I belong to Model Mayhem and I’m called a lurker; someone who reads the forums but who seldom post or responds to posts. This is fairly common and many photographers do it.
The Model Mayhem group consist of everything from hobbyists to full time professionals. There are a few full time commercial photographers and fashion photographers (very few) who live and work in New York, Paris ect. My blog is not for them. My biggest team is usually the model and makeup artist (who does hair). But in the past I have worked with just a model routinely, like Sloan shown above. She is screaming at her ex-boyfriend btw. I told her to make it real, the girl can swear!
A fashion photographer from Paris is routinely attacked in the forum for posting (simply copying and pasting from his blog about his biz, helping to drive traffic from the site to his blog and helping his seo ect.) A few photographers do thank him for his information but the masses don’t care much, they view it as elitist… blah blah blah.
They work with teams; agencies,agency models, wardrobe stylists, makeup artist, hair stylist, art director, first assistant, second assistant, catering,…well you get the idea
Blake Discher gave me a good piece of advice after my last lecture…”know your audience”.
I think of the following photographers when I’m writing and musing;
YOU ARE LUCKY IF:
- shows up
- the model calls versus emailing when your email is down and she’s not coming; grandma died again or maybe the cat got run over, too much to drink, to tired to get out of bed to see the sun come up…could we reschedule to when the sun goes down??
- calls, not just texts
- calls to cancel versus crickets
- lucky if the model has clothes on a hanger versus in a paper bag
- has cute wardrobe
- is as tall as she claims
- weighs close to what she listed
- has average skin
- doesn’t show up with a boy fried, when you clearly state no escorts
- doesn’t have a sluggo manager (boyfriend or other photographer)
- the girlfriend she brought is hotter than her (well that might not be a problem!?)
- you’re not more nervous than the model
- wow, this is really cool, girls come to me
- buys wardrobe from Salvation Army and thrift stores or has none at all
- the house is clean when the model shows up
- your basement ceiling is taller than 8 ft’
- your Significant Other lets you use the living room
- you have a studio you share with others
- no one makes a living at this but we all want to quit our day jobs to do this, all day, everyday
- they have a roomy garage that’s heated and air conditioned, but I would even take a shed
- there’s always outside
- you might be color blind and don’t know it
- color families, what?
- don’t quite know how to use your new light meter yet
- still figuring out how to use their camera in M
- doesn’t understand much about fashion
- sweats a little too much (hope the model doesn’t see your pits)
- tries not to seem quiet and creepy
- can pay attention to detail when the model is half nakid
- they don’t spend money they don’t have on a hobby their significant other doesn’t approve of
- doesn’t know how to show the model what to do versus “I thought you said you were a model”? (think it looks kinda gay)
- the image is in focus and properly exposed would be nice
- oh, this lens, I’ve had this forever!
- i need to get into video
- owns a shoji screen and feather boas
If I’ve left anything out please feel free to add on!
You have no makeup artist and don’t know how to get one, can’t afford one. A mua won’t test with you, they either want a kit fee or full payment
When the model shows up at your door you realize the other photographers were better than you because you know there is no way you’re going to make this model look as good as they did. When you get done with this shoot and have to give the model her images and she posts them on the web you’re going to be busted, because you suck. I suck all the time. Sometimes I don’t remember how the hell anything works!
I write this for you…you don’t aspire to shoot for Vogue or move to New York. You would be happy to be agency approved, get paid for a Head Shot or a models comp card. But mostly you just want to get better so it’s easier to book better looking models that show up and don’t charge you. Many times it’s just you and the model and that’s just fine with you…now what?
This blog is for you…just sayin6 comments