to get changed take seventeen minutes to come back if they get changed there they just get changes come straight back we're gonna keep this flow going for a shoot so straightaway here let's just get a little visual just against the wall so quick question from thea creative what size clothing do you of these pieces do you typically keeping this thing a lot sizes that there the wraps and things don't have size of the skirt's a wraparound on dh the slips I buy at a large and cut on the bias so you know up cut on the bias means so they're cut on the bias of the fabric which means that when you hold them they can be extended or it's all fabric that can be worn pretty much any sign so if you curvy it'll be tight and if you are um lean I can clip it at the back with here clips you only have to make it look like a top I have a girl to know I appreciate one day and she had no top she had no clothes as like I don't know what part of the coaching here I'd gone wrong but she literally turned up in one top so we got this and we made a whole lot of tops out of it like we just wrapped it like holt is and we made three or four different styles of tops just with a wrap it doesn't look like a top so you can get away with a lot so let's say we're doing that wall serious that we did use today when she's right on that window light which will do natural light this afternoon and that's the outfit that I've chosen for that so I'm just gonna do a gorgeous black serious there straightaway that's gonna warm her up and I think she can get straight into need that tear a man I'm gonna get straight into this note slipped and she's going to come and stand in front of the window and confront my window and in her need slip you can hold it so in his notes lip I'm gonna do this beautiful siri's here shooting straight back to there she did that really well she's starting to really enjoy yourself and she's studying to relax a lot I've got this beautiful white cheer so I bring this in here I want to shoot it into my light remember we're going to go through natural like studio later went outfit so white on white I absolutely love shooting wide outfits on white couches they just look so stylish and classy and I think they look gorgeous and I've got this whole sequence here reclining over here so that all of that looks good and swimming all the rest of it now she's starting to she's in a third sequence and she's laughing having lots of fun jump up then take her straight away um into the pink lying down on the ottoman so we've got this forty five degrees we saw the whole lying down serious yesterday we did that over and over after she's done that I'm gonna take her up to free styling

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Ratings and Reviews

Michael And Dawn

Dawn and I watched the workshop taught by Sue on glamour photography with much anticipation, and we were not disappointed. In fact after only the first hour we turned to each other and, at the same time, said "We should go ahead and purchase this course." Which we did on Sunday, the last day of the three day course. The CreativeLive team did a great job on producing the workshop, the set looked great, the sound and camera angles were unobtrusive as they should be, and the on-screen talent were engaging and approachable as usual. They interjected with questions from the audience in a timely and relevant manner, and humored us all at times as well. As it should be, the real star of the workshop was the information that Sue was providing, but a very strong supporting role was Sue herself. Even though she never made it past the 9th grade, she displayed enough wisdom to make us think that we wasted a lot of time sitting in school. Sue had both Dawn and I captivated, her likable New Zealand accent, was so warm and soothing, that I think we would have listened to her say almost anything. However, "anything" was hardly what she had to say, no-no, she had a great deal to say, and we found all of it so educational and inspiring that we can't wait to put what she tought us into practice. Sue's "Keep-It-Simple" approach to glamour photography is refreshing, she does not complicate a shoot, nor does she complicate the business end of things either. Her philosophy is "A confused mind says 'no.'" So her pricing, marketing and re-pore with her clients is simple, understandable and repeatable. Dawn & I fully recomend this course to anyone looking to engage in glamour photography, not just for the mechanics of learning the studio process, but more for how to think about the process and your interactions with the client, we think that Sue's interaction with her clients is her real "secret" to her success; she makes the photography session for the client a wonderful experience and that experience is what gets them to market her via word-of-mouth exposure, which is the best kind of atvertising and best kind of accolade for a photographer. Thank you Sue, we were both entertained and educated and a little bit mesmerized by your workshop. Hope to see you soon on the CreativeLive stage. Michael and Dawn Mitchell Digital Mitchell Photography

a Creativelive Student

Loving every moment of this course so far and I've learned so much from Sue's gentle but wise words. It's so important to be true to yourself and as much as I've enjoyed most of the Creative Live classes I've taken I've had a much different personality than many of the teachers, I am so happy to see how Sue is able to stay calm and quiet and still maintain perfect control of the situation...I had huge anxiety sometimes at shoots thinking I should be bold, boisturous or entertaining to be successful. Looking forward to following her class today in between my son's hockey lucky my computer is in the kitchen and I can watch and still keep things at home fairly sane! lol thank-you, kerry

a Creativelive Student

Watched 80% of it live and after constantly screen grabbing :D I BOUGHT IT. This was my 3rd time watching a CreativeLive and my first time purchasing a course. (Loved Zach and Jody and will probably buy that when the time is right...still a little scared about weddings.) ANYWAY - SUE IS AMAZING!!! She is so open, inspiring, fun, funny, knowledgeable, TRANSPARENT, giving, smart, creative, expert, unapologetic, grateful, enlightened, adorable, gorgeous, hilarious, yet still imperfect and human and not intimidating. She will make you laugh and cry as she laughs and cries. You cannot argue with her MANY YEARS of experience. She is just in love with what she does and it is contagious. I have told people IN PERSON that her online CreativeLive course changed my life. I bought another online course for 2K last year...where was Sue back then? This is worth more than the 2K 6 week course I took. I obviously have a girl crush on her!

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