Forums > Off-Topic Discussion > Women on their knees.

Photographer

255 West

Posts: 6468

New York, New York, US

Tired of shooting/seeing photos of models on their knees (usually on a seashore)?

It feels like a WAY overdone, degrading, photographic cliché.

I never see photos of women (or men) on their knees ... on a sidewalk, in jeans, in an elegant dress, (add the arched back and thumb sucking for a REALLY creative plus).

JEESH! Am I the only one who feels this way?

Jun 17 10 04:31 pm Link

Photographer

Fred Gerhart

Posts: 736

San Antonio, Texas, US

Then don't look.

Simple solution.

Jun 17 10 04:35 pm Link

Photographer

Rebel Photo

Posts: 11446

Florence, South Carolina, US

I hate pictures of feet.... but I have better things to do that start a thread on it. hmm

Jun 17 10 04:36 pm Link

Model

Klarrissa

Posts: 2322

Los Angeles, California, US

LOL there will always be something on here someone else hates seeing.
I don't really mind the on the knees pose...but if I go to a photographers port and a majority of his photos have that pose it begins to get annoying and a turn off. But it is a typical glamour pose, so if you shoot glamour, it's hard to avoid it.

Jun 17 10 04:36 pm Link

Photographer

255 West

Posts: 6468

New York, New York, US

Fred Gerhart wrote:
Then don't look.

Simple solution.

Clevvvver response. Well thought out.

Jun 17 10 04:37 pm Link

Photographer

BODYSHOP FEETURES

Posts: 577

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Rebel Photo wrote:
I hate pictures of feet.... but I have better things to do that start a thread on it. hmm

Hey Rebel...............did you even read the entire OP post................ohhhhhhhhhhhhh  better not look at my port ;-)

Jun 17 10 04:39 pm Link

Model

Crimson Butterfly

Posts: 421

Fredericksburg, Virginia, US

Cliched? - Maybe
Degrading- No

Jun 17 10 04:42 pm Link

Photographer

Blakberi Photography

Posts: 1647

Quebec, Quebec, Canada

255 West wrote:

Clevvvver response. Well thought out.

I am sure it was as well considered and clever as your thread smile

Jun 17 10 04:43 pm Link

Photographer

255 West

Posts: 6468

New York, New York, US

Rebel Photo wrote:
I hate pictures of feet.... but I have better things to do that start a thread on it. hmm

But not better things to do than to respond to the thread?

Jun 17 10 04:43 pm Link

Photographer

Rebel Photo

Posts: 11446

Florence, South Carolina, US

BODYSHOP  FEETURES wrote:

Hey Rebel...............did you even read the entire OP post................ohhhhhhhhhhhhh  better not look at my port ;-)

too late ..now I need therapy! big_smile big_smile big_smile

Jun 17 10 04:44 pm Link

Artist/Painter

Sid Rodriguez

Posts: 234

Wilmington, Delaware, US

255 West wrote:
Tired of shooting/seeing photos of models on their knees (usually on a seashore)?

It feels like a WAY overdone, degrading, photographic cliché.

I never see photos of women (or men) on their knees ... on a sidewalk, in jeans, in an elegant dress, (add the arched back and thumb sucking for a REALLY creative plus).

JEESH! Am I the only one who feels this way?

Give them what they want... or make something so new that they didnt know that they wanted that instead...

Jun 17 10 04:44 pm Link

Photographer

Jay Edwards

Posts: 18455

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

255 West wrote:
Am I the only one who feels this way?

Maybe.

Jun 17 10 04:46 pm Link

Photographer

AVD AlphaDuctions

Posts: 10573

Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

255 West wrote:

But not better things to do than to respond to the thread?

you started this with a lame rant.  what do you expect?
if you have better things then I suggest you go do them. if not...stick around and find millions of people respectfully and disrespectfully calling you on it.

and hey, who knows? maybe one or two will agree with you and out of them one will think the rant is justified? ya nevah knowz....

Jun 17 10 04:46 pm Link

Photographer

Photo Visions

Posts: 1034

Cape Coral, Florida, US

There are worse things to worry about.

