Why models?

On my recent trip to St. Louis to attend an After Dark EDU event, I had the amazing opportunity to work with models.

It kind of felt like cheating.  In a good way.

They moved, pouted, smiled, and posed without much direction at all.  It was a new experience for me.

Here is an example:

She was totally unposed (by photographers).  We were able to capture her training in action.

Now, check this out.  While our model stepped out to change her clothes, I stepped in.
NO training.
NO beautiful pouty lips.
Just me, trying to be model-y.

What do you think?  Honestly, I think I’m best on the other side of the camera.

And, that’s O.K.!  I’m aware of my strengths (and weaknesses, lol).  And I love being on the other side of the camera.

BUT, just once in a while, I want to experience what it feels like to be YOU.  How does it feel to have a huge camera pointed at your face?  What can I do to make this easier and more enjoyable for you?  From this experience, I learn how to better help you (and make the images you’ll love).

And, not just me!  When I got home, my head packed with all of this knowledge, Kevin got in the hot seat.
Me: “Honey, let’s try our new video light!”
Kevin: “OK, where do you want it?”
Me: “Can you just hold it?  Stand right there.  Turn your face a little more towards me.  Look up.”  
Yes, I love this man!!  
We may not be perfect models, but we are ever-striving to be fabulous photographers.  🙂
We will soon be posting images from this Saturday’s wedding, where we were able to implement some ideas from After Dark.  I’m so excited to share!!