The Thoughtful Photographer Blog

Category 'Shooting Models'

What is a beauty shot?

This is a Beauty Shot… …and this is a beauty shot …and this is a beauty shot One of my favorite things to shoot is Beauty. Just the other day I received an email from a young photographer who has been following my work and she asked me if I could explain what makes a […]

Video Modeling Portfolios – The Future Is Here NOW!

That’s right – VIDEO modeling portfolios. Video WILL change the game for models and photographers in this industry.  The train has left the station and it is coming down the tracks. Now relax… I know the concept of CHANGE is scary for a lot of you but please remember… there was a time when somebody […]

Flip It Good!

The fan has long been considered an important piece of studio equipment for fashion and glamour photographers. I always like to prove the point that you don’t need a ton of fancy equipment to get the job done so here is a video and some samples of shots done without a fan… just by simply […]

Naked Part IV – Exposure Do’s and Don’ts For Fine Art Nude Images

This is the fourth (and last) in a series of articles and accompanying videos that detail my approach to fine art nude photography.  In this installment I will show you why I don’t use a light meter when shooting fine art nudes.  I will talk about the “value of gray” and why you should ALWAYS […]

Naked Part III – Lighting for Mood with the Female Nude

This is the third in a series of articles and accompanying videos that detail my approach to fine art nude photography. In this installment I will show you some of my favorite lighting arrangements, complete with diagrams for shooting the female nude.  Special emphasis will be given to the specific lighting techniques that you see […]

NAKED Part II – Equipment And Lighting For Shooting The Female Nude

This is the second in a series of articles and accompanying videos that detail my approach to fine art nude photography. In this installment I will discuss Planning, Posing, Equipment and Simple Lighting. Special emphasis will be given to the specific lighting and posing techniques that you see in the images displayed here as well […]

NAKED Part 1 – The Fine Art of Shooting The Female Nude

This is the first of several articles and accompanying videos that will detail my approach to fine art nude photography. I will cover finding models, prepping for a shoot, model releases, camera equipment, lighting equipment and techniques, posing and directing your models, some cool reasons to shoot at the WRONG exposure and even a real […]

Controlled Poses. How To Make It Look Natural

This is Part 5 and the last in a series of articles about how to pose (or not pose) your models to create images full of life, energy and movement. The techniques that I have shown you are not just for models. These techniques will also dramatically improve your senior portraits, wedding photos and just […]

How To Handle Hands Part II – Hand Placement for Portraits and Modeling Shots

In Part One I talked about posing hands on the body. Now let’s talk briefly about posing hands off the body and then as promised I will review some guidelines for hands around the face. Be sure to view the video that accompanies the How to Handle HANDS articles so that you can see some […]

How To Handle Hands – Posing Hands for Portraits and Modeling Shots

This is Part One of a two-part article on posing hands for modeling and portrait photographs. I find that hands are one of the most overlooked aspects of posing a subject, especially among new photographers and new models. It is often the smallest details that can have a dramatic impact on the mood or quality […]

It’s All About The Eyes – Eye Placement in Glamour and Beauty Portraits

This is the second in a series of articles and accompanying videos about how to pose (or not pose) your models to create images full of life, energy and movement. These techniques are not just for models. They will dramatically improve your senior portraits, wedding photos and just about any set-up shot involving people. I […]

To Pose or Not to Pose? That is the Question

This is the first of several articles and accompanying videos about how to pose (or not pose) your models to create images full of life, energy and movement. The techniques that I will show you are not just for models. These techniques will also dramatically improve your senior portraits, wedding photos and just about any […]