Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Directing New Face Models

 Models who don’t have that much experience in front of the camera need more attention when working together. Sometimes I find it hard when I get a girl who’s new and inexperienced, who’s also unfamiliar with their body. I'm always eager to see how they react at first to the Stylist, Make-up artist etc, I like to observe how they communicate and see how chatty they are etc. 

When I get them in front of my camera, I always approach them with some fun humorous chat! I want them to know that I'm genuine. Remember that new face models need a lot of 
feedback and support. When I shoot, the models who are experienced don't need a lot of coaching. They follow my directions and respond really well. However sometimes the  new models don’t know how their body looks on camera for the most part. And they don’t know how to pose. They are unfamiliar with their own bodies, making it tough for them to really relax and get a striking image. 

I am quite a chatty photographer. I sometimes find myself  yelling out things like, “Yesssssss, that’s hot!” or “Work It” I feel it’s sometimes needed,  to tell them how they are doing. But for some new faces, they need this most! 

If you have ever had the chance to work with me, You'd know that 99.9%  of the time I get on set and hit out a few poses.I am by no means a model but after working with models and relentlessly looking over fashion magazines I think I've learned a thing or two! 
I then I start doing it in front of them when I have my camera shooting making it a humorous experience,  They then follow my direction eventually and we can get on with making a great fashion story that has some great poses! 

I do enjoy the challenge of working with a new face and find that the journey to get to that great image a worthwhile process. It's wonderful to be able to see how the model has grown and found what their stenghths are throughout the shoot. 

Top Tips For A New Face Shoot: 

Keep a great atmosphere by playing music

 Be chatty and have fun, that's what it's all about!

Give praise and compliments where they are due

     Keep the styling, lighting and make-up simple, less is more 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

How To Overcome A Creative Block

It's so easy to feel uninspired when you're working in a constantly creative industry. Ironic isn't it? 

I personally feel that once you're on a roll with shooting, retouching and coming up with concepts it's easy to shoot everything in your tool box at once. I do this all the time, it leaves me feeling creatively dehydrated! 

When i start to get like this its easy to not feel as creative and come up with fresh ideas. This is where   I start my process to get back on track, focused and creative. 

Firstly grab a cup of tea!

What i find best is to pick up a copy of your favourite fashion magazine my favourites being ( LOVE Magazine, Wonderland, V Magazine and POP) and , get a large scrapbook and a black marker! Start looking at the editorials, taking notes of the styling, whats in right now? Look out for current trends. After that I start to mark down locations the styling would fit into and what model I could cast for the shoot.

A great way of finding out the latest hair and make-up looks is to check blogs and fashion vloggers! Bloggers are so current and they can be a great source of inspiration if you're feeling down about your creative juices! 

And lastly I like to watch old music videos! The 90's were filled with great iconic looks, so take some style advice from the past and make it current! 

Start to compile all your information and break it down into individual shoots! And then you have a starting point to get back shooting! 

Remember, feeling uninspired is normal and every creative goes through it! Taking some "me time" isn't such a bad thing!