NicoleNudes wrote: Telling them to take a deep breath in could also work - just have to make sure that their expression is still good.
I don't really care if someone tells me to suck it in (as long as they're not rude about it. ex. Suck in your gut) - I normally do anyways so I don't need to be told.
Agreed. Although I don't get offended when photographers ask me to "suck in my tummy," I think it's always best to direct with positive rather than negative language. Another example could be saying, "lift your chin," rather than, "don't look down!!" When photographers give positive directions rather than telling me what they don't like, the whole mood of the shoot becomes more collaborative and less stressful. Also, I don't particularly like cute or childish language like "tummy," especially if I'm naked and trying to look regal or sexy. If you want to make a model feel like a sexy, empowered woman, treat her like one.
I shoots lots of hunched poses, so I always say "suck and tuck". If the model looks butthurt, I just let them know the pose will make anyone look not as small as they are, hence the suck.
After I know a model well enough, well then I don't preface a statement (or end it for that matter) with any kind of niceity. They know me well enough by that point that I'm not being mean, I just know what the pose needs.
YEP ANNA THAT SOUNDS PERFECT AND ITS A BIT OF SHOW AND TELL AND A GOOD EDUCATION FOR THE MODEL AS WELL...
Anna Adrielle wrote: for beginning models, showing the difference on camera also works wonders. Often they don't know yet how much a difference a little change in posture can mean. So show them a shot where they were a bit slouchy and not sucking it in, and then show them a shot where they elongate their body and let the tummy stick out a bit, and the difference between the 2 shots will be very motivating . After that just say "remember the tummy" everyone once in a while, or "tummy!" or "stand up straight!"
To be honest, I don't get offended when a photographer tells me that. I recognize that the tiniest little "fleshy" part in real life with be amplified based on the outfit, lighting, pose, angle, etc. Plus, it's an ab workout!
If you really want to be gentle with the model, point out that holding in your stomach/flexing your abs actually straightens your back a bit, so you avoid any unflattering hunches.
"Pull your stomach in" has been one that I have heard before.
I tend to not like the sound of the word "gut", personally. Regardless, I don't feel that it isn't a big deal to be told to suck it in. Others, however, may have different feelings. Some of the earlier posts have splendid ideas that are very neutral.
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I'm fine with suck it in...
I appreciate it when people let you know something doesn't look quite right. If I notice when someone is showing me some of the shots... I'll ask to do it again. It just wastes time if you're not honest about things easily fixed
PictureItYakima wrote: I just kind of just spill it out when we're taking our first test shots.
"Okay here we go. Ready? Stomach in boobs out! Lets go.
I usually get a laugh.
Me too. I sometimes do it subtly by asking the model to arch her back or put her hands behind her head or something 'as it's flattering to your tummy' - once a model knows you're working with them to show them in the best way - they are usually well on board.
I worked with a model who was concerned about her "tummy". I advised her not to be so and just face the camera facing forward. Unless the model is "with child" it does not show. Photos from the side are a different case.