skin create rubber posing model Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography


Just completely in your face. That was thinking, rock chick, oiled up and full of life, self-confidence and outright arrogance.

The single sentence is often all you need to setup a shoot. Clearly defined, but not prescriptive. This allows both you and the model to set a scene and then explore and develop the idea.

This is my preferred way of working. I will create an environment for the shoot, a style, an atmosphere. But then the model and I will collaborate together to actually create "the shot".

Sometimes the process will just flow and I barely intervene. Sometimes I will see something that needs to be further developed, structured or completely posed down to minute details.


The powerful blue really pushes the skin tones forward. Blue colours are recessive in an image - they tend to pull themselves into the background. Warmer colours push themselves forwards in an image. Exactly what we see going on here.

The spread feet is a common posing technique I use to really help the dynamics and strength in the posing.


The core lighting is one simple large softbox to the left of the image. However there are other small lights around NikiMarie. If you look in particular on the right hand side you can see both red and blue lights reflected on the rubber.

With specular materials like rubber, latex, leather and metals, you want to create as many small highlights as possible. Adding colour to the highlights helps separate them and add interest.

This broad lighting does tone down the impact of the oil on the skin though and a single, narrow light source is better used for getting that shiny skin look.

skin create rubber posing model Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

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