Model Madness (Part 2)
** This post was originally published on 6/7/16. Some of the original content may have been edited.
Welcome back to the second part in this three-part mini series! In last week's post, I talked all about the hair and makeup that goes into a shoot. But this week's post will focus on the most important aspect of a shoot...
Now, this is probably the biggest difference between studio shoots and outdoor (or "location") shoots. In outdoor shoots, it basically works like this: you drive somewhere, snap a few photos, drive somewhere else, snap a few more photos, walk a little bit, shoot some more photos, walk again, and...well...you see where this is going.
But in studio shoots, it's very different, especially since you're in one localized place rather than moving between several places. And, because of that, it moves a lot faster than an outdoor shoot. Less time is spent on the photographer's end messing around with their camera to get the exposure right in different locations, and from the model's standpoint, it's less time spent trying to run in heels. ;)
For this shoot, it was a little chaotic. There were 12 girls (including myself) and 17 dresses, and we all were to wear each dress. There was a large clothing rack in the back of the studio, tucked behind a corner, with all the dresses hanging from it. Once everyone was done with hair and makeup and into at least one dress, we started a sort-of "train" after. One of us would slip a dress on, run in front of the camera, shoot maybe 50-100 frames, run back, hand the dress off to another girl, pull another one on, and repeat the process.
Shooting the frames (or, photos) either went really fast, or a little slow, depending on the girl. Some girls knew their poses and angles ahead of time, and were able to just step in front of the camera and *pose* *pose* *pose*, but others needed direction on what poses to do. It was all just dependent on whether someone was very comfortable in front of the camera, or not as comfortable yet.
For me personally, I've always been really comfortable in front of the camera. Even being a very introverted person, I've just always felt comfortable with it. I don't know why, because it really doesn't make sense, but I guess I'm just a little contradictory in that way (well...in more ways than that. But that's another discussion).
Thanks to Instagram and blog photos, I think I've started to get the grasp on poses and angles, though it can be hard sometimes, especially when you're shooting a ton of frames and need a ton of different poses. One thing I like to do before a shoot is go onto Pinterest and type in "model poses", find some new ones that I like, try them out in the mirror, and see if they work for me. If there's anything I've learned since I started doing shoots, it's that not all poses work for everyone, so it's definitely a good idea to try them out before you get in front of the camera.
I've also learned that, when in front of a camera, you should never stop moving. Even if you need to fix your hair or an accessory or tighten your shoes, never let that pause the shoot. Make it as elegant as possible, because it could end up being a great candid shot.
Overall, in terms of posing (or just modeling in general), I think the best thing is to be prepared. Have at least 10 different posts in mind before the shoot. Even if you have to repeat some, it's okay. Don't be afraid if things move fast. Just embrace the slightly hectic atmosphere, and make the best of it.
And most importantly- HAVE FUN!
Shoots are sooooooooooo so so much fun! Sure, I guess some people could see them as stressful, but at the end of the day, they are such a fun experience. Make friends with the other people working on the shoot- chances are, you'll have a lot in common with them. Dance around to the music playing (if there is music). Let loose, and don't worry about being "perfect".
Ah, this post is a little all over the place, so I'll wrap it up with this: you don't have to look like a Victoria's Secret Angel to be a model. Maybe for runway, sure, but for print? It really doesn't matter how long your legs are or how skinny your waist is. Just be yourself, and the rest will all fall into place.