When you are photographing plus-size models, your goal should be the same as when you’re photographing any model: To show them in the best light.
It isn’t a question of making a model look slimmer than they are, or trying to get them to fit into a mould that simply isn’t theirs. Instead, your focus should be on enhancing the way that the model looks by controlling the lighting, angle, proportions and other factors.
To be more specific, there are a few useful tips that you should try to make use of when you are photographing plus size models:
- Use the lighting to highlight curves
Good lighting is essential to any photography, and it should come as no surprise that it is the perfect place to start when photographing plus-size models. In this case, however, your goal should be to use the lighting to highlight the curves that your model has and accentuate them so that they look flattering.
In general, it is best to position the lighting source above and slightly behind the model’s position relative to your camera to highlight your model’s curves. Another option is to light the model from the side to draw attention to some curves while masking others in shadows.
Be particularly wary of hard light that casts strong shadows, as it could make the model look much older.
- Be open and make the model feel comfortable
The more relaxed and comfortable your model feels, the better your photographs will look. The confidence level of plus size women can vary, so you should take that into account and be reassuring if necessary.
It is often best to be open about discussing what you’re doing with your model. Start by asking them to pose in a manner that is comfortable, and make adjustments off it rather than attempting to force them to pose in a particular way.
Many plus size women are intimately acquainted with their own best angles, and using that as a starting point can help you improve your photos tremendously.
- Don’t try to ‘hide’ your models’ look
Always remember that there is a big difference between capturing flattering photos of a model and trying to ‘hide’ parts of their appearance. That is a mistake many photographers make when snapping photos of plus-size models, and some even extensively edit photos to slim them down artificially.
At the end of the day, you should be trying to make your model look good in her natural shape, and not altering that shape to suit contemporary beauty standards.
Although you don’t want to edit away your model’s look – a few touch ups won’t hurt to improve the lighting, hide small blemishes, and so on. For example, you can do that easily by using Movavi Photo Editor (https://www.movavi.com/photo-editor/).
Just as with photographing any model, the more practice you get the better you’ll be at snapping natural and beautiful photos of plus-size models. As you capture more photos, you’ll start to learn more about the best angles to use, and how to help your models pose in ways that let them flaunt their assets.