November 8, 2012#


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”

EOS 1D mark iv – 24-105mm focal length 45mm – f/4.0 ISO 2000 1/125

Editing software full demo creativeLIVE 27th Nov


  1. love this Sue!

  2. That’s the video I rewatch the most, Sue’s Rules. Repetition is the way to master any skill. Love the idea of the self-critique, do you think though that sometimes we can be too hard on ourselves in our critiquing or do we just need to get over it?

  3. Everytime I read your blog or see your workshops on creativeLIVE, I just get soooo excited. I feel like I’m on a rollercoaster as everything you say makes SO MUCH SENSE. I can’t quite explain it, but for the first time ever, I feel like I’ve found my niche and I can’t wait to get going with this. Its a massive EUREKA for me. And I can’t thanks you enough for shining the light. <3

  4. Brilliant – great reminder THANK YOU SUE!!!
    To learn to critique our own photos is empowering because after a bit we’ll see issues though the viewfinder and make everything right before squeezing the shutter. Win – Win.

    Going through your CL courses again this week, from the beginning…
    so much still to learn. Thank you Sue for sharing and teaching us all to share.

  5. Simply mesmerizing! Thank you Sue for sharing and I am so looking forward to the treat of a spellbound mystery you have begun to lay before us! Amazing <3 from Maine

  6. Wonderful as always!
    I’m really working on reminding myself of each of those things as I work.
    It’s like having a little Kiwi angel on my shoulder, I call her Sue.
    …Yeah, “Sue” is a common name in my household. They all know who you are… and hubby even listens in when I listen to you talk. He says even when he tries NOT to listen, he can’t help it!

  7. Thanks!! Beautiful and Thanks for all that you do and all that you inspire!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing, Sue. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your guidance. You are a valued mentor and I’m so thankful for all I have learned from you!

  9. Thank you for taking the time to remind us that kindness is needed. We can be our worst enemies. I cannot wait to hear what you come up with in regards to mentoring! I would go in debt to learn from you!!

  10. Still finalising all the last minute things that must be done to make everything legit. But, I have either bought and downloaded, or prepaid and WILL download all your lectures etc.

    However, I have to agree that the video I keep going back to is the Sue’s Rules. If I can get that to become as natural an extension of my work as my camera then I think I can achieve the level – at least on a road to a level – that you would be happy to look at.

    Thanks for all the encouragement you give to all of us that follow you.

    Kind regards,

    • Thank you great feed back I will make an extra effort to recite the rules while im shooting live on the 27th Nov

  11. Epiphany for me! Thank you Sue!

  12. Love this Sue! I critique myself after every session, and it has been phenomenal for me!

  13. Amazing ! Love this! Thank you, Sue!

  14. Como siempre fenomenal.

    • Sinceramente yo gracias

  15. Thank you Sue, another piece of wonderful advice, how will I ever repay you?

  16. you’re my hero!

  17. Absolutely correct, as always…but I think many of us would still just love to take you home to live with us! We crave YOU Sue – although we all know it’s not possible for us all to have you, so we just have to learn to share!
    Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us!

  18. Starting to give myself this critique is realy a good thing. “Chin Shoulder Hands Hourglass Body language Asymmetry Connection” are the posing rules.

    I read somewhere in your blog:

    “So, it’s a com­bi­na­tion of things. I was going to say LIGHT is the most import­ant — but honestly ALL of these com­ponents work their own magic.”

    I think I also have to find out the other rules because all the components together do the magic.

  19. Beautiful! Can’t wait to see your next creative live. You truly are inspiring and fabulous.

  20. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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