Portfolio Bootcamp

Sunday, 21 September 2008

I answered a casting call for a photographer put out by makeup artist Michelle Miller who wanted some more images for her book.  Initially we thought we'd do a downtown location shoot, but as the weather forecast started to get worrisome, I decided to book a studio.  We also juggled with the format of the shoot, trying to figure out how many models we'd need, how the logistics would work, how many looks we'd get, and so on.  The format worked really, really well, as the models rotated through makeup and hair and back to me for the photos in a variety of setups.  I loved the chance to work a little slower, adjusting the subtleties of light and shadows, and making the girls look fabulous.

Models Natasha (blonde) and Naomi (brunette) were totally professional, showed up on time, and worked tirelessly.  And of course Michelle worked her magic; I kind of wish I'd had a chance to see what she was doing, but it was a lot!  I can't say enough good stuff about them all.  We were all pretty beat and hungry at the end, and had a well-deserved meal at the end, swapping stories.  We had lots of fun, got to know each other a little bit, and I really hope this'll be the start to other work together.

I'd definitely plan on putting another shoot like this together for models or MUAs interested in a portfolio bootcamp (not quite the formal name, but might stick).  The main issue would be handling the actual fees involved as it gets costly to rent a studio strictly for TF* work on my end.  There's always the unfortunate risk of no-shows.  I may just have to consider some sort of fee to cover the rental, for example.  However, I think the results and variety of looks for the time spent make it worthwhile for all involved.


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