Five of today’s top fashion photographers reveal the characteristics experience has taught them to look for in new models. Find out if you have what it takes.
IN DEVELOPMENT: Stunning new asian model Xiao Wang hopes to ignite her modeling career by working with photographers who can bring out their best.
Photographers deserve great respect for the crucial
part they play in the success of both a model’s and an actor’s
career. Many of them can be very influential with designers, magazine
editors, and model agents, because of the models they have photographed
and, in some cases, discovered. The photographers I interview here modestly
protest that there is nothing magical about their inspiration and talent,
but, as with anyone in the arts, they have innate gifts that sets them
apart. To see a fashion tableau come to life under their direction is
A new model should always work with an experienced
photographer, and the ingénue who has the opportunity to shoot with
such impassioned professionals is fortunate. If both are new to the
business, the results could be an expensive mistake, which happens from
time to time. If the shoot is free, it can be a learning experience for
As a former model, I have worked with many fashion
and commercial print photographers, and I always could tell from the very
start of the shoot, based on the photographer’s disposition and
personality, if it would be fun or a nightmare. A photographer’s
demeanor is very important. He or she must instill confidence and bring out
the very best in the model or actor, and vice versa. That is why certain
photographers work with the same famous faces repeatedly; the chemistry and
rapport has been there from the beginning. These two factors are a dynamite
combination and contribute to financial success and fabulous pictures.
Occasional strolls down a runway may spark an interest in expanding into full-time modeling, acting or pageant competition. Whatever the case, here are some expert tips to help you take the next steps toward achieving your goals.
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