P172: how to be a lazy portraitist

by Stefan Fletcher June. 21, 2015 2525 views

In discussing the shoot with Sabrina (the whole shirt and tie theme was her idea, as was the hilarious ironing motif), I paid her a somewhat obscure compliment. I said that she was an excellent model because she “filled the frame”.

Sabrina initially took this as a veiled (and totally unnecessary) request to lose weight, but I want to clarify here. It’s a question of personality, of projection, of sheer (and quite platonic) attraction. As a hetero photographer, I’d be lying if I said I was blind to any female model’s charms, but that’s not what matters here.

Some people draw your attention and leave you asking questions instead of providing answers. I’ve been privileged to photograph some fantastically beautiful women, but not all of them excite your interest as much as your sense of aesthetics or just your libido.

I’m rather scornful of pictures intended to appeal to men’s little heads instead of people’s big ones, and I hope my more intimate portraits are considered studies, as opposed to anything else. The thing is, with a gaze like Sabrina’s, it’s too easy and it makes me lazy. I even said to her that I could leave the camera on a timer taking a picture every 5 seconds and go shopping to come back and find great portraits.

Again, in the lazy portraitist theme, I think it took me less than a minute to edit all of these.

If you have time, take another look at these and see how that gaze does indeed fill the frame.

I know, there's shine in the one below and the last one.

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 7 months ago

Her amazing eyes, body language, playful personality & your sensitive treatment do, indeed, fill the frame and.............my imagination............(grin)

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Deianeira (Deia) Zukowski 4 years, 7 months ago

She certainly does look like a lot of fun, and I think it's great she has her own ideas. Camera settings, lighting, etc, that's all you, and I think you've done a wonderful job on these. I wouldn't call it lazy, just serendipitous.

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 7 months ago

I love # 4 and have one of myself in the same stance - my daughters caught me unawares one Christmas.
I just love this model - she has such vitality.

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 4 years, 7 months ago

Yes she makes a great model, and I think you might enjoy each other's company, it shows in the photography and the model.

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Giancarlo Fosci 4 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful set, I Like a lot first one!!!

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 4 years, 7 months ago

I think that if she did not enjoy showing herself to you that she would already her own equipment. Camera, tripod, remote shutter. So don't answer any questions she may have.

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 4 years, 7 months ago

You are right. She does all the work herself. :-))

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson 4 years, 7 months ago

You know what I think of those :) She's an amazing model and she truly fill the frame
Will save the first one in favourites

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 4 years, 7 months ago

Incidentally, the tie, shirt and ironing board are mine. Not the shoes (not my colour or size).

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
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