Jun 17 10 04:47 pm Link

Photographer

Rebel Photo

Posts: 11446

Florence, South Carolina, US

255 West wrote:
But not better things to do than to respond to the thread?

thats right. If I started it, I'd be resigned to follow thru...and listen to all the wise cracks it generated. I prefer to remain in the gallery and make fun of silly threads.

big_smile big_smile big_smile big_smile big_smile

Jun 17 10 04:47 pm Link

Model

Dekilah

Posts: 4890

Detroit, Michigan, US

255 West wrote:
Tired of shooting/seeing photos of models on their knees (usually on a seashore)?

It feels like a WAY overdone, degrading, photographic cliché.

I never see photos of women (or men) on their knees ... on a sidewalk, in jeans, in an elegant dress, (add the arched back and thumb sucking for a REALLY creative plus).

I have 5 photos in my ports on my knees. That means both knees. I have a couple on one knee, but I didn't count those. Of those five:

One is in jeans: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/17706538 (and my butt crack looks awesome)
One is in a kimono (which counts as elegant dress, IMO): http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/17304452
One is an an elegant dress in the grass (with a sword that adds +5 something): http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/15273998
And only two are of the sexy-ish variety: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/17707557 and http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/16433955 (maybe 18+ for my bum)

Jun 17 10 04:52 pm Link

Photographer

Angel Afterlife

Posts: 317

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Personally I like having girls on their knees in front of me

Jun 17 10 04:52 pm Link

Photographer

Tog

Posts: 55204

Birmingham, Alabama, US

Wow, you may have just given me a way to salvage my photography hobby.  Since moving to my new place I've been saddled with a garage studio that's barely 7 feet floor to ceiling, trim off height for paper rollers, etc, and I've been scouring the interwebs for midget models.

Models on their knees.

GENIUS!

Jun 17 10 04:55 pm Link

Photographer

255 West

Posts: 6468

New York, New York, US

So far, I haven't read any real responses other than people sarcastically saying it's a non-issue.

My deeper point that no one seems to see is of visual clichés. Is there no creativity and thinking of doing something unique, fresh, eye-catching ... something to make the viewer exclaim, "WOW! That's great!", instead of "I can hire a thousand people to do this same shot. What else you got? NEXT!"

Jun 17 10 04:55 pm Link

Model

Sabrina Maree

Posts: 9501

West Hollywood, California, US

Degrading?

Um, ok.

Jun 17 10 04:55 pm Link

Model

Breann Rambo

Posts: 2086

Phoenix, Arizona, US

If it wasn't selling, people wouldn't be doing it I suppose... We all like our own thing...

Anyway, I see nice pictures of girls on their knees all over...

Here is one of me on one knee in a garage.

http://modelmayhm-5.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/100116/23/4b52c30d024a4_m.jpg

Here are more... smile

http://modelmayhm-1.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/090608/17/4a2dad18c88fd_m.jpg

http://modelmayhm-8.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/090322/01/49c5f1b2bc4f7_m.jpg

http://modelmayhm-3.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/090612/10/4a3291235ba65_m.jpg

http://modelmayhm-7.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/091001/14/4ac51ee93ea4d_m.jpg

Here is one on the knees that is on the beach...

http://modelmayhm-7.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/091001/14/4ac51ee93ea4d_m.jpg

Jun 17 10 04:57 pm Link

Photographer

255 West

Posts: 6468

New York, New York, US

Fauxtographer  wrote:
.....

Models on their knees.

GENIUS!

Okay, fair enough, I withdraw this part of my thread. Models on their knees IS genius. big_smile

Jun 17 10 04:57 pm Link

Model

Sabrina Maree

Posts: 9501

West Hollywood, California, US

255 West wrote:
So far, I haven't read any real responses other than people sarcastically saying it's a non-issue.

My deeper point that no one seems to see is of visual clichés. Is there no creativity and thinking of doing something unique, fresh, eye-catching ... something to make the viewer exclaim, "WOW! That's great!", instead of "I can hire a thousand people to do this same shot. What else you got? NEXT!"

I don't see how a model on her knees is a visual cliche... train tracks are cliche, caution tape is cliche, toilet shots are cliche.

