As most people know I work with a lot of people just starting out with modelling. I love finding somebody with a quirky look or an edgy confidence and has loads of potential. I get huge buzz to see them progress and start doing something they end up loving.
Being a model is a difficult job. You’re the centre of attention and your appearance is constantly judged. So here are a few tips for new models that should help things go smoothly and make most photographers appreciate the effort you've gone to!
1 - Communicate - This is so important to me. Firstly it means we're are all on the same page with the plans for the shoot and secondly and most importantly it shows me that your are enthusiastic about working with me. There's nothing worse than someone agreeing a date and then going AWOL till just before the shoot, or just lazily popping one word answers to any questions thrown their way!
2 - Be on time! - This is so important. Photographers may smile and say don't worry about it, but believe me that isn't what is really going through theirs heads! Everyone is working to a schedule but when most shoots are only a couple of hours long, turning up half an hour late is 25% of your time wasted. Of course things happen and there are genuine reasons that anyone can be late but we all know when somebody just hasn't put the effort in to be punctual. Finishing your hair isn't a valid reason.
3 - Wear Loose fitting clothes - Tight fitting clothes leave marks all over your body and at best add to the amount of post processing the photographer needs to do, at worst spoil the final image totally! If you are shooting to implied/ topless level, bras are also terrible for leaving marks on the shoulders and back, so maybe think to travel to the shoot in something strapless or loose fitting. Socks, rings and hairbands around wrist also fall into this category!
4 - Check out the photographers work - Most photographers have a style. If you agree to work with someone, don't expect something totally different from what they normally shoot and be ready to pose in a way that fits their style. I love emotion in my images which means being confident to pull facial expressions. If you were not confident to do this let me know before so we can adapt the shoot or maybe we aren't the best fit to shoot even though we like each other's work? This works both ways as well of course, I wouldn't approach a model that I didn't feel would fit my 'style' or I didn't think I could shoot the style, they expected.
5 - Get Creative - It's fine to warm up with some simple text book poses but that gets boring quick. Experiment and get creative, especially once we've got something 'satisfactory'! Throw your head back, scream play virtual twister but lets create something NEW! Loads won't work (maybe none will, but what's there to lose!) Remember we only really need one 'wow' image! Let's have fun!
6 - Trust the photographer creatively - This is following on from the last point. The chances are that you chose to work with the photographer because you like their body of work. Trust the photographer with poses (so long as they are appropriate and within your levels obviously). If they ask you to scream, throw your head back, then go for it. Nobody is there to laugh at you it is all about creating the final image and sometimes the photographer knows the way to get 'their style'.
7 - Ask permission to post 'Behind the Scenes' - Most times it's fine, but sometimes we don't want to spend weeks deciding on a concept and two hours in makeup for you 'leak' a concept with a selfie on snapchat or facebook before we show the final image!
8 - Don’t post unfinished edits - Again following on from the last point, if the photographer sends you a contact sheet or excitedly sends you a quick preview don’t post them without permission. Remember the photographer will only want their very best work shown and posting an unfinished edit waters down the final impact!
9 - Credit your team - When shooting TFP (time for prints) everybody is really involved for exposure reasons so when you post the images on social media make sure you tag everybody involved. I know some creatives get possessive over their teams and do not like advertising who they work with, but you should be proud of anybody progressing especially off the back of any work you did together.
10 - Don't edit our images - When a photographer has spent, sometimes hours editing an image. Please don't go and crop it, turn it B&W or throw an Instagram filter on it. Quite frankly it's insulting. If you really hate the edit then say so and we can work something out!