Dave Cross Interview: Understanding & Learning Photoshop Like a Photoshop Junkie

Don’t you wish that learning Photoshop was as easy as snapping on a lens? Unless you’ve been stuck under a rock for the last 20+ years, you already know that learning Photoshop is one of the things about photography that you either enjoy completely or avoid at all costs. It’s difficult, time-consuming, and complex.

Dave Cross, a Photoshop instructor based in Florida, would agree. Learning it takes a great deal of patience, but if you were to really stick it out, the rewards could be boundless. Since 1987, he has been teaching Adobe products to photographers and other creative professionals and has taught an easy-to-understand approach to the mastering it. He’s one of most prominent — and one of our favorite — educators around.

In this interview, we asked Dave a few questions about his beginnings in Photoshop and got him to explain why using layers can make Photoshop much easier to use.

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Natalie Kita Interview: Capturing the Unique Beauty of Every Woman


Natalie Kita, a high-end boudoir photographer based in Delaware, prefers simplicity. Putting aside conceptual projects where ideas become more important than people, Kita has carved out a sizable following for her intimate, in-the-moment shoots that emphasize the unique beauty of everyday women.

Believing that a boudoir shoot can be a “life-changing experience,” Kita goes into every shoot with a practiced understanding of how to make a client comfortable with the camera and, most importantly, with the client’s own body. In this interview, we wanted to learn a little more about Kita and find out how she got started, while also trying to uncover a few practical lessons on shooting one of the most demanding genres of photography.

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Boudoir Photography NYC

Top Ten Boudoir Photographers In New York

Boudoir photography has been around since the 1920s and though the times (and technology) have significantly changed, the cultural appreciation of a woman’s beauty has not. Originally referring to a room for sulking in, boudoir is now known as a modern day style of glamour photography that focuses on the aesthetic appeal of women.

While boudoir photography sessions are more popular than ever, a majority of women are nervous to share intimate moments with a complete stranger. So it becomes imperative to get a professional boudoir photographer if you’re planning a boudoir photo shoot. A good photographer will not only be able to help you understand how to pose for boudoir photos, he or she will also make it a point that you’re confident with the poses. You can go over the boudoir photo shoot ideas with your photographer as well as discuss what is it that you are comfortable with.

To lend a helping hand, we have compiled a list of the top 10 destinations for Boudoir Photography NYC

Along with contact information, we will also add reviews or tips from the photographers themselves. This compilation is the best of Boudoir Photography NYC and all of the following studios and photographers are highly rated and are very successful.

#10: Sweet Emotion Boudoir Photography – Long Island City, NY

Michael A. from Sweet Emotion says if you are nervous about an upcoming boudoir session, “You are not alone.  Being nervous is completely natural and expected.  We walk you through every step of the shoot from selecting your outfits to helping you pose.  Boudoir photography NYC - Sweet emotion

You only have one job during the shoot, and that is to let us do all of the work!  One of the things I get complimented on regularly is how quickly I can get a client comfortable.  The biggest thing to remember is just to relax and have fun.  If you are having a good time, it will show in the images.”

Michael has shot for Playboy South Africa, Playboy Mexico.com, Sports Illustrated.com (SI.com), Maxim, FHM, and Esquire, among many others.

You can reach him at sweetemotions.com or 914-433-1039.

#9: Koren Reyes Photography – New York City, Rhode Island And Surrounding Areas

A native Minnesotan, Koren has worked for the likes of SELF magazine, The New York Times and Woman’s Day magazine, to name only a few. Koren - Boudoir Photography NYC

She shares a few tips you may not have considered, such as not getting a facial 48 hours or less before the shoot time in case of an adverse reaction or avoiding alcohol the day before to avoiding puffy eyes. She also suggests eating lightly or not at all before a tummy

She also recommends eating lightly or not at all before a tummy shot, to avoid having an extra belly bulge.

Victoria S. says, “The shoot was a lot of fun. Koren made me feel incredibly comfortable and was great about directing my poses which I was happy not to have to think of myself. She complimented me, making me feel good about myself at the moment. As someone who is not thrilled with their body, I hoped the shoot would help me learn to love it.

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Koren Reyes can be reach at korenreyes.com or (212) 799-0855.

