Inside The Glamour Studio


Inside The Glamour Studio


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Mapping the Shoot

mapping the shoot the storyboard appreciating your clocks and your poses when I've got my corner sorted and then I've got my window sorted all I have to do is look at my products I want anything my client can recline on anything my client's khun stagger on not right now after lunch we're gonna photograph camille who's got short talk here so we're going to do beauty shots without having the benefit of posing here wear then going to photograph two sisters and then three girlfriends so I'm going to show you how you staggering imposing staggering in props to make all of those looks but still use the same corner so in a very small space I just needed one box one ottoman in one bass door now the more props you have the more options you have but when I'm what I'm looking for a prop is this I'm looking for something somebody can possibly recline their body on I'm looking for something they can lie on on the tummy and kick the feet up I'm looking for something that they can sit on this edge whi...

le someone sits up behind them into a staggered post of two sisters or mother and daughter are a couple but I'm looking for something that has basically a liberal and if I could get a level it doesn't matter what it is those boxes are just wooden boxes painted white now in my studio I get asked this a lot I have paula starring solid palestine boxes just like that they really hand because they like to move and easy to steak and put away but at the same time they dent if you stand on them kneel on them they didn't pretty quickly but they're cheap they cheapen the disposable so I do get different cats and when people go but we didn't get those from I think I have this thing called things she could google dot com because I found mine on google I found apollo starring company that cuts those sheets because they're standard sheets that eternity cut them their standard and I said what do you guys do there and it goes away capt polystyrene shapes for the movie industry and you know we make palestine finisher inside so you could cut me a polystyrene couch and he's like yeah I'm a sexy you could cut me a six hundred by six hundred block and he's like yeah and so you could cut me up and you said yes just tell me what you want so I ordered all these blocks and there next minute all these blocks of polystyrene arrived it was hilarious you khun stake him up and I just use them I find the palestine is easier to kneel on than the wood okay so from the I just have to take my scaffold because it's getting too hot in here mapping the shoot in the storyboard you asked me if I met that out what I just did then and I'll tell you how I did it in my mind's eye I know ahead one corner I knew I head I came in I saw the ottoman this morning I got some paper out and I thought right I don't have the benefit of a soup rice posing manual but mine's kind of remote so I've got an ottoman I've got a box I've got a bar store without changing her clothes I'm going to introduce flowers for a beauty shot scarf for colored backlight shots in this good so she could move in the end those were my options to introduce more poses in a short amount of time then what I did was I sat down with a bit of piper and I did this my argument is it forty five and she's reclining this way I knew I could get here into lots of different poses once I pushed you back onto the ottoman then I stood here up on the bucks I stood here upon the ottoman and I got a lean back the reason I do that is because when people are standing they can't lean back on their own but when they kneeling they can also when she's kneeling she can kick her booty back which gave me that beautiful triangle shape in the back of her arm when I turned the ottoman sideways I can shoot it straight down the front then when bordered to the front I contain the ottoman this way in my mind I start to met exactly where I'm going with this stretch out like a little cat hands to the face looking down the body line composed left and right see that composed left and right I didn't actually do that with that shot I could have not got another three shots if I had have done that but I actually moved on before I did that um and then I had her sitting against the wall leaning forward on the wall and in freestyling on the wall now I just draw stick figures but what it does in my mind as it maps out every every correlation I have to earn any image of ever seen or taken before I start to visually see it one thing I do not do and I say this to everybody do not do a photo sort of shops do they do not do a photo shop position before you go into a shooting into shooting don't go into your accounts before you go shooting go into a quiet place team twenty minutes meditate relax get your groove on whatever you have to do but it must be creatively stimulating if you go in there on the wrong side of your brain you will lose all of your creative visualization and that is your ability to see images in your mind and the creative mind is really really fickle because it can see images but it doesn't retain a lot of information so sometime who's had this sometimes I walk into a shoot in my creative brain and I'm all in up in my creative creativeness and then I walk into my clankers hi I'm care and I go hi care and then I turned around and I've forgotten her name because my creative brain doesn't remember names that's my logical brain