Modeling Photography Tips from a San Diego Photographer – Part Deux
So, a couple of weeks ago, I had a conversation with my friend Justin, over at Kickin Knowledge and we were going through some of my statistic for my web-site. One of the more popular searches, for my site was Modeling Photography, in San Diego. He suggested I write, Modeling Photography Tips from a San Diego Photographer – Part Deux. I thought about it and it just so happened that last week, I had the opportunity to shoot an artist, musician, and actress, by the name of Carmen Perez.
As I previously suggested a good place to start building your photography portfolio is with a couple of Meetups. I like Meetups, for the fact that they have them for any type of hobby or interest you can have. They usually have one once a week or more and they are usually local to your area. Plus, most of the people that attend are great and you can build good relationships with them. Another suggestion would be to sign up at Model Mayhem. Model Mayhem requires you to have the following: 4 Good Photos show your work, 100 Words describing yourself, read the full requirement and you’re all set.
Ok, now back to my story. I try and make sure that that there are enough models attending a Meetup. It isn’t much fun to have 20 Photographers and only 1 model, but it does happen on occasion. For my Meetup, there were 5 models and 5 photographers, which I felt was a great balance. When I arrived, I texted the Organizer and was informed to look for a girl in a green dress. After locating 3 girls that were not our models, we pretty much gave up hope. Then a girl, in a green dress and a guitar case walked up. Bingo, our model showed up, her name was Carmen and we were ecstatic, because the Meetup wasn’t a complete failure. The organizer was late and called me to let me know that I should get the shoot started and find suitable location. Since the Balboa Park Organ Pavilion was swamped with weddings, I decided that the International Village would be better suited. To make a long story short, Carmen was the only model that showed up, out of the 5 models and we ended up grabbing some young females to model for us, who happened to want their pictures taken. One key note, if you find a model that shows up consistently and on time, treat him or her like gold, because you may be left holding the bag; especially if you rented a studio.
One thing I always recommend is to, Be prepared. As, I always tell you, make sure all your equipment is ready to go and tested, before your client’s arrive. This includes batteries, flashes or strobe light, light stands, memory cards, soft boxes, or umbrellas. Did I mention to bring extra batteries; especially if you are using your flash with remotes?
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had fun writing this one. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.