#8: French Kiss Photography, New York

Boasting several five-star reviews on Yelp here is what the photographer at French Kiss NY has to say: “My name is Irina, and I felt needed while doing this.French kiss photography - Boudoir photography NYC

With every happy email, with every hug at the end of the shoot, I know I am exactly where I am supposed to be. It is precisely through boudoir photography that I can take women like you and me and give them the opportunity to take the blindfold off and show them who I see in front of me.

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And with not one dissatisfied client to date, ranging in shapes, sizes, and ages, I am pretty confident that you will be happy with what I show you too!”

Irina’s studio is located at 85 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013 but you should book an appointment by calling (212) 226-0606 or visiting the website at frenchkissny.com

#7: Your Hollywood Portrait, New York

Raya is a multi-award winning photographer. She won the International Fashion Photography Festival in Cannes (France), has been named Master Hasselblad, and her work has been exposed in Paris, London, Beijing, Dubai and New York.Your Hollywood Portrait -Boudoir photography NYC

She uses the high-end medium format digital camera Hasselblad HD and the best lighting equipment. S

he specializes in vintage portraits, elegant boudoir, and Old Hollywood portraits.

Raya shares several tips for potential clients, such as “On the day itself, try not to get to the studio at the last minute, it would be a shame to start the session all stressed because you were worried you’d be late.


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Of course, it can be equally annoying to have to wait outside the door for 2 hours, afraid to ring the bell because you’re so early.”

She is also quick to point out to not worry or stress; her ultimate goal is to have you relaxed and able to enjoy yourself! Reach Raya at yourhollywoodportrait.com or (646) 209-8198. The address of her studio is 164 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013 but make sure to book an appointment before showing up!

#6: Jenerations, Long Island City, Queens

Jen Roze, photographer, and owner at Jenerations has this to say on her popular blog: “When you come to me and shed your clothing, and I photograph you, it’s part of the process of living shamelessly. I offer a safe and enjoyable place that allows you to express your unique femininity without any judgements.”jenrations photopgraphy - Boudoir Photography NYC

A review on Yelp by Jess L. states the following about her experience with Jennifer: “Jennifer is great at getting back to emails and did an excellent job getting my album together. She offers multiple packages with different amounts of time for the shoot, the album final product, etc. Relinquish control, and it will be a blast.


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Jeneration’s studio is in the trendy area of Long Island City, Queens. They also offer shots in many different locations that we choose based on your individual needs.
Book a boudoir session by calling (516) 343-4616 or visiting jenerations.com

#5: Celimages Provocateur, New York City

Celimages Provocateur was featured on the front page of the New York Post, The Today Show and many others.

climages PHOTOGRAPHY - Boudoir Photography NYC“The day of the shoot I was super nervous- something which quickly subsided as we began the shoot. Catherine chatted with me as she guided my poses. I felt so comfortable I almost forgot I was in lingerie! The entire experience was liberating. I cannot thank Catherine, her makeup artist and team enough for the amazing experience and for saving the day!” – Kelly N.
Visit celimagesprovocateur.com for pricing information. You can also call 1 (800) 292-3092 or email them at boudoir@celimages.com

#4: Couture Boudoir, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Paris and many more locations!

Critsey Rower is the photographer for this major studio. She is available to travel worldwide (and of course locally!). She describes her shoot style as “sensual and sexy,” and says that she is always up for a challenge. All boudoir sessions include My Beauty Guide, a hair and makeup artist, wardrobe consultant, pose coaching and password protected galleries. Couture Boudoir Photos - Boudoir Photography NYC

“From the moment I met Critsey, she made me feel at ease. I brought multiple outfits, and she chose the ones that she thought would photograph best. She also had a great hair & makeup person that makes you look and feel flawless to start. After the first couple photos, you feel like a natural. She knows just exactly how to pose you and makes it seem easy! Before you know it the session is over, and it was fun!” – Clarissa



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To see more of her work, visit her at coutureboudoir.com or call (704) 777-7707.

#3: Blue Daisy Boudoir, New York City

Blue Daisy Boudoir - Boudoir Photography NYCMariann photographs every boudoir session at Blue Daisy Boudoir. The portraits can be taken at home or on location. Books, enlargements, canvas gallery wraps, greeting cards, and calendars are also available at this studio.

