Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Model Photography Tips: How to Make Photographers Love You

Being a model involves being judged based on your body, performance, personality, looks, and other personal traits imaginable, so working with several photographers can get really overwhelming.

But being one of the favorite or preferred models of fashion photographers is also quite rewarding. Stay above the competition with these six tips to make photographers love working with you even more.

Model Photography Tips: How to Make Photographers Love You

Do your research

Most models only look at their test shoots shortly before the actual shoot. Modeling agencies in Dubai recommend trying to do at least a bit of preliminary research about the photographer you will be shooting with.

Check out some of their work, even when it is just on your smartphone. Also, read their bio on their website.

By taking an initiative to look into the works of the person you are shooting with, you will become an aware and safe model. Whenever you’re not comfortable with provocative photos and you are being sent to a photographer who likes to push boundaries, the shoot can result in a disaster.

On the other hand, knowing what works for a certain photographer coupled with your own signature poses can also mean a smooth and breezy fashion shoot.

Making an effort to get to know your photographer in advance also indicates professional courtesy. They might have seen something in your book that they liked so they chose you; get to know them through their work as well.

Have a bit of imagination

There are some photographers who prefer a blank canvas that they can mold into anything they visualize. But having some imagination when you are in front of the camera is always a total hit.

You’ll immediately know which side of the coin the photographer depends on. When they meticulously pose your shot, you just go with it because some people want to work that way. If you are an open-minded person, you can also try different things. Bring some creativity to the table by experimenting and moving fast.

Be punctual

Though some photographers are aware that you just came from one shoot to another, just do your best to be punctual. After all, you’ve got your schedule laid out for you, right?

If you know that your home or current location is too far from your next shooting area, then do not leave 10 minutes before your call time. Estimate the amount of time it will take to reach your next destination and add some extra minutes to it. This way, even when there is some road or foot traffic, you’ll still arrive on time.

And if you are going to be late, you must absolutely inform your photographer about it by either texting or calling them. You do not want them waiting for a long time, wondering where you’ve been and what time you’ll arrive. And say sorry!

Know where the light is

Great models fully understand where the lighting is coming from. When you are shooting in a studio, take note where your photographer is putting their lights. But when you are shooting outdoors, pay attention to where the sun is. Don’t forget to use this information whenever you go to a shoot.

Generally, you should not turn away from the light or even put things in between your face and the light source. Do not hesitate to ask if you do not know where the main light is coming from. This does not just help you orchestrate your movements but will help you make good use of the space available.

Go above and beyond

Models that get the job done based on the brief and produce consistently good images are considered perfect models. But you can be better than them. How?

You have to do more than you’re asked. Aim to produce photos that go beyond what the photographer expects. Be friendly but remain polite. Also, show interest in other members of the team. Make everyone’s day brighter so you can be remembered positively and get those images right.

Make yourself available

Some models say that the idea of doing “time for print” or TFP work is bad and shameful. But experts and famous millennial models say that there is a huge benefit of doing this from the model/photographers relationship perspective.

When you’re available for TFP work or work that falls outside the normal or short notice work, you are conveying a clear message to the photographers. And that is: you can get the job done. So the next time they have available paid work, they will definitely think of you first.

As a model, there are simple things you can do to make photographers remember and love you. Follow all these six top tips because these will put you in their good graces.

Next thing you’ll know, they are already recommending you to other famous photographers, or book you on their next project. Bear in mind that word of mouth goes a long way in the fashion and modeling industry.

Jessicka Bell co-founded the AgenC, one of the leading model/talent agencies in the Middle East, in 2014. After just three years in the market, the AgenC now works with most (if not all) of the heavy hitters in media and fashion, as well as represents over 1,000 talents ranging from international models through to cast, kids, creatives and photographers.

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