Photographing dancers is a timing thing. I was a ballet dancer in my youth, so I have an understanding of how movement works, and when to click to catch the best image possible. The trickiest thing is to click at the right time, which is at the end of the extension of the movement. So if it’s a step into an arabesque, you want to catch the shot right at the end of the step, when the arms are totally extended and the leg is as high as it goes. It may take a few times before you time it correctly, but it works marvels. If you have a model who is performing for the photos, you can use counting to sync your shot. So 1, 2, 3 go! And you click on go! You got to be fast. It takes practice. You won’t get it immediately, but keep trying. And don’t get impatient. Keep shooting! And if you want a pro to do your dance photos, call me at 877-263-4488 to schedule a photo shoot.
Let’s talk about branding and how important it is for an individual such as an actor, or a model, or a writer, or a businessperson to actualize what their brand is. THEY are their BRAND. And what’s a brand? It’s what makes you immediately recognize a person or thing and know exactly what it is without even seeing the name. Let’s take the example of the pretty woman I uploaded a headshot of. Her name is Margaret Belton. You can tell that she could be an actor, model, writer, or businesswoman. Right? This headshot has elements of who she might be: the black jacket might mean business, the head band might mean she is creative, her make-up (incuding the red lipstick) might mean she is getting ready to appear on television as a newscaster, and her eyes show she is committed to self-expression. SHE is her BRAND. So. What is she? She is an entertainer, a singer, an actor, model. http://www.margaretbelton.com/
In my headshot sessions, I spend time going through the person’s clothes that they bring to the studio, and together, we go through who they are and how they want to portray themselves. Colors, shapes, styles all work together to create this brand. They may need a prop or two, or they may not. They may be able to convey what they’re offering with facial expressions. A lot of thought has to go into this. If not, something might be missed. Then my job is to catch the right moments so that the image is clear, with no ambiguity. I call this process Personal Branding. It works! Try it! You’ll like it!
How do models learn how to get the best out of their image? Practice, practice, practice. What else is new? It’s always the way to go: to practice.
First of all, where does one stand in front of the camera? Slightly in diagonal. Your whole body must be in diagonal, not just the chest. If you don’t move your feet, there will be tension – subtly – that shows throughout the body, including the shoulders, neck and head. So the head is slightly to one side with the shoulders in diagonal. The gaze is best when it’s straight into the lens, with the chin low. When you bring your chin down, your eyes get bigger. Try it in the mirror. Lift your chin and see how your eyes get smaller. Lower your chin and see how your eyes get bigger. That says it all.
Second of all, NO FAKE SMILES! I just have to say that in the model will laugh, because it’s kind of funny to hear, and bam! I take the shot. That way, it’s a natural smile.