Want to be a Fashion Model?

Example of using hands as an expressive gesture in a portrait photographCanon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @105mm. Exposure Details: 1/160 second @ f8.ISO 100.Here's a quick photo made, in between sets, during a fashion shoot I was involved with a little while back. It was a privately organised session with a lovely teenage girl, Caroline, who agreed to model for the day.

In fact the session had originally been organised as a publicity shoot for an up-and-coming fashion designer in Melbourne and I was brought in to provide some technical assistance for the photographer, a friend, who had agreed to do the shoot. As I was there primarily for technical support my images were made quickly, in between sets, just as lighting, backgrounds or clothing were changed.

From the models's point of view this image was made near the end of a long, hard session. For me its more of a portrait than a fashion image and more about the individual than about the garments she's wearing or any suggested lifestyle attained through the purchase of such garments.

Its hard to pass by an opportunity to make an image when the combination of light, subject, gesture and design can so easily be brought together. I particularly like the feminine S curve that flows from Caroline's right hand down towards her elbow. It was simply a matter of approximating the pose I had in mind and Caroline mirrored my idea perfectly.

It's not an easy job being a model. Standing in awkward positions, often in high heels on cold, hard floors for extended periods of time can't be easy. Studios set up in old buildings can be difficult to heat. The fact that models frequently wear flimsy garments can only add to their discomfort. This was a long, hard shoot for Caroline that provided her with some real-life experience and a first hand understanding of the physicality involved in the so-called glamorous world of the fashion model. From my perspective she shone and I very much appreciated her patience and hard work.

Thanks to Caroline, Jenny T Fashion and, most of all, to my friend May for the opportunity to help out.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru