I love to shoot with dance music playing loud in the studio; it keeps the mood light and happy. When a model is unhappy, her face shows her unhappiness.
As a fashion photograph in New York for most of my life, I was considered to be only as good as my last photo. It did not matter that the model was on her period, had just broken up with her boy friend and had spent the last 10 hours on a plane from where she was doing the fashion shows in Milan, Italy, for the last ten days, to get to the shoot… I MUST GET THE PHOTO NO MATTER WHAT.
I lived under these conditions for most of my natural life. I was one of the top paid fashion photographers for many years. Watch the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” and you will see what my clients were like. 🙂 It didn’t matter if they were psychotic; I had to get a great PHOTO. And if I failed, it would not be the model’s fault. (The model probably had a multi-million dollar contract with the cosmetic company and if they blamed her, they would then have a multitude of contract law suits to deal with. Plus it is much easier to say I will not use that photographer again to their bosses if the photos weren’t perfect, since I was not in the room and I was expendable.) No model is going to change herself to give you what you need. You need to change yourself to get from her what you need. So I got used to getting the model in a happy mood where she felt beautiful and safe. This is the most important aspect of any successful photograph: The model’s mood.
Nikki Brooks loved the Disco music that was playing, so we were play-dancing in this photo. She was very cute and this helped set the mood 🙂 Because we liked each other and there were no psychological problems that I needed to contend with to make her feel beautiful and safe, the shooting was very productive. We were able to get six photo sets and a couple of great double orgasm videos, in only 4.5 hours. I used one strobe on the camera and my METZ, to fill in the natural daylight streaming through my house.
You need to create a relaxed setting that puts the model at ease in your studio. You don’t want a dozen people running around, as that can upset your girl with all of the noise and extra bodies. I work with one great assistant and a fabulous makeup and hair guy, who helps me set the mood for the shoot, since all the models like him and he makes them look beautiful. You can see by the shot above that Nikki was happy and that is what makes a perfect photograph.
Come up to beauty – r