Connecting with Models
First thing I want to discuss a few guys how you felt about have that connection was it like for you today shooting this way versus what you've done in the past ladies first one camera and talking down set everything aside and explain what's great about other things like, you know, like this moment it's a big difference a big difference I would have to agree that more than that interpersonal dialogue made the difference compared to prior stories I've done in the past now looking back it's more kind of shotgun approach for anything to happen that numbers you have that distance from you from your subject you can like barking in its eyes target but then he just simply rest camera down get up to make a more direct and personal uh there's a little there's much more more focus and that connection with model it's a big difference you know, I learned this from working on victoria's secret shoots as a photo assistant this is years ago, but the star for that I worked for as an assistant uh would...
always do this. I work as assistant. I work for a lot of photographers so one day I'd be working for somebody shooting fashion downtown manhattan that work this other guy shooting fashion a location that we're one of the female photographer and she shoots a big catalog that work for the other guy is always of photographers and seeing each photographer shoot a different way taught me a lot and being on location but this one photographer shooting victoria's secrets and see how he talked to each of the girls and cause this interaction that happen taught me a lot and it stayed with me all these years. So what you guys just learned today is from him from me learn that from him twenty two years ago makes a big difference and what you get from the model when you're shooting, especially on a job now he first thought shooting and you're doing tests it might be just you and many two of the people one of the person yourself making bars and enhanced alice and that's it that's a small shoot you start doing jobs it's never that small it's a sea of people there's a lot more attention that goes into trying to get the shot, but you need that time with the model to really connect and create your image because on the job you'll have your client in your ear you have a hair styles here you'll have thiss advertising you have your client who's the ought to buy or what director in your ear and then their client off to the side giving comments so you said to make time to zip away and create that bond with the model so you can get your shot and make your clients happy and once they're happy they hire you over and over and over again so I know this is all about working with models this workshop is about working with models but what you learn and doing this will help you in any thing you do in anything portrait ce wedding shooting baby issuing seniors whatever it is this will help you become a better photographer because you're creating a relationship with your subject also it's right now models but could be anybody it could be you know, a five year old a perfect stranger it doesn't matter so later on tomorrow and talk more about personal projects because that's what really refreshes you and keeps you alive and responded no recharge your battery when you start working a lot but this industry has taught me how to relate to people even strangers so those who have been followed me on my twitter no that I've been doing this project over america this year traveling from from east coast to west coles from the golden bridge to the brooklyn bridge from the first state in the country to the fifth highest in the country all working on this personal project and I'm shooting strangers the idea is to shoot fifty people around the country and I'm shooting fifty strangers who have never met me before and I meet them they've got to trust me to let me make their portrait this industry taught me how to do that walk up to a stranger in middle america and have them trust me a big black guy is a stranger and make their portrait that's powerful this industry has taught me how to relate to people and have them trust me to make an image that's powerful stuff I've won two forty seven I didn't forty seven images out of the fifty, forty seven I've done I've got I'll do forty eight tonight and we'll invite two of you to come with me tonight to do number forty eight on this project and I want to invite all of you to find out more about it by following me on twitter at matthew jordan underscore s you'll find out more about it when you say what the project is but it involves going into the next one hundred years and it involves ah it involves the white house I'll leave it there so I was a lot of suspense there this is so exciting it really is it really is it's great having a personal project uh especially in the fashion industry if you're working a lot you can or working in any industry that matthew doing tons of weddings you get burnt out if you're shooting a lot and we all want to work of course it's a great thing to work a lot but you need to recharge your battery and personal projects recharge your battery is a matter of fact it's funny the same photographer I worked for as an assistant twenty years ago who was shooting the tour secrets he gave me probably the best advice I've ever gotten in my career, and he told me back then, he said, you know, my biggest mistake in my career was not doing a book of personal work he's like matthew, when you start shooting, make sure you do books of your personal work, nothing that too hard. So when you guys, you're working right now to create your career and start your career, but don't forget to shoot for you don't forget what made you happy. What fall in love, photography what made you feel good about being a photographer? Always keep that close to you shoot your personal projects even after your jobs shoot something for you that's not paying you any money, shoot something for you that makes you still love photography that we'll have a career, you know, twenty, thirty, forty years and love photography remember many photographers who like no eighty years old, even early nineties one photographer and they would tell me how they love to talk because they keep shooting stuff that they love. That's the secret I love this process of shooting, fashion and beauty by love had that connection with my son. Ikea's well, I'll create that bond with the subjects doing the work is wonderful it's all willing good I like it I like it that way lights out version so here I have our model the first time she's trying to get into the feeling and these are brand new models not these girls are not experience they're just learning to become models so it doesn't get any harder than this tour for brand new model and trying to get a shot so on these types of shot you're really working harder to communicate for and get her to get overhead, relax and trust you to get an image it takes more time, but as these girls get better, let me just look better you get better shots and this is great training for every photographer who wants to fashion beauty doing tests in the beginning of your career and if you're shooting a brand new girl, you'll shoot more pictures because you're trying to hurt to relax first and it takes time. But once you've gives that place where she's out of her head and stopping stop to stop, think about modeling and posing, you'll get better shots right now they're still thinking about it a lot, but then you see them as they come out of it and becomes more riel more in the moment that connection makes a big difference and going back and forth and talking to her yes, it's. More energy for you. You stay back here behind your lens and scream out directions, but you're causing this her to talk to the lens. You had this barrier between you and the model. I don't want that barrier. I want to put the camera down gold to her and talk to her in this tone versus screaming from back here, I'll create the bond.