Working with Models

Sorting through model requests: A Photographer’s guide

At some point in my life I started to get a bit overwhelmed with requests about photoshoots, specifically test shoots.  At first it was extremely flattering to be approached by complete strangers about shooting but after awhile, as the number of requests multiplied, it just became stressful, not to mention time-consuming. Over the years I have tried various ways to systematize the process and in 2010 I decided to REALLY work on a solution.  I created a form on my website (details on setting it up are later in this post) which allowed me to do a couple things easily. Collect ALL the information...

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Sorting through model requests: A Photographer's guide

At some point in my life I started to get a bit overwhelmed with requests about photoshoots, specifically test shoots.  At first it was extremely flattering to be approached by complete strangers about shooting but after awhile, as the number of requests multiplied, it just became stressful, not to mention time-consuming. Over the years I have tried various ways to systematize the process and in 2010 I decided to REALLY work on a solution.  I created a form on my website (details on setting it up are later in this post) which allowed me to do a couple things easily. Collect ALL the information...

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How to Steal an Expression

A couple weeks ago  I talked about The Art of the Pose where I discussed three styles of directing models. Well within those styles are techniques, some simple and some complex.  Over the years I have  developed a lot of techniques to get the look I want on a shoot.  Here's one of my favorites! How to Steal an Expression Expression stealing is a term I came up with to describe the technique of making a model make a certain expression, without specifically asking him/her to do it.  In other words it's always better to make a model smile, rather than ask her to smile. Take this image for instance: This...

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The Art of the Pose

Posing is hard! If anyone tells you otherwise then they are a bona fide genius or they don't realize how bad they are at either directing the action or being a model. Some models are simply born with the ability to move freely in front of the camera, some are not.  Either way it is the job of the photographer to direct the shoot with just the right amount of attention.  Too much or too little are equally bad, and the tricky part is every shoot is different. Over the years I have had a lot of experience working with models, in all that time I've learned a lot of tricks for directing the action....

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