I Don’t Want to Photograph Models

Jan 22, 2020

Missy Mwac

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I Don’t Want to Photograph Models

Jan 22, 2020

Missy Mwac

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I don’t want to photograph models. They are lovely and beautiful and work with you and do what you ask and most are a dream to photograph, resulting in beautiful images. All this is true, but…

I don’t want to photograph them. I don’t.

See, I don’t want models to be representations of my work. I don’t want hand picked human beings of all ages outfitted in custom clothing with hair and makeup done professionally to be what people see when they peruse my portfolio. Or look at my website. Or walk by my many displays. Or look at my social media sites.

Because it’s not real. Sure, I might take the photograph, but how hard is it to make a model look good?
“Ohhhh…you made a gorgeous girl look pretty. How hard that must’ve been for you!”
It’s like those funhouse mirrors that elongate the body. It’s still YOU in that reflection, but that mirror makes you look better than you really are. Yeah, that’s not for me. I want real clients.

Real clients are different. Heck, photograph a family and odds are good you’ll find at least one member who is less than thrilled to be there and someone else who showed up wearing the “Hello Kitty” t-shirt everyone told her not to wear. It happens with real clients.

And real clients have real bodies. Poochy tummies, wide hips, double chins. I mean, hello? And they bring with those tummies and hips and chins a whole host of insecurities. The confident stance of a model is a lot different than the mama who just had her third child and is nervously trying to adjust her dress, the buttons of which are puckering because she’s a mama who just had her third child.

You know, real clients.

The stubborn toddler; the teen brothers who won’t stop goofing around; the dad who is missing the game because of this session; the mom who has wanted a family picture forever and is worried that it won’t all turn out; the high school senior with a head of unruly hair and a heart that wants to love her pictures.

THESE are my people.
THESE are the people I will bend over backwards to please.
THESE are the wonderful, everyday, anything-but-ordinary people who place their hopes and dreams and fears and insecurities in my hands, trusting me to treat them well and create images they will love.

So, keep your models. In fact, keep using the same ones over and over again. God bless.

I’ll just be over here doing what I love with the real clients I prefer to photograph.

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Missy Mwac is a photographer/eater of bacon/drinker of vodka and a guide through the murky waters of professional photography. You can follow her social media links here: FacebookTumblr. This article was also published here and shared with permission.

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3 responses to “I Don’t Want to Photograph Models”

  1. Chuck Diesel Avatar
    Chuck Diesel

    Or in other words… I don’t like the pressure (from the models, HMUAs and clothing designers) that come with shooting models and I’m using some PC reasoning to hide it.

  2. Robert Hicks Avatar
    Robert Hicks

    So a family photographer prefers to shoot actual as opposed to staged families. I’m sure they saves money on hiring talent vs whoever happens to show up and look how pure the author can make themselves with the free backlink here. Another ad masquerading as an article.

    1. Robert Hicks Avatar
      Robert Hicks

      What exactly purpose is this “article” supposed to serve? Might as well be a list of their favorite pizza toppings for all it’s utulity.