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Shoot: Beige Tule Dress (Jen)

Bambi Cantrell

Posing Masterclass

Bambi Cantrell

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36. Shoot: Beige Tule Dress (Jen)


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1 Introduction Duration:24:19
2 Location Challenges Duration:29:23
3 Defining Shape Duration:17:19
4 Group Photography Duration:09:59
5 Lifestyle Portraits Duration:20:46
6 Shoot: Clam Shell Lighting Duration:22:05
7 Lighting Tricks and Tips Duration:14:46
8 Posing a Bridal Party Duration:41:32
9 Bridal Party Q&A Duration:34:41
10 Camera Angles to Flatter Duration:17:21
11 Audience Q&A Duration:12:12
12 Posing a Family Duration:42:38
13 Posing Families Q&A Duration:12:04
14 Review Images Duration:12:40
15 Challenging Situations Duration:44:59
16 The Walk Off Duration:07:19
17 Plus Sized Brides Duration:17:05
18 Shoot: Plus Sized Bride Duration:53:07
19 Image Critiques Duration:33:56
20 Light is Light Duration:30:54
21 Receptions That Rock Duration:09:34
22 Shoot: Mismatched Couples Duration:36:34
23 Shoot: Indonesian Woman Duration:13:47
24 Shoot: Person in Wheelchair Duration:15:17
25 Understanding Your Subject Duration:13:16
26 Image Review Duration:24:33
27 Wedding Client Interview Duration:25:45
28 Tall and Short (Kenna + Nikko) Duration:06:49
29 Shoot: Indian Model (Simi) Duration:23:49
30 Shoot: Japanese Model (Akari) Duration:31:22
31 General Q&A Duration:20:34
32 Creativity in Photography Duration:18:54
33 Shoot: Newspaper Dress Duration:21:36
34 Creating a Garment: Tool Dress Duration:06:29
36 Shoot: Beige Tule Dress (Jen) Duration:27:15

Lesson Info

Shoot: Beige Tule Dress (Jen)

I just want to say fashion tv says tests you look awesome they're really looking for is that the shooting you know I actually was thinking we may do something over here but while we're waiting for you guys to change things that since my mama change your mind again I think we'll use this wall and I want to use that couch right there that to me now I feel I'm feeling it don'tyou aren't you feeling the love over there so let's see where this is going there huh so I am nuts this is good I get to take pictures of you this is too okay so you know what I want to see test can I have you come up here by our brick wall I just want to see while they're changing it up with gonna look like oh actually in fact I think rule I think we're going to start with you in this chair but while you're going dad you know talk amongst yourself do what you do your thing right there you know I think I need to move it out just a hair use a little sex kitten you I'm telling you right now all I can say is you are suc...

