Big Market Model Boot Camp Weeks 2 – 4

Over the last several weeks, our NY hopefuls have been very busy shooting and shooting and shooting. After all, if a model can’t take a picture, well then, they need to find a new interest. Right?

So, we have spent several hours learning the importance of photo movement. We have shot with various photographers in various settings– including individual and group shots. Then, we have spent time reviewing and critiquing the photos. Each model has learned little things about themselves that only the camera can see. These are little things like: squinty eyes when you smile too big, light sensitivity and how to deal with that, too strong of a jaw in a serious pose, sleepy eyes and how to make them pop, cheating the camera to decrease the amount of white in your eyes, etc. etc. Every model has their little quirk. Knowing and understanding how to fix it makes you all that much better of a model. 

Needless to say, it has been a very busy few weeks and we will continue to shoot until it becomes second nature. You see, a model’s favorite place to be should be in front of the camera. And, when in front of that camera, there is no time or patience for uncertainty, lack of confidence, “feeling stupid”, or just ignorant as to what to do. The model should take charge, showing that he/she is confident and comfortable. The photographer will instruct and guide if he/she wants something specific. Otherwise, it’s up to the model to make the shot. By changing your pose with subtle movements and angle changes, the photographer is getting a new shot each time and can often end up seeing something he/she really likes. It is not uncommon for a photographer to say “There, that right there. That’s perfect. Hold that. Ok. Now move this way….” The model’s movement and pose changes often inspires creativity and new ideas for the shoot.

Good models are photogenic and take a nice picture. Great models are photogenic but know how to make a picture awesome. It’s all about the 3 C’s: CONTROL – be in control of your movement, aware of body lines, shadowing and angles. CONTACT – connect with the camera. Make direct eye contact with the lens as if you are looking directly into the photographer’s eye. CONFIDENCE – how you feel on the inside will be portrayed on the outside. The camera doesn’t lie. If you are uncertain, it will show. Love what you do. Remember the 3 C’s! They are the ingredients for a successful photo shoot and amazing final product.