“Mariann was wonderful to work with. She was professional and made me feel so comfortable at the photo shoot. The end product is fantastic!!” – Review made by Ashley on Yelp.
Please contact Mariann for details and full pricing information at mariann@bluedaisyboudoir.com

#2: Ken Jones Photography, New York

Ken Jones PhotoS - Boudoir Photography NYCBelieve it or not, Ken Jones started his passion for photography with food photography! As a teenager, he attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan and his career has done nothing but grown since then. He has been able to photograph a multitude of companies in a variety of industries, including Prai Cosmetics, Fubu Entertainment, Limited Brands, and more.

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Ken says to bring a great attitude and an open mind as well as:
Grooming Supplies – Hairspray, gel or whatever you may use to hold your hair; Hair clips, pins, brushes, combs; Your base color foundation lip gloss and toothbrush
Clothing- A few different shirts or tops, flowing dresses, just things you like in general, very simple jewelry and comfortable shoes.
You can reach Ken at fultonstudio.com or (212) 964-8240.

#1: Own Your Sexy, New York City

Own Your Sexy photography - Boudoir Photography NYCOwn Your Sexy has been seen in People Magazine, The Knot, and plenty more magazines, as well as TV shows. Formally known as Rue Boudoir, this studio is in New York City and focuses primarily on luxury boudoir photography.

With an all-female staff and over 1500 boudoir sessions under her belt, Laura Boyd is a photographer you want to look into.

“This was such an incredible experience, one that every woman deserves! Laura is amazing. She made me feel so comfortable and at ease. More importantly, she had me feeling sexy and confident. She tells you how to pose and look your absolute best. Laura does all of the thinking for you and is phenomenal at what she does.  I loved that we got to go over all the photos together right after the shoot. I love how all of my pictures came out and am looking forward to seeing the final product. Zuleika was also amazing on hair and makeup!! Her service is not one to be missed!!!” Sara W, Yelp review.

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Check out the website or give them a call at (212) 564-7430.

However, if you are still confused about how it will turn out, or not sure about the session, then you can do some homework. You can look out for poses and try them at home and get comfortable in skin. I recommend for a list of ideas to share with your photographer, check out Boudoir Posing Guide for Modern Photographers. It’s an in-depth guide that can help you master the craft of boudoir photography with two seasoned veterans, Emily Caldwell and BP4u.

*All of the photographs are a property of the respective website and photographer.

Boudoir Photography Tips – How To Make Her Feel Comfortable

Boudoir photography is huge right now. There are so many women out there, who aren’t necessarily models, looking for classy, sexy photos. Boudoir photographs make a woman feel beautiful. They make her feel sensual, and they can, if taken properly give her some newfound confidence. They also make the perfect gift for her partner, so, of course, she’s going to look and feel her best!

‘Boudoir’ is of French origin, meaning a woman’s bedroom or sitting room. So it won’t come as any surprise that most boudoir photography takes place in an intimate setting like a bedroom or hotel. Or if you don’t have access to this, your own boudoir setting within your photography studio.

Boudoir photography tips for newbie

Romantic, sexy, soft, sensual, and sometimes even naughty…these are all characteristics of what makes a good boudoir picture. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in the game for years or you’re just starting out as a boudoir photographer, you’re probably still on the look out for some hot boudoir photography tips.

When it comes to boudoir photography tips for the budding boudoir photographer, you’ve got to remember your primary goal – make your subject feel totally at ease while capturing them in the most flattering way possible. No woman wants to be left feeling vulnerable and unattractive.

We’ve compiled some of the best boudoir photography tips there are to help you get it right from the outset. You need to know your subject well (not too well obviously) and you need to find the right poses that compliment your client’s body type.

Regardless of what people might think, boudoir photographs aren’t sleazy. They’ve been around since the early 1900s and were a favorite amongst the aristocratic women of that time. So keep it classy and shoot your subjects well.

Here are some of the best boudoir photography tips for every boudoir photographer.

1. Her Perspective

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One of the most important boudoir photography tips is to shoot from the woman’s perspective. Every woman, no matter if they’re curvy or petite, has body hang-ups. Some women adore their backsides while others detest them. Every woman is different, and you can’t assume one client is like the other.

