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Old 12-03-2008, 11:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, I have a shoot on friday with one of the shortest (4'10") models I've ever shot. I want to make sure my angles are flattering and even make her look a little taller. We're shooting in an industrial area (grunge) in evening wear.

Any tips from those of you on shooting smaller girls to look taller?
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Shoot down up to make her appear taller or do a shoot where she is sitting on something. I did a shoot with a model who was 4'8 and I got her to wear a short skirt and we did photos on her couch! I swear her legs look 6 feet long.
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I took this shot of Shy Love from the the Moonlite BunnyRanch. She's a lofty 4'11" ... but I think she looks much taller. I recommend using a wide angle lens and shooting from a lower angle to make your girl look taller ... of course, tall heels always make a woman look taller.

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Old 12-03-2008, 01:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Jason and Marty, this is what I'm looking for. Two questions Marty, how wide were you on the posted shot? and was the the bunny ranch tf"P"?lol
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This is a shot of Dorothy (4'10") from last year.
she was standing on the loading dock, I was in the street shooting up.


I don't recommend this for glamor but it works for horror. Shannon is 5'1" and the dress was size 8 so we clamped it in the back and stood her on a chair.


here is a good example of getting the camera a little low to make her look taller. Liz is 5' 1" tall. Showing lots of leg always helps [grin]

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Thanks Jason and Marty, this is what I'm looking for. Two questions Marty, how wide were you on the posted shot? and was the the bunny ranch tf"P"?lol
TFP??? You're such a funny guy. LOL The BunnyRanch is one of my favorite clients. The focal length for that shot was 35mm. Another though on shooting vertically challenged models is to not shoot them vertically. The shot below was at 32mm.

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TFP??? You're such a funny guy. LOL The BunnyRanch is one of my favorite clients. The focal length for that shot was 35mm. Another though on shooting vertically challenged models is to not shoot them vertically. The shot below was at 32mm.

Thanks for the data. Bunny Ranch could give new definition to TF"P". I could so shoot the girls at the Bunny ranch but it would cost me too much money. My wife is understanding but I think she might draw the line somewhere shy of shooting the bunnies.
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don't let the camera get higher than her waist level.

and don't shoot her with anything else that will reference her size (like i did lol)

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don't shoot her with anything else that will reference her size
That's the key...no references. If you are shooting 'in studio' then it'll probably be 'bare boned' (ie. no props) so you can make a 4'* woman look 6 ft tall...and the other way round too.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:06 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I don't see what the point is in making her look taller short is sexy. Maybe that is only me...
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