Breaking the Pose

screen zara pose music model Simon Q. Walden,, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography


You can't ask a model to pose "gay abandon". This just would not work.

Instead you must create a setting in which the model can freely move and express that moment.

Actually, many models find it hard to not to pose - it is after all what they professionally train to do - sometimes you need to break that habit.

I have developed a simple process of turning up the loud music and letting them go for it. They can keep their eyes closed, scream, sing, whatever as long as they keep moving.


There is simple styling here, with the leather jacket fitting in with the TV screen behind. I simply placed Zara in front of the large screen playing good dance music and let the TV be my backdrop.

This particular archway happens to work very effectively because it frames Zara and provides good contrast between here and the background.

I have deliberately left the edge of the TV screen in the crop to provide a frame within a frame and add context.

Zara is of course on the right hand third line.


Lighting comes from the TV screen behind and north facing windows to the front. That has led to quite a soft light on Zara. It is a measure of how much light is output from a TV screen that you can see it highlighting the edges of her jacket. Exposures are in the low tenths of a second.

screen zara pose music model Simon Q. Walden,, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

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