January 2021 // The Beauty Edition

In-Studio Posing | Laura Shortt

In fact, when shooting female clients, my go-to poses are often ones that flatter and enhance an hourglass shape in their figures. I find that women usually adore portraits of themselves where I’ve coached them to create an hourglass figure through posing (and where I’m running a business, it’s important that I deliver portraits that my clients are going to love).

Model: Susan Pao HMUA: Artistry By Ksenia

That being said, we absolutely do not need an hourglass shape to create an amazing portrait of a woman. Take the following example, which took second place in the boudoir category of WPPI’s First Half Online Competition in 2020. The subject fills too much of the frame to create an hourglass shape in her figure. However, this doesn’t matter at all because the photo follows other artistic principles nicely to produce a flattering portrait. The model’s right arm is positioned to create a diagonal line within the photo, the model is positioned asymmetrically which is very pleasing to the eye, and in terms of composition, we also have lots of compositional triangles at play. If you’re unsure of what things like triangles are as they relate to composition, I recommend you do some research on composition in art. Don’t forget: as photographers we are also artists, and having a foundational understanding of artistic principles will serve you well.

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