Sinem In The House
Another photo from the other day's shoot. Suby and I have been vigorously editing lovely Sinead's photographs since Wednesday. As difficult as it was to face my fears and step into the studio to work with a model, I have truly enjoyed the experience and the end result. I also am enjoying the post-processing immensely. Today's post is one of the five I have edited in the early hours of the morning.
When we create portfolios, Suby and I take utmost care to make the models feel at home. Obviously, numerous cups of coffee and biscuits is not all that we provide. We enjoy capturing each moment of the shoot so much so that we hardly do a shoot that takes less than five or six hours. In that time, our models have the chance to have at least four of five changes of clothes and experiment with a number of different looks and composition.
The day of the shoot starts with seeing what outfits the model has brought with them and seeing the range of looks he/she is happy to work with as well as giving us an idea of what kind of shots we expect to capture through the day. It is not all business though as we try to make the most of this initial introduction to get to know our model and put them at ease which is an essesntial factor if we are to get good shots for the next five to six hours. Unless you are Kate Moss or Linda Evangelista, we know that it takes a huge amount of trust and confidence to step in front of a stranger's lens and switch yourself on, so we are prepared to take the time to get to know our models before we expect them to 'switch on'. Once the first outfit and make-up are sorted, we start the first session which generally tends to take a good two hours. Tucked in somewhere during the course of the day we take a lunch/snack break where we also get the chance to look through the shots from the first session.
The second session takes place either back in the studio or out on location, depending on the model's preference and the weather conditions. If it is a miserable day, we try to still capture some shots with natural daylight out in our garden. This lasts for another two hours after which we can look through the whole day's work and give our model the opportunity to pick the photographs they'd like for their portfolio. This process may take up to another hour, during which time Suby also enjoys processing a few shots just to give the model an idea of the style they are to expect.
Six hours or so later, our job is done. We are exhausted but happy to have completed a long day's work, looking forward to deliver the kind of shots a model would be proud to have in their portfolio. In most cases, by the time we get to the end of the shoot, we have made friends with our lovely models, hence we are willing to throw in a few extra shots. (Heck, if you bribe Sin with some chocolate, she is even delighted to create a slideshow of your portfolio photographs to put up on any model networking site.)
As our model leaves, it is back to work for us to carefully edit the selected photographs, maybe put a lslideshow together (remember: the key word is chocolate - lots of it!) and deliver the goods as soon as we can.
Words & Photography by Sinem
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