The Shot of the Moment
When people see my modeling photos or watch me during photo shoots, they often ask me,
"How do you know what poses to do or how to look at the camera?"
I simply smile at this question because those who ask it are unknowingly approaching modeling from a robust and impractical perspective.
Sure, there are certain tips and tricks when it comes to communicating with the camera, however, I don't believe it's important enough to truly dictate the outcome of a good photo.
My best advice for a successful photoshoot:
Pretend the camera is an old friend. Or perhaps a FaceTime video to family members that are far away or whom you haven't seen in a while. This instantly removes an judgmental or self conscious glare that is