So fashion photographers….
I can’t say I’ve met that many, but even so, the few I’ve met have lodged this question in my mind: what’s their deal?
Some are adorable and passionate about their work. And working with them is the bomb. Take that fashion shoot I did in Paris, Linda Scuizzato was an angel: encouraging and sweet. She hardly ever pointed out the bad stuff in my posing and facial expressions, but only encouraged the positive aspects. Not once did she yell at me or the male model for giggling like school kids when we had to fake a kiss or act like a married couple, when we’d only met an hour before. Not a single comparison was made between me and the other, more professional female models.
Now I’m not saying that photographers are meant to baby their models. We’re adults, we can stand criticism. But the amateur models, who aren’t being paid for their work, who never pretended to be on the same level as agency models, should at least be treated with a little respect and not like scum.
I had the misfortune of meeting this French “photographer” to discuss a project that we might work on together. He’s 24, a student in a business school, no credentials whatsoever in photography (which honest to god I don’t care about – you don’t need to go to school to be a photographer) and he gives ME crap for not being a “real model” because I’m not agency bound. His model friend/assistant – agency bred of course – goes on and on about all his famous model friends and how “really, there’s just no comparison”.
And I could go on because I have other examples of rude photographers but I hate super long posts (I never read over 400 words, I confess). So if anyone can answer this question, I’d be delighted to read your opinion on the subject.
Stay tuned for the chronicles of a modeling baby,
Amylie, lost in Lyon and confused by photographers.