Originally Posted by rainbow_photo
After wandering around the Glamour 1 for a couple of years, I finally post the following two photos from one roll of photos I took last week. They are not great and I need to take care of the details, such as dusting off all sand from her body, to reach the next level. BTW, The person who was in charge of a reflector could fulfill her duty in the second half of the photo session. As a result, the contrast of the Rembrandt lighting pattern on the second photo is too strong. I would like to learn that where I can go from these photos. If you are a model in Vancouver, B.C. area, you can contact me to see how far I can go from those two photos.
Ya gotta remember, the vast majority of people who click into G1 are looky-lou's who are here only to look at pictures of girls, so merely looking at the number of folks who've peeked at your pix doesn't necessarily mean that it's anyone who has anything worthwhile to say.
I like your second image better than the first, for several reasons. First, it appears to be a bit more "set up" and less of a snapshot than the first. Her expression is much cuter in the second - the first pose is pretty overdone so unless there's something very catchy, it's hard to gather too much excitement about the hand-behind-the-head and lean on the arm pose.
I'd crop the second image a lot tighter... and would probably have turned her more away from the sun and used the reflector to fill in the shadows.. cross-lighting like you've got now is hard to do unless you're looking for that harsh light, which most of the time you wouldn't be when making images of a pretty girl. Or, at least, not one you wanted to photograph again!
Yeah, the mud on her leg is a bit distracting, so having some water in a bottle to spritz things off is a good idea, as is a brush to touch up her hair (looks like you had a bit of a breeze out there).
As to where you go from here... well, since I'm not sure where you are, now, it's hard to give any salient advice. But, generally, practice, practice, practice... the more you shoot, the better you should get. Practice being the toughest editor you can be - accept nothing but perfection and for gosh sakes, have a Tazer ready when the reflector operator gets distracted!!!!
I don't have any beach images to share, but here's one of a young lass that will maybe do in a pinch!