Look for “puppies” and “sharks” (Blog contest: How to work with models)
I’m usually a nature photographer, for me, the best pic you can take is already there, you just have to go for it.
But today, I’m not writing just like a photographer. Instead, I want to tell you how I see the amazing art of modeling.
Now days we live in a world bombed with information and, of course, images. We are so used to see people we don’t even know, trying to sell us products that, apparently, will change our lives. Advertisements on TV, on magazines, and now more than ever on the internet, show us “magically perfect” people being “unbelievably happy”. (I absolutely “love” that kind of pics of women with salad, laughing so hard, that the salad seems the best comedian ever.
My tip for photographers:
- It seems to me, that when we are looking for a model, we forgot our nature:
We don’t expect from an animal (or even a plant) to pose for us, we just look for that pose. And without asking to a puppy “Please, could you look more friendly? Can you smile more?”, we see on our cameras an amazing feeling.
Why we don’t do that, when we have in front of as a model? Why we keep on trying to make her or him act like in a movie?Maybe we should start to look for “personalities” instead of just “people acting”.
With this words I absolutely don’t want to underestimate the great work of models who can make million faces and million poses. As I said before, that’s an art, and they are really talented people. I’m just trying to say, to all of us who maybe haven’t found that artist yet, to try something different.
- I think we should start looking for more than “beautiful faces” or “perfect people”. The same way we look for a puppy when we want to show a friendly seen, and we look for a shark when we want to show danger; I think you should start looking for that “puppies and sharks” in our models. That way, she or he will just have to be natural, and the results, would be amazingly better than if we try to make a “puppy” act like a “shark”.
- For doing that, you’ll have to meet, or even more, you’ll have to KNOW the person you’ll take pics too. And that, is a great start. You’ll have to, in a certain way, become friends, and that's amazing, because we show our best when we feel comfortable.
My tip for models:
- Obviously, for me the best way to model, is be natural, being you.
Don’t try to pretend that you are on a red carpet, don’t even think of “fame”. Just feel that the camera is your friend, and that you really want to share something good with her.
- Best pics are usually taken when you didn’t expect to. I show my best “me” when I think the camera is already turned off. Try to think on that if you get nervous or showing forced faces and attitude. The camera is just a stone (a beautiful and expensive stone) in front of you. Would you act like that in front of a stone?
- It’s so incredible how your internal intention is reflected outside you. So have in your mind what this pic will be fore, what are you (or the photographer) trying to show.
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