We always have fun at our photo shoots. Over the years, we noticed that there is a fine line between a good photo shoot and a not-so-good one. The determining factor is the chemistry between the models. It's not even enough for the models to feel comfortable with each other. They have to actually like each other so that they have fun during the shoot.
When we have a photo shoot with models who never worked with each other before, the shoot will almost certainly get off to a slow start. The models may smile, but they won't laugh. Theyll hold hands and stand close, but theyll look nervous. Eventually, if the models have compatible personalities theyll start to get more comfortable.
The photographer can help this process along a great deal. I always thought it was funny in the movies how the photographer would talk funny to the models like in Austin Powers. If the photographer jokes around in a way that makes the models laugh, it goes a long way in accelerating everyone's comfort level with each other. By the end of the day, everyone is having a good time and it shows in the pictures. The real payoff, however, often comes in the next shoot a few months later. Having worked with each other (models and photographer), those shoots can get off to a quick start and go full speed with lots of laughter from start to finish.
The photo shoot in the video features Angelanette and Jason who worked with each other a couple times before. The photographer, Geralyn, also worked with them before so they all knew each other quite well. This shoot called for a third model who we had yet to find. So one weekend we all headed out to a night club to hang out and see if we could find another model. Angel, being the friendly person that she is, walked up to a bunch of guys sitting near us and asked if one of them would want to be a model. I don't know what she said, but I am sure some there was some flirting involved. She came back in under a minute and proclaimed that she just got our third model, Casey. As expected, this shoot got off to a bit of a slow start but Geralyn and her assistant, Wes, worked their magic and soon had the models goofing around and hamming it up for the camera. It sure was fun and we look forward to the next photo shoot!