And yet a good team can make any of those things awesome.

Jun 17 10 04:57 pm Link

Photographer

Blakberi Photography

Posts: 1647

Quebec, Quebec, Canada

255 West wrote:
So far, I haven't read any real responses other than people sarcastically saying it's a non-issue.

My deeper point that no one seems to see is of visual clichés. Is there no creativity and thinking of doing something unique, fresh, eye-catching ... something to make the viewer exclaim, "WOW! That's great!", instead of "I can hire a thousand people to do this same shot. What else you got? NEXT!"

Why don't you start?  I am sure others will follow your example when you do!

I mean, we might as well stop taking photos of models altogerther... maybe leave the lens cap on... I dunno.  Then again, I think it has been done before.

Cliché is only something you haven't tried to do because you can't see how to refresh it.  Only a handful of photographers can truly claim to have something "unique, fresh, eye-catching" in their portfolios.  Most of the time I just try to keep my model in focus and well lit (not that I always succeed...) 

After that maybe I will try "unique, fresh, eye-catching"...

Jun 17 10 04:58 pm Link

Model

Joanna Peretyatko

Posts: 16

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

255 West wrote:

But not better things to do than to respond to the thread?

your the one hating, why are you trying to be so rude to others.
just because their stating their oppinion to this stupid thread.
i LOVE shoots on their knees. wink

Jun 17 10 04:58 pm Link

Photographer

255 West

Posts: 6468

New York, New York, US

255 West wrote:

Okay, fair enough, I withdraw this part of my thread. Models on their knees IS genius. big_smile

Your examples are NOT cliché shots. Good work; seriously. At least SOMEONE is trying.

Jun 17 10 04:59 pm Link

Photographer

Good Egg Productions

Posts: 15855

Orlando, Florida, US

255 West wrote:
Tired of shooting/seeing photos of models on their knees (usually on a seashore)?

It feels like a WAY overdone, degrading, photographic cliché.

I never see photos of women (or men) on their knees ... on a sidewalk, in jeans, in an elegant dress, (add the arched back and thumb sucking for a REALLY creative plus).

JEESH! Am I the only one who feels this way?

Oh... I KNOW!!!

It's like girls with guitars.  Or images with knives in them.  Or faux HDR shots.  Or nude yoga masquerading as art.  Or wide angle fashion shots. 

I'm SO sick of seeing all that crap.



/snark

Jun 17 10 05:03 pm Link

Photographer

Digital Vinyl

Posts: 1168

Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

What about on the knees, nekkid, face on the floor, hands behind the back in a cold and bloody dark studio?

18+

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/17852015

Jun 17 10 05:05 pm Link

Photographer

255 West

Posts: 6468

New York, New York, US

Blakberi Photography wrote:
[ .... ] quote extract

Only a handful of photographers can truly claim to have something "unique, fresh, eye-catching" in their portfolios.  Most of the time I just try to keep my model in focus  [...].

Creative copout. (Sorry.)
Are you a photographer or a camera operator?

Jun 17 10 05:06 pm Link

Model

Dekilah

Posts: 4890

Detroit, Michigan, US

Fauxtographer  wrote:
Wow, you may have just given me a way to salvage my photography hobby.  Since moving to my new place I've been saddled with a garage studio that's barely 7 feet floor to ceiling, trim off height for paper rollers, etc, and I've been scouring the interwebs for midget models.

Models on their knees.

GENIUS!

Or you can just work with short models... smile

Jun 17 10 05:07 pm Link

Photographer

BlackArts - Jenna Black

Posts: 4100

Riverside, California, US

Why is it degrading?

I've spent most of my career on my knees. And that's not even innuendo.

On-the-knees sea shore posing is not meant to illicit thoughts of blow jobs, you know. The model needs to be close to the surf without being way out to sea, and kneeling is more attractive than sitting because it engages muscles and prevents squishing. It's actually a very practical pose. If you're offended by it, it's probably a connection YOU'RE making to the pose, not the pose itself.

As to the pose in other uses, I've seen a lot of on-the-knees posing in studio glamor, mostly with swimsuit and lingerie, but little on other locations, likely because kneeling on sidewalk and such can be really uncomfortable!

