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Photographer

Looknsee Photography

Posts: 22130

Portland, Oregon, US

I got to admit that my images of models lying down are not very good.  Please show me some examples.  Also, I'd appreciate any lighting tips.  Thanks.

Nov 16 11 11:16 am Link

Model

Faith EnFire

Posts: 13514

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

I agree, as a model I've very few images of me laying down that work

Nov 16 11 11:27 am Link

Model

Courtney JH

Posts: 332

Onekama, Michigan, US

I just completed a shoot with Darren Holmes, and most of the photos (none are in my port yet) were taken of me lying down.  If you check his port (MM #232342), you'll notice that most of his subjects are lying down.......Of course, his photos are very different from your "typical" photog.  I love his work, and I think he is amazing. 

.......But otherwise, no, these types of photos don't often turn out well.

Nov 16 11 11:32 am Link

Model

Sophia Be

Posts: 6355

Portland, Oregon, US

This is my favorite picture I've ever taken

18+

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 9#23977869

Not sure how others feel about it, but I love it.

(Edit I'm posting from my model portfolio, the image is of Liz )

Nov 16 11 11:33 am Link

Photographer

Light and Lens Studio

Posts: 1723

Sisters, Oregon, US

Well, you have a really excellent portfolio.  The only reclining pic I saw was Natalia on a sofa and it was mostly upper body.  The only suggestion I might have would be, especially when models are reclining prone or on their side is to be particularly careful that they tighten their abdominal muscles.  In either of these poses you really have gravity working against aesthetics. 

I think the lighting will depend upon the mood you want to create, so there really isn't a one size fits all answer.  Most of my nude work is outdoors, so I have to adjust the pose and pick the time of day for the location where I'm shooting to get the lighting I want.

Keep up the great art!!

Nov 16 11 11:34 am Link

Photographer

Dean Johnson Photo

Posts: 59627

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Here's a couple that I like
Light source was a beauty dish position above the model (just the same as if she were standing)
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/090618/18/4a3ae41261dff_m.jpg

Natural light from above (cloud cover)
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110915/05/4e71f0c82d394_m.jpg

Nov 16 11 11:37 am Link

Model

Courtney JH

Posts: 332

Onekama, Michigan, US

Dean Johnson Photo wrote:
Here's a couple that I like
Light source was a beauty dish position above the model (just the same as if she were standing)
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/090618/18/4a3ae41261dff_m.jpg

Natural light from above (cloud cover)
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110915/05/4e71f0c82d394_m.jpg

Beauty-full!

Nov 16 11 11:39 am Link

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Model

Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

this is a great photographer, and he often photographs models lying down

http://www.modelmayhem.com/1020938

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110729/11/4e32ff2d73c12_m.jpg

Nov 16 11 11:39 am Link

Photographer

Pixsrbious Productions

Posts: 91

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Dean Johnson Photo wrote:
Here's a couple that I like
Light source was a beauty dish position above the model (just the same as if she were standing)
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/090618/18/4a3ae41261dff_m.jpg

Natural light from above (cloud cover)
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110915/05/4e71f0c82d394_m.jpg

I totally agree...    Light the subject as if they were standing up and all will be well.  Except for your neck...    cramping....

Nov 16 11 11:40 am Link

Photographer

The Falcons Nest

Posts: 562

Rosedale, New York, US

Laying down on the beach, a little back arch, a little smirk, a lot nude. Gorgeous morning sun. 18+
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 5#24704215

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Photographer

Dreams Photo

Posts: 153

Birmingham, Alabama, US

These are two of my favorites that I've done.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110125/19/4d3f90553671f.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100909/19/4c899793207d3.jpg

Nov 16 11 11:42 am Link

Photographer

Allen Camp

Posts: 57

Frederick, Maryland, US

Shooting models who are lying down is a challenge for me because they always end up looking fat. Just the pressure of the ground or whatever against them, like their thighs go from slim to looking like this puddle of meat loosely molded around a broomstick somewhere in the middle of the puddle. I don't need that kind of aggravation and after I show them the photo on the camera back they usually stand back up and everyone's happy again.

Nov 16 11 11:45 am Link

Photographer

Looknsee Photography

Posts: 22130

Portland, Oregon, US

Thanks for the samples -- keep 'em coming!

