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May 2014

How to pose curvy women

Posing voluptuous women or women who think that some parts of their bodies are too…. Well, you get the drift 😉 Hi all, I have been asked so many times on tips how pose curvy women and suggestions on different aspects of photography that we have decided to start recording different tutorials for you on different elements, including posing, directing, Before and Afters, Photoshop. New website and Facebook page will probably come alive in a few months, but for now I wanted to briefly answer some of the questions I get all the time. Please let me know if that helps you and what other questions you would have. Please, please, please don’t PM me with questions as I can’t possibly answer each of you individually. Please comment or ask on the Blog or on Facebook business pages Art Photography by Kira, Discover Sensual You  or in “Born Sensual” group on Facebook. And let’s allow the answer to benefit more people, wouldn’t you agree? 🙂 One of the questions I get all the time is pasted below. “Hi Kira!! What suggestions would you have for those of us who have never shot “boudoir” sessions for de-emphasizing those parts of the body about which the subject is not very happy or comfortable? Can you recommend particular lighting, angles, or colors which might work better than others? I have a session coming up with a very special friend, and I want her to come out of it feeling fabulous about herself as a beautiful, appealing, sensual woman. Can you help??” It is about projecting forward with the face, one of the shoulders, and pushing back whatever needs to be slimmed 🙂 Putting the weight on the back foot, leaning forward towards the lens – that applies to standing, sitting or lying down poses. The easiest tip to remember: whatever comes forward and towards the camera looks bigger – whatever goes further away from camera looks slimmer. So when standing, leaning or lying down the person – place them at 45% to your camera with hips going away and then leaning towards the lens. Also using a slightly wider lens in portrait orientation and angling them in different ways will help slim the person or some parts you want to slim. Just watch for the head not to appear too big! Use tighter clothes instead of baggy clothes – easier to show curves. For some shots keep her arms away from the body – create the space between an arm and the body. For other shots you can push her elbow into the bust line to create a beautiful curve. Bend one knee slightly and place it in front of the other to make her legs appear thinner and her figure looking more like an hour-glass. I often shoot from a very low point up with wide lens in portrait mode – that slims the person right down and adds height. Make sure it is for a full body shot and also make sure that the person is leaning towards your camera slightly otherwise their head can appear too small in that set-up. Sure thing – using the light to highlight what you want to look more prominent and cast more shadows on the parts that need to look slimmer. Flat lighting, direct lighting is not flattering for bodies, but can be beneficial for faces. So if you are photographing a body shape – use more contrasting lighting. Tension in the body – low back and neck, tension in her calves and toes are pointing down always. Even if the feet are not in the shot. Never sit on the full bottom, only on one cheek, mostly on one hip only, having your weight held by your legs – almost like you are about to stand – imagine sitting on the horse – a lot of weight is being held by your legs to keep the right posture. Using material can be a great tip as you can show only the bits you want to show and hide the bits you want to hide. For example – somebody with wider hips: if you place material strategically on them – you can still show a bit of their hip, but still hide the bulk of it. Leaning towards the camera is paramount. It is possible you will need to shoot slightly above her eye level for slimming and if you are a beginner at posing – you would probably have to shoot from above as it is safer to get the shot when you want to slim a person. Just be aware that shooting down on a person is a very old-fashioned method (which is fine when you want a particular old-fashioned look and feel) and doesn’t look modern anymore. Much better and more professional result is achieved learning how to pose by stretching the neck, pulling the chin out, leaning forward with one shoulder, putting the weight on the back foot, pushing the back hip further away from camera. I think it is more than enough for now.  Did I overwhelmed you yet? 🙂 Good luck all and let me know if those answers were helpful. Bonus TIP. Learn Masters, research how voluptuous stars were posing 😉 Love to all. Kira      

Glamour, bridal, fantasy and art photo shoot

I am so excited about our new venture with beautiful Cheryl Eagers “Shooting Magic with Kira” We have been asked many times by a lot of you about tutorials on my “Before/Afters”, on how do I shoot ‘Magic”? And then Cheryl contacted me and proposed to create a new venture – “Shooting Magic with Kira”  – tutorials, online workshops and such on how I shoot “Magic” in glamour, boudoir, fantasy, art portraiture & wedding photography, to take you from the beginning to the end for that one particular shot that you have been admiring and wanting to know how I did it. From an idea – to seeing light, from styling and composing through to directing and posing  – to finishing with Photoshop for polishing it. We ordered quite a few designer dresses for those shoots that might become available for rent later for your own shoots and definitely are now available for our own lovely clients to take advantage of  🙂 And now I want to share a sneak peek from an amazing glamour, fantasy & bridal shoot that we held to create tutorials on poses, styling, seeing light and to showcase our new wardrobe. Thank you to our amazing crew on that day – I couldn’t have done it without you. Sophia and Amber, our gorgeous models –  for being so beautiful and supportive, for being such amazing soldiers, patient with me and all my crazy ideas 🙂 Christine from Delectable Me  and Jodi Perrett for creating beautiful makeup and hair work and helping through that maddening day. Elana K Weddings –  for bringing us those beautiful, beautiful decorations that became our props – please check them out Adam Dionisio from Redscope – for recording “Behind the Scenes” of that mad, but truly magical day. All the dresses are now available in our studios 🙂 A head piece for the last image was created by me the night before the shoot. Hope you enjoy these teasers. Love to all.   Call us on 02 96598444 or email us at: kira@artphotobykira.com.au to enquire about your photographic needs

My Mother

My mother A young boy said to his mother, ‘How old were you when I was born?’ His mother replied, ’23.’ ‘Wow, that’s a lot of time we missed spending together.’ My mother was 40 when I was born. I missed 40 years spending together with her. I had the small photo of my Mum which started fading away & I was determined to do her justice before I lose that photo completely. I have tried to draw that portrait 4 times. My first attempt was when I was 10. The last drawing of that photo was done with pencils and crayons when I was 23. The original photo almost faded away now. Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful Mothers I know, to all the beautiful Mothers I knew and will get to know in my life!   That is my first attempt to draw my Mother from that little photo. I was 10                               That is my last attempt to draw her. I was 23                                  

Beautiful Wedding at Allegro Function Centre

Beautiful Wedding with location shoot and reception at Allegro Function Centre  Last Saturday – what a joy, what beautiful, loving people we had the privilege to photograph. Ollie and Erwin – everyone around you couldn’t help but smile, couldn’t help but feel the joy of the day. What a magic couple you are! Enjoy your teasers and I am looking forward to creating a Magic album for you. Love Kira Call us on 02 96598444 or email us at: kira@artphotobykira.com.au to enquire about your photographic needs