There’s more to photographing models than just knowing the technical stuff about cameras, lenses and lighting. There are aspects of choosing the right model to start with, pre shoot communication, the style you are going for, creating the right attitude and the backgrounds which make the shoot relevant to the story. You can create a ‘story’ of sorts with one picture of a model. The whole picture can create the questions in your head of why that model is there, what she or he is doing and what will happen after that moment is captured. One master of this art was Helmut Newton who could tell a story with one frame. This is one of those things that on the face of it can look very easy when done very well, or just looks terrible if done badly. The use of the wrong model in the wrong clothes with the wrong props in the wrong background – just because the photographer thinks it will work, can just look very cheesy.
I wanted to bring the art of the story into the Creative Model Workshop which would free up the creative process just by shooting some specific images and mixing them up with random shots. I set up the specific and posed shots of Zara Watson, then when everyone else was shooting their specific shots for themselves (and everyone got something unique) – I just stood in one place and took a few snaps of the area we were working in. These shots weren’t planned – just what took my eye, took a quick snap and showed the group the type of shots they should be looking for to make up a story. This is easier than trying to tell a whole story in one shot and gives you freedom to really look around when the others are shooting their own shots. There is no down time on a workshop like this and the studio (Hope Mill studios in Manchester – a great studio with some great public areas) lent itself to this story led shoot. It also makes people look a bit closer at the shots on the page rather than a quick glance at one shot then moving on. I put together my shots into an editorial and fitted the words to it. It’s a different take on a pure Lighting/Fashion workshop as I wanted everyone to throw caution to the wind and with Zara as the main focus just look around at everything at Hope Mill.
The only thing you will need to know when shooting like this – is how to put all the images on a page. I do this using photoshop layers and gave some simple photoshop advice at the end of the workshop.
WARNING – THESE PICTURES CONTAIN NUDITY.