Tips For Posing Larger Women

I am getting a lot of requests asking how to photograph big women. (Larger than US size 26)

First let me say that I believe that all women are beautiful on the outside! As boudoir photographers I feel it is our duty to help all women find that outer beauty. Many photographers have told me they’re not comfortable shooting women who are over 200 pounds.

Here are a few things that might help.

Please note: These suggestions are not meant as insulting or insensitive in anyway.  Also if your client is full of energy and only a little curvy very few if any of these tip might apply.

When designing your shoot and choosing your poses. Consider that not all clients can physically do all pose. (Some clients who are not over weight may also have problems because of an injury or past operation)

Before you start the shoot ask your client if she has had any injuries or operations that might leave her with problem areas. Such as sitting on her knees or staying in a pose to long.

Full-figured women (again I am referring to US size 24 and up only) generally don’t like to feel squished, it’s uncomfortable and can even hurt.  For example: having your client start in a sitting pose and asking her to bend into a new post which requires her to touch her feet and slip into a pair of high heels. If this is physically not possible she will be very uncomfortable and likely even embarrassed. For this reason I suggest to using poses that are easy to get into and out of.

No matter the age or size of your clientele always test your poses with a volunteer before using them on paying clients.

In all of our work regardless of age or size we always start a shoot nude. (Depending on the client this is not always possible) The larger the subject the less likely we are to use anything restricting such as lingerie. Instead we will stick to silk robes, cloth wraps and other such loose coverings that don’t add bulk.

When photographing women US sizes 24 and up here are a few tips to remember:

  • First always shoot from above. Get them to stretch up as much as possible. You want to emphasize the natural curves but loose the double chin.
  • Second in all shoots (regardless or size) it’s helpful if you move a little slower, be fun and full of energy but have your clients move into and out of each pose a little slower this way it is easier to capture the moments between poses.
  • Third as you pose your clients go for quality and perfection in each pose rather than quantity.  Since there will be less poses that can be done with ease make sure each one counts. In all shoots always try to get the shot perfect before you take it, instead of editing it to perfection after.
  • Some size shoots will require a little editing and perhaps even a tiny bit of liquefying. This is ok, but void letting your client know, something’s are better left unsaid! (Be sure not to change your client)

More poses and tips for photographing XXL subjects coming soon.

Please note: These suggestions are not meant as insulting or insensitive in anyway.  Also if your client is full of energy and only a little curvy very few if any of these tip might apply.

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One Response to “Tips For Posing Larger Women”
  1. Thanks for posting tips for larger women! I agree that all women should be able to have a shoot that makes them look their best! I’ll be watching for more of these great tips!

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