I thought I should type up another blog, its been a while, so here goes.
After just relocating from Scotland, back to the Wirral, and being without gainful employment, I thought I would spend my time doing something useful, and educational.
I'll do a model shoot.
What? A model shoot? Hang on.....
Well, I havent done that before, how do I do it?
Right, first thing, Google, find a model site. Which one there are loads?
I registered with a couple, thinking spread my options.
Next thing I did was start searching for models nearby, and willing to work for TFP/CD.
I found quite a few, and fired off messages to them, basically explaining how new I was, and what I was looking for. I must have sent about 60 odd messages. I waited, and within a day or 2 I was contacted by a couple of models. We exchanged a few messages, and we arranged meettings. To date, I have had contact with about 12 or 13 models from all the messages I sentl.
This is now real, Im going to have to do this. Oh well, in for a penny in for a pound. I booked 3 in the same week. 1 for the first day, and then 2 for the next. Might as well go all in for this.
My first model, Leanne, sadly had to cancel, but at least she had the good grace to contact me in advance. i was a little gutted, but hey, it wasnt her fault.
So, that meant that the next day, I was doing 2 shoots, with the first one being the very first one ever. Oh no....
So the day comes around, I have researched as much as I can, and I have come up with this opinion.
- Be polite
- Be honest
- Be as specific as you can about what you want
- Keep in contact with model
- Make sure all batteries are charged, and make sure all memory cards are clear
- Make sure you turn up early, a good chance to scout around
- Spend a little time with the model prior to the shoot, dont just start snapping (I bought them a drink, and we sat and chatted for about 20 minutes prior to starting the shoot
- During the shoot, be polite and respectful
- At no time, make any attempt to touch the model, even if its only to move a stray hair. Get permission first or point it out and the model can adjust it herself
- At all times during the shoot, make sure the model is comfortable, and secure, and happy.
- Make sure you listen to the model, they had ideas and opinions too
- Regularly let the model see results, I found mine all enjoyed that
- If you are going to use one, get the model release form sorted
- Agree an approximate timeframe for getting the images to the model, and stick to it.
- I made contact with the model a few hours after the shoot to thank them again for their time, and to ensure they got home allright.
- Relax and enjoy the images.
My first model was Leigh. A lovely young lady, who had done a little modelling before, so had a few good ideas in advance, and that really helped me out. We had about 2 hours in the Albert Dock, Liverpool, and it was really good fun.
My next model was Toni, we met in the Albert Dock again, and we shot totally different images. No Leigh did'nt, but Toni brought her boyfriend, and this was ok. She felt comfortable and that was fine with me.
Again, we had a great time, and took plenty of images.
The following day, I had my third shoot with Natalie. Now this time, I felt a little more confident, and I followed my own steps above. We got on brilliantly, made a load of great images in Chester, and had a bit of a laugh too.
In fact, Natalie and I have already arranged another shoot already, so more fun to follow.
Moral of the story, if you havent tried a model shoot, go for it, its great fun, a massive learning curve, but the best fun you could have with your camera.
I have shown a selection of the images to the models I have worked with, and the feedback has been great. I know the images only need my own approval, but I feel its only fair to include the models opinion.
I hope this helps someone, I looked for this kind of info myself,and found it but it was dotted around in different places.
I'll leave technical stuff to the individual, you must already know how to use the camera and any lighting, so thats up to you.
Give it a go, see what you can do.
Tags: Working with a model