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Old 11-22-2005, 05:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys

What do you say to new or inexperienced models to encourage them when posing? I've read a couple of comments that the model is very attractive but only has "one look". Any suggestions as to how you get more out of them?

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Old 11-22-2005, 06:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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how to work with a "one-expression" beginning model -- talk to your models, especially before and then into the shoot, amazing how a little human interaction brings out expressions!

cut out six poses / expressions from her / your fav mags and get her to emulate each -- with practice before the session ideally.

ask the model to talk to her dog or cat, to sing a favorite song, play music she likes and ask her to dance or move to the music. ask her to tell you a joke... the joke request should get you a wry expression if nothing else.

tell her to take off her top on a busy city street -- and start clicking -- just be sure she doesn't. suggest acting out a part in a movie. what's her favorite novel and become a character there... in extreme circumstances, throw one of your shoes, just be sure your aim isn't too good : )
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Old 11-22-2005, 06:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Michael

I've started doing the magazine thing, which really does work. Thanks for the other tips and suggestions.

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Re: I have only one expression...
Old 11-22-2005, 09:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have only one expression when I model... It's called "Reese's 'I'm sorry, what did you say?' impression of stupid people asking stupid questions."

My one pose is titled,"Slightly Mangled In Discomfort Shoot Only My Left Side Which Is My Best Side And Ignore My Cellulite." [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

I do teach classes. I hope this has been useful information. My bill is in the mail. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
 
 
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Old 11-22-2005, 05:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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in extreme circumstances, throw one of your shoes, just be sure your aim isn't too good : )

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I've used a slightly different variation of this idea quite successfully. When working with a new model (or one who has found it difficult to express different looks & emotions), I introduce her to "the fish".

The fish is a small, stuffed animal approximately 5 inches long which sits on the strap of my tripod. If I notice the model is freezing up, I'll gently remind her of "the fish", and move it to my knee (if sitting) or put it in my pocket (if standing). This usually generates a smile, or a "questioning" look, or possibly a look of disbelief ("you wouldn't REALLY throw that at me, WOULD YOU?").

After that, it's three strikes, you're "fished"... I gently toss the fish in the general direction of the model, my finger at the ready on the shutter button. I almost always miss, but when I don't (which really IS a miss!), the stuffed animal lands in her lap or bounces off her legs. After that point, I usually only need to "remind" her of the fish to get a new look or emotion.

I wouldn't suggest this for a "Pro" or experienced model, but with new models, it's been extremely successful for me. YMMV.

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Old 11-22-2005, 07:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have said this before but modeling is acting. Getting into character is key. As photographers, we are directors. You simply direct the model into feelings and actions.

Styling and make up can also add to the mood. A one look wonder usually gets stuck in the same modeling venue and never has a chance to expand his or her looks with street make up, J C Penney clothes and straight hair.

Usually a great photographer is great with communication skills. Communication is really where it is at. Photographers think it's x's and o's but that only gets you so far......the rest is pulled out of emotion and that takes getting into character.

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Old 11-22-2005, 08:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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make them laugh, make them cry. make them love you, make them hate you. kiss their a$$es, bite their a$$es. compliment them, insult them. dangle carrots, dangle air.
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Old 11-23-2005, 04:13 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice Guys!

So if I do it right, I've got to communicate to them that I am going to dangle something in front of them, then chuck it at them and bite them on the arse until they cry!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]

This is going to revolutionise the way I take photos!!!
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Jimmy:

Are you implying that you withhold oxygen from your models...I had heard rumors of you being tough, but man......

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Old 11-23-2005, 05:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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to get the image, ya gotta do what ya gotta do... ya know? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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