Photographers capture moments in time. But, when working with models, there is something more. There is a non-spoken communication between the model and the photographer. Subtle shifts in moods and expressions are raw and bare. It takes timing and practice, but that’s what elevates snapshots to candid portraits.
The magazine American Photo is holding 1-day model shoots around the US for photographers looking to gain experience and build a portfolio. This past Saturday was the New York City event and it was an amazing experience. Over twenty models with a variety of sets and controlled lighting (Daylight, Window Light, Tungsten, Fluorescent) were part of the all-day shoot. In between, there were talks by established photographers Kevin Ames and Lindsay Adler. Several staff photographers from American Photo were also on hand to answer questions. Even the models were helpful and open to taking directions from the nubies. Best yet, corporate sponsor Sigma brought their best portrait lenses for photographers to borrow and take for a test drive, including:
American Photo will be holding eight more Model Shoots around the US. It is a fantastic opportunity to work with models in a controlled environment. Just take a look at my photos from the NYC shoot.