Model Checklist

  • MODEL RELEASE FORM: Make sure you’ve filled in and submitted your Model Release Form. You either have a printed document or were instructed to do it online. If you have a printed copy, fill it in in clear print letter and hand it to the photographer BEFORE the session. Keep the copy for your records, make sure it includes the photographer’s signature. To fill in the form online, go to the link provided, fill the form in and make sure you receive a copy in your email for your records. There is no need to let the photographer know as the form is sent directly to his email. Not having your Model Release Form delivered in time and manner means you don’t authorize the usage of your image in any way. In other words: you will be edited out of group photos and/or force the immediate destruction of all photographs taken, in the case of a solo session.
  • PHOTO SESSION ORGANIZATION: Depending on location and requirements, the session organizers may have more than one person in charge. Once the photo shoot begins, your main focus should be the photographer. He will be the one directing from that point on. Expect comments and/or corrections. Absence of comments means you are doing what you are supposed to be doing: just pose away!
  • GOAL/S: Keep in mind the goals of the session and remember the character or attitude assigned to you during the planning of the session. Do not change your character unless instructed to do so. That doesn’t mean you can’t change poses, it means that the pose and intention should be in line with your character.
  • EXPRESSION: Keep in mind the goal/s of the session and your role in it, be as extreme as you can in expressing those ideas. Don’t be afraid to look ridiculous or ugly if that aligns with the session plans. You know your body better than anyone else, but you don’t have complete control of what it looks like when you are not in from of a mirror (and even then!). Trust the photographer on this, he’s trying to get the best from you. Be as bold as you can with your statement and wait for the photographer to pull you back.
  • CLOTHES: Clothing pieces have personality. Sometimes they have a lot of personality! It’s useless to fight it so just go with it. You may consult with the photographer to check if you are on the right track, but go with what the clothes are saying. Unless instructed otherwise, you should align what you want to express with the clothes you are wearing.
  • PHOTOGRAPHER ON CAFFEINE: This is an important one. Let’s say you are in a group session. Suddenly you see (or hear) the photographer taking photos one after the other (you will hear the shutter going faster). You know the focus is on or around you, what to do? Try to make subtle variations on the pose you are in and move slowly. Give the photographer all the chances he can have to get that picture. Now if you are in a solo session you will notice the caffeinated shutter right away. Do the same as recommended before: do not change pose completely, do not look at the camera if you weren’t before, try to refine the pose you are in with subtle movements.
  • DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK: We all work differently. There might be points in common, but each of us is unique in the way we do things. Don’t hesitate to ask any kind of question BEFORE the beginning of the session. It is expected. Photographer and model should be as comfortable with each other as possible. Questions are okay in a solo session, otherwise keep questions to a minimum to keep the group work going. The better the communication is, the stronger the results.
  • BACKGROUND WORK: Sometimes photo sessions require background work to happen at the same time that you are posing. As established before, the photographer will give you instructions on what to do. Try to focus on him once the session starts.
  • OTHER CAMERAS: There might be other cameras at the location. Do not lose your focus. If there are more cameras around, they are there to document the photo shoot. There’s no need to react to them. Your goal should be giving the photographer as many usable shots as possible: focus on yourself and the photographer’s camera. If we don’t get the shot, the backstage material is pointless!

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