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| p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · First beauty shoot: Ning | Los Angeles, CA |
My comments or suggestions below are not a criticism of you, your model, your talent or skill. I offer them in a friendly tone of voice and with the sole intent to help you with a second POV and set of eyes. If you read sincere questions and simple suggestions as "criticism" of you, then you will miss how I am trying to help you.
Of course this may be your own "style" or your own "vision" and I suppose we can assume that the images look just like they do because that is exactly how you like them. That is OK too. It just shows that there are differences of "opinion" on what looks good. IF these are exactly what you want and like, then by all means continue making your images look like that and have fun doing it. I can only speak for myself and what I do or do not find appealing in the posted photos. As I always say: "Follow your own muse."
She is pretty, and that always helps a photo.
As I see it, a "Beauty Photo" is all about details and the woman's goal of "perfection," and eliminating anything that distracts from the subject.
So, when glancing down these photos I had these QUICK observations (and the numbers have nothing to do with the images or order):
1. She is pretty..
2. She knows how to pose... Good job by the model.
3. The hair styling is the thing (subject)...and so I think the best images were 5 and 6 as the hair looks more unusual (and interesting) in those images.
3. The photographer missed several small details before the shots were made (pipe or chair in corner of image 2, hair out of place...like fly aways and a gap in bangs in two images, etc.)...Some of these can be fixed by cropping or retouch.
4. Beauty Shots are often about "perfection"....so I suggest you should not show imperfect teeth (see image 6....this could have been solved by simply saying "close your lips" or a lack of lipstick (look closely) in another two images).
5. My favorite or what I consider the strongest image of this set is the last one image 6. Mostly due to the hair style but also a good pose and not bad of the model etc.
That all said, I think you did a good job, the model did a very good job, and now it is up to the retoucher to finish the images to the level one expects (or is accustomed to seeing) for this genre.
Given that most photos we see in magazines (where this style is usually seen) are HEAVILY retouched, it is nice to see a photo that shows a beauty before retouching has eliminated all the imperfections.