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Poses for a group of eight models

Hendrik W , Apr 09, 2005; 08:15 a.m.

Hey there, tomorrow I'll have a shooting with eight models. The photos will be for an advertising campaign. The problem I see is that there will be eight models on a single photo. Do you have any suggestions or example shots for group poses?


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Jerry Litynski , Apr 09, 2005; 11:42 a.m.

Since you have not 'informed' the reader how large your studio-room-river bank is, it is not possible to figure out what exactly you plan on doing with eight models in one image. (Hint: you will need a very small f-stop to keep everyone in focus.)

If you are a "hobby shooter," you need to find out quickly if you are remaining at that level, or you are now a "professional," and do not have the experience to do what you promised.

Dai Hunter , Apr 09, 2005; 11:55 a.m.

WOW! Eight at once? Well let's see...

You could have static poses - like school pictures or those of a football team; OR you could have them interacting as a group (e.g. running together); or you could have them interacting in twos or threes.

The image that comes to my mind is two of them in a cat fight; five watching/cheering the first two; and one looking worried while calling the police on her mobile phone. LOL

Of course the real answer is, and you didn't tell us, that it depends on what your images are advertising.


Hendrik W , Apr 09, 2005; 11:56 a.m.

Sorry, I forgot to tell you that the studio size is really small. It's approx. 10ft. wide and 13ft. long.

Hendrik W , Apr 09, 2005; 11:59 a.m.

"The image that comes to my mind is two of them in a cat fight; five watching/cheering the first two; and one looking worried while calling the police on her mobile phone. LOL"

Haha, I like that suggestions pretty much. :D

It'll be an advertising for a local model contest.

Dai Hunter , Apr 09, 2005; 12:37 p.m.

A model contest... well there is the option of shooting them individually or in twos and threes doing different things - reading a book; building a flatpack book case; planting flowers in a pot; painting a wall; taking a photo; and similar tasks - all done while looking positively gorgeous. Thereafter, the tag line, if you have any influence on that, could be something like: "being a model... is more than just about beauty" [which is, in fact, an absolutely true statement]

I think you could also plan to take the shoot outside weather permitting - your studio is quite small to get them all in at once and still have room to swing a cat. If you go outside you could include activities such as riding a bike; roller skating...even feeding pidgeons. The list is endless and the required props would be minimal.


Chris M., Central Florida, USA -- , Apr 09, 2005; 09:41 p.m.

Take a look at the wedding photo I posted below. See the front row of girls? Maybe you could have your models doing soemthing like that. Standing front to back, a couple of them throwing their hips out in a sexy pose, a couple laughing, a couple doing the serious model look, one seated with the chair facing backwards, one lying on the floor. It's a compact group shot.

Also take a look at a lot of the group shots for Desperate Housewives. You'd be adding a couple more models, but it's a good start.

Keep in mind you may need editorial space for the ad. That means you may need room for text, etc. Go wide if you can to allow the ad designer to have a little canvas space to expand if necessary.

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Tom Weis , Apr 09, 2005; 11:33 p.m.

Look at any number of Vanity Fair covers of groups shot by Annie Leibovitz. They are always interestingly posed.

Hendrik W , Apr 10, 2005; 04:44 p.m.

Thank you all. I was really happy about your suggestions. I'll post a few shots in the next weeks when the ad will be released.

Beau Hooker , Apr 10, 2005; 07:44 p.m.

It'll be an advertising for a local model contest.

How about each model with an ice-pick, about to stab the model in front of her in the back? ;-)

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