PRETTY IN BLUE.
As part of a recent joint project with Gallery252 and Blue World Media Network, I photographed two teenage sisters, Lydia and Amina, in studio using natural light -- sometimes using the existing light as is, sometimes blending in an off-camera strobe.
After a series of portraits in her street clothes (see the earlier post casual portrait in street clothes), Lydia changed clothes for a more formal portrait. Jewel tones really flatter her, and she looked stunning in her full-length blue dress! (See also her portrait in a hijab in an earlier post.)
In this portrait, the main, frontal light came from a series of windows at the front of the studio. To provide separation from the black background, the natural light was supplemented with an off-camera strobe, placed behind her to the side. I love how the soft accent light subtly outlines the right side of her body and shows off the wonderful texture of her long hair.
Whether standing, leaning, sitting, or lying down, an attractive pose always starts by considering how the body is to be supported. In this 3/4-length portrait, I have coaxed Lydia into a classic feminine standing pose, starting with foot position and weight distribution before finessing presentation of her face and torso to the camera. Neither dramatic nor exaggerated, this pose is sophisticated and natural-looking, which suits Lydia beautifully. She doesn't look posed; she looks graceful.
And, as funny as that might seem, that's the purpose of posing!
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