If you read this blog often, you have surely come across several of my posts talking about the importance of posing your model as a photographer or artist. But, perhaps it is also important to factor in the value of posing skills and technique from the model’s perspective.
While any artist or photographer can benefit from a posing guide, models can benefit just as much from such publications. This is especially true when it comes to either a new model or a model working with a new artist.
A great series of guides is the one by author Justin R Matrin on the website www.posemuse.com. You can get his work on Amazon also.
While the works tend to focus on drawing, they can easily be applied to any type of art and I suggest you check them out if you are on either side of the camera or canvas.
Modeling and what qualities, physical and non, make a great model is like so many other things, somewhat subjective. So, while it would be overly simplistic and even somewhat disingenuous to assume there is some sort of exact formula for what creates the ideal subject for a model photographer, it is not so when it comes to a given artist or photographer’s preferred qualities in his or her models. That being the case, I have my own particular opinion. And while I don’t think there is any right or wrong here, I do think that whatever works for you can lend itself to amazing art. So, keeping that in mind, here are what I personally consider the three key component for any model.
Willingness to learn and put in the effort
The majority of models don’t start out driving into poses and holding their bodies in flattering positions for a photographer. In fact, the majority clearly need some instruction. When a new model, or even a seasoned one to some degree, is willing to learn about his or her craft and willing to be professional in their approach to everything from punctuality to commitment to personal upkeep and hygiene, it goes a long distance in a modeling career.
No matter how hot a girl or guy may be, if they show up to shoots with a bad attitude or have a boring or unpleasant disposition, this can be a major problem. Not only will it make them hard to work with but it will show up in the shots as well.
Contrary to popular opinion sometimes, nobody wants a cookie-cutter model. When a person has just some sort of “it” quality to who they are it really makes a huge impact on how they model. This could be something physical, something about their attitude or even a personal style or look of some kind. there is not really any specific element here as that this is what makes it unique.
Notice here that “looks” are not in the top 3. Sure, attractiveness is important for models but I would put it fourth as that the other features listed create a type of visual appeal in anyone who is even moderately pretty or handsome.
If you even causally follow entertainment news, you will almost undoubtedly have heard about the three covers of this years Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. And, whether you are a fan or not, there is one thing that is indisputable. This issue made history.
Let’s start of by saying that three are essentially three things that mean a female model (and a photographer) has reached the pinnacle of success in their career. If you are a runway model or photographer or one who works in the fashion clothing modeling, it doesn’t get bigger than working for Victoria Secret. If you are in the glamour genre, no matter how you may or may not feel about it, Playboy is tops. And finally, if you’re a swimsuit model, you know you’re reached the top when you appear in the pages of the SI Swimsuit Issue.
So, in case you haven’t heard, the 2016 edition has for the first time featured three covers each featuring a different model. That in itself is new but even more importantly on both an artistic and social level these covers include:
- The first plus-size cover model (Ashley Graham)
- The first athlete primarily rather than model (Ronda Rousey)
The third cover is of your classic beauty and traditional model Hailey Clauson.
The editor of the issue MJ Day explained it like this –
At first glance of many of her photos….
the beautiful Kelly Knox, a model based out of the UK, seems like just another stunning blonde bombshell. But, if you take a closer look, you’ll find that there is one big difference. Kelly has no left forearm!
She was born with this condition and as a child refused a prosthesis. Since that time on, she has never wore won.
In 2008, she won the BBC series “Britain’s Missing Top Model” and has been dominating the fashion scene ever since.
As a photographer who personally believes that models do not have to fit any specific cookie-cutter mold, and that beauty comes in many forms, I think she is an inspiration for both disabled and able-bodied people everywhere.
Well, today is my birthday
I’m now the ripe old age of 33. Wow, I can’t believe it. It seems like time goes so fast. To get back to the point here, I got to thinking. I wonder who many notable people in the arts share my special day. I did a little research and the number is actually quite extensive. That being the case, I decided to include a very brief list for your enjoyment.
Jean-Claude Van Damme
George C Scott
H. L. Davis
When we think of modeling, most of us probably have a particular image in mind. Perhaps that image involves gawking crowds around a runway with models strutting with vigor in some “new look” for the season. Or maybe the bikini clad woman of Sport Illustrated and other notable publications pop into your head. Whatever the case may be, it may surprise you to find out just how many different types of modeling actually exist.
Here’s and extensive but certainly not complete list:
This niche is all about the clothing being worn and usually features tall, slender models.
A few of the many Sub-genres include –
Editorial, Runway and Showroom
It’s pretty much just what it sounds like. Models in this niche show off specific body parts like hands, feet, legs…
Some sub-genres include –
Product, Lifestyle and Corporate
This genre is all about showcasing fit and athletic models often in sporty clothing.
One of my favorites, it deals with models sporting body modifications like tattoos and piercings along with a punk or goth pics style.
This style focuses on sexual or sensual themes. This can range from mild to quite intense in terms of how graphic the content might become.