Thanks!! Yeah, I’m trying to move on from the kind of processing I’ve been doing all this past year. I’ve been kinda stuck in this rut/habit of making things a little too vivid and warm-toned. I want to skew back towards a little more conventional and a little less cross-process. At least that’s my mandate at the moment. Who knows if I can stick with it; old habits die hard.
If anyone has any advice, please write!
Thanks! You’re the best!!!! :-D
When testing for agencies, I know that typically any agency will want to see images where the model looks as natural as possible; that doesn’t mean no make-up, but definitely don’t go overboard. Same goes with styling. A lot of newbie testers believe they have to show/produce shoots that look like a Prada ad in order to impress the agent. Definitely not the case, and definitely not what an agency wants to see from their testers… at first, that is.
So, when starting out, don’t feel you need to deliver magazine production level stuff in your images. Keep it simple; the agent will be grateful, believe me. Speaking of, this new ‘class’ of up&coming photographers who have been working the testing circles for agencies in LA this last year are really blowing me away: Griffin Joy, Benny Askinas, Andrew Roque, Michael Ngo, Steve Fan, Jace Downs, Josh McCaghren… are all great examples of solid, deliverable work for the agencies they test with. That whole group is insanely talented.
Now, outside of testing, should you be pursuing a higher ambition of scope for your work? God, absolutely (I need to take my own advice, too!). But it all starts with a vision: what do you want to shoot? What story do you want to tell? If you start with that, that will inform your choices for the level of make-up/styling you may need. But I will say, don’t shoot what you think other people want to see… you need to shoot what YOU want. It will ring as hollow, otherwise.
So, if you want to shoot natural looking models with simple styling, don’t feel you need try to aspire to An Le’s scope just to get somewhere. Instead, bring on a MUA who can do good, ‘invisible’ make-up, and a stylist who can provide wardrobe that’s fresh, but simple.
…looking back at your question, I think I digressed a bit in the beginning, but hopefully some of this helped!
Fashionisto published the shoot; not sure which ones differ (if any) from what I already posted here, but here’s the link: