First photo shoot for portfolio

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    Mar 01, 2011 9:30 PM GMT
    So, last night I had a photo shoot for my portfolio. It was the first time I have been in front of the camera ever. A friend had told me to try modeling, and suggested an agency in Michigan, so I thought I'd try it out.

    The photo shoot was awkward. I definitely have no experience and didn't really know how to pose or do anything. I took a lot of suggestions from the photographer, but I still felt really stationary and awkward. I guess experience is the best teacher for a situation like this, but all the while, I hate waiting before I get good at something.

    I can't wait to see how they turn out. I'm not completely happy with how I'm built right now though, I wish I were a little more bulky and defined, but I have to remember that it's just a portfolio and the photographer did it for free...

    I'm just kinda happy that it has started and that I could potentially make a little bit on the side of being a coach. Just thought I'd share with RJ community how giddy I feel today. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 01, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    Allathlete said...

    I can't wait to see how they turn out. I'm not completely happy with how I'm built right now though, I wish I were a little more bulky and defined, but I have to remember that it's just a portfolio and the photographer did it for free...

    ...


    Why are you unhappy with the way you're built? I would think that if you want to be a model that you'd want to maintain a leaner, slimmer body type rather than bulking up. Then again, I guess it depends on what type of modeling you want to do, i.e. catalog, commercial, or high fashion (which to me would seem to 'require' a leaner body type).
  • GQjock

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    Mar 02, 2011 12:12 AM GMT
    The previous poster is right .....
    Don't bulk up

    The leaner the better

    as far as feeling awkward
    Try not to think while you're in front of the camera
    If you're second guessing every move you make and how you look in this pose or that pose it's bound to be a mess
    When you're taking pictures with a photographer part of the image comes from him and part of it comes from you
    Just have fun with it ......
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    Mar 03, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    Stop "trying" to pose. That's almost every newbie model's biggest challenge.
    Stop comparing yourself to an ideal. That's almost every newbie model's 2nd biggest challenge.

    The best shots come naturally...with the exception of concept shots where the photographer needs a specific pose. Even then, it's best to use a model who can execute that pose without "trying."

    Ok, enough advice here...it's a fucking fitness site, not a modeling/photography site. icon_razz.gif
    http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/303949/viewall
  • errol88

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    Mar 04, 2011 12:00 AM GMT
    Oh Paul icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 04, 2011 12:02 AM GMT
    errol88 saidOh Paul icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 04, 2011 12:04 AM GMT
    Smile with your eyes icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 04, 2011 12:12 AM GMT
    errol88 saidSmile with your eyes icon_wink.gif
    Or just pose nude and smile with your penis. icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 04, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    errol88 saidSmile with your eyes icon_wink.gif
    Or just pose nude and smile with your penis. icon_razz.gif


    For the umpteenth time, Paul, I'm not that kind of model. icon_razz.gif You can still shoot me though. ;)
  • SportsRI

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    Mar 04, 2011 12:27 AM GMT
    I have posed for some figure drawing classes and a couple of photographers. I found that the yoga and pilates classes that I have taken were helpful in being able to move, control and balance my body and make it appear relatively effortless. Jim
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    Mar 04, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    errol88 said
    paulflexes said
    errol88 saidSmile with your eyes icon_wink.gif
    Or just pose nude and smile with your penis. icon_razz.gif


    For the umpteenth time, Paul, I'm not that kind of model. icon_razz.gif You can still shoot me though. ;)
    But...but...I only shoot "tasteful" and "classy" nudes.
    (oh god do I ever hate those terms -- so amateur-ish and stupid) icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 04, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    Ohh Modeling, Fun times!
    The coke parties, the drinking, orgies....
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    Mar 04, 2011 12:41 AM GMT
    richhazel saidI live in Michigan too and used to do the whole modeling thing.

    Be careful. There are a lot of scams.
    That's an easy one to avert. Just check references on the photographers you're working with, and google search his or her name (and studio name if applicable).
  • GQjock

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    Mar 04, 2011 12:18 PM GMT
    Smile with your eyes ........LOL icon_cool.gif

    tyra.jpg

    I like that one
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    Mar 04, 2011 1:18 PM GMT

    You think a photo shoot is bad... imagine sitting for a VIDEO shoot. I had to do that this week for a 1-minute promo video about why I got into journalism and why it's important to me. Talk about nerves. UGH.

    Allathlete, you best be posting some of those pics when you get them back.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 04, 2011 1:27 PM GMT
    Congrats on the photo shoot. I hope your photographer is a highly seasoned pro and will evaluate the pictures with you carefully and offer
    reasoned critcism and ideas on how to improve your portfolio.

    I've spend time with photographers, but not for a professional portfolio, it is hard work and takes time to really communicate via photo what you want to say, however it will all pay off in the end if you are willing to put in the hours.

    I would just encourage a lot of questions. Make sure you understand what the photographer is wanting of you... and what you want from yourself. If there is something missing, make sure to communicate it. In the end, you will have pictures that you will find truly an achievement.
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    Mar 04, 2011 8:05 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidStop "trying" to pose. That's almost every newbie model's biggest challenge.
    Stop comparing yourself to an ideal. That's almost every newbie model's 2nd biggest challenge.

    The best shots come naturally...with the exception of concept shots where the photographer needs a specific pose. Even then, it's best to use a model who can execute that pose without "trying."

    Ok, enough advice here...it's a fucking fitness site, not a modeling/photography site. icon_razz.gif
    http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/303949/viewall

    ^
    Yup. Especially with more toned guys "Trying" to pose just looks severely awkward most of the time. If it's unnatural, a lot of the time it looks it.
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    Mar 04, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    Confidence.
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    Mar 04, 2011 8:15 PM GMT
    errol88 said
    paulflexes said
    errol88 saidSmile with your eyes icon_wink.gif
    Or just pose nude and smile with your penis. icon_razz.gif


    For the umpteenth time, Paul, I'm not that kind of model. icon_razz.gif You can still shoot me though. ;)

    Yeah, but if it gets any colder in NY, being any kind of model in FL would be appealing. icon_wink.gif
  • MisterT

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    Mar 04, 2011 8:31 PM GMT
    Good luck man. As said before, lean and toned is more desired in modeling in general than bulky. Looking good. I agree with djdorchester, we'd better see some pics when you get them.

    I'd like to get a photoshoot done by a pro again, it has been years. Will probably be a few more too. next time it will be on my terms, when I'm ready for it, I have a few fitness goals to reach first.
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    Mar 08, 2011 11:59 AM GMT
    GQjock saidSmile with your eyes ........LOL icon_cool.gif

    tyra.jpg

    I like that one



    Right on. Tyra calls it "smeyesing." (rhymes w/ 'rising') icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 08, 2011 12:09 PM GMT
    I know all about modeling. I watched 3 seasons of "Who Wants to Be a Supermodel?"

    I hope you post some pics from your shoot, so we can see how you look.