Friday, December 16, 2011

Anatomy of a Model Photo Shoot

You can flip the pages of any fashion or glamor magazine and see models made to look impeccably dressed and coiffed with unblemished and smooth complexions, what the viewer may or may not know is the amount of time and preparation that is required to get the right shot.  Photographers work at setting up the set taking light readings while the models wrestle with wardrobe, hairdressing and makeup.

No matter how exciting it may appear to be a model there is a certain amount of tedium that works its way in while waiting your turn in makeup, hairdressing or wardrobe.  


The photographer and model collaborate on poses to capture the mood and essence of the scene.  A series of shots are taken from various positions around the set along with the varying facial expressions and poses of the models.  When the photographer feels that they have captured the shots they need the shoot is called a wrap and the models are free to go while the photographers breaks down the set up. 

The photographer’s work is not complete yet, there is post production required to find and manipulate the photo that is desired.  Depending on the shoot the amount of photos may extend into the hundreds.  So, the next time you see a photo in a magazine that appeals to you think of the time and effort that may have gone into it by both the model and photographer.

1 comment:

  1. This is an excellent, brief synopsis of the process. I think modeling must be not unlike any other performance art, where everything the audience sees represents hours, days, months and even years of expertise at work. The audience sees the finished product and often doesn't even think about the process that allows them to see it.

    I especially like the third shot of the model sitting amidst the beautiful chaos watching and waiting while all the pieces to fall into place to create beautiful order.

    The model in the fourth shot has eyes that draw a person in and you've done a fabulous job of making them the focus of the shot, even though the stunning tattoo is right there. Those eyes make the shot.