Learn what she loves about her body and play with that. From there, shoot her, focusing on her best assets. Get the light right and you’re bound to create some sexy photographs she and her partner will love.

At times she might not know what to tell you, which is okay as well. Remember you’ll be seeing her at her most vulnerable. Engage her in a conversation about the shoot beforehand to really get to know how she feels about her body.

  • What things does she love about her body?
  • What is it she dislike about her body?
  • Which are her best assets?
  • Which part of her body is she most self-conscious about?

2. Evoke Emotion

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Her expression can speak a thousand words. It’s what makes the photo real!

One of the crucial boudoir photography tips you must remember is to evoke emotion. It’s a must! Your job is to bring out her personality because let’s face it no one wants to see a lifeless boudoir model without personality – that’s not sexy at all!

You should be able to get a sense of what she’s like as a person from the pre-discussion with her. You’ll also be able to gauge this from the way she moves. Is she a woman who doesn’t care about bouncing about in her lingerie in front of a stranger or is she more reserved, opting to cover up until the shoot begins?

  • How would you describe her character?
  • Is she fun, playful, sexual or shy?

As you’re capturing her images, talk to her. Say things that are going to evoke the very emotions you’d love to capture in the photo.

Instruct her and guide her. Use real actions, such as gently brushing her hair out of her eyes. It’s raw, and it’s real!

Be sure you change your speed settings on your DSLR camera accordingly to ensure you won’t end up with a blurred image as she moves.

And remember, building her self-esteem up along the way should be your number one priority as a boudoir photographer – make her feel like she’s the hottest girl in the world!

3. Get the Right Light

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Light – it’s one of the key aspects of all good photographs. It’s also the number one culprit when it comes to an unflattering boudoir photograph. Analyze the light properly and ask yourself the following:

  • Where’s the light falling?
  • What about the shadows?
  • What kind of light do I need to use to manipulate the shot?

An unflattering boudoir photo will destroy your subject’s self-esteem. You can control this by controlling the light. Remember the following boudoir photography tips for lighting and get the best photo every time.

Overhead lights create unflattering shadows below the eyes.
Light from beneath will create a gaunt horror movie-like look.
Fluorescent lights are a no-no – no one looks good under them!
Natural soft window light is the most flattering on the bare skin.

5. Variety is the Spice of Life

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Every pun intended. There’s nothing more repetitive and boring than looking at the same photograph over and over again with the only difference being your subject’s outfit.

As a boudoir photographer, you’ll need to vary your shots more, so your client ends up with a nice variety of photographs in the end. Take close-up shots to show off her best or favorite features, ¾ shots to shoot the upper part of her body, and of course flattering full body shots.

6. Create Focal Points with her Body

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Take a look at any professional lingerie model, and you’ll notice one thing they all have in common. They’re skilled at making beautiful geometric shapes with their limbs.

Study lingerie models arms and legs and have your subject mimic the positions. Careful positioning of arms and legs will help create more balance in the shot while adding a sexy, carefree element to the pic. They can also if placed in the right position, hide any areas that your subject might not want to reveal.

7. Strike a Pose

Perhaps what’s one of the most important aspects in boudoir portraits is the pose. By nature, women are sensitive about what they perceive to be their body flaws. This is where you come in. Using expert poses to highlight her favorite features while downplaying her perceived flaws is an art form.

With practice, you can help your subject create the most sensual pose to stand out in the photo and have her and her partner say “Wow!”

1. Bent Legs – A Look of Pleasure

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Conceal any “issues” by having your subject bend her legs. This is one of the favorite poses of boudoir photographers. It works for every single body type, and a woman of any age can pull it off. The results are phenomenal, and will surely please your client.

Directing a subject into this position can be tricky. You should take the lead and give a demo. Walk her through it step by step so she can gain the confidence she needs.

Use a chair, bench or couch as a prop. With feet on the floor, stretch the body backward onto the prop. Drop the hips and allow the upper back to rest on the said couch. Have her bend her inner leg (the closest leg to you) right up, with the foot still on the ground. This will hide any problematic areas in her midsection. The other leg should be slightly bent and extending further out than the other. Heels are a must. The result? A sexy photo that depicts a confident woman who wants more!