and then I think oh my gosh she just told me her name and I have no idea what it is you know like it's completely gone for me so you know make sure that you're prepared before you go into your creative brain with who your client is I get in there and for me I just mapped out what I know at forty five degrees that bodywork I can sit here on the side I call it my cue shot which is my fashion quarterly shot that's the shot you asked me when we were shooting if it's not for all body types the longer and lena the body is the bigger triangles are going to be which makes it look more fashion the shorter and curvy where your body is your triangle shut down and it looks less flat list fashion and it looks least flattering okay I don't care about looking less fashion I care about looking less flattering I would not put curves in that position because once once you lock down all those triangles and shuts down her body line and no longer does she look good and all I care about is here not trying to create a fashion look for here so there are very few poses that you can't do for all body types and that's why I've got to show you what they all are so that you can really submit in your mind what those body types can and can't do now I do the tune on one eighty and I've got a really gorgeous video demonstration of it for you tomorrow what it is is when I shoot a girl I shoot that one eighty round the wall I didn't do that and then today I didn't move I stayed in one position so I could have shot another teen easy actually another twenty images had done a one eighty rotation so I'm going to do a one eighty rotation on the brick wall because it's a little bit hard on a leaf lettuce not leaning up against the wall because she couldn't use her body weight on the wall and I couldn't get around here so if I take the v fled away indoor one eighty tomorrow infact I might do one eighty I might do it this afternoon or we'll have to take those images off so then I've got my face my caba girl shot now I know that when I get her into this position I can shoot it from the top of her sort of mid inside to the top of the head I can give it space I know that I can come in and three different stages and change up my hands and my expression that's all done on my zoom so I'm like boom boom boom I don't actually have to move that's what makes a zoomlion son credible I mean I know that the fix lenses and magnificent in the sharpened a sixty and they're all those things but that twenty four one oh five that twenty four one oh five was the on ly linds in my studio with three of them for the first four years of building my business and that one leans was on a twenty d cannon twenty day because we hadn't upgraded to the five day even though we were making a lot of money we had the most basic kit one lands one camera it was that simple okay I built my business on one lanes one camera I didn't use the couch I could've bought the couch in and got another five shots at of the recline but I used the ottoman on the floor instead and then I know with my wall I can create lots of different wall I also didn't lie her down on the back light and I didn't roll forward so these another sixty shots so I think all up I missed quite a few I missed quite a few shots but I got a good flow going at least you saw a good flow I could have maybe gone two hours and done two hundred and sit and I could have pushed it out a little bit further at the end of the day what it comes down to for me is I want to teach you maura about freestyling because I find most photographers say to me all the clients want to know is I want to look candid and not posed and there's no such thing it's posed in a way that your directed and post in a way that it looks like you are candid and a good photographer can create anything any situation that looks candid and not post its that simple straight ottoman in front we did that that was from our original shot and basically that's my map so I sat down I did that this morning I try and do it as fast as I can I accessed my visual cortex and I go for it and then I just think to myself god I hope that girl can move in any way shape or form how many images do you just go through you know for someone like us just learning would you recommend just us learning a couple too so we get that correct or try to ok what I would do is you've got my posing manual yes I would take the posing manual and every part on my posie menu was every one of these poses then instead I want you to first now bet pose you just get that post right and you know the deal when they're sitting there and they're in fashion quarterly and you know what that fishing quarterly card is telling you how to do it and you've seen me do it and now you're doing it you look at it and you go just don't look right and then it's like here I got it there looks right now move around in the post so once you nailed that pose now give me five variations of that pose so from that fish and quarterly shot I was here and then I got her to do that and then she did that and she just looked like a fashion model did you see when her chin came up his shoulder lock down who leagues were staggered now that's a simple movement but she went from there to there and it just opened up everything you know and you can then go to there you can keep tuning here but until you nail it for this one don't move on get the first one right then move within the image then bring this hand to here and then make this work and then show me all of those