h a slut I mean yeah but in a good way I mean we don't do anything nasty test I want to have you let see what looks like to have you oh hang on I gotta change it but I think I'll have you go this way oh shot up so let me have you just kind of like I want to have just kind of lounge towards us like that let's see how that works how does that look dad that's great yeah okay um I know I have a camera here somewhere oh there it is uh actually let me grab some water real quick I'm dying of thirst oh yeah yeah baby don't you dare steal your sample from me oh I love it love it love it okay tess stay right there this is so unbelievable I'm here in an angel sing right now turn your face is a little bit that way love honey that's gorgeous gorgeous I need to feel it in your face though awesome tilt your head the other way and then lean a little bit more into this right here and I almost want but keep your you're gonna play towards the light on that side to turn your face hang on stay right here for a second because I want people to see why we have to do what we do you see when you turn her too much to the dark side you see that right there this is going we need to fill in her eyes a little bit on this because it'll it'll make her look tired and she's not tired I mean she is making my heart hurt she looks so amazing you're going to really test really look you know what's so amazing is that that dress so is you turn your face that way a little bit more chin up a little bit and your hand on this side it's real important not to make it a claw take this hand right here and pull it up on the on the chair right there yeah that's it oh yeah nice darling oh yeah shut up a little bit love it awesome girl let me see if I'm my exposures or even close okay now I'll tell you on my exposures are not really liking her arms why it's too bright so let me have you bring your arm down I think I'd prefer that actually I like that but real soft on your fingertips like just a real saw finger oh I like that a lot better and real whimsical almost turn your face towards the window just a tad more love it and can you drop your head that way now oh yeah let's try um I think this way like what you're doing right there but turn your face that way can I get a little bit more light on her turn your eyes up a little bit towards the light like that love it oh very very nice can you drop this shoulder kind of lean into this shoulder right here nice john that's nice chin up a little bit and now hang on a second I want you to bring your arms down on the cushion their summits so pretty this is one of those experts don't move god almighty that's just amazing you know what this is so beautiful it's hard for me to shoot it because it's too pretty and I feel almost like I can't get what I want because I'm I'm like intimidating myself beautiful I'm gonna lower my camera angle a bunch because that floor is driving me crazy do we have any white like we put the white seamless down and grandma's getting on the floor may one has lifted up with a chair behind it like we did before yeah I might I might put the chair on it but hang on just ah no get rid of it for a second let me just try from here I'm gonna shoot the low camera angle I think would be gorgeous turn your face towards uncle john a little bit love it nice and just a real soft smile your backhand bring it like up to your hair just gonna like your and but make your chin up a little bit it's gotta work with it and now just look up with your eyes very nice love it but I want you almost glass or something nice beautiful love excellent okay now let me move you for a second q t and let's uh let's get that let's put that white thing underneath her yeah but hey dad you need to move the chair closer to the wall let's see what that looks like yeah I mean yeah that the white hey you know what dad turned that with this way that piece of white so that its vertical and then pull it all the way to the wall because I want to get the white on the wall yeah now let's see oh you know what I just had an idea to turn that chair straight towards us and let's see if we could never sit down on that yeah I'll have her sit there on the chair now let's see how that works but sit on the very edge let's see we might have to bring in some light I'm not sure yeah actually this is working for her yeah hey uncle john just give me but I want a soft light it can't be a hard light let's keep the girls in okay actually let's try this will be about this right here beautiful love it right there just turn your face up towards love oh god that's beautiful that actually works beautifully right and you know what john hey john aim it at the wall just actually I really like that yes see how that you can really create a very very nice this elvis arm on this side turn your wrist and bend your elbow back towards you nice gore just off sweetie that is just beautiful chin up a little bit excellent it's just stunning write their own beautiful beautiful beautiful just gorgeous lean into the arm of this chair right here on this side right here I love it oh nice but tests I really need you to roll into that look right there just like that hey uncle john I think I need a bit more I need more light dead hey you know what use the white side of the reflector in front of that or even the silversides let's see if we can get it soft enough beautiful right there that's nice let's try that and really this arm right here tuck it back behind you a little bit love it see how much better that looked for her chin up a little bit gorgeous beautiful hon beautiful really nice okay hey task you doing great love that awesome what you have just a natural smile that is awesome beautiful hey now honey this elbow right here just kind of listen it looks like have you lean on it can you scoot your butt back and roll your hip this way maur yeah see that's real important right there we want and bring this elbow back we want to really keep that actually that tuck your elbow in like that go and you can tuck it into the fabric right there nice nice and then almost I mean I want you almost drop your head like not like in that for you that's not pretty children head the other way you know and actually set up real pretty like almost yeah that's it that's it just like oh yeah that's nice beautiful lean right towards me right here nice that's just beautiful girl very very nice put both of your hands in front of your mouth right there like like really like but more like this bend your wrist your elbow like that yeah baby I love it gorgeous just stunning and now the only thing that I'm missing here is I need a bit of sassiness like oh you know what right there that's a girl oh hell lok and you do sassy well that little snot I'm telling you right there that's a looking for right there awesome now bring your hands back in front of you and I need you to bust out laughing put your hands right in front of your face beautiful right there beautiful love it but no you have to really laugh sex and mama the doll and love it okay now let's do something I want to do something a bit you know you know you really need to get out of your shell ok you know what you're just so shy test okay now let me have you stand in the chair and we need to bring that light up a whole bunch and I think we might can we just put the bra on that light so that its softens it actually wait it might be okay it might