2. Legs Up

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“Legs up!” It might sound crass, but in the boudoir studio, it’s perfectly normal. This is a comfortable boudoir pose that anyone can master.

Have your subject lie on the bed, her head facing towards you and her legs towards the wall. Her hands should rest above her head, creating triangles (remember the lingerie models?). With a slight bend in her legs, get her to rest them against the wall. Take the shot looking downwards so all you see is her crown and hair. This is one sexy shot; it screams, “I’m ready!”

It’s also incredibly flattering as the pose naturally flattens the stomach area, and it’s not the stomach that’s the focal point – it’s the hands and legs. Just make sure your subject has a nice manicure!

3. The Head Shot

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Imagine a profile headshot. Something similar to a LinkedIn profile shot, but without the clothes! Have your woman stand against a plain background. Her shoulders should be slightly back, and her head bowed seductively down. If she has long hair, allow it to hang loosely over her breasts. The slightly arched back will enhance her breasts, making them the focal point of the shot.

Snap this pic from a couple of inches below the bra line to create a “shy” yet “seductive” look.

4. A Casual Pose

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This boudoir pose is easy to perfect. After all, your subject probably strikes this one at home all the time without even realizing it. And you don’t need any specific boudoir photography tips to get this one 😉

Have your subject lie on the floor at an angle. Her legs crossed and you can either have her prop them up against something like a wall or have them playfully in the air. Her arms bent at 90-degree angles and her hands in a loose clasp. Shoulders need to be straight and her head tilted towards you.

Take this shot from head on to get the angled body in. This flattering angle will elongate the body, making your subject look slimmer while hiding the stomach area. The clasped hands enhance the cleavage, making this a cute and spirited shot with tons of sex appeal.

5. The Look of Innocence

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Sitting on a couch or chair, have your subject bend her knees inwards. This creates a childlike innocence. Furthermore, it’s incredibly endearing. And with these expert boudoir photography tips, you can surely pull it off.

If she’s curvy, no fear, that’s what throw cushions are for. Have her gently hug one, creating a sense of sexy vulnerability. Her head should be cocked slightly to the side as if she’s deep in thought…

Taking the photo from slightly above will create a flattering look that takes away from any areas of her body she might be unsure about.

6. The Back Bra Shot

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Such a natural boudoir pose – any woman can pull it off. Fastening a bra is an everyday action and a simple black and white photograph with a blurred background makes for an alluring image.

Your subject should stand at a slight angle with one leg bent slightly in front. It should be so small that you wouldn’t even notice she’s doing it.

Again, her elbows positioned at a 90-degree angle, and her fingers should be obviously holding either end of her bra fastener as if she’s just about to do it up. As a result the final image will be breathtaking while there will still be an element of mystery about it.

At the end of the day, there are plenty of flattering poses for the boudoir model. It doesn’t matter if she’s a size zero or a plus-size lady – every woman is beautiful in her own way. It’s about making them feel special and getting them in the mood. A boudoir photo should be fun, and it’s up to you, the boudoir photographer to make that happen!

Are you keen to learn more great tips for boudoir photography? Start studying today and get shooting to capture women at their finest!

Give them the greatest gift, confidence and some beautiful boudoir photos to match!


Smart Posing Tips to Capture Perfect Male Portrait Photographs

For anyone who is used to photographing females, shooting male models photos poses can be an intimidating task. The entire atmosphere on the photography set might feel different if you are about to photograph a male.

For starters, it is important to get into why this is so. And an understanding of these reasons might actually help you de-construct male models photos poses.
It is no surprise that women and men are different from each other.

When they come to be photographed, they come in with different expectation, goals and images attached to them already. The trend of the day dictates that female portrait photoshoots usually revolve more around fashion and glamour. Hence, photographing them involves focusing more on their beauty, makeup, clothes and accessories.

This might not be the case with male portrait photography. Unless the photoshoot is for a fashion label, male portrait photoshoots rarely emphasize clothing, accessories or enhanced beauty.


Moreover, there are different stereotypes attached with both the genders that your clients might prefer highlighting in their distinctive photoshoots. Women can get away with both feminine and slightly masculine looks. However, generally, it is demanded that they be portrayed as curvy, stylish figures with flawless beauty.

