Up Against the Wall!!
This is a shot from my very first shoot with a model that wasn’t a friend or g/f. Amazing how a pro model can make you lose your personal securities relative to experience, performance, direction and those kind of things. She just kept striking poses on about three different sets. After about an hour I was barking out direction as though I’d done it forever. If you’re getting started, a pro model can really help for purposes of building confidence. Other benefits to working with an experienced model include portfolio building and, more importantly, credibility building. If you can establish a good rapport with a subject through professionalism, attitude, quality work you provide for their portfolio, and a degree of fun, they can be a great reference to provide future models/prospects/clients to vouch for you as to your being cool to work with. The model/aspiring model community is tight, and has gotten tighter due to internet communities such as OneModelPlace.com and ModelMayhem.com. If a photographer/model/make-up artist/etc. is shitty to work with, word will spread, especially if you come off as a creeper perv. If that’s your agenda…i dont even know what to tell you to do…but dont work with models and expect to retain any sort of good name in the community. “GWC” (guy with camera) is model parlance for a creeper, a photog that made them uncomfortable. You do not want to be a GWC.
Up until the shoot depicted above, I had done a bunch of photography, and even some nude work, but hadnt yet done nude work with a stranger. I was completely up-front with her about this and simply asked her to bear with me. As I said, she held my hand the first hour and then I was fine. The shoot actually was one of the funnest I have ever done.
I guess the primary thrust of my ramblings is that working with models/clients is just like any other business or personal endeavor. Appropriateness relative to the time and place is paramount. It can, and should be fun, but always appropriate. Sometime I’ll tell the story of myself and a handful of photogs shooting three nude models when the pizza guy showed up with lunch. 🙂
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