be ok it's pretty it's pretty strong be careful test no no no right there let me see your face cause I need to make sure the lights not too high okay good and bring that fabric around the front of your legs oh okay now what I'm gonna have you to be careful in the chair but I want to see what looks like dave you park your butt against the back of the chair can you do that without falling down oh oh yeah yeah there you go but I need don't tuck your chin girlie ah some very very nice I think this is the kind of thing you can do camera tilting on beautifully lovett don't look at me just look over at those ugly jews right there but chin up a little bit and I want you to really get your hair really crazy one two three lovett and have some fun right there lundy they're awesome got it but I need laughing if you're going to do your hair wacky like that okay cool okay now let me have you stand up straight in the chair missy be careful if you fall down because what I want to do is I want very very I want it more like just real but pulis elbows back and bring one hand up like this other hand the reason I want one hand because it'll just kind of breaks it up a little bit and bring that tuck that elbow back a little bit test I want real fluffy hair on the sides that bring out here out on the side yeah you're not kidding okay love it tests love okay right there gorgeous honey right there beautiful love that very nice but real important on the hand right here more like this I want to see just the side of the fingers like a very nice very very pretty excellent really good let me see how this is working here I'll tell you this is just not a bad look that you might be able to do this for a living okay now let me have you hop off the chair or jumped I mean stepped down very carefully out of the chair and I feel like I want to do something I want it to be less perfect so let me see what it looks like we take that share and turn it on its side not like that like that yeah yeah yeah that's actually got it that's got that has some that that actually but you can't cover it up part of the good thing part this would be that it can't be covered up so let's see what it looks like to you know leave it right where you said I like that pull it forward to me a little bit more and you know what I think we can get rid of the white let's get out of the white underneath it yeah yeah yeah no I like I think it'll be okay let me see how this is gonna work and hey test yeah that's kind of what I'm thinking is I want you very much kind of lounging on the chair ben your front knee though just like that a point that toe like that and very very nice love it let's try that a little bit loving it right there awesome don't look at me just kind of looked right they're loving it tilt your head back beautiful let's see how that works right there awesome right there gorgeous okay now let me see I'm not feeling that with the chair let me have you move the chair for a second can we have leah move it let's get a different actually smoother over here to the little white foofie bloo blah blah blah thing and we'll need our light over there and I think I'm gonna have john do uh we need something to blow off a little light or something you know by the way that's how come I brought her here just so you know when test center video well I met her at the v p p I and she does the moonwalk really well almost as good as me almost as good as me and when she did that I said okay anybody who could do the moonwalk I said you are my hero and you are coming you're going to be there um actually you know what I think I want to do let me see what it looks like tests for you to lay your head down I want to have you with your head let's see where I want to go with this let's have you put your legs over the back and you're gonna get your head down on the cushion can you do that okay without like showing everybody here uncle john hold that second try we'll see and if it doesn't work then we'll put a little higher hee yah and I grabbed that part that like I was just real soft it's real important keep this elbow bent this way just like that and you're gonna tilt your head back love it here move in a second okay now let your head and holy cow have you got a lot of hair I'm kidding your girl and I'm not sure where I'm going with that light yet I feel that light is almost a little bit too over her head let's move it around this way just a little bit and I want to drop this arm down off your cushion right here can you do that without falling off your arm not don't put it behind underneath her what was that yeah no no no I don't like that that's not right so okay keep bringing it back john let me have you help with this because I know where I'm going with this I just don't know how to get there yet yes I like the dreaminess of the eyes right there tilt your head up so you need to bring your chin up a little bit not your head keep your head right where you had it and actually put on like your hand underneath there we're not gonna see your carpet why did you not shave this morning where's the camera okay we're gonna do one like this I'm not feeling this all that much and then chest just like when I had your hand before I thought your your other hand good and chin up not sure it no no keep your head tilted down the top your head comes towards me a little bit chin up a little bit now and then turn your face away from me basically I want you to do this do that's it and then it's almost like you're gonna lift up but you're not actually I like that for your face hang on a second I'm not sure if I like this but uh well we're going here okay I'm not feeling that um and I don't really know where I want to go with it so let me have you sit up okay and then let's get that white blanket thing yeah okay you know what tests you know what I think I need to get I actually want to try one like this but I want it in fact I love where you're at right there put that arm took this arm behind you right there and then turn your shoulders more this way just a little bit and then this somewhat I love where you're going right there can we have just I need a bit of software like can we use just a scream in front of it start that's what we're going to go if I want to have that actually that looks beautiful go ahead and lean towards him a little bit of sea fans you but I need a bit more secret in your mind love it that's love it turned your face that we just a tad excellent this arm right here just kind of bring it like this just kind of like right in here but not love it nice that's beautiful turn your face towards the boys just a little bit love it nice just beautiful and I'm even like how this looks gorgeous long beautiful oh that's weed that is really sweet love in it um john I love where you're going but I gotta change my angle and here you go dad move yourself for here honey perfect uncle john that's just gorgeous with this shoulder right here what you're lean into this arm right here and you can drop that arm now a little bit and just um like tuck it behind you over on that side right there good not behind you like more like like this that's a girl loving and then turn your face this way a little bit and you know it kind of lean back into the arms of the cushion right that love it very nice now I'm going to see a little bit of that reflector in my in my screen but I'll get rid of it because I love