What is 'Plus-Size'? The human body comes in so many different shapes and sizes the definition is highly debated, highly subjective, and not altogether clear, it all depends on who you ask.
What is clear is that people who are on the curvier side don't get nearly as much representation as people who are, for example, size 4 or size 6, or "straight" in industry terms.
However, the modeling and fashion world are slowly becoming more aware that they really need to push for more representation and inclusivity as it receives such positive responses from the public and no longer alienates a major demographic.
As a photographer, a model with curves may pose more of a challenge, and may even seem daunting as it's outside of the realms of experience that a lot of photographers have, but with the right forethought and consideration, you can be certain of getting just as fabulous images. Not only that, having a variety of body types in your portfolio will undoubtedly showcase your talent, giving you an edge that a lot of photographers might not have, and land you more clients!
Here are some quick tips to consider when photographing the curvy community:
- Make your model at ease, make them feel confident! Beam with these things yourself, be confident, positive and relaxed. Your mindset as a photographer without a doubt influences the final product, and you want your images of plus-size models to ooze confidence.
- Styling is important, you want clothes/accessories to accentuate those curves, not hide them!
- Poses must be thoughtful, use hands and limbs to create complementary lines, shapes and to snatch waistlines. Place a leg forward with a partially lifted foot to elongate and flatter the model.
- Camera angles should be taken into consideration, often a slightly above eye line shot is most flattering for a curvier model.
Have a look through some of the PurplePort Community's stunning, curvaceous models below!
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Do you have plus-size models in your portfolio? If not, what's stopping you?
I hope you enjoyed this collection, what fabulous photos! Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section below and don't forget to give this post a love :)
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Thank you for reading this and feel free to message me, Penelope Purple, with an article or interview suggestion of your own.
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