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Old 01-11-2007, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Photo Vets,

I am still getting started with this hobby and have recently purchased some more equipment to make a home studio. I have 3 jobs lined up that i need to shoot. 2 TFP and 1 paying job. These models have contacted me with a desire to shoot. They have no clue what they want to do though.

For you vets, do you have a checklist of ideas you want to do and as models contact you, you check these ideas off? Do models usually provide the ideas/themes?

Is it usual for the photographer to have to look at the model's previous work, features, and have to dream up a photo shoot for each case by case basis?
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Assuming the models are looking for photos for their portfolio, then you just tell them to bring along some outfits that they want to use and you shoot a variety of shots in several outfits. Plan to spend half of the tfp shoot doing with the clothes and props they want and the other half with the things you want to do. It helps to have an idea or a theme or several themes. For example, I like to shoot around a theme of 50's pinups and many girls like that idea and think it will be fun. When I shot with Haley that was our concept and here was an example

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If you have trouble with posing ideas, then pick up one of the little books that have 1000 poses and then you can work from those when the well runs dry. You can also do clips from magazines and have the model work from those. I also use things like the illustrations of Gil Elvgren for posing ideas.

Just shoot a lot of variations of each pose and idea and that will give lots to choose from.

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I like to thumb through womens magazines and look at the ads. I get some good ideas there. Also, I like to just google different topics, like "pin-up girls" or something like that and see what shows up on my computer screen. I used to watch MTV when they used to show music videos and get ideas there. If you have time, go sit down at a Books-a-million or a Hastings book store and look through some different books. They don't mind and even have tables set up to where you can take your time. Look closely at hand placement and the way legs are posed. I also have been getting some good ideas lately looking through the portfolios of photographers on this site. You never know when your next inspiration might come from. Arkie
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You may want to ask them to bring in some pictures that they really like from magazines etc and try to recreate some of the poses or lighting with your own twist to the images.
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