this camera angle hey john can you lift your thing right there a little bit yeah beautiful nice beautiful right there and now scooter I want you to scoot back on the chair right there and you're just goingto lean it lean into the back of it just a little bit like that and almost turn your face towards it love it right there and I'm gonna come in tight and I want to use this leading line this white right here I say we can get that you know about nice nice but I really need that beautiful eyes bring your chin down I want to see big big eyes very very pretty but I need a secret right there so just give me a little bit of a slip like very nice okay we are I'm pretty darn happy with what I've got today hey bambi have a quick question for you from the internet with tess is really soft color palette would you ever photograph her with a black background or do you like kind of like the white for a softer tone over that is a very good question I'm sorry I would probably the way that she's looking this doesn't to me fit the black heavy background I think that it really fits something that softer and I'm actually not even I don't know if I even like the hang on us don't save right there you're doing great just looking right here and see what this looks like I like this this camera position on her too but I think that the dark background is a little bit too much I'm one of the questions we have well first of all I also want teo the internet is shouting out to leave by for all of the help that he has been running around a cz john john justice stant home so and test everyone loves you very much so question from vivian photo is during this type of shoot would you normally have music playing in the background yes yes yes yes but we can't have music because it's too difficult for the vocal part of it so yeah yeah and I would have probably rap theo theo internet with like big way love sir mix a lot through the internet would also love to see tests do a little moon walk oh wait okay so let's get rid of the chair okay you know test it's a shame that you're married cause we could so I mean I'm sure your husband's a wonderful guy but but I'm not kidding you weaken so hook you up here huh it was good back up let's get some light on this girl now do you you don't have children yet right oh you guys are gonna have beautiful babies I'll tell you right now wait one time thiss time hang on test you gotta do it for me this way because the lights over here okay ready came on out to see those arms move it I like that our movement you got going on that was great can we give her a big hand awesome hey and you know one last thing I want to do is I want to get you to start over there actually start over here and let's slow down our cameras and let's just do a couple of things that are really wacky like really slow down oh shoot I'm about out of gas tank I was ticket I want to just yeah oh you're going to die when you see these pictures test the's air going on the internet for sure let me grab a card real fast if I'm giving just like five seconds sure question while I'm waiting on actually big request from the internet we want they want to know if you will do the moonwalk way have a moon walk off no you know what no actually you know what on second thought you know I'm sorry but I can't do the moonwalk because you know I wouldn't want to embarrass tests you know I you know I think that we need to lead the audience on a good note there you know when you when you got the curves and the moves that I got let me tell you it just would be it's just too much you know too much bambi for the for the show all right a serious question from gloria when you guys put that piece of white on the floor underneath the chair could you tell us what that wass maybe john that was a piece of food I was a face piece of foam core all right it's just a white piece of phone court and what would the reason we put it on the floor was we needed to we wanted to neutralize the black the darker background on the front door so it was a bit more harmonious okay so what I want you to do test is I'm gonna have you can we move that stuff off set right over there I want you to just do some like beautiful movements rule soft it's important don't look at us because it's real important to keep I want to keep your face away from the front of the camera cause I want a photograph at us slow shutter speed and if she's facing the camera that her face is facing the camera then we'll want to see in her eyes don't look at us look like down with your eyes hang on a second I got to change some stuff give me thirty seconds here okay wait okay tess yeah that's like you can twirl around if you want teo ready go actually that's going to be nice but can you stay back towards the wall because oh you know can somebody tell me my twenty four to seventy millimeter lens and that I don't have to worry about it you're not getting hot are you are you really okay and test first of all kind of run this way first so we can get cause yeah that's exactly but when you do that have your face one way or the other okay okay ready one two three go beautiful girl that's awesome more you can flip that hair a little bit actually hang on a second dude that one more time and this time I'm going to really okay yeah now we're going to go down to two eight and I'm going to shoot cause I want to capture the movement that was prettier than I thought it was gonna be see this is to me how I get things how I get the magic going is it sometimes it's what I start to think what where I was going isn't where I end up but sometimes it just happens to see and I'm really actually liking that on the wall that's going to be really pretty oh I like that one okay so okay you ready miss tess okay ready go oh that was beautiful honey keep both of your arms and mode and movement that because so because it looks prettier when you have your arms out and stretch your body yeah oh that was nice good job okay I think that's probably getting us close to a rap huh I mean you young lady deserves a hand as well as our other amazing models bambi with a quick question about you made a lens change there yes and folks are wonder if you could explain why whoops sorry honey the reason was on if you want to change you can I guess the reason I changed lenses I wanted to get a longer view I was finding that I didn't have enough headroom with the seventy two hundred and I knew that I wanted to get kind of a movement of her skirts and stuff so I've taken in variety of pictures and not all of me where I'm going but I know in my head what I'm looking for I want beautiful movement there sometimes when you take pictures that are for their literal these kinds of images are not going to be literal pictures they're not literal it's not about girl dancing it's going to be about a body in movement and so I don't want to have the face sharp I want to have movement in the clothes on I think actually this could be really beautiful right here this one I think is going to turn out where I have where I want to go because these days I not only do the normal traditional photography but I also do some images that are composites were all do some I'll do some artwork on them to create something that's a bit less literal and that's been a really helpful that's a wonderful experience for me because it takes your photography from just being pictures to being fine art

