How to Model for a Photographer

This is based on an experience that I just had last week in New York where I was attending a Go-See.

All of the models were asked to show a look that was very unclear as to what they were really looking for. The photographer’s assistant asked us to “show a smirk.” I wasn’t really sure what that meant. Just like when somebody says to you, whether you’re attending a Go-See for a modelling job or you’re actually on the set of a photo shoot and you are asked to “Be happy” or “look frustrated”.

Those words are kind of meaningless to me because I need to know more specifically why am I happy? Why am I sad? Why am I frustrated? There are many different kinds of looks one can give. For instance, if I’m a doctor and somebody says, “you’re happy” does that mean that I save somebody’s life or does that mean I won a crazy malpractice case.

Each scenario will give a very different look and expression.  It could range from the incredible feeling of being a true healer and the other would be more of relief type of expression. So it’s really important to ask a very quick question in order to pin point more specifically what the photographer is needing before he/she takes your photo, especially at the Go-See.

Sometimes the photographer will be able to give you a very specific answer that will be invaluable to you. Other times the photographer really don’t know and they’re kind of vague and will just say, “Well, I don’t know, you’re happy, let me just see happy.” In which case, here is another suggestion.

Instead of worrying about making a mistake and give a general type of look, you should just make a decision on your own as to why you are feeling a certain way.  I have learned that if you try to play it safe and give a generic look, it’s going to be boring, it’s not going to be interesting. So, even if it’s the wrong expression, even if the reason why you are showing a specific look is not what they have in mind, still, make a specific decision, make a specific choice and it will look much more interesting.