Whether you are a model choosing a pose or a photographer posing your model, this is a decision that can shape the look of the image and therefore the success of the campaign. The right pose in the right circumstances can make all the difference, particularly when photographing for fashion or advertising.
Whether you’ve been shooting for five minutes or five years, there will come a time when you’ll have to book a shoot with another person. Maybe it will be a friend or coworker and maybe it will be a full-time professional model. Whoever you’re contacting though, they’ll need to know some fundamental facts about what’s involved in your shoot before they agree to be involved. In this article I discuss some of the key things you should include when contacting and booking a model.
Hitting the news recently has been the story about the YouTube family “DaddyoFive” losing custody of two of their children due to an ongoing series of prank videos.
I haven’t watched any of the DaddyoFive videos, nor do I intend to, so I am not going to comment on that particular situation, but as a stock photographer I routinely sell images of my children, so this raises a serious bigger question: is it OK to use your kids for profit?
All the time we hear “there’s an app for that”, and it seems to become truer with passing day. A problem pops up that we didn’t even know we had. Suddenly, there’s a new app that fixes it. The problem we didn’t know we had this time is booking models. Traditionally booked through agencies, although times they are a changing, models are a staple amongst photographers and brands around the world.
Now, new web app Ubooker wants to turn the modelling world on its head by letting people book models Uber-style. The brainchild of models Claudia Wagner and Diana Gaertner, the goal is for “models to be in control of their own careers”.
I think it’s fair to say that most photographers will at some point in their career have to work with models at least once. Whether you’re a still life shooter that photographs models’ hands holding a fork full of food a couple of times a year or an e-commerce shooter that works with models every single day. We all need to know how to contact a model, book a model and what to expect when working with a model.
But working with models in our current industry isn’t just for professional photographers anymore. The digital age of photography has meant that the barrier to entry is now almost non-existent meaning that more people than ever before are picking up a camera and getting into photography and more specifically model photography.
Model Mayhem, favorite among many creatives, has recently redefined its membership structure. Starting from this month, they have limited many perks they used to offer with the free account. This, in a way, forces you to pay for membership, at least if you want to reach more people and find more work.
While this move is promoted as an “improvement,” it’s not how photographers and models see it. Negative feedback comes from all over the place, and many photographers are reevaluating their decision to use this website further.
Running a shoot from start to finish can be pretty demanding; working with creative staff, managing your camera, adjusting settings, directing, and ensuring that everything is going smoothly. It can be pretty daunting with the prospect of trying to handle all of this right?
One of the more challenging aspects when starting out can definitely be getting comfortable working with the model(s) on a shoot, and how to ensure everyone comes out happy and satisfied.
What is a model? A set of skills? A beautiful aesthetic? A combination of both? Is there a bias in either direction? Is that bias shifted by our personal preference of what we believe to be a “beautiful subject”?
We’re taking photo’s because of first and foremost the subject matter. Take a bowl of fruit for example. Sometimes the perfect fruit might be less interesting subject matter than that of mouldy / decaying fruit.
And by attracted to I’m referring to “interested” in. Something / someone who takes your creative interest.
While geared more toward those on the other side of the camera, I thought this video I ran across over the weekend was worth sharing. It was posted to YouTube a while ago now, but in it, modelling scout Trudi Tapscott talks about some of the biggest mistakes that new and aspiring models make when starting their career.
It’s an interesting insight for photographers, too, especially newer ones who might not be used to working with models or as part of a team. It lets us know some of the things that models expect when walking into a shoot.
Spider II is not a reboot of a superhero movie, it is a name given by the Iranian government to an operation targeting models who are posting online in “un-Islamic” ways.
AP reports that eight models were arrested for posting photo on-line which out a Hijab – a traditional face (and sometimes body) cover.
According to ibtimes, a television broadcast on Iran state television explained the motivation for Spider II: “We found out that about 20 percent of the [Iranian] Instagram feed is run by the modeling circle,” … They have been “making and spreading immoral and un-Islamic culture and promiscuity”.