Get Better at Your Model Photo Shoot

One of the best ways to get the most out of your pictures is to study with those who have been there – and of course to practice what you’ve learned. Now, let’s see what Trudi has to say. ..

 

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Tips for Shooting Great Modeling Pictures!

Trudi: Hi, I’m Trudi Tapscott.

Britt: And I’m Britt Bergmeister.

Trudi: With model shoots, there are so many different variables going on that a model has to pay attention to. If you’re a beginner, it can be a little bit daunting because it’s not just about what you have to do for your job; there are a lot of things going on around you.

So, when you go to a big shoot like that, for your first time, maybe it’s your first or second job, and you are really only focused on you; like what you have to do, what you need to do to show up. But you’re really part of a team and there are lots of different things going on and everyone has a job to do.

Sometimes it can be a very high pressure situation. So, you want to stick with basics in terms of posing. Things get rolling. Sometimes you do eight shots before it really feels like everybody is in the groove of things.

So, you kind of have to be patient with that and know that, regardless of how new you are when you’re doing it, that the job is to get a great picture. So, regardless of what’s going on around you, to focus on the fact that you need to shoot pictures while you’re there.

I think that it’s never what you imagined. You’re working with different people than you worked with yesterday. You may walk in to a set and you might not know anybody at all. That can be a little bit intimidating, I think, if you’re starting out.

Britt: Yeah, definitely. You have to adapt to every situation. You’re working with different people, as Trudi said, every single day.

You’re going to be in situations that you’re not used to; you’re going to deal with personalities you’re definitely not used to. Some photographers will give you tons of direction and you have to be okay with that and work with that. Some will give you no direction and you might feel a bit lost. Just try and adapt to every situation and know that everyone is working with you, and together, to get the same end result.

It’s not all just about you; it’s not all just about the photographer. There’s the lighting crew, the hair, the makeup; you have to treat everyone with respect because they all have really hard jobs.

You have to treat everyone with respect and be adaptable to new situations. Be prepared; get a good night’s sleep, bring snacks, bring food, don’t go out the night before, and just be as prepared for the shoot as you can be.

Trudi: I think it’s important that when you’re learning to do something new and you’re getting your skills, sometimes you try too hard. So, if you think that acting confident is having an attitude, like your attitude makes you feel more confident, maybe that’s the attitude that you need to have in front of the camera, but not the attitude that you need to have with the people that you’re dealing with, because that attitude can be quite detrimental.

So being aware that everyone has a job and I guess it’s true that being nice goes a far way; treating people the way you want to be treated. It is a people business. People, sometimes, don’t get re-booked because they were difficult.

Sometimes, if you go on a trip somewhere, you’re traveling with people, you’re with a whole team of people for two or three days, if you’re difficult and not pleasant to be around, you might not be invited back. Those things are really important.

It is a business about people, it’s word of mouth, everyone talks. So one job goes to the next job; you could get the next job being referred by the photographer, by the hair person, by the makeup person, or by the stylist.

Everyone is going to a different job the next day and they’re all working. So your job is to keep on working and you have to do whatever you need to do in order to make that happen.

I hope you enjoyed these modeling tips for photo shoots and look forward to seeing your pictures on and in the magazines very soon! Keep going with your goals and hopefully you will reach your dream! – Bob Pardue

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