How a $5 prop can create great images

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These sheer organza's are simply hung from the ceiling, secure enough that the model can swing on them safely (in fact could probably climb them!)

You can either use complimentary or contrasting colours for the drapes. In this case I've used a see-through sheer material, but solid materials also work well. Ropes and chains can also be used - and if anyone can secure me 20 feet of ship anchor rope I'll be your friend for life.

The drapes really let your model work with and against the prop. Giving something for your model to pose around, pull against, wrap themselves in and so on will really liven up your model and give them new posing positions and some exciting shots for you.

I advise that you keep the drapes, rope or whatever you are using as simple as possible. The drape should be there to support the model, not detract from her.

Suzanne has created a perfect pose in the first image. From bottom to top: her grounded foot is perfectly pointed, her front leg is raised perfectly and the downward pointing foot follows the line of the drape. The sweep back of the free arm is clear of the body and drape with a soft curl in the fingers. The head is tilted right back so the light is shining upon the face. The gripping arm has a good bend in it which really highlights the musculature across the arm and shoulders.

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This second image has a much more delicate pose, but because we have the drapes and arms running diagonally across the image it still has a strong impact, rather than being over gentle.

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The colours also work really well in monochrome. A powerful, assertive pose in monochrome creates an image of a very strong woman.


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Keep ropes, drapes or chains simple in the picture to avoid detracting from the model.

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