So many think that models are vain, conceded, and stuck on themselves just because they decided to become a model. When the reality is, so many girls/guys are not at all that way. Sure, you have the models who after a few shots and a little attention, think they are a superstar and demand very high pay. They have gone beyond confidence and feel that they are going to be the next Cindy Crawford. You need to grease the side of your studio just so their head can fit. But, I've found many models to have low self esteem, shy, and lacking confidence. Complaining about weight, height, skin not perfect, or nose too big, boobs too small, the list goes on. When in truth, that model is beautiful. She just needs to gain the confidence and find her niche. One of the biggest things I've seen that models need to do is decide what TYPE of model they want to be. The industry has so many different standards for the 'type' of model they are looking for. It seems the new girls on the block just want to model, they don't take into consideration their physical attributes, they shoot fashion, bikini, glamour, commercial, with no real direction. You see her in shots with cut off jean shorts or swimsuit, by a tree, mixing a senior portrait with something out of Easy Rider. Where's the direction? And what can we do to help?? Maybe she wouldn't complain about needing bigger breasts if she would stop shooting so much glamour or swimwear and concentrate on getting into the fashion arena. Maybe she wouldn't think she needed to lose 20 pounds if she would stop shooting fashion and concentrate on glamour.
When you find a model you want to shoot, take a look at her. A long hard look. Where do you think she fits in this industry? If you want to make an impression, talk to your model and discuss where she wants to be in modeling. Discuss what you think may be her best chances in this business. Be honest, be truthful. Have a direction with your shoot. Be creative. Ask her to bring magazine images of things she would like to try, you do the same. Sometimes you get a girl who just wants to model for fun, then by all means, shoot for fun. Most of my online images are for fun. I do not plan to be in some bikini catalog or a well known bikini model. I"m commercial. My paid work and tear sheets are all commercial. Its the direction I knew I would need to go with my physical appearance and age.
But if a girl really wants to make it in the business, she needs to have guidance and direction. Can you give it to her? Food for thought, when was the last time you saw a girl 5'3 walk down the runway, when was the last time you opened up a Victoria Secret catalog and saw a model with an A/B cup, when was the last time you went to a bikini contest and saw a model who weighed 160 pounds? A woman who is 35-40 is least likely to succeed in being a Playboy Playmate. I'm not saying these things can't happen, but realistically we have to consider where our market is.
Yes we want to show we can do a variety of work, but we also need to concentrate on what is going to help us succeed. So when you want to shoot with a model, concentrate on what is going to be the best venue for her/him. It will only make your book look that much better. And ...your model will also think you know a thing or two about the business.
When I started out, I had those senior portrait 'tree' shots, (maybe why I hate them so much now), I had the glamour shots, (not from the mall) just glamour images, motorcycle shots (horrified my mom) I had no direction. I needed commercial stuff but didn't know who would shoot it. I was fortunate enough to meet the right people. I know now, if I were 15 years younger and wanted to do Playboy, I would go to the shooters like Glenn U. or Rolando to shoot me, swimsuit model:I would ask beach shooters: Andy Pearlman or Andy McFarland, If I were going for Fashion,: Fashion shooters like Rick Shellhouse, Chung Lee. Beauty/Headshots: JT Smith, Kade Lam. So if the models go to the particular photographers that shoot this stuff, shouldn't the photographers go to the girls with the particular look to fit the mold? And sometimes the models are coming to you with no clue.....don't just shoot whatever you feel like for the day....make it count.
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