The simplistic cover girl shot is one of my biggest sellers. Sitting, standing, horizontal or vertical the aim of course is simplicity (like a cover shot) a great little tip for the front on shot. To avoid slimming in postproduction pull the elbows back when posing. Sitting nice and tall, elbows back, long neck, lifting up and chin pushing forward and down.
As you can see my client is sitting on the ottoman with a grey painted poly board turned on to its side as a backdrop. Hands are resting on the ottoman elbows back shot and cropped horizontally.
One window from the right, reflector on the left. Normally I would crop tight in camera but I wanted to show the elbows. The fan of course is my favorite thing. Oh and my Black n White. Apple U desaturate to BW (set up as an action of course) Apple M curves for contrast mid mark, down on the darks, up on the lights. Because I like my Black n Whites with contrast.
N.B Now there are a million ways to do BW digitally, this is MY preferred option. Feel free to list in comments how you do it. This is not the BEST way it’s MY way. I also add a warm layer of yellow and red or Rad Actions Cinnamon toast and dial the layer back. It’s not so much sepia as a warmer BW again that’s my preference.