Dealing with People Issues

Model Issue


Round or Fat Face

Pose model 3/4 to the camera


Raise camera angle slightly

Thin Face

Pose model facing the camera

Wrinkly Face, Deep Lines

Use softer, frontal lighting

Blemishes or Scars

Shadow problem areas, or reposition

Big Nose

Raise chin slightly


Pose nose straight into lens

Small nose

Pose nose at an angle to camera

Square jaw

3/4 pose, higher camera angle

Multiple chins

Stretch neck, lean head toward camera

Different sized eyes

Largest eye close to camera, other in shadow


Largest eye away creates evening effect

Deep set eyes

Light into eyes


Time shot after subject blinks

Large Ears

3/4 pose


Only show one ear


Shadow second ear

Eye Glass Wearers

Shoot with empty frames


Position glasses away from lights


Bring lights in from very high, or bounce off ceiling

People with Dark Hair

Check to make sure that background doesn't show through hair, restyle if necessary.