8. February 2012
It’s been a long time since the last blog post… end of January I was travelling for a week in Germany, which kept me from developing and scanning film – of course I had to schedule some shoots in Berlin as well, which added to the pile of undeveloped film. Now I am up to speed again and can process at the same speed as I am shooting… and I would love to shoot even more. There are so many great models on my “to-do” list currently that I am trying to squeeze in additional shoots wherever possible.
I want to start using this blog as a way to answer some of the most frequently asked question I am receiving…and one of them is how to find models – and Nina is a good example. I saw her on a snapshot of one of my facebook friends. I sent a friend request and asked if she would be interested in taking some pictures together… so she is something like the (very pretty) girl next door – in the facebook world. And she confirmed my long-time observation that it is not true that an experienced model will be easy to photograph, and a beginner difficult – not at all. There are so many models in my portfolio who were absolute beginners with maybe 2-3 shoots – or sometimes none at all – and they did a great job. I have been shooting with some internationally experienced models where it took ages until we managed to get a half-way natural expression…. almost every day in the Metro I see a girl that would be wonderful to photograph… I just have to work on my courage a bit to just go and ask …
on a side note: somebody said that there are no boring models, only boring photographers… something I like to remember if a model is a bit more difficult to photograph … to not give up.
The most usual /classical way to find models is to use sites like modelmayhem – and every country has at least one similar local site. Another good way is to contact model agencies and ask if they have some “new faces” they need pictures of. If they like your pictures, this can be a very fruitful source of very pretty faces…. nowadays I find most models on facebook – having lots of photographers and models in my network, lots of pictures float around with lots of pretty faces … you can say lots about facebook, but as a networking tool its fantastic.
…back to this shoot. Location is a beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Brussels – and after I was desperately trying to find a halfway pretty hotel room in Berlin I really appreciated living (and shooting) in Belgium – nice and stylish hotels and bed and breakfasts are quite common… light was difficult, so I was using Delta 3200 Film most of the time, some Kodak Tri-X when we were shooting close to the window… Contax 645 and Nikon FM3a…