Friday, August 30, 2013

Photographer Unknown

2008 Photographer unknown

 This is another photographer I have no idea who she was.  It was during the photography class that I modeled for.  I like the amount of light in the image, how soft it is and the look in my eyes.  The only thing I think that prevented me from using this in my portfolio was the hand. I like it and I dislike it.  I'm really not sure.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My photographer just asked to touch me...is he a perv?

When engaging in a photo shoot all parties need to know some basic etiquette.  This goes both ways so I will first address the model and then the photographer.

Model
  1. Show up on time.  Seriously treat the shoot you are about to embark on as a job.  Would you be late to a job?  No.  If you are going to be late call/text ahead.  Really photographers and their teams love to know you are running late.
  2. Bring what you need for a shoot.  We will go over what to bring in a later post depending on the type of shoot you are doing.
  3. Don't drink, be high, be crazy, be a flake, be crazy
  4. Learn to say no.  Know when you are ok with pushing your boundary.  Asked to do studio nudity?  Full nudes"  To go stand on that rickety looking bridge or log to get the shot?  If you don't want to, feel comfortable, or any reason really say no and stick to it.
  5. If your photographer says no respect it.  That respect goes both ways.

Photographer
  1. It goes the same for you, show up on time.  I have been stood up by one photographer and it is just as annoying for you as it is for your models.
  2. Know what you are going to shoot to a degree and bring what you need and then some.
  3. Learn to say no.  Sometimes models come up with dumb ideas in poses, general shot ideas and the like.  Please tell us no and then how to fix it.
  4. If your model says no, respect it and move on.
  5. If you need to touch your model for any reason (there is one strand of hair in the wrong spot, a leaf fell on their body, their underwear is showing) ask before you touch.  If they says no tell them what to fix and move on.
As long as people respect each other and have agood attitude a fun, creative, and enjoyable shoot will be had for all!

Ok my model and photographer friends what little pieces of etiquette do you think anyone involved with photoshoots should/need to know?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

You can always use more of me! Right? Right?


Charles is so fum to work with.  He falls under my creative and really good technical photographer categorizes.  This was fun shot to make happen!  Plus could the world really handle 7 of me?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Same pose two different photographers

So I met Charles due to a mutual photographer friend David when I was hired to work a photography class.  In my Rock and Roll post that was shot by Peggi the class instructor.

 2009 Classic Rock
A good photo, good editing, good pose and good framing.  The only thing off are my eyes  which seem to be staring at something but not at quite the right angle for David.


Yup one of the oddest experiences I have ever had.  Super fun and would do it again but yeah pretty darn odd.



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In the white wall

I've sadly lost the photographer's info on this shoot.  All I have is that it is from 2009 and I was in Portland, Or that day.

I love the light and shadows caused by the light from the right.  I actually really like my foot even though it looks a bit huge, and the angle of my hand resting on the ledge just works.  I look relaxed and warm and SO colorful in my white little world. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Jump Jump Jump Mondays

 Jump?
 JUMP!!!
 OMG JUMP!!!
I am the BEST freaking jumper EVER!!!!!

I am freaking tired and wrote 5 other blog posts today....Please excuse the silliness

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sometimes modeling is about not being the center of attention

2008 Yaquina Photography and Lindsay O

Really its true,  Sometimes modeling is about helping someone else shine!  She really steals the shot here with her eye contact and confident body posture.  I just help her look AWESOM.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Safety Talk

Now ladies and Gentlemen we are going to have the safety talk to help you avoid getting hurt while modeling.  How would you get hurt?  Well I'm sure any mother can name it in a heart beat.  "You could get raped, or mugged, or abducted or KILLED!" I have heard it a few times from my mother.

Basically what it comes down to 99% of the men and women I have worked with are pretty cool, if not a little off, and respect their models. That nasty 1% gives the rest of the group a bad name. 

I always do the following when booking with a new or old photographer:
  1. I screen to see if they are just using the modeling site as a dating site. (WAY more common then you think)
  2. I know the location, the time, how long I should expect to be there, is there cell coverage, and how I am getting there, my car, their car, a friend to drop me off.
  3. I tell important people who I trust ALL the above information and a 'when should you call police' time line.  This does become more relaxed as I get to know a photographer.  If I've shot with you 3+ times this generally gets shortened to "Hey I am with photographer X today. "Insert location info here""
  4. If it a person I get weird vibes from but not enough to throw me off I bring a fellow model.  A lot of photographers dislike escorts and won't allow them on set.  They will however often let another model, or hair and makeup artist on set as they can add to the shoot.  A super fun way to get around this rule I have found.  I also just like dragging my friends into modeling.  >.>
  5. If I can't drive/walk home I don't go out for drinks after.  And I NEVER drink before a shoot or during a shoot.  Nor would I do any drugs and that would cause me to walk out.

Never be afraid to leave a shoot.  In the end it is your safety and comfort that we are talking about here.  If the photographer makes you feel not safe tell them. Sometimes they are just as nervous as you, and sometimes they don't realize they care pushing you too hard.  Only once in my 5 years of modeling have I not felt safe or like I could not have gotten away.  I learned from my mistakes and really my rules are not flexible.  

Be safe people, but also be fun.  :-)

 This is a shot with said photographer (2009).  I will not post his info though some from the area may recognize this image.  I do have to say looking for his damned image did help me find more photos!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Just a tad bit punk




This is another one of my favorite images I have ever taken.  Super quiet, well posed and super cheeky smile.  

2007 Photo Benjamin