Introduction to Shooting Photo Series
We're finally here to do the official shoot, and I'm very excited because we did a ton of prep work for this, so I have got models here on set, I have got props all over the place, and we're ready to get started, and it's really important to me now that we're actually doing the photo shoots that I think a lot about how I'm going to direct my models and making sure that I get the images as fast as possible, because we have a lot of uncomfortable shoots to do today. I have got a fish tank with water in it, I've got a room full of sand, I've got lots of stools placed around to balance on top of, and they're not necessarily anything dangerous, but they're things that are gonna be very uncomfortable for everyone to do, so I wanna make sure that it's really fast, because the faster, the better. I wanna make sure that I'm prepared enough to get the shots in maybe one to five frames, and I wanna make sure that the models are able to get out of their position within I would say at least a coupl...
e of minutes after starting the photo shoot. So we've got our models here, and if you guys wouldn't mind joining me, I just wanna talk a little bit about what went into the planning of this series, and how I have decided to work with our lovely models. We have Kristen and Rachel, and they are by my request, very bendy and I'm really excited about that, so that means that they're going to be able to hold their position perhaps better than someone else. They probably have really good core strength, they're going to be able to hold weird positions for maybe an extended period of time. And what I did right before we started the day is that i took them aside and I said, "Okay, these are my super weird sketches," and they probably don't look like anything that you would ever understand if you were to just look at the sketch, but nonetheless, here's a little visual of what we're going to be doing with my needs list, my materials that I will be shooting with so that they know what's going to be in the space with them as well as a little overview of each image just describing what it is, where it is and how it's going to go, and it's really important to me when I'm working with another person, especially since I'm used to doing so many self-portraits, that I explain the details of what the pose will be, how long they're going to need to hold it, and precisely how uncomfortable it's going to be for them. When I started choosing models for this process, I first of all wanted somebody who would be able to hold the position and that's how we ended up with these two lovely people. And then after that, I had to decide who was going to go in each space, so my main consideration, aside from who's going to fit in what wardrobe best, because generally, they're going to fit in all of my dresses and things like that, was hair color. Trying to decide which hair color works best in which space, especially because for example, we have a fish tank with murky water in there, so what hair is going to stand out in there versus what will stand out best in a field or in a barn, and what's going to work well with a dark background, so those were my main considerations when I was choosing who was going to do what image, knowing that they have a lot of the same skill sets in terms of being able to hold a position, that wasn't so much of a consideration here. So I think we're ready to dive into shooting this series and I'm very optimistic that we're going to be able to go very quickly cuz we've done so much prep work and I totally believe that these girls are going to be able to hold those positions like pros. So let's get started.
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