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What sells most? Some models are here to express themselves, some are here to make money and if that's what you are looking for then these are the top sellers: Our clientel seem to purchase either very sexy photos or 'disability related' photo sets. Photo sets that include and evolve around the model's disability. Photos in the wheelchair, using crutches, braces, cathing etc. Transferring from chair to somewhere else is a big hit, also feet are a crowd pleaser. We also have gotten requests for photos including casts and diapers as well. All these suggestions are ONLY suggestions, not mandatory at all,
There are several ways to correct this situation. Of course the first is to either move the subject or the photographer to a position where the primary light is coming from behind the photographer. In some cases this is neither possible nor desirable and in that case the best solution is to use a flash to fill in the dark shadows created by the backlighting.
|Composition Framing is important. Far too often the photographer concentrates on the eyes and ends up snapping the shot with the eyes centered in the photo. When this happens half of the picture area is wasted and usually filled with distracting items. You can see in the both the center and far right examples that the photos are more pleasing. Even if you use the eyes as your focus point you should move the camera to compose the image prior to snapping the shutter.|
Are you tired of using the same old update routine such as get the camera out, sit in front of a wall, have the photographer start taking photos, and then strip while the camera is flashing? That isn't the exact routine that a lot of people follow, but it is pretty close. Sometimes for variety they will put a sheet over the wall, lay on the floor instead of sitting by the wall, or else lay on the bed, sit in a chair, lounge on the sofa, etc., but the bottom line is that there really isn't a theme or storyline. Gets pretty boring after a while for all concerned (model, photographer, and the viewer).
Do Themes and Have More Fun
I cheat on this one. If at all possible I like
to have someone with me that is looking just for that. This
helps the model get into the most flattering pose and lets the model know if a
double chin or little roll is showing so the pose can be altered by a slight
change to the way the head is held or the body is positioned. If an assistant
isn't available the photographer should be responsible for letting you know,
tell them in the beginning that you would like their input on how the poses
look and to be honest, this will help get the best possible photo possible.
You can't always tell looking through the lens so before the photographer
snaps the photo he/she should look at the pose without the camera and make the
necessary changes to the pose.
You can also use props to hide unwanted features. A strategically placed sheet works wonders. You can also use the placement of legs, arms, etc. to hide what you don't want shown. Probably the easiest little trick is to use lingerie which is never fully removed, but rather shifted to the right position to reveal what you want to reveal but hide what you don't want to show. You can also use a large shear scarf or other piece of cloth or wrap to help hide what you want to hide.
The last tip is to look at lingerie and swimsuit magazines and mimic the poses you see there. The models that appear in them are going to pick the most flattering poses they can. Not all the poses will work for you, but some will and they will add variety to the poses in your updates.
Now on to what this is all about. Each update to your page should tell a story. Like any book that hits the best seller list an update has to tell a good story. For an author to have book after book on the best seller list he/she has to keep telling good stories time after time. I hope that this theme tip will help you do that.
There are a lot of themes that can be used. In fact some are used so much they even become routine. Besides how often can you sit in front of the same wall, take a bath in the same shower, check out the pages of other models, we have so many different themes, looks, situations and places expressed on GGW to get ideas from. Use mirrors and other props, it can be lots of fun!!
You may want to get ideas from other magazines such as playboy, glamour etc and of course other GGW models for poses and theme ideas.
I realize that some of you show and do more on your pages then others, but don't let that stop you from using the ideas. You can either simulate the activity or photograph just the preparation, but tell the viewer what you are doing and what you are building up to and then leave the rest to their imagination. The more adventurous ones among you can photograph and show everything from start to finish. No matter which way you decide to go, I can almost guarantee you that both you and the viewer will have more fun.