variations by bringing hands up but they're not retired his hands the body language hands so don't make me do this and unite make sure she's doing that make sure she's working it and if their hands are too big and company you moved him back but you don't ditch them and if you're not finding it stop move your body this way look back over your shoulder it may keep bringing the face back to you lift up a little higher change your angle lift up lift down go back up to take your time look around in there what else can I see in this image can I connect to shoulder more can I make her laugh can I bring your hand up into a here and just freestyle it do I believe that and this team more poses that I missed that I could have just done there because I was going too fast and I was freaking out so yeah make it out um you can look at my cards before you shoot and but I want you to met your studio because I'm not in your space but I want you to go I have this great tear that works I'm going to do the back of the chair the side of the cheerleading the reclining the tear these four shot straight away now they're my client comes in and I've got a chick off what outfit she's got with what shoot that I've got this what pose I've got on what fifa so a black outfit looks good on that gray but black here and black outfit doesn't so much look good on the back light even though we shot rose on the backlight in black and black we put the beautiful flowers there because we needed to bring up the color so when they go to the backlight team to bring in lighter colors when I'm on the powder wall team to be in jeans and casual outfits very really what I put a black evening gown on the blue powder because black on powder blue is just too much contrast for me so I'm always looking for what outfit looks good and what backdrop what lighting situation and then changing up the same poses over and over again in the same rules over and over again see it's a formula right it's an easy formula and it's so much fun to lin species when you nail it when you get a shot and you disco I have got the ottoman shop I get it every time my clients by every time now here's the cool thing when you start to get shots it's going to be reflected in your sails because when you're getting it and it feels good and you're confident and you've got the connection your client buys that shot every time and then you start to be no and this is a key shop for me so that face shot for me that face up close face shot that I do all the time that sells for me every time I nail that shot I sell it so I start realizing that if I get that formula going in terms of what I'm good at I start doing this thing where I walk into every shoot and I'll do four shots that I've done before and two that I've never done before or try and stretch myself out of my compass sign or you can do three soup rice poses with your own composition that and really work those poses and in freestyle yourself for a half an hour and just do your own thing and say see what you come up with and see what your client likes it will not matter as long as you're executing with confidence and getting lots of connection because if you're executing with confidence that you're going to sculpt the body well and if you're directing strong and keeping talking then you're going to stay connected with them and they just goingto absolutely go with it it's just so neat toe watch also when you keep talking to people like I'm doing now nobody has time to think about what they look like or looking in the camera everybody's just locked on me like this because I haven't given you room to even think about anything else so that's how I shoot okay and I'm gonna be talking like that for the rest of the day and I just like to say I haven't had any coffee this morning but um shooting is coffee right it's coffee well make sure you stay hydrated to question the question turns in the audience started questioning me about the whole set up if that's okay um I noticed that you've got the wall of your styron board to the window and I guess what I've been doing is flipping it so that the light isn't blocked by the wall but I notice that you're lighting looks way better that way are you okay filtering your light that way I would kind of the assumption that I have a wall I'm creating a fake wallet because there is no wall uh so I'm covering pattern a window so I can recline in a normal house like simona studio I open up her kid ins there's a space of war between the back wall in her window where they can lean on which just gets it natural light just comes across them and then we bounce it back here so it bounces here here and here right so if I turned the deflect to the window they're getting assaulted by direct lie and they don't have any with elaine the opposite I lean against the window and the window washing and tiffany was bouncing the light from the window back to my client and then it's defused again so I defuse the window with a net curtain and there is no need here but it's frosted glass and then I bounced the light back with my victor and so yeah the veers to the window not the other way what's up doc from amsterdam is wondering if you could re explain connect the shoulder in line with the vertical line of face shoulder shoulder pose in itself is body language and I've seen it a hundred times and I know that in the uh creative life check room I jump into the chat room every time one of my friends are on creative live when tamara came on creative live