Corollary Question:  How would you manage to put a camera up near the ceiling, pointing straight down, without photographing your legs?

Nov 16 11 11:50 am Link

Photographer

dgold

Posts: 10280

North Smithfield, Rhode Island, US

One image of about 10,000
www.dgoldphoto.com



http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100331/08/4bb36bf2ac9c8.jpg

Nov 16 11 11:51 am Link

Photographer

Looknsee Photography

Posts: 22130

Portland, Oregon, US

Allen Camp wrote:
Shooting models who are lying down is a challenge for me because they always end up looking fat. Just the pressure of the ground or whatever against them, like their thighs go from slim to looking like this puddle of meat loosely molded around a broomstick somewhere in the middle of the puddle. I don't need that kind of aggravation and after I show them the photo on the camera back they usually stand back up and everyone's happy again.

I do know one tip, given to me by an experienced model.  If she's going to be photographed while lying on her back, she preferred to be hanging off the edge of whatever she was lying upon, with the "overhang" part being on the side of the camera.  That way her butt doesn't appear to be crushed.

Nov 16 11 11:53 am Link

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Model

Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Allen Camp wrote:
Shooting models who are lying down is a challenge for me because they always end up looking fat. Just the pressure of the ground or whatever against them, like their thighs go from slim to looking like this puddle of meat loosely molded around a broomstick somewhere in the middle of the puddle. I don't need that kind of aggravation and after I show them the photo on the camera back they usually stand back up and everyone's happy again.

it's all about at which angle you approach them smile

here are a couple of pictures of robyn lawley lying down. she's a size 12 (plus size model)

http://skinnyvscurvy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/robyn-lawley-cosmo-oct-2011-06.jpg

http://wasaphollywood.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/ea1a_robyn-lawley-cosmo-oct-2011-04.jpg

http://images.theage.com.au/2011/08/05/2538351/art-Robyn-Lawley-420x0.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u2nP3ARcTr8/TejF8bJAXNI/AAAAAAAAHFw/I_5jjFWNv4I/s1600/ROBYN+LAWLEY-naked.jpg

http://blog.annascholz.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Robyn-Lawley-Italian-Vogue.jpg

Nov 16 11 11:53 am Link

Photographer

MKPhoto

Posts: 5665

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Nov 16 11 11:54 am Link

Photographer

A N D E R S O N

Posts: 2553

Fountain Valley, California, US

1 light, high left + reflector to the right.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111115/13/4ec2d387e4e4e.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111115/13/4ec2d82cbaccc.jpg

Nov 16 11 11:59 am Link

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David Hirsh

Posts: 2379

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111109/20/4ebb5957aa6d6.jpg

also: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/21157492 - bottom photo in set (18+)

Nov 16 11 12:00 pm Link

Photographer

Allen Camp

Posts: 57

Frederick, Maryland, US

I get discouraged too quickly and want to move back into my comfort zone rather than struggle with a problem area. Will take these tips into consideration and try harder next time, thank you.

Nov 16 11 12:01 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11896

Olivet, Michigan, US

Looknsee Photography wrote:
I got to admit that my images of models lying down are not very good.  Please show me some examples.  Also, I'd appreciate any lighting tips.  Thanks.

Most of my best "model laying down" images seem to be sunlight, or hot lamps.  Not sure why.  In general, they're also 18+; like these:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 13#8088013
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 8#16320678
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 1#16169171
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 4#24769594
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 3#17326673

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KeithD3

Posts: 1425

Plattsburg, Missouri, US

Here are a couple of mine:


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/101108/18/4cd8b0829b408.jpg



http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/101024/19/4cc4e9bd995e9.jpg

Nov 16 11 12:05 pm Link

Photographer

varton

Posts: 2396

New York, New York, US

Nov 16 11 12:08 pm Link

Model

Marketa Fei

Posts: 401

Berkeley, California, US

Have the model tense every muscle that's touching whatever it is on which she's laying with the tightest part of her down so she doesn't smush. Some side or upwards light also helps by creating the curve under her body so it doesn't look like she's square on the bottom against the thing she's laying on.

