1.Yes, it is possible to make a living doing this. But it takes a lot of hard work and a good reputation. For every hour spent in front of the lens or canvas, roughly nine million are spent networking, updating portfolios, organising work, advertising, applying to castings, travelling to and from locations, packing/unpacking for jobs/trips (because even nude models are expected, often, to bring props/accessories/items of clothing) and attacking what I like to affectionately refer to as ‘the email mountain’. We are grateful for the email mountain; it keeps us in business; we just wish we could hire some hobbit minions to live underneath it and help us out every now and then (perhaps with purpose-built sticks and digging equipment) so that we don’t accidentally offend the creative types who grow more and more anxious by our lack of reply (because we are busy modelling by day, or sleeping by night, or, you know, doing other important stuff).
Over the last few years we have seen the industry going against too skinny, too Photoshopped and just plain too western beauty standards. For me it is always amazing to that the beauty standards that we hold as glorious today are actually pretty short lived.
The team at Buzzfeed produced a 3 minutes video going all the way from ancient Egypt till nowadays showing how beauty standards have changed. It was not alway about being thin. Actually during the renaissance skinny meant starving and the general concept of beauty was pretty full.
A project that has been many, many years in the making for photographer, Guido Argentini, has come to blossom as his latest book, Argentum. The project was sparked in 1995 when Argentini made his very first photograph of a silver coated model while working on establishing new and unique ways to create studio portraits. Since then, Argentini has been masterfully assembling a collection of images that feature his innovative take on nude photography. Argentum is 100 of of the photographers favorite images from the collection.
Working with dancers, gymnasts, and aerialists to serve as the models for Argentum, Argentini painted his muses in metallic silver paint and photographed them in front of a white background. The results are incredible as you’ll witness below. [Read more...]
Getting a good corporate photos has a lot to do with lighting. What should not come as a surprise if the fact that it also has a lot to with human interaction.
J.P. Morgan and the slanted lens crew walk through the ropes of a recent corporate shoot they did, and while they do talk about lighting (as always) I love the fact that they are investing a bit more time on this video about prep-work and talent direction.
The big take for me was not the lighting setup. It was the how to make sure the talent looks good and feels good, which definitely shows on the final image. (Yes, you will need to bring a steamer).
[One Light Corporate Image | The Slanted Lens]
Like so many, I desperately fear public speaking. I physically shake and mentally crumble. I’ve always been a better writer than a speaker with so much to say and no way to say it. So when The Photography Show approached me last October asking if I’d like to talk about my precious Dreamcatcher Project to a large audience on stage…of course I said “yes please” with a confident smile…and then cried for a month whilst quivering in a corner with fear!
So how can it be that a model; a person who spends her life in front of a camera; is so terrified of walking out in front of a bunch of people and being asked to speak? Well, it’s quite simple: I am the muted mannequin.
As a model I am not required to talk nor am I expected to show outward judgement, personal expression or opinions. Of course I am expected to bring those elements of my personality into a shoot as directed by the theme of the images, but I am to predominantly use my body alone to project them. I am a blank canvas, a clothes horse and therefore a mannequin. [Read more...]