Sue Bryce Explains How To Photograph Curvier Models

Posing models is a challenge all on its own but adding a curvier model to the mix requires some extra considerations. Not all of us have access to the tall and thin models that grace the covers of countless magazines and in recent years there is a strong push towards representing a more average body type through the use of plus sized models. Let Sue Bryce show you how she tackles posing curvier models in this fantastic hour long tutorial!

A few months ago fellow writer Aaron Brown shared with us some tips from The Haute Girl that gave a quick glimpse into some factors that can contribute to making your subjects look heavier on camera than you intend. In this video turorial Sue Bryce delves even further and shows you hands-on how you can avoid adding those extra visual pounds to your models.

This video is part of a much larger set from Creative Live. If you like what you learn here, you can buy Sue Bryce's complete tutorials over at Creative Live.

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Jon Sharman's picture

There's gotta be a better way to say "Not all of us have access to the tall and thin models that grace the covers of countless magazines"

That was exactly my first thought;-)

LOL artists aren't known for being the most tactful or humble people :)

Tam Nguyen's picture

Sue Bryce is seriously one of the best posers I've seen around. She understands the body and the camera angles really well. I love her.

Ralph Berrett's picture

Sue Bryce is little annoying but, this is an excellent video. To be blunt this not so much about posing models but posing normal people. There is a lot of good info. I would recommend watching 2 or 3 times to liberate the knowledge from it.

Karma Wilson's picture

I'll be honest, it's absolutely true. We recently took pics of one of the miss USA pageant girls, and it's amazing....you can't miss a shot on her. She's pretty, graceful, thin, knows how to pose....she always looks good. I think ONE shot out of hundreds she had her eyes blinking. And thinness is huge in being able to pose freely. If you have more to deal with, you have more to arrange. Simplicity rules, it's true, and it's no less true in the human form.

It is different to shoot actual "talent" than "regular folk" and I say that as a "regular folk". I can take decent pics, in the right clothes, and the right light, with the right photoshop. But honestly, I am not even close to a runway model and I'm not hurt that models look better in pics (and real life) than me. I'm also 44.

A 120 lb, 20-yr-old hard body IS going to look better in pics than me, or even than my very gorgeous, but not uber thin, daughter. It is biology and reality and oh well...I had my day in the sun. lol

Knowing how to pose people of all body types is great for photographers. I love hearing about good angles. I'd also like to see tips on how to pose shorter models, both male and female. There are tricks to making them look taller, and I'd like to hear them all.

Also, don't think that clients browsing your galleries don't appreciate a model who is obviously a little bigger but still looks beautiful. It is a valued skill. Plus size models are making a splash in the US market especially, and the right photographers makes them look very sexy and "voluptuous" if they have the right look.

Thanks!