Nov 16 11 12:09 pm Link

Photographer

dgoldphoto

Posts: 529

North Smithfield, Rhode Island, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100423/10/4bd1de4ad7f27.jpg

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Photographer

H Korais

Posts: 38

Paris, Île-de-France, France

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Photographer

Paul Brecht

Posts: 12232

Colton, California, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100321/00/4ba5cbfea3d42_m.jpg http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080923/02/48d88fe293db2_m.jpg http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080923/03/48d894f517fce_m.jpg

Nov 16 11 12:32 pm Link

Model

Elizabeth Claret

Posts: 56038

Yelm, Washington, US

There are several in my portfolio, including my avatar. smile

Nov 16 11 12:37 pm Link

Model

Christina__Smith

Posts: 1202

Modesto, California, US

there are a few in my port also

Nov 16 11 12:40 pm Link

Model

Jordan Bunniie

Posts: 1706

Los Angeles, California, US

I have a few in my port.

Nov 16 11 12:45 pm Link

Photographer

afplcc

Posts: 6009

Fairfax, Virginia, US

First, "laying down" has lots of options (on stomach, on back) so that needs to be clearer about what the issue is for you.

Second, not all models will look good in the same pose.  Put a woman with a 36 inch chest laying flat on her back and her breasts go sideways.  Just did a shoot with another model--lovely woman--but she was short and when I posed her on her back with an arm up behind her head, it made her bicep look enormous.  So adapt poses to the body type.

Those caveats acknowledged, here are a couple of tips I'd offer:
--don't lay down flat, find a way to put the model at an angle.  Maybe one shoulder is raised or one hip is twisted.
--create interesting lines and angles
--be willing to have uneven light on the model
--play with the angle you shoot at.  Get LOW (as in...at her level).  Or get HIGH (not with weed, but on a ladder so you're shooting down on her).
--reflectors are your friend.  It's very easy to get small shadows underneath the model that fool the eye and add an inch on each side of the waist or arm. 

Here is an example (+18) from my portfolio of the lovely Sera Ferron.  You'll notice how she's in shadow, laying at an angle, interesting lines on her torso.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 5#17266355

--Ed

Nov 16 11 12:48 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11896

Olivet, Michigan, US

Allen Camp wrote:
Shooting models who are lying down is a challenge for me because they always end up looking fat. Just the pressure of the ground or whatever against them, like their thighs go from slim to looking like this puddle of meat loosely molded around a broomstick somewhere in the middle of the puddle. I don't need that kind of aggravation and after I show them the photo on the camera back they usually stand back up and everyone's happy again.

Fat?  I usually have them wind up looking SKINNY!!

Anyway, here's a couple that are NOT 18+
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100811/20/4c6370f1bf950_m.jpg

Nov 16 11 12:54 pm Link

Photographer

ForeverFotos

Posts: 6644

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

I've got a few, here's some of my favs....

18+
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/08 … 66be5b.jpg


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110928/13/4e8385b7bf185.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/070521/00/46511e2f1d459.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/091231/16/4b3d3bbae1544.jpg

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Model

Big A-Larger Than Life

Posts: 33422

The Woodlands, Texas, US

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/223689_10101089404406714_8357351_75559995_4972093_n.jpg
http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/293374_10101089346068624_8357351_75558962_4341094_n.jpg
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/168302_10100524740662384_8357351_70926406_500711_n.jpg

Middle one was actually and outtake, but ended up being everyone's favorite shot.  It's an image I want to shove in the faces of anyone who says the classic, "Modeling is the easiest job in the world.  You just stand there and look pretty" quote...

Bottom one was with the wig after I lost all of my hair.  It was my first shoot coming back to work. 

In the end, I say it doesn't matter which direction the model's BODY is pointing.  Laying down, sitting, standing, jumping, wha ev.  It's where the model's SPIRIT is pointing that's important.  I aim straight into the lens and don't hold back.  You can't screw up that angle.

Nov 16 11 01:04 pm Link

Model

Sophia Be

Posts: 6355

Portland, Oregon, US

Here are a couple older shots of me.

18+

http://www.modelbrigade.com/index.php?p … _id=108788

http://cdn1.modelbrigade.com/photos/63/2a/99/632a993f485997b.jpeg

http://cdn1.modelbrigade.com/photos/a4/d1/8c/a4d18c0efd59073.jpeg

Nov 16 11 01:31 pm Link