I wanted to come and support her I jump in the rain and when I log on I'm saying in the check room two things keep popping up one is bacon good I hope your drink the other one is chin forward and down so I keep going bacon to prices in town that was like ten forty down ten forty down ten points down so everybody was or are always taking the mickey out of me for doing the chin ford and down the rules of my posing a chin ford and down in the second rule is the shoulder I can eat to the front shoulder so any time the body is directly to the camera I try and with the hip sideways and I try and with the shoulders up and down sideways but when the body turns towards the camera in any way so when you're forty five to the camera side onto the camera anytime you're not directly straight onto the camera you're always working your shoulder towards your chin because the body language is if that camera stays on the body language of that is significantly different care call my name if I look at you this way uh with no chin and shoulder connection now called my name again sue yeah and there's a connection and the body language to working that shoulder forward but you don't want to shut that shoulder down so it doesn't sit on the shoulder it just goes towards each other so it's always working that shoulder forward we connect shoulder forward connect the chin and so if you think about it in terms of um how we use people to model um have I got here um I got someone I just want to dio can make here can you come up I just want to show you something that's really important if you just sit down remember the roles here is that my chin so everybody does but that means it's how I make the chin and then this is how it moved the shoulder so I pushed like this so I kind of do that puppet movement where I'm there and then I bring the shoulder there and so I can push the shoulders back like this and then connect the shoulder that way and then I left up nice and tall through the back the neck and then connect together and so those simple movements just makes such a significant difference to win your posing and when you're directing women and you don't even have to say it you know and making sure your chin forward and down is coming from their access they're not from your nique forward and down because it doesn't work so jin that way turn that way and just rocking that shoulder it's always towards the chin it's even a very subtle movement it's more like that then you know getting it all the way across although I do like the look behind always worry about the sort of the neck okay so when you worry about the nick thing these two reasons why you worry about the nick thing one of them is people lift the shoulder up not forward and secondly is if you bring your chin around and stretch it out long yuri long getting your neck and you're not getting this you only get this when they kick you hit back okay and that's where I would look at rose and go straighten you head up to me now just bring your chin ford so keen I bring it in ford to may and now go that way and as soon as it comes forward and down you no longer get nick wrinkles urine to get nick wrinkles when it's in here and then it looks awkward because then you don't look sixty just look like a dork dork snipers were it a couple people in the chat rooms and also uh from twitter um where do you get pretty look for for inspiration and new ideas from magazines or police movies fashion magazines although fashion has become so different to what we do it's almost like modern glamour is taken over what old fashioned used to bay and now fashion has become something we don't even wear fashion has become an art form and when you watch someone like larry j she creates at with models and it's very compelling and it's exciting to watch but the truth is is the portrait photography now is what fashion photography wass ten fifteen years ago fashion photography now you know twenty years ago as a model was within six percent off the average body size of a woman oven oven everyday woman off the average body size in the world now it's twenty four percent she's twenty four percent lighter then the average size of a woman worldwide so when for years and years people come into my studio and they have beautiful photographs taken and they say are isi you're so beautiful you could be a model and then you think yourself well okay for status that is a certain demographic they have to be very very tall and very very very naturally lane and there's very few people that actually fit their physical demographic there's a lot of beautiful women in this world that is short and there's a lot of beautiful a woman in this world that will never be supermodels but the truth is is you know I just find now fashion does not inspire me to shoot portrait but old fashioned does like when I look back at her brits and what herb ritts was doing teen fifteen years ago before he passed away you know when I look at any labovitz I love her portrait work when I look at anybody who shoots natural light or anybody who shoots that really classic style of glamour or fashioned portraiture that inspires me but modern fashion now is to heaven god too maybe inspiring but as a genre it's incredible in itself so we have a little bit of time left are we just gonna keep going with questions well we're gonna break for lunch with got out twos and threes getting ready um I would just like to bring camille on camille my next model you got a microphone and I just thought