Lighting and Posing Women, Part 1

Jen Hillenga M.Photog.Cr.

Try to find a woman who likes seeing herself in photos, and you understand your challenge as the photographer. In this class, PPA Instructor Jen Hillenga covers two main elements—posing and lighting—that will ensure your female clients fall in love with their photos!

You’ll first discuss posing; tilts versus turns, creating drama, expressions and working with the lines of your client’s body. Also learn how to talk with and demonstrate to your client so that she’s in her comfort zone as that evokes the best images.

Then get technical as Jen walks you through lighting tips and techniques. Listen and learn as Jen covers:

  • Where to put your light box and what size to use.
  • How to change the lighting style by moving your subject.
  • What, when and why you use reflectors, silver and kicker lights.
  • Working with main light, reflectors and white light as fill lighting.
  • The benefits of soft vs. broad lighting.

In this info-packed, easy-to-understand class, you’ll learn skills that will please even your hardest-to-please clients!

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Jen Hillenga Bio

After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design and working for several studios, Jen Hillenga started her own studio in 2004 with business partner, Kate Cosentino, in Savage, Minnesota. In 2008, they established an online superstore for Professional Photography products called The store has quickly become the leader in online professional products for photographers around the world.

In the years since opening Momento Images, Jen has been able to master her skills as a photographer as well as a digital artist, allowing her to turn her images into artworks and gaining her international recognition and awards among her peers. Jen focuses on the story behind each image and the internal as well as external beauty of each subject by relating to her clients with sensitivity and humor.