Since I started shouting out about a Global Glamour Revolution. You’ve bought my creativeLIVE workshops and I have started something, amazing and something I have always dreamed of. I have been receiving thousands of emails asking: Look at my work – critique my work – look at my website. I simply cannot. As I too run a business. But you need to ask are you looking for a critique or for approval? very different energies. I have thought long and hard about how I can create a solid mentoring programme. A programme that is both efficient in education and true to really bringing you up to the highest standard, you can reach in Shooting and Business. I’m cooking up something great.
In the mean time as you folio build and start to market yourselves as Glamour Photographers, I want to show you how I critique. As you bring this genre back into your businesses and to the world, it’s important that you are reintroducing Glamour minus the old stigma. Recently I was catching up with Jamie Stephenson and she showed me a shoot. We started to go through the images together and WE had quite a neat epiphany, her as a photographer and me as an educator. You can go on and on about what’s right in an image and what’s wrong with it (POINTLESS) for everyone involved. You know it comes down to how happy the client is. AND the only critique that will EVER help you is when you can do it for your self.
So I say to Jamie. “Jamie, what are my rules?” Jamie replies “Chin Shoulder Hands Hourglass Body language Asymmetry Connection” I say “GOOD GIRL. Now pull up a shot” so she does “is the chin forward . . . is the shoulder connected . . . are the hands relaxed . . . is there body language, asymmetry? Is there connection?” Straight away she could open every image and critique it herself. She immediately went to every image and critiqued it straight away “Oh no look, no shoulder. Oh no look, bad hands. Oh no look this one has no connection.”
You know my rules. Now start giving yourself this gentle critique. Try doing it WHILE you are shooting not after. Be gentle on yourself as you are on the path to Mastery, which means you are trying and you are on the way. Remember your clients satisfaction and connection will sell more than any hand placement. I do not get it right ALL the time I believe in Practise, Practise, Master.
This is an image I shot. I’m going to use it as a demo critique. This is a portrait client from this year. Her outfits were beautiful as she collects vintage garments. They are mixed with mine too. Simona did her hair and makeup. She is very athletic/lean so I did lots of lean back to give her waist and booty. Then brought hands up and soft, lots of talking through the lens to relax through the mouth and soften the eyes to just a hint of smile. She purchased 25 images in a folio box.
THE RULES: “Chin Shoulder Hands Hourglass Body language Asymmetry Connection”