because they're not models and they are client in and photographers also because we saw sort of their models from my block and facebook which came from all of the girls that follow me and all of the girls that are connected to me in some way and so every one of them had such a cool story and I thought I'd introduce everyone of them from now on so that you can we're not going to get to reveal everybody they're going to get to see beautiful images but we won't get to sit down and do it and afternoon reveal because we're gonna be too busy shooting but I just want to do to mate on my next model that I get asked a lot if um I can make somebody with no here look gorgeous and I can so camille obviously has short here welcome where did you come from I am from post falls idaho we just moved there a few months ago from texas yeah yeah and what's your website twitter handle your this year and is that my website is camille did a c m I l l e d e t and a dot com and my twitter is a mill today and I asked you to come because you sent me a picture of yourself and you said uh what on the email I pretty much said um that I have an interesting body type and um I wanted to see what she could do with someone who had almost no hair um because it's always beautiful when you see the flowing hair and everything but when you don't have that which I chose not to it was kind of pushing a reset but just my husband and I are family is kind of starting a whole fresh chapter of our lives isn't to me it's just a declaration that this is brand new and so I was excited to see what you could do with that go a mom of three I have three boys eight ten and twelve years old and so I'm the princess of the family and I'm used to making other people feel like the princess and so I wanted to know what it feels like oh oh oh he wa s o after lunch I'm gonna photograph camille I'm thin got two gorgeous sisters from seattle and I'm gonna photograph she took show you a ll the posing that we went through with two girls and then I'm going to show you three girls and we're going to talk curves and we're going to build our shoot and we've got a great afternoon said so unless there's some more in some more questions for me I'm ready to go well we are going to take a couple more questions she also just wanted teo teo say that how wonderful it was when we walked in this morning and camille gave me a hug and I was like we're doing way and yes and it's because we met at w p p I and camille had great hair hot pink hot pink layer heart pain here and so you talked about how you wanted to celebrate your new look and um and I just since we do have a few minutes I would love for you to tell your story about if that's okay about that you told me at w p p I about creative live on kind of what it means to you and your son just because one thing but we set because the idea is everybody that's come here has been attached to create a life in some way or may and creative life because we're all together on this I didn't open my facebook page my business paid until my last year of life that was five and a half months ago so the community that's being based around my facebook page has come from creative lives so everybody I've connected with and of course I got to meet you at w p p aya's well yes please tell it because it's what I want you here I want you to tell that story um I have a couple of things I wanted teo say um the thing about creative live is that I was watching the matthew jordan smith um creative live class and my youngest was seven at the time and he sat next to me at the computer feverishly taking notes and I thought it was so cute that he was taking notes and at first I thought he was just doodling but then at one of the breaks he showed me and he was talking about he's so smart mom the way he was doing the light and this and this and so I shared with him at w p p ay that um creative live is it's inspiring a whole different generation and maybe even realise when they're doing these classes like so you could be inspiring little girls here washing with their moms right now who may not pick up a camera for several more years but it may inspire them and so I just thought that was one of things that was really powerful about creative live is that there are lots of kids here watching along with their parents and here picking up things and becoming an inspired and starting to think about their futures in a different way and I know that when I first heard about sue is sharing this with her a little bit ago um it was maybe about a year ago is before creative live before she's like we have lives and it was at a point when my husband and I were really starting to rethink our whole lives just everything about what we wanted out of life and reading sees block I read every single entry in your block I just couldn't help but be inspired by your story and I came away from reading your blogging trees just just thinking who am I waiting to give me permission to live the life I want I need to give myself permission that's all I need is just to decide that that's what I want and that it's ok to go for what you want and my husband had tried to get some books published that he had written by submitting them to some agents and had lots and lots of rejection and how do you know that because you're in my e s u you just came along at a time in our lives where it was it was crucial or someone say go for it you know I went for it I made it and I love my life and it's okay to do that and so my husband