Yesterday I had my first pre-arranged photo-shoot using a model from ‘Model Mayhem’ This was the first time that I have done a photo shoot that wasn’t involving friends or family and wasn’t run through a third party such as the Nikon School.
about a year ago I signed up to Model Mayhem a social website for models, photographers, stylists, etc. to interact. However, only more recently have I felt confident enough to try to arrange a photo shoot with strangers.
The experience was very good and positive. I came across a young lady who had signed up as a model looking for photographers who would be happy to work with no financial reward or cost but trading modelling for photos. After initially getting in touch with her through the Model Mayhems own mailing system and the follow up correspondence I discovered that she was looking for a photographer who could produce corporate style images for her website as a Nutritionist. The arrangement is perfect, I have a model who can help me build my portfolio and confidence without the pressure of monetary value and I am also providing her with valuable images to promote her business.
She informed me that she ideally needed a kitchen for the location and so I offered the use of my own kitchen which is large and traditionally appointed. Moreover, not having met her nor her having met me I suggested a Saturday when my wife was around who could also help with makeup etc.
This appealed to her and we exchanged photographic ideas and arranged the date, I also suggested that she leaves putting on makeup until arrival to allow flexibility and avoid over doing it.
Last year I purchased a book on model poses, Photographing Models: 1000 Poses, by Eliot Siegel, published by Bloomsbury, that I am now starting to use as reference material. The first chapter covers preparation including camera angels, creative cropping, lighting, styling, putting your subject at ease. Basic stuff but useful and nicely to the point. Two best tips for me was on the best camera angels for this project and best lighting position to use.
My wife helped her with the makeup and was able to help with costume and also provided some costume jewellery that complimented the clothes. We spent most of the day shooting and I have sent her low-res images to select that I will then work on for making good for her website.
Now we have worked together and now know each other I look forward to more photo-shoots both here at home and abroad in locations locally and maybe even further afield.