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Photography & People

Today we have a guest post by a professional photographer who has shared some insights as part of an ongoing series. Here she begins to discuss how as a photographer it is important to have a good rapport in order to accurately depict what the subject wants and how certain poses and clothes affects the overall mood in finished image.

Over many sessions of photographing people, I have come across subjects who come asking for specific looks and feel for a shoot. During my consult, I try and understand what exactly they want to achieve in their image (a.k.a what they want to project) even though it might be a bit staged.

I feel that clothes set the mood for how a person feels once they are in them. Do you want to feel romantic, sexy, casual at home, country style, etc.? What is the mood you want to convey? Also, to a great extent, how one poses also helps in pulling out those personality traits.

For most of my sessions I try and speak to the subject at length about their likes and dislikes prior to the shoot. I try and understand a bit about their personal lives and everyday routines so as to project their inner souls and aspirations as accurately as possible.

People fantasize a lot and more importantly about someone they always wanted to be but for various reasons couldn’t. Photo shoots allow them those moments. To capture them and relive those dreams. Choosing the right outfit and style is definitely important. However, the overall set decor and ambience, the lighting and even the pose adds to the final image.

Getting the pose right is crucial to the success of the overall picture. Facing the camera, be it still or motion can be quite unnerving for someone who doesn’t face the medium quite often or isn’t a professional model.

It is up to the photographer to make the subject fall into the pose and help get them overcome their fears or stiffness. Even models start out shy but with good assistance and experience, it becomes easy. Very few people are natural in front of the camera and take to directions easily.

Giving a subject directions to pose, should stem from a feeling of mutual trust and respect. A good rapport is very important and conveys professionalism but a bit more personally. However, there is a thin line, as in any other profession, between being overly privy to personal and intimate details and helping a subject to ease in front of the camera. Goes, without saying, this line should in no way be breached. You are first a photographer and then a friend and confidant.

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Begin by discussing comfort poses. Take a few while engaging in small talk. Something that is easily disclosed rather than intimate topics. Keep giving them feedback so that they know they are following your suggestions and are not overwhelmed by the silence…which normally ensues while you check the back of the camera. This slowly breaks down the ice and loosens the muscles. They begin to feel more secure and confident in your presence and start to flow into more staged poses easily. This gives the photographer more natural looking staged poses, per se. Giving them suggestions and showing reference shots can help the subject to understand your interpretation of how they want themselves to be captured. Certain angles, frame sizes also go a long way in bringing out the vision which needs to be a teamwork rather than a commander and follower relationship.

Eventually the both the subject and photographer will be comfortable in working with each other and it will also reflect in the end result, the images.

 

Rashmi Varier is a professional photographer who specializes in People and Food & Drink Photography. You can find more of her work on the link .

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O oh, i don’t have anything to wear ….!

It had been always easy for me  to select outfits that are fun and colorful. I know, not good because I did not have outfits to go to work in (I was volunteering some of my time in a local school)

A balanced/ workable wardrobe should not only reflect your style but also your lifestyle.

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It would be so easy   if we knew what we should buy to have a perfect wardrobe.

Just buying few key items in your wardrobe would give you a lot more options. So start focusing on those categories in your lifestyle that is unrepresented in your wardrobe.

The exercise that each one of my clients has to do when they come to me for image makeovers is – just take paper, pen and maybe a cup of tea and try thisJ, trust me this is going to save lot of time and money.

List down the activities you do in an average – a week, a month and a year, and how often you do it.

Group each activity based on the clothes you wear, like clothes I wear to buy groceries and taking kids to the park are the same.

Don’t consider just the number of hours you are spending on each category, look for the number of days.  Like you have to spent 8 hours at the office from Monday to Friday and then Saturday and Sunday for 1 hour each you go partying. So you need 5 work outfit and 2 outfits to party in a week. Some categories are casual, work, nightlife, gym/jogging, swim, sports, special occasions ….