Class Description

Do you have problems diverse groups of clients? Are you unsure if your lighting and posing are on point? Join award-winning and Nikon Ambassador Bambi Cantrell in this comprehensive class covering all aspects of posing, lighting and developing a successful portrait studio.

In this class, Bambi will:

  • Show you the best lighting for different scenarios
  • Camera angles that flatter
  • How to add creativity to your portrait shoots

You will learn ​Bambi​'s​ secrets of how she continues to innovate in her photography and business​.​


a Creativelive Student

I almost didn't bought this course due to low rating and what other reviewers were saying about her, but because it was on sale at incredibly low price that i decided to bite the bullet. And I am so glad I did. First of, for those reviewer that find her offensive, because she talks loud or make some jokes to her models or her audience, i don't think that it is offensive at all and neither did her audience or everyone in the studio. As a matter of fact, they were enjoying it. And I did too, was laughing while watching them laugh and having a good time. There was nothing wrong with the audio. I heard her just fine. I found her class to be the best class ever because she only not answers questions by theory, she demonstrate them live with the participation of her audience and the creative live crew and that's what made her class very interesting and not boring. She also uses real people and not models with perfect sizes or figures and it really helped me a lot because i have a challenge when it comes to posing plus sized people. I love her sense of bluntness, humor and at the same time, all the wonderful nuggets of wisdom she shared to her audience. I had purchased tons of creative class about photography and to tell you honestly, i haven even watched the full content on some of these classes because i get sleepy and bored but with Bambi's class, i watched her class in just 2 days without even feeling bored. I don't write reviews and in fact this is my first time to write a review here on creative live because i just feel the need to say that it's very unfair for her to be criticized liked that. I love you Bambi, I love your personality, I love your style and the information you taught were very invaluable. Thank you.

Melissa Baker Griffin

Loved the invaluable lessons! I can't wait to go through them all again. They are jam packed with valuable and tactical information that creatives on every level can take from. Her energy and personal style creates a great experience! I can only imagine how cool it would be to take a class from her in person! She is such a treat and so inspiring! I LOVE how enthusiastic Bambi is about the questions she receives and encourages phototgraphers to continue to grow, learn, and think out of the box. Thank you creative live! I feel like there should've been something like fire works at the end because she did outstanding!

Anne Dougherty

I’ll be honest. Ms Cantrell moves very fast, but her experience, humor and confidence are infectious. I thought I would check out a lesson or two and ended up watching and listening to her entire program. She is clear about her process and why it works so well. Her portraits are beautiful, whether individual or group situations. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentations, and I am a landscape and pet photographer. But I feel like I learned a lot about seeing, and was reminded of approaches to running your own creative business that are valuable for anyone. I have been very impressed by the professional instructors in every one of the CreativeLive courses I’ve watched or bought. It’s not every professional who can teach! I know. I am one who could not handle classroom situations. So happy I was able to join in on these classes. Thank you, Bambi, for all of your energy, and for sharing your knowledge with all of us. This was quite a ride!