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Old 04-26-2005, 10:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was looking at my porfolio yawning, and wondereing how I can add some variety and punch to it. I want to try some magazine style or even plain ole catalog fashion, but I find that when I try..it still is leaning more on glamour or even standard "model portfolio". I have read other posts about not shooting for the model and focusing more on the clothes.I know this is all in the "seeing" and it is more learned than something you can tell me how to do, but any advice steering me in the right direction? Maybe approach the lighting differently, or the posing? I have a shoot this weekend, so I can try out some of your suggestions. Feel free to browse my GG portfolio and offer advice based on what you see.

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Old 04-26-2005, 10:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I see some photos in your portfolio that are very similar to catalog styles of say Venus or Frederick's, so I think you are on the right track. Though they do tend to follow the glamour look, they are still catalogs, right [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img].

One thing I might suggest, is to be sure and collaberate with your model several days prior to the shoot, really drag out the mags and start working on the scenerios you wish to achieve, maybe that would help.

Looking forward to seeing the coming photos!
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I am ripping out pages now. thanks.
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When you go looking for magazine examples, look at the European mags which tend to be more editorial than Amercican fashion mags. If you fall short of those examples, you will still be very "fashionable". In other words, aim high. The other suggestions would be to make sure the model is trying to sell the clothes (or accessories) instead of herself. Most glamour shots have the models looking into the camera with flirting eyes while most fashion have the models looking away from the camera. If a fashion model looks at the camera it is with attitude - as if she is looking at another woman and saying you could look this good too if you had my style and flair. The last suggestion is to work with a stylist who has experience in the fashion industry because they have an eye for flair composition just like a photographer has an eye for light composition.
 
 
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Use a stylist. Try to find someone experienced in the fashion industry to colaborate with. In your area you may luck out and find a high end womans store specializing in designer clothing (Not a chain store).

Second best is magazines. "W" is usually inspiring, but the last issue didn't interest me much.
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This is very good advice...Thank you! Matter of fact I am gonna tell the model give me a look that says "you wish you look this good....if you only had my style and flair" [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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