There are typically two types of people two model, those who do it on a freelance or independent basis and those who are represented by some sort of agency.
When it comes to a photographer choosing who to work with, this can make a massive difference.
My preference, having worked with both, is to go with the freelancers as much as possible. Here’s why:
1. Less hoops to jump through for booking
2. You’re going to find more variety in look and style
3. More options for being creative in you work
4. Less overall red tape
Sure, it is nice to look at pretty photos of beautiful models smiling and showing off a clean-cut or All-American feel. But, once in a while, for the sake of creativity as well as breaking the cookie cutter mold, photographers and models might be inclined to take things in a different direction.
If you are interested in making your shots a little more edgy, here are a few suggestions that might help.
Use darker and more intense clothing
Hair and makeup should bring out the harsher elements
Background and lighting can make a big difference
Using angles that emphasize the tougher elements of a model
What do you think?
My photography and creative arts business website is going to be getting a makeover in the near future. And, I’d love to have the readers here at Creative Dreamers offer up your suggestions for a new look.
The current look of the Three Rivers Creative Arts website features six photos on the homepage that rotate in something of a slideshow. While this format will remain, I’m looking to change the featured photos and replace them with others from the various galleries on the site.
In the end, a mix of photos from the following galleries will be chosen to be included in the new homepage layout:
Occasional Portraiture and Events
To have your two-cents considered, feel free to choose up to six photos from the site by providing the name of the gallery, the page number within that gallery and the number sequence in which the photo appears. See example below:
You can submit you favorites by commenting on this post.
Thanks for your feedback!
When I shoot with models…
I love to work with all sorts of looks. One of which, if you’re even a casual reader of this blog you probably know, is alternative models. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, that commonly includes women featuring body art and subculture styles.
Another really cool style is the classic pin up look that came out of support for U.S. troops during the wars and battles of the mid-20th century.
So, why not combine both for an amazing model photo session?
The photos below are from a recent shoot with the stunning Brittany Jordan. They were taken at my studio location in Pittsburgh and I hope you enjoy them.
This one makes use of a cool, classic vibe with the retro bar stool and the black and white coloration.
This one uses a spot color effect on her vibrant hair mixed with a classic pin up pose to have an almost Andy Warhol like quality.
Moving away from the pin up look for this one, it has sort of a sexy / naughty teacher theme if you will.
The spot color effect with a pose that accentuates the models chest makes for a fun, flirty photograph.
Last but not least, this one lends a little edge to the model’s look with the cigarette and the black fedora.
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.