A shivelbush exclamation of joy! Yes, shivelbush can be used in that fashion.
I have a model. I have a couple of models. I am doing a little happy dance. Thank you.
Negotiations were held, a contract was signed, and best of all plans are being made for work and fun shoots.
Having learned from my last experience working with people who were less than fully clothed I got them to take test shots. What is a test shot? No clue what a test shot is to an expert, but to me a test shot is seeing what they look like and how they react to the camera. Boy am I glad I did test shots.
Both look good in front of the camera. One of them is lite-skinned and the other has a duskier complexion; thankfully this is nothing new to me, but it was good to see how they look under the lights. What was more important to me was how they reacted to the camera. When I did Naked in Life there was one woman who stared down the camera like it owed her money. Every few minutes for the first few photo-shoots I would say, “Stop eyeballing the camera.” I don’t want staged photos, I want natural photos, I want to capture you, not what you think people or I want to see. This can be a hard concept for some people to understand.
Another woman was a natural, she never looked at the camera, but she was aware of where the camera was at all times. I never had to ask her to stop eyeballing the camera or to look towards the camera. She just knew where the camera was and was totally unconcerned (at least that is what she portrayed to the camera) with what the camera saw.
I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with these two. If I had to place my bets one was going to stare down the camera and the other would be more relaxed. Boy was I wrong. The one I thought would be relaxed felt the same way I do about cameras, “Don’t look at them because they will steal your soul.” I had to use a trick to get the person to look naturally at the camera, “Think about something that makes you happy or laugh.” People’s faces rapidly start flashing through the various facial expressions that they have on the way to what I asked. Usually starting at thoughtful, then what the fuck, then a smirk, then a smile, and finally a laugh or more natural look. That moment is when I take the photo. That photo is usually them in a one shot. It worked again. By the time the person realized what they wanted to do I had already taken a photo of them.
The other person was the one I thought was going to be camera starer, but nope they were, aside from a height issue, perfect to work with. Did what I asked, didn’t stare at the camera, and when I said, “Think about something…” instantly hit the face I was hoping to see. The biggest issue with this person is that they are tall. I have never worked with a tall person, so what I was expecting to see lighting-wise was totally different. I can tell I am going to need more lights. Not a big problem, but if I hadn’t done the test shots I would have been seriously bothered by the amount of work to do mid-shoot and extra work is something I like to avoid once the models are in place.
Hopefully, once schedules get worked out we will start shooting and then there will be photos to go with some of the Bondage for blogs. I know my descriptions are not the best, at least I think they aren’t, hopefully with photos everyone will understand what I am talking about and be able to enjoy the same amount of fun as we are.