How many photographers actually think and plan for makeup in their photo shoots? Especially male photographers. Is this something you consciously think about or do you just take it for granted. I’m building a library of ideas on my pinterest account in order to feed my creativity monster.
How do you plan the makeup aspects of your photo shoot?
There are many paths to being a Fashion photographer. As one other person recommended you can travel to one of the market cities and start by assisting another photographer. That is the traditional method and usually works best if you’re looking to start a career in professional fashion photography. In the US, that’s NY, LA and Miami.
Another is education. There are several schools that offer a formal education in photographic arts. Syracuse University springs to mind as they have a good photo curriculum. Stay away from the technical schools as they only want to separate you from your money.
Another way is to become a sponge and soak up as much education as you can. Online resources such as creativelive.com and free youtube videos are a great resource.
If you’re looking for inspiration, then focus on people out there doing what you want to do.
Online mentors such as
Matthew Jordan Smith – http://matthewjordansmith.com/
Lindsay Adler – https://www.lindsayadlerphotography.com
You can also find local people who want to market their creative fashions as well. Work with your friends and look at places like etsy.com for inexpensive clothes to photograph.
When I lived in Syracuse, I Started a fashion photography group. I had a studio and we held meetups that brought in multiple models, photographers, and MUA’s/stylists. That will probably happen again sometime this year here in Tampa when we find a studio space.
Either way you go, good luck.
I use Microsoft One Note. If you have an ipad you can download and link between your pc and the ipad. I capture photos and other items of interest.
In the photo below you’ll see a page from my notebook. A photo I found on the internet and my impressions of the photo. Some positive and some negative.
Train your eye.
I look at these photos in a critical way. What’s good, what’s bad? And why? It’s an artistic review of the elements in the photo and what I notice about them. All of the photos are of pretty girls wearing pretty clothes. But if you can’t look beyond that then you’ll never grow as a artist.
Be critical of your own work.
I look at my own photos and try to figure out what works and what doesn’t. You have to consider all aspects. Lighting, pose, setting. Everything. Do the shoes work? Consider it all.
How this applies to Models
Don’t just look at your photos and pat yourself on the back. Train yourself to notice the details. Some questions you should ask
– Is this your best Angle
– Does the angle flatter your figure
– Does the pose look comfortable or awkward
– Do you have the same expression in every photo