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The most beloved character type in modern literature

Anyone who writes or enjoys reading stories has at least a general idea of the various character types that make up the basics of virtually any story, novel, play or movie.

Of course, there are the villains, as more technically refereed to as the antagonists.  And just as obviously there are the heroes, technically termed the protagonists. Just perhaps the most beloved character type that is in use more now than ever is the figure known as the anti-hero.

Some people may be familiar with this type of character but in the event that you are not one of them, an anti-hero is essentially a protagonist that is anything but perfect.

Gone are the days with squeaky clean heroes who always make the right decisions and never cross any moral lines. Writers and readers have come to embrace protagonists with faults, personal struggles and other serious and not so serious issues that they must face.

So why is the anti-hero so popular? I would venture to guess that it’s because he or she is a character to which people can more accurately relate. Quite frankly, they are more realistic. Even the most shinning examples of humanity struggle with their own issues from  time to time. Nobody does everything right or always makes the right call pertaining to a moral or ethical situation.

Some famous examples of anti-heroes include:

Books -

Holden Caulfield – “Catcher in the Rye”

Scarlett O’Hara – “Gone with the Wind”

Movies -

John McClain – “Die Hard” series

Frank Martin – “Transporter” series

Television -

Patrick Jane – “The Mentalist”

Emily Thorne – “Revenge”

Plays –

Lady Macbeth  – “Macbeth”

Comics -

Batman

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Creative ideas for model photo shoots

Creative model photography

OK, so sometimes I feel like my brain is like the pistons in a car – constantly moving except well I’m shut down and asleep (or the car is turned off). That being the case, I’ve always got some new ideas popping into my head about any number of things including ideas for shoots with models.

With that in mind, I’d like to offer a few of the ideas I’ve used in the past. Granted some aren’t all the original but that doesn’t mean that people might not have overlooked them. As for the ones that I haven’t actually followed through on yet, well for now those will remain a mystery.

Please know that all of these may be able to be modified for either sex but I generally work with female models and that’s why I make the following statements.

school girl outfit model photography

Ideas:

1. Cowgirl -

Pretty simple to do. Just some cowboy boots and a hat and some jeans and an appropriate shirt and you’re all set.

2. Silhouettes and bodyscapes -

It’s all about lighting and maximizing the form of the body itself.

3. The model as captive (cuffs, bindfolds…) -

No, nothing perverse here. That wouldn’t be very artistic. Just sort of a horror-inspired approach.

4. Halloween themes -

This one is relatively self explanatory and can be done in either an intense of cutesy sort of way.

5. Patriotic attire and props – 

Just think of the whole “Rosie the Riveter” image or anything in which you can incorporate a flag or your country’s colors.

6. Slumber party -

Combine this youthful concept with lingerie and BAM – instant art.

7. School girl -

Very cliche but it never seems to go out of fashion.

8. Gothic rocker schoolgirl -

A variation on the above with a little more edge. Great fit for alternative models.

9. Motorcycles -

Attractive women and motorcycles go together like peanut butter and jelly.

10. Office setting -

Again sort of an old concept but spicing up a boring setting like an office makes for a fun shoot.

11. Warehouse or industrial setting -

The gritty, rough atmosphere can work either as a contrast to a model’s look or to compliment it.

12. Ultra contrast -

One suck example would be a model wearing a wedding dress in a graffiti -covered slum alleyway.

13. Femme Fatale -

Tough girls with a hot look make for awesome photos.

14. Character shoot -

I once did a Lady Gaga themed shoot. This is also good for people who like cosplay and fictional characters.

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