I’m back to looks, to appearance, to attraction again with a small selection of photographs which have caught my attention recently not just because of the beauty – for the beholder – of the subjects, but also because of the air of innocence some of these photographs portray. The manner in which the models come across to the voyeur, and we are all such when we look, when we desire, and the first impressions a carefully taken photograph of a beautiful woman, posed or otherwise, brings across to the viewer.
Photo Source: aliexpress
The reason being that I have seen so many posed photographs which are clearly posed, which are forced and fake that, when a good photograph appears, the difference is immediately obvious. A combination of beauty – appearance, features, dress, make-up – and craft which, I think many can agree looking through all those magazines and web sites which publish photography, is becoming a rarity.
Of course, every photographer wants to create the best possible image, wants to sell what they are making as best they can, but at the expense of spontaneity, of nature?
Photo Source: hypebeast
The innocence is not just the angelic looks of the model, it is far more than that. It is the ability to act as if the camera is not there, as if being photographed is the most natural thing in the world and not try to create a false impression.
Photo Source: Twitter
It’s a little bit like life: we all want to come across as natural people, as free from worries, as fun-loving, but allow the situation to take the upper-hand and, often, ruin the moment. So it is with photography too.
Photo Source: ingame
A model who has been posing for a couple hours is not going to be as fresh, as vital at the end of the session as they were right at the start. Constantly moving about within a limited space, trying to get just the right angle and follow the instructions of a photographer who, perhaps, is more concerned about the cost of his or her time takes its toll. The eyes begin to lose their sparkle, the smile its edge. The whole becomes forced and plastic. The end result is, well, not as good as anyone might have desired.
Photo Source: lipstickalley
The viewer can see tiredness, can see the strain in the way the subject holds herself, can tell if something is forced or if it is still natural. There are very few models, amateur or highly-paid professionals, who can keep up a natural, fresh appearance for hours on end.
Photo Source: 20min
That sultry, eyes half-closed look becomes a tired one. The corners of the eyes crease unnaturally when a smile is forced, the eyes, window to the soul, show it all too. But they have to be posed, the right posture has to be found, the right moment for the shutter to click, to capture, and that all takes time.
Photo Source: nopublica
Time which no one wishes to waste: time is money. And then, from maybe one hundred shots, there is just one, maybe two, which really meet the grade. I hope that I have been able to pick those ones out from the many I have seen, that I have chosen the right few and rejected the mass which don’t fit.
In the end it is up to you, the viewer, to decide. Is that look, that air of innocence, of freshness still there?
Love & Kisses, Viki.