Have you ever tried to make an effective, great, full-body shot for a plus size model? A-ha... not such an easy task! Logic of working with full body shots of plus size models is quite different, and challenging. While head shots and half-body shots are essentially the same (save for little things, like asking to raise her chin higher for a longer neck), full-body shots require a different approach.
Posing is easy for a slim model as no matter what pose she is "showing off", it is quite easy to achieve interesting angles. Even a normal stance with a slightly raised hip and a hand on the waist with an elbow angled out (standard fashion pose 101) gives a photographer a good shot as there are clear angles and interesting lines.
The same pose would not work for a full size model as curves of the body will hide much of the pose. Just standing there, or going for "moderate" poses isn't quite effective for a full size model. Instead, if you are full size, you really have to emphasize any pose: all angles and poses have to be maximized, enhanced. For the same pose to work for a full size model, she would have to curve her waist more, angle out her elbow a lot more and have a wider posture to show off her legs distinctly.
Apparently, there are very very few images of plus size models on DT - which means it is definitely a niche and a market to fill! There is only a handful of studio images and almost no images at all of plus size models in candid, real-life settings. Weight issues are a hot topic in today's culture, yet, all we see are slim, size 0 models. What we need is more plus sizes, illustrating challenges of working out and losing weight, feeling comfortable in their skin, being happy and being beautiful!
I just worked with a beautiful full-figure model, and I can't wait to show off all the fun, amazing images we did! This is my second plus-size experience, definitely very interesting, great, and rewarding. And I am very grateful to the amazing plus-size models who love the skin they are in!
PS: as there are not too many images here on DT to illustrate the Do's and Don'ts of poses for plus size, I might just have to do more research and write a lengthier tutorial on plus-size posing 101. I am still learning of course, so it'd be helpful to me as well :)
Happy shooting !