SoCo n Lime
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
with out having seen the subject and not knowing the reasons behind the pictures then advice is soley guess work
there are of course many beutiful and photogenic plus sized models that need no direction or issues as they can work it well.
when dealing with joe public portraits its a different approach
styling helps or concentrate on the flattering images and positives of the subejct.. if she has a really beautiful face then homing in on head shots would be my objective so the balance that make it through to presentation would be weighted in that direction
flattering by framing and angles.. using all the old tricks in the book to create nice straight forward images.
keeping it simple will keep you form being poisoned the next time you go for a jab
Ragtop Photography wrote: I'm being hired to photograph a woman who has an absolutely beautiful face but who is more than a bit on the plus-size.
The shoot will be outdoors with available light. I will have fill-flash and reflectors that her husband can help with.
Are there any suggestions for capturing the most flattering portraits?
I'd really like to do a bang-up job. For one thing, she gives me my weekly allergy shots.
A bit of research on posing would help a great deal in this area. There are many, many tips on poses and lighting that will help your situation. Obviously, you don't want to shoot that person head-on in most cases. It's all about the angles to the camera, accentuating features, and minimizing others. Wardrobe plays a part as well.
Just as if you were shooting someone with a large nose...you adjust poses and lighting accordingly.
Just a note (and it may not be applicable): Be careful when addressing weight issues in Photoshop. It's a fine line between a touch of Liquify and going overboard and insulting the model...or making it completely unrealistic.
OP, almost all of your shots are very flat lighting, including a surprising number using on camera flash. I think you would be much better off using more "sculpting" light to give her, or anyone, some shape.
do things to hide/minimize her torso (DOF blur, shadow, obstruction). have her peek out from behind a tree. make the focus on head and boobs. in the studio we shoot from above wide open or put them on their tummy or do headshots.
depends on their personality. some big girls seem fine with it and you can just shoot them normally.
watch out for double chins. have them stretch their neck or shoot from above. try to make sure there's a jawline, not jowls.
I'd say avoid telephotos and go for the wides to slim her out if beauty is your goal. Me, I shoot big girls BECAUSE they are big so I'm not interested in fantasy images. Maybe a 50mm instead of an 85 or 105 for portraits and a 35mm for full figure shots as opposed to the longer lenses. And yes, shadows can take away inches if used creatively. So can the clothing.