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Senior Portrait - overweight female - sample images?

Chris M , Jun 17, 2007; 07:30 p.m.


I'll be doing my first Senior Portrait for my sister-in-law's daughter who's overweight. I've already read books on posing seniors, but I'd still like to see some of other people's work specifically where the subject was overweight. Also, any tips on posing her would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!


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Harry Joseph , Jun 17, 2007; 07:47 p.m.

Most books I read recommend shooting an overweight subject in profile instead of a frontal pose. You might have to ask her to hold her stomach in.

David Schilling - Chicago, Illinois , Jun 17, 2007; 07:59 p.m.

Try getting a little extra height, close cropping, and shoot slightly downwards. Short lighting will help as well. Weight on the back hip, body angled slightly, with front foot pushed forward (just like we shoot the brides....they all want to be slimmer).

Tim Corridan - Queen Creek, Arizona , Jun 17, 2007; 08:08 p.m.

there's actually a portraits and fashion forum hidden under "all forums" forum. you might check there also. are you shooting outside/inside, both? and how overwieght are you talkin'

just a little overwieght...so i used angles, head and shoulders,a sunglass shot

Michael Ging , Jun 17, 2007; 08:09 p.m.

You might have her posing over a tree limb or something she can lean on which will hide her weight. Placing the main light high above the person will put a double chin into shadow and minimize it.

Tim Corridan - Queen Creek, Arizona , Jun 17, 2007; 08:09 p.m.

covering up skin with nice clothing helps alot

Meg Reul , Jun 17, 2007; 08:34 p.m.

hey is there any advice on how to shoot a "skinny" person?

Tim Corridan - Queen Creek, Arizona , Jun 17, 2007; 08:43 p.m.

like David said, get up high, mabee crop tight

avioding broad body parts, like upper arms, ect...

Meg Reul , Jun 17, 2007; 08:52 p.m.

or maybe you could swap bodies or heads in ps....or maybe you could find out if it's even a "visual problem" for your subject...or is it just for the rest of a society that trys to find a box to stuff women and men into some "norm"? hummmm - just something to consider.

Steve B , Jun 17, 2007; 09:26 p.m.

Another thing to try is to have her lean into the camera... it reduces the extra skin under the chin.

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