Hence, ideally your wardrobe should correspond to the distribution of different categories and that is your life style. To make it simpler just see how many outfits you may need in each category in a week. For example

Work = 5 outfits

Party= 2 outfits

Casuals = 4 outfits

Gym = 3 outfits

Make this list for a week, month or a year, but do remember that it also is based on the number of times you would not like to repeat your ‘look’ (not pieces of outfit).

This will give a fair idea on where you should be spending your money.

So does your wardrobe pie equals to your lifestyle pie?

Love

Babita Jaishankar

CEO/Founder WSol fashion and image makeovers

Creative director BAJA (Clothing line )

 

 

 

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Caring for your outfits !!!!!

During all wardrobe restyling sessions ‘caring for clothes ‘ is  what I always talk about, i hate when the outfits are damaged when you have to put in so much of effort to build a workable wardrobe .

  • Batch similar colors to cut down on loads. T-shirts and shirts can be washed together.
  • A front-loader washing machine is far gentler on your clothes than a top-loader. Hand washing is best, but hey, who has time. (Bonus: front-loaders are usually more efficient in water/power usage and better for the environment)
  • Use less detergent than recommended – past a point more detergent doesn’t mean cleaner, it just builds up in your clothes.
  • Just because it doesn’t smell, doesn’t mean it isn’t dirty
  • Never dry clothes in the sun (except for whites) – it will bleach the colors very quickly.
  • Dry cleaning is very harsh on your clothes, try to keep it to the minimum
  • Dress/Shirts should be washed after every wear. If you wear undershirts/camisoles they can be worn 2 to 4 times before washing, depending on what sort of treatment they get while being worn, what sort of environment you wear them in.
  • NEVER re-iron the dress /shirt after wearing them once – you’re cooking the sweat, dirt, dust etc. into the fabric and significantly increasing the likelihood it will smell after a short time. Ironing a dress /shirt is not the same as washing it – it doesn’t clean it.
  •   If you press the pants yourself, don’t iron directly on the fabric, it will go shiny – use a damp ironing cloth
  • Care with love ..
  • Babita Jaishankar
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Color, color in my wardrobe, which is the best of all ?

For help in choosing the most flattering clothes that will bring out your natural beauty, it helps if you first ask yourself which colors really complement your skin tone, hair, and eyes. By determining what hues are the most flattering, you can fashion a wardrobe that makes you look fantastic every day.
And this is how my color profiling sessions starts – loads and loads of colors , the pinks , the blues . the greens ……yes , even men goes through this exercise to understand the best colors for them

But why ?

Not only will the right colors make you look  fresh and modern and youthful, but they make you feel happier and more confident too.

 

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So are you warm or  cooool cool 😉  what is your color profile ?

Love

Babita Jaishankar

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Rags to riches

Rags to Riches…

Looks like, the passion to work with fabrics runs in the family. As we at BAJA are into manufacturing our own garments we produce lot of scraps too. Being a Green family we tend to use up the scraps.

So this ‘summer vacation makeover project’ was to make rag dolls. Ashu my teenage daughter is the one with the right ideas and she was the teacher/ instructor/ supervisor.  So in this project there were two of my kids Ashu , Esha  and their two cousin sisters ( Sithu and Shalu )

The outline of the dolls were drawn on to white cotton cloth and cut.

 

The edges were stitched , it was amazing to see how these 8 to 14 year old

stitched the dolls together .

 

Two of them stitched it and turned it inside out and the other two just hemmed it with different colored thread.

 

Scraps of fabric were shredded ( I think they enjoyed this more ) to fill up the dolls .

 

Crochet thread were used for hair, this was the most time consuming part as each hair needed to be hand stitched.

 

Also saw redheads

 

Yep it was all worth it for this …..

 

 

Now they are busy with making clothes for the doll, so the story continues …….

Signing off for now…

Babita Jaishankar

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