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Day-after-Valentines-day shoot

A big plus is that chocolate is so much cheaper....feels like the day after Christmas. Place where I´m from we celebrate Friendship day on 14-th of February. This overpaid-chocolate-in-heart-shape-box holiday is more American thing I reckon. Anyways, it was nice Saturday here in down-under and we had a great guest model in Huzzard Studios. I have seen her in one of the Perth top photographer (Chris Huzzard) portfolio and knew that I wanted to see her in my portfolio.

SELF IMPROVEMENT SHOULD FOLLOW AFTER SELF ASSESSMENT

Getting 'rappor' with models is the next big stepping stone I have to conquer. I´ve seen pro-photographers creating instant 'rappor' on spot but as always, everybody has their tools of the trade and they only work with their personality traits. So in some point of professional career, you can learn all the tricks what you can do with camera, light, editing and interacting with models and team. BUT to be above the average I feel that we gotta push the boundaries. Some point in a profession you gotta go further than textbook manual is saying and start creating your own "unique" "handwriting". Why I´m putting the word "unique" in quote marks? I have read, seen and learned that nothing is unique in art, it´s all mixture of something from the past.

Right now I know that my editing game is strongest, handling camera and light is a tight second and interacting with the model is limping somewhere behind. Partially because English is my second language. The second part is I feel that my vocabulary is not that rich. English is a rich language with expressions and vocabulary vise. I think the good-mannered language brings attention and trust. But it has to be in balance so it doesn't sound snobby and stuck-up. Here is a good quote from one of my favorite movie "Dead Poets Society" with Robin Williams.


“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.” ― N.H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society


SHOOT DAY

I had looked out a few poses and combined it with a few ideas, but I had no clue who the model was personality-wise. One thing I have learned here, that models are not only hired by their looks but also how they can commit to the role they are chosen for. The average-looking model who can interact with the camera and reflect their personality can get much better photos than just with the most beautiful looking model. To say it out loud, my biggest fear is that a model is a boring person and it kills the creative vibe.


MODEL RACHEL LINCOLN

I know that Huzzard Studio brings experienced models on set and in my luck model was a highly educated, well-traveled individual. We hit it off with a good start. She has a Business Law degree and while studying she did a year exchange in Sweden through the Erasmus project. She also has lived in Ukraine and overall has traveled in 36 countries altogether.

Here are two truths and one lie about Rachel:

  • She is an avid singer and plays ukulele

  • She took 45 flights in 2019

  • She was a teacher in a government high-school in rural Thailand

Go figure!


FOR ME

I had a model who can comfortably wear a classy dress or jeans & shirt in a two-hour span. She brought nice earrings wich really well complimented the dress.

Here are some notes for the next studio shoot to consider:







Good about this session

  • brought music

  • unconventional poses

  • mixing up background and costume
















Not so good about this session

  • there were heaps of small shadows I didn't notice

  • I talked too much

















For the next session

  • the right amount of communication is the key

  • more posing ideas

  • music is a small element and yet important









CONCLUSION

It was a good session. Should have done more preparation for seeking out poses. Once you got the good model in the house, you gotta take a maximum of models talent. I got heaps of good material and I gladly include that in my portfolio. Luckily for me, I brought my own music this time. I have neglected this small thing so many times. Good to create a mood.


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