kind of took the bull by the horns and started self publishing and now he is a best selling author on aprons on and I decided to follow my heart and just photograph women who should win my heart with that um but I kept thinking I need to do the thing that's gonna make a money I need to shoot kids or she weddings or this or this it just wasn't where my heart wass and I just kept thinking I don't know if I can make the money I need to make doing just what I love but my husband I have both found that key to success is doing what you love because no matter what happens you're going to be happy and when you're happy it draws people to you and way pinch ourselves every day to make sure that our life that we're living right now which is totally different than it was just a few months ago way have picked up and moved from texas to idaho to get away from the heat we just thought you know what now that he's selling novels like crazy and I'm photographing women um we could pick any place you want to go why don't we just start a new adventure and so he picked up moved to idaho we had never even been to idaho just I heard it was beautiful so we just did and now we're living our dreams and encourage other people to live their dreams and to be bold and to give yourself permission to live the life he want to create it to step out there and not wait for someone else to give you permission and even when I saw you doubie p p I thinking I want to go up and talk to see when I want to hear her say you can do this and then I just thought you know what she's already told me that and I'm the one who needs to tell myself go for it communal you can do this and I just want to thank you for just the inspiration that you have been to me and to my family and there's just there's nowhere thank you because it's not why I picked you and tomato thank you very much I'm really honored because I don't think I gave you any I think I think you did it all but you know I think there's a lot of you can do what message is out there in the world but permission is one of the greatest things because you know everybody keeps sending me that marianne williamson quite and I love it you know when you liberate others when you liberate yourself you're unconsciously liberate others when you give yourself permission you unconsciously liberate others that's called that's fine I get it you khun you can sing the the chase your dreams as much as you want but at the end of the day you have to just get up and do something just get up and do something make it happen action action excuse me action defeat stagnation on every level right now we're breaking for lunch or do you have more questions with more questions for us I do have one question from the internet uh from stacy buyers by the way everyone loves that you shared your story thank you so much and this inspired from the internet if you are able to spend suit this much time with each client before a shoot are you able to connect him to talk to a woman before actually picking up your camera and photographing her stacy women don't need encouragement to talk um I joke and I have the last creative live and every talk that I do that woman asked viewing volcanoes of emotional mess and they talk very freely and very openly and very emotionally about who they are it's quite easy to connect that to just about anybody if you ever heard the old adage that when you go to the hairdresser you tell your hairdresser everything there's something about touching people in terms of touching the head or the face that makes you relax and talk I find most women are very vulnerable when they photograph said the story comes forward very very quickly I could get that story and connect to there in the first five minutes of meeting someone and I wouldn't need a lot of time I don't want it to be an interview process because I don't want it to be about where they've come to get to me I just wanted to be about the experience of being with me so I love to hear it but I don't need to hear it in order to connect with them in the studio I just want to connect with them on their beautiful like you said make me feel like a princess that's what I'm here for it doesn't have to be sharing so that's just a bonus in fact to be honest with you um I would rather the shearing went down after the shoot when we consider and have a coffee and then say I had a great time I had a great experience meeting you at a great experience connecting with you I cannot wait to show you your images and then I say goodbye and to may I have had the best of both worlds I've made a new girlfriend that I can have coffee with I've learned something about another human banks are always named something I learned something about myself because that's the mirror we hold up and I've made a great client for hopefully life brand loyalty because you enjoy it

Class Description

Women want to feel as beautiful as Sue Bryce makes them look in her portraits. Join this award winning photographer as she teaches you the tools of the trade for modern glamour photography. Watch real shoots as Sue shows you step-by-step how to celebrate the timeless beauty of women.

this course will cover:

  • Posing for all body types
  • Marketing and sales
  • Photoshop® retouching

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Sue will show you how she built a small photography business in her garage to $20k a week in sales. And more importantly, how you can use her techniques to grow your own photography business.