boudoir photography: couples boudoir – gesture and connection

boudoir photography: couples boudoir - gesture and connection

With portraits of a couple, the way they connect with each other is often the main factor whether the image is compelling. It could be through gesture and touch. The gesture might even be subtle - if a couple snuggles in, they don't have to look at each other - it's entirely possible to give that sense of  Read more inside...

posing technique – adjusting a pose with incremental changes

posing technique - adjusting a pose with incremental changes

I'm not a huge fan of "flow posing" where someone is rigidly posed according to formula. I feel this doesn't allow as much for personality and individuality as a more organic approach. I much more prefer a low-stress approach where a pose is adjusted, to where it looks good, and looks flattering. This does  Read more inside...

photographers – becoming more confident in posing people

photographers - becoming more confident in posing people

How to confidently pose people for portraits, is likely as big a challenge for new photographers, as how to use light. Even a model as professional and inventive as Ulorin Vex has told me that one of her biggest frustrations with photographers is when the photographer expects her to drive the shoot, and pose  Read more inside...

posing tips: pose the hands – asymmetry

posing tips: pose the hands - asymmetry

Similar to the recent post with Jessica J as the model, where I placed her feet in an asymmetrical position for a more dynamic pose, I did the same when posing Anita DeBauch's hands during a photo session. In the companion photograph, you will notice that her hands are symmetrical around her face. While the pose does look  Read more inside...

boudoir photography: tips on posing & dealing with mixed lighting

boudoir photography: dealing with mixed light - daylight & incandescent

Boudoir photo sessions can be nerve-wracking - not just for your subject or client who undoutably feels vulnerable, but also for you as the photographer. You have to juggle speed in shooting, with meticulous posing and (hopefully) impeccable lighting .... and still keep the flow of the shoot  Read more inside...

photography: posing tips – the leaning pose

photography: posing tips - the leaning pose

Even when you're photographing a bride as graceful as Patricia, there's still a need to adjust and guide the pose. I liked the roughness and color of this gate, and I also knew the background would be an out-of-focus mush behind her. When you ask someone to lean against something, they tend to fall back onto the wall or  Read more inside...

use light & lighting to add impact to your photos

use light & lighting to add dramatic impact to your portraits

Simplifying your composition is generally a really good way to add impact to your photos - remove visual clutter, and draw the viewer's eye to what's essential. But there's a converse challenge to this - when you have a location that isn't necessarily that interesting , how do you add more impact? Light  Read more inside...

photographing a couple – posing and composition

photographing a couple - posing and composition

Re-editing and re-vamping photographs for my blog post of a destination wedding in Aruba, I found it enlightening to realize how much my style has progressed over years in post-processing too. As part of destination wedding photography coverage, I offer extended photo sessions around the exotic locale after (or  Read more inside...

posing tip – check the wrists and hands

posing tip - check the wrists and hands

In posing, a good tip is to have the wrists and hands form a kind of S-curve instead of being straight. While this photograph works for me,  and I really like the composition and her direct gaze into the camera ... I should've guided Anelisa to bend her left wrist (the hand closer to her cheek), a bit more. That would've made  Read more inside...

available light photography: posing into the light

available light photography: direction of light / posing into the light

A topic that I've given more and more attention to here on Tangents, is available light photography - but specifically the idea that in using available light, it isn't just a random way of taking photos, but that consideration has to be given to the direction of light. When you work with someone  Read more inside...