Modeling Tip 4

master_nick-jills-pntratngzI’ve previously given hints on how to move, and have recommended building a repertoire of poses. These are fine starting points, but you can’t always know in advance precisely what the painter or photographer will need. Some may be open to your suggestions, yet their experience shows that not every idea will be feasible. If you’re posing for a live painting, you may have to hold a static pose for quite some time. If, one the other hand, you’re modeling for photography, you may be directed to change positions many times. This leads us to the next helpful hint.

• Take direction gracefully.

I hear some cry, “This isn’t my good side,” or “I don’t want to look bad!”

The photographer doesn’t want to make you look bad either. You might worry that he has a bad angle, but the assumption is unfounded. Even if you have spent time on both sides of the canvas or camera, the present beholder works from a unique perspective. He sees things that you literally cannot. That is the nature of the work. Ultimately the artist/photographer must determine what works and what does not. Trust their judgement.

Photographers will do right not only for you, but for the sake of their own art. They’ll take many, many shots. Not every shot will work, nor will they have to. The bad shots will never see the light of day. The good shots reflect the best of both model and photographer, so those are what will be shown.

The chances are very good that anything you regard as a physical flaw is much bigger in your mind than in fact.

master_nick-awaitnginstructIf there is indeed something unusual about your form, it’s quite possibly endearing, the very feature that makes you stand out from the cookie cutter crowd and get noticed. For example: Does that angle make your butt look big? Good! Go with it!

Know going in that no one is ever a hundred percent happy with every shot of them. And yes, there are some very vocal assholes that will feed your inner critic. Don’t let it stop you! The more successful you become, the more the haters will hate. Listen to your photographer, not the haters!

Worry is the real problem. Worry will adversely affect your performance far more than any imagined physical imperfection. You don’t beat anxiety by fighting. You win by letting it go. Worry doesn’t serve you, so don’t give it space in your head.

There is also something to be said for trusting your photographer, but that is a topic for Friday’s post. In the meantime, stay tuned for word of my live performance with Uberkunst, Thursday night in Sacramento!

Catch updates on exhibitions, publications, and more!

For disturbing fiction, read “Gonzombie and Other Dark Tales”

Featured Models of the Day: Artemis and Jasmine

Photography by
Master Nick Roberts
© 2013

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