I have had my fifth shoot now with a new photographer. I have modeled at a fashion show, my previous acting experience really helped. I have done a published fashion shoot which is being used for advertising and a website. I am loving it and want to try as many different styles of shoot as I can. I want to work with many different photographers to get my art better, get ideas and learn the craft. What can we learn from each other?
This year I am hoping to try something more creative using my drama experience. This will hopefully enhance both our portfolios. The more creative the better, I have lots of ideas I would like to try.
Current ideas include:
Greater use of theatrical costumes playing roles and telling a story. I love telling stories in the images.
Incongruity such as a dinner dress in an industrial setting.
A men's shirt in a woodland with an ivy covered wall.
Fantasy shoots of the more bizarre science fiction kind rather than 'fluffy' Harry Potter type things.
Anything where I can act.
I would love to try doing a studio day or a camera club, I'm not worried about a roomful of photographers, (more creative ideas to work from).
Basically anything a bit more interesting than just a pretty woman in a dress or boobs and bum.
I can give you plenty of ideas and like to work closely with the photographer before the shoot to achieve the best results. I pride myself on replying quickly and honestly to any inquiry and keeping contact with the photographer so we are both well prepared. I am very professional and don't waste time on the shoot. I want to get the job done well. I always try to arrive on time and will work very hard to get things right, just feed me tea (or white wine Smile).
I am happy to try any style of shoot and am open to suggestion. My job is to give you the shots you want, and to give you good creative input. I treat all shoots very professionally and work hard to get it right. I would like to do more catalogue or advertising modelling, and get into TV ads or film work (who wouldn't?). Then I could quit the day job and take this up full time (wouldn't that be nice).
I am a drama specialist, with a degree in theatre studies.
I prefer to bring my husband, (particularly on a first shoot). We are a photography team; he is a photographer and occasional model himself. He won't ever interfere with our shoot, or our relationship, that would be unprofessional and I take this work seriously. What happens on a shoot and my limits is between the photographer and myself alone. He is also my driver, dresser, and general help for both of us (I can get very tired after a shoot and need driving home). It gives me confidence and I am more likely to open up and form a good relationship if he is there. Don't just take my word for it, ask anybody who has worked with me.
I work paid and tfp, (prefer pay-who doesn't- but tfp if I find your ideas interesting); moderate travel expenses if tfp. My hope is if we do tfp you will be so pleased that you will want to have me back for a paid shoot, and recommend me to others.
Levels are by negotiation, it depends on the shoot theme, and if I can see the creative merit I am quite open. If it's just boobs and bum I am not particularly interested. I can't have pictures of myself showing 'bits' published anywhere public. I need to protect my other employment.
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