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i dont want this to turn out to be a controversial thread.
I am shooting next years cancer calendar for a local charity and have taken on the theme of totally naked ladies of all shapes and sizes some slim some large. some large is not good in my mind as i know it will be a (honestly) hard task to make them feel good about themselves along side the slimmer ladies.
is there any tips apart from the norm of above and telephoto etc. and has anybody seen and other work of large naked ladies ?
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The first thing that springs to mind is 'Calendar Girls'. If the calendar doesn't have to show all then don't do it. It's possible with some imagination to come up with poses and props which will allow the ladies to feel good about themselves.
One thing which definitely won't help them feel comfortable is if you start treating the larger ladies any differently to the smaller ones.
Im not sure that's how it will be. I did something similar a couple of years ago and the larger ladies were more than happy and if anything more up for it than the others. We had a good laugh and it wasa fun hour.
Quote: is there any tips apart from the norm ?
The bigger they are, the further back you'll have to stand.
Quote: The bigger they are, the further back you'll have to stand
You could always get a fisheye lens....
Tell them you're extremely good at Photoshop and, by the time you have manipulated their images, they will look positively sylph-like!
Treat them with respect whatever the size, encourage them to have fun, let them contribute with ideas for the photoshoot, delete images they are not comfortable with and praise their efforts.
Yes well said John.
....................................................then stand way back so you can get them all in!
Brings back memories of that film, Calendar Girls, I loved that film. 'We're going to need considerably bigger buns!' LOL, very funny.
some of you are so predictable !!!!!!!!!!
Ian and Ray have it spot on. Don't treat them any differently to the other girls, if you do, it will show. It takes guts to strip off for these things, so have fun.
I did a charity calendar a couple of years ago, using 6 male and 6 female cyclists and a couple of the chaps, by their own admission, did not look like your typical cyclist, but they were the ones who enjoyed their shoot the most, had a laugh and it really showed in the images. On the other side of the coin, a chap with a model physique was much more shy and looked uncomfortable, it took twice as long to get his shot. He was also in the studio & they were outdoors at a bike race with an audience
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Oh come on - you can't post a thread like this and not expect some levity!
Surely common sense dictates the common sense answers on this?
Spot on CB.
Even big girls should be photographed. That's what I say!
(Time to bail out of this one me thinks.)
Quote: some large is not good in my mind as i know it will be a (honestly) hard task to make them feel good about themselves along side the slimmer ladies.
I think that is rather patronising - you are just as likely to get the slimmer ones being nervous about their nudity. They are old enough to know how they feel in comparison to slimmer women and I have no doubt that if they were that embarassed they would not do it. It seems the problem lies with your preconceptions - and you stand more chance of making them uncomfortable if you walk into the shoot with that at the back of your mind.
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