I'm not sure a single element of a pose can be cliche. Is leaning against a wall cliche? Are s-curves in figure nudes cliche? And gawd, those models who make eye contact with the camera... SOOOO done.

From my own portfolio, I have these kneeling poses, none of which seem particularly... randy.

http://modelmayhm-7.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/091225/15/4b35492228712_m.jpg
Topless
Topless
Nude

Jun 17 10 05:07 pm Link

Photographer

Michael McGowan

Posts: 3668

Tucson, Arizona, US

255 West wrote:
Tired of shooting/seeing photos of models on their knees (usually on a seashore)?

It feels like a WAY overdone, degrading, photographic cliché.

I never see photos of women (or men) on their knees ... on a sidewalk, in jeans, in an elegant dress, (add the arched back and thumb sucking for a REALLY creative plus).

JEESH! Am I the only one who feels this way?

Of course you're not. All of us who have no access to beaches are annoyed, too.

But what's really annoying is pictures of dogs with their tongues hanging out on a modeling site.

Jun 17 10 05:08 pm Link

Photographer

255 West

Posts: 6468

New York, New York, US

Digital Vinyl wrote:
What about on the knees, nekkid, face on the floor, hands behind the back in a cold and bloody dark studio?

18+

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/17852015

I looked at the shot. I like it. A creative "on the knees" shot. Fabulous lighting. This is by no means a cliché image.

Jun 17 10 05:09 pm Link

Photographer

Jouissance Images

Posts: 744

Bloomington, Minnesota, US

255 West wrote:
Tired of shooting/seeing photos of models on their knees (usually on a seashore)?

It feels like a WAY overdone, degrading, photographic cliché.

I never see photos of women (or men) on their knees ... on a sidewalk, in jeans, in an elegant dress, (add the arched back and thumb sucking for a REALLY creative plus).

JEESH! Am I the only one who feels this way?

No more erotic position a woman can assume.  Used for one purpose only.

Jun 17 10 05:09 pm Link

Model

Taylor M Madigan

Posts: 532

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

Brett Michael Nelson wrote:
Personally I like having girls on their knees in front of me

LOL I saw this and it made me howl.

Doesn't really bother me.

Jun 17 10 05:09 pm Link

Model

Kelleth

Posts: 2531

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Brett Michael Nelson wrote:
Personally I like having girls on their knees in front of me

You and me both.

Jun 17 10 05:10 pm Link

Photographer

BlackArts - Jenna Black

Posts: 4100

Riverside, California, US

DHV Images wrote:

No more erotic position a woman can assume.  Used for one purpose only.

Prayer?

Jun 17 10 05:11 pm Link

Photographer

Norman Gould

Posts: 3462

North Bend, Oregon, US

Well are you talking on hands and knees with arched back and fish face.
Woof, woof.

It is kind of funny I try to lighten the mood for new at modeling women .  So in explaing the poses I would like not to see... I demonstrated that pose, by my own example to a newbie.
As a way of showing I do not want silly sexualized images.
It breaks the ice nicely.
But then I really am into shooting Art, not cheesecake.. 
Others can do what they want.

Jun 17 10 05:12 pm Link

Photographer

Stephen Fletcher

Posts: 7213

Norman, Oklahoma, US

Beats the hell out of them sitting on a toilet seat.

Jun 17 10 05:13 pm Link

Photographer

glamour pics

Posts: 6095

Los Angeles, California, US

255 West wrote:
So far, I haven't read any real responses other than people sarcastically saying it's a non-issue.

My deeper point that no one seems to see is of visual clichés. Is there no creativity and thinking of doing something unique, fresh, eye-catching ... something to make the viewer exclaim, "WOW! That's great!", instead of "I can hire a thousand people to do this same shot. What else you got? NEXT!"

Here's a serious answer, then. There are certain poses and types of shots that almost always work, in many settings, with different figures. This is one of those, which is why you see it everywhere from GWC's books to Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. It is also a pose that works in a horizontal format. As far as variety ... well, you can use different lighting or add accessories, etc.

Jun 17 10 05:13 pm Link