What photographers look for
I have shot a lot of models in my career some with bad and great experiences. So, I have come up with a few things that all models can do to have to successful photoshoot. These can be used in most if not all cases. First of all, when you show up to a shoot, you should find your contact person, introduce yourself and be very courteous to them. Don’t demand anything but kindly ask questions that you need to know to make the shoot experience a good one. These questions can be 1. Who is the photographer and what should I know about them? 2) What are we shooting and what are the images being used for (this way you can get in the mindset of the product or service)? Is there anything I need to know to make this a great shoot for everyone involved? Keep your questions short and don’t come across as a “needy” model. Make sure you follow your contacts directions. You may have to sit around for awhile or go straight to hair and makeup. In either case, make sure you’re not in the way of the production. Even having a conversation with someone may hinder the shoot. I have seen a lot of models talking with an assistant or production crew that is distracting them from their own task. So, be aware of your surroundings and unintentional actions that may hinder the shoot. When you’re getting your hair and make-up done, ask about the photographer and about the photoshoot. Try to get as much info about the kind of shoot you were hired to do. This way, you can adapt to the photographers needs. Every photographer works differently. They may want you to bring ideas to the table about how to pose in the image. So, make sure you have an arsenal of poses for the photographer. They may want to control everything from how you stand to what kind of expressions they want. Either way, make sure you happily accommodate their style. You may suggest things but make it quick. Photographers always feel rushed even though they might seem like they have it all together. So, be fast yet smooth. After the shoot is over, make sure to say goodbye and thank everyone. The best models are the ones that thank EVERYONE… from the photographer to the production assistant. So, to sum up a good shoot, be courteous, mindful, and grateful. if you can successfully implement these things, you’ll be hired over and over.
Photo Credit: Dero Sanford at www.thinkdero.com