On the other hand, the case with male photography is entirely the opposite! It is preferred that they be portrayed as rugged, confident, fit and absolutely masculine beings. The focus in male portraits is more on edgy angles rather than body curves. And almost all your clients, in this case, might actually opt for a raw and disheveled look rather than a pretty, neat and put together look.

Based on this, and interestingly, your commercial clients may want a different look from the male and female portraits they’ve assigned you, even if both are intended to advertise the same product or service.

In line with this stream of thought, many clients would come to you for male portrait photographs with certain objectives in mind. Being a good professional, it is your first and foremost duty to make them feel comfortable and understand their objectives fully before getting on with the assignment.

It is only then that you can work towards determining the posing for you male portrait assignment.

Furthermore, before you actually get on with the photoshoot, it is important to get to know the male model a bit. You should make him feel comfortable and welcomed on the set and should get to know his personality a bit. This way when the time comes for him to pose, you could help him let loose and guide him towards appropriate poses.

Knowing all these essentials will actually help you lay some ground rules during the photoshoot. It will also aid you in getting an in-depth understanding of classic male models photos poses while at the same time allowing you to get creative with the poses and introduce variations.

Most posing guides usually revolve around women. And those that do talk about male models photos poses do not explain the theory behind these poses. This guide is here to help you understand the rationale behind these poses so you can pick and choose the one that suits your goals best.

However, before we go into the actual guidelines for posing, there are some general tips that we would like to give you to help you better position and pose your subject so that you are able to capture those perfect male portraits.


General Tips On Male Models Photos Poses

Closeness to the camera: Any object that is closer to the camera automatically looks bigger. Remember this while you take photos. This will help you emphasize certain features that might be essential in achieving the perfect look for a male portrait.

For example, in male portraits it is common to highlight the torso or chest as it makes the portrait look more masculine. This control over the proximity to the camera will allow some flexibility with regards to the poses and will help you bring any alterations that you might deem fit.

Lens: A longer lens can actually make the object look smaller while a shorter lens enhances the depth of the picture. So experiment with different lenses to see which one would help achieve the desired results.

Once you have finalized a lens, plan the male models photos poses accordingly. Doing so in advance will help save time as well.

Guide: It is very important as a photographer to guide your subject regarding poses while simultaneously photographing him quickly. Just tell your model to change poses and how exactly they should change them if you don’t like a particular pose.

At the same time keep on snapping their pictures. Don’t stop! You never know which pose you might like and what might work. You don’t want to spend several minutes on each pose getting it right down to the minutest detail. That will only waste time and will make the pose look unnatural and almost fake.

Be aware: When working with male models you need to realize that they are humans too and they actively feel while going through the shoot. They are not just some passive objects that will just lay where you place them.

You need to empathize and be aware of their insecurities. Yes! It’s not only females who are insecure. For instance, if a male model is bald, he might feel a little insecure about showing his head in the photographs.

As a photographer it is your job to emphasize the good features and try to curb or hide any that are unflattering or the ones that the model is not comfortable exposing.

Don’t ask him to stand straight like a zombie: You should encourage the male model to not just stand straight with his hands on the side but to actually cross his arms or use them to hold his jacket or tie or whatever other accessory that can be of use.

For example, for the portrait of a groom, you can ask the groom to hold his cufflinks or adjust his tie. This way the photograph will have more of an impact and will look candid.

This tips will generally allow you to give an overall good look to the photographs. They will give you more control and mastery over the poses. Also, they will help you help you manipulate a pose using just your camera gear, photography skills and plain human psychology.

Now moving on, we get to the specifics. The tips given below focus solely on the different ways you can use certain facial and bodily features to capture flattering photographs. These tips will also hopefully aid you in acquiring an understanding of the mechanics behind different pose so that you can alter each pose to your liking.

Tips to Enhance Different Features –

Facial Features:

1) The Jaw line:
It should come as no surprise that the jaw line is considered the ultimate representation of manliness. And since that is the representation most male models and clients typically want, it is your responsibility to make sure that jaw line appears angular and sharp in the pictures. You can request the subject to pull their chin down.

This will highlight the chin and will simultaneously hide the neck and any double chin that might exist. If the double chin is too much to be hidden by a slight chin-out pose then ask the person to use his hands in the pose in such a way that his hands hide the double chin instead. For example, you could ask the male model to rest his chin on his fist.

Moreover, you can even play around with shadows to make the chin look as sharp as possible. Just be careful not to blend the chin with the neck and make sure that its boundary stands out from the neck.

2) The Eyes:
Ask you subject to squint slightly. By squint we mean that they close their eyes partly, raising the lower lids to give even wide eyes a narrower, focused look. As a general rule, wide, doe eyes are not the way to go if you are trying to achieve that manly look since these might make the photograph look more adorable than manly. Narrow eyes add intensity and mysteriousness to the male models photos poses.

If your male model has one eye smaller than the other, which is a very common phenomenon, and you want to make both the eyes look the same size, you could position him in such a way that smaller eye is closer to the camera. As mentioned before, anything closer to the camera will look bigger and this will equalize the effect and size of both eyes.

In another case, if your male model has naturally drooping eyes and you want to make them look a little more awake, you can take the shot from a higher angle. This will force them to gaze up and their eyes will automatically open up a little more in the process, giving you that perfect shot you wanted.

3) The Head:
Discourage your male model from tilting his head towards the camera because that gives an overall cute, feminine vibe to the picture. Instead persuade him to either keep the head straight or tilt it a little away from the camera (but not too much).
Furthermore, if your model has an unusually big forehead or has bald spots then shooting from a lower angle should be your way to go. This will take the focus away from the forehead or any bald spots and will emphasize other favorable features.


Bodily Features:

4) The Shoulders:
The ideal male body type is one that has a V shape, meaning it’s broader at the shoulders and thinner at the waist. Since many clients desire such a look, as a photographer it is your job to make the shoulders appear as broad as possible.

So ask your model to square his shoulder as much as he can and lean in towards the camera. This will accentuate the shoulders because bringing the shoulders towards the camera will make them look instantly bigger.

5) The Waist:
As mentioned before, you want the waist to look thinner in portraits. To slim the waste down, do not fit it into the camera frame. Contrary to this, try to lean the shoulders in, and the waist away from the camera.

Getting the waist a little further away from the camera in this case will make it look thinner because any object that is at a little distance from the camera automatically looks smaller.

6) Posture:
No amount of words are enough to emphasize how important a good posture is in capturing the perfect male photos. All those male models photos poses will go to waste if you don’t have the right posture to complement those poses. So stand up tall, keep your shoulders wide but relaxed and suck that tummy in.

7) Legs:
If your model is standing you could ask them to cross their legs at the shin level. But be sure to request them to put the entire weight of their body on the leg in the back. This will make your model look more relaxed.

Alternatively, you could ask them to keep their legs shoulder width apart or to lean against the wall, bend the leg that is closest to the camera and place it higher on the wall. All are flattering poses for male.

However, if your male model is going to be sitting down then ask them to put the ankle of leg over the knee of the other. You should be photographing them slightly from above. This will make the overall photograph seem more natural.

Hopefully, these tips will help you guide your male model to strike the perfect poses. These tricks will most definitely add more versatility to the classic male portrait poses and will help you gain more control over the poses as well. So follow these simple tips and get ready to make your mark as a portrait photographer!

Ivar Wigan Interview: Photographing the Culture of Atlanta’s Strip Clubs

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“The Gods,” a series of photographs made by the Scottish photographer Ivar Wigan, takes its title from a nickname given in Atlanta to those who survive street life long enough to look back, each now a veteran of a hard-fought life. Wigan spent over eight weeks researching, meeting, befriending, and, ultimately, photographing the people of Atlanta, staying late at its strip clubs, where dancers perform without stigma, and at parties that collapsed into the morning.

As an outsider far removed from the culture’s intricacies, there was risk of projecting bias, or ignorance. Wigan refrained from photographing until he was sure he had permission. “It’s not possible to make this kind of work without developing relationships,” he told me. “To make this kind of work the artist needs to be working from within the scene he is representing.”

Wigan spoke to us over email last month.

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Lindsay Adler Interview: Bold, Fearless Portraits of Fashion & Color

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As a fashion photographer, business owner, and teacher, Lindsay Adler has made a brand for herself in the world of photography. And the clearest distillation of this brand might be her line of ebooks and videos that work through the mystery of creating good images by meeting it halfway. You can teach only so much about photography, and the part of deciding when to press the trigger may be ultimately unteachable. So, instead, her videos show new photographers what part does what and by how much — as, say, a dance instructor might impress upon you when to move your feet where, giving you some idea of what it’s like to feel your body moving on beat, but never truly giving you a way to feel what all the back and forth actually means.

While shooting, Adler is firm but positive. She believes in empathizing with the person photographed. Against a trigger-happy, aggressive approach that comforts the one doing the shooting with an ever greater amount of shots, she prepares beforehand and collaborates with her team on set to minimize a sitter’s time in front of a camera. It’s her brand of creativity, photography, and teaching that has won her financial success and critical notice. And it’s why we wanted to speak with Adler about her ideas on photography.

Adler spoke to us over email last week.

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Frank Doorhof Interview: From Being Bullied to Making Business From His Portraits

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In 2012, the last time Frank Doorhof spoke to us, he had recently joined Kelby Training as a workshop lecturer and was already gaining international recognition for his glamour, fashion, and portrait photography. How have the previous four years treated him? Well, it turns out that he hasn’t lost any steam. He’s still making exciting work while gaining more and more fans every day.

For this interview, we wanted to revisit our first conversation with more personal questions. Instead of asking about technique, we wanted to ask about Doorhof’s journey into photography. We wanted to know more about him. We learned, for example, that Doorhof was bullied when he was young — “without a doubt, this forced me to improve myself constantly” — and that photography, in its way of putting you in front of others no matter how you feel, has given him a way to find his most open, friendly, and generous self.

We spoke with Doorhof over email last week.

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Parker Day Interview: Imagining the Glittering Beauty of the Outré

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Trying to tell somebody what you loved most of Parker Day’s portraits after one look is like being asked which part of a landscape you noticed while riding a roller coaster. Windswept and twitchy, you’d probably pick what’s most obvious and readily brought back to mind. “I don’t know — the blue sky, I guess,” you’d probably say. This is also true with the Los Angeles photographer’s portraits. They are high energy. All the loud character, fluorescent greens, and candy-apple reds, captured in vibrant 35mm film, have a way of making every detail jump out in high speed until all that’s left to remember is color.

To be fully appreciated, each portrait should be seen slowly and with a careful eye. Not doing so may cause you to veer into a funhouse of interpretive strands, making the ride a little too bumpy. There’s a lot going on, and her portraits celebrate this particularity: they both relish the fine detail and also recognize a particularity individual to every person. Together, they’re a triumph of difference —even if they’re emboldened by color and persona. What better way to satirize heteronormative ideals than to offer a world of three-eyed waitresses, chocolate-eating mermaids, or disco-dancing mutants? Is it a bit campy? Sure, but it still makes you wonder who these characters are being compared to. Which imagined sameness are they supposedly transgressing? Give me more of this than anything normal and sane, I say.

I spoke to Parker Day about her work over email.

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Abelardo Morell Interview: Capturing the Topsy-Turvy Fantasies of the Camera Obscura

Morell Photography demands attention from the viewer. 

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In 1991, Abelardo Morell captured something that might have never been photographed before. Even though many people had seen what he saw, Morell was the first to make a career capturing the images that come to life when using a camera obscura. Taking around eight hours to properly expose on 4 x 5 film, each photograph is a jumbled puzzle of interiors and exteriors. One way to read them is to do so in shorthand. You can, for example, use all the shapes, colors, and signs that you see above to conjure up Times Square. It would be easy. Nobody would call you crazy, but to do so would obscure a more important reading.

Making what’s inside the picture fit an image inside your head falls back on a way seeing that these photographs try to cancel. Morell photography asks for a different way of seeing: they remind you that it’s okay to imagine something else. If you want to see beyond the appearance of things, who cares? The logic of his photographs is the same of a dream. You can, as you did as a kid, let one shapeshifting fantasy unfold to the next, see shadows and light play out on the ceilings, floors, and walls like stories, all being created and destroyed out of nothing.

I spoke to Morell over email about how he got started and about what he thinks about his process.

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