StitzPics Equestrian Portraits, Round 2: How To Be A Good Model
A couple weeks ago, we had a super-fun shoot with Jess and Charlie, and got some great shots! I hope you enjoy this beautiful pair, and I also have some helpful tips for any of you who are thinking about doing a portrait session with your own equine partner.
|how beautiful are these two?!|
|Modeling - my backup career in case this real estate thing doesn't work out|
Whether he's testing out a new flash technique, checking out a new location for portrait shoots, or just has to grab some great natural light while it lasts, I end up being Michael's model pretty often. While I am in no way a "pro" model, I spend a lot of time in front of a camera, and have figured out what it takes from the model to get some really great photos.
|Charles workin' it for the camera|
|relaxed, happy, and GORGEOUS.|
|Posing for a friend is easy and fun!|
|Both human and equine models have great expressions!|
|feeling the love yet?!|
Be clear about your expectations, and make sure what you want and what the photographer knows is possible are the same thing. If you have a really specific shot in mind, show your photographer an example and ask him or her if they can take that kind of photo. A lot of what is possible in photography depends greatly on the location and lighting, and sometimes the shot you have in mind just can't be done. Tell your photographer if you want more traditional, posed pictures, candid shots, or more 'artsy' photos. When everyone is on the same page, everyone usually ends up happy with the final result.
|Black background shots are deceivingly easy to take but make sure your photographer knows how if this is what you want!|
And finally, be patient and go with the flow. We all know horses are unpredictable, have short attention spans, and never seem to want to stand still when we want them to! Michael often says that working with animals is the most difficult thing he does, so work within your horse's comfort zone and attention span, and don't be afraid to alter the plan depending on your horse's mood.
|Charlie needed a few breaks in between shots...|
|Working within Charlie's comfort zone yielded some amazing photos!|
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