Photograph luminous skin

I take a lot of portrait and wedding shots and hear the fears of sitters that their skin isn’t as perfect as the models in magazines. People forget that these models are often employed because they have perfect skin. Where does that perfect result leave the non-modelling client?

Taking a pic to leave a smooth skin is in two stages: the first is to light the person softly either with studio softboxes or, as in the example above, use the soft light from an overcast sky. The shot should be over-exposed to lose detail in the light skin tones.

The subject here is my young son; his young skin doesn’t need much help. The benefits to those of us who won’t see our tenth birthday again are much greater!

Want to know more? Contact Gordon Saunders on 07812 576 430 or email