Photography Challenge - Week 33

12 August - 18 August

 Our weekly photography challenges are designed to encourage you to try new things learn and grow as a photographer. We’ve got 52  challenges to help inspire you – view the full list of challenges here.

This week's challenge is...

Beauty portrait image by Karl Taylor

Beauty Portraits

This week’s challenge is all about beauty, specifically beauty portraits. Beauty portraits are, traditionally, close up portraits, with the makeup and styling of these images varying from subtle, natural makeup to more bold, creative styles.

This week we’re looking forward to seeing how far you take your creativity — will you be daring with the makeup, or more subtle? What lighting will you use — hard, traditional lighting, or softer, more feminine lighting?

Retouching will also be an important consideration for this week. The harder lighting that is typically used for beauty photography will more than likely result in any blemish being highlighted, so some skin retouching will be required.

This week’s challenge provides a great opportunity to learn how to photograph beauty portraits (this type of photography, although more artistic, can also be used for commercial purposes), and practice your retouching skills too.

Below are a few classes that provide some creative ideas for beauty portraits and further inspiration.


  • Please rename your image file using your first and last name (e.g. Karl Taylor.jpg).
  • Only images uploaded using the form below will appear in the gallery.
  • Please upload no more than one image.
  • Uploaded images should be 3000px on the longest side.
  • Images can be posted in our members' Facebook group, but will not appear in the gallery unless also uploaded via the form.

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Week 33 - Members' Gallery

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  1. I loved the videos you have on youtube and your site. Love the lookbook with the fellow photographer shooting a clothing line and bag. Kudos to your team for excellent video.

  2. Ha-ha, I never thought that being good at jumping is a prerequisite that makes for a good candidate for a model. I guess, you, Karl, know something that I don’t. As a matter of fact it “looks like” you know quite a few things that I don’t.
    That’s why I signed up with your website.

    Best regards

  3. Oh, Karl! Where do you find your models? You realize that having made this portrait (Week 33, Photography challenge as displayed in your email notification) you are destined to go on ever unchallenged, don’t you? I mean looking at this beauty…and the way you’ve made her look even more beautiful…I just give up. That’s all.

    Best regards

    1. Ha Ha, I’m quite picky with my models but I’ll eventually find a selection that I like to work with. That lovely lady is now based in Dubai I believe, I haven’t seen her for years. I’ve just started working with a new one who has great potential and is good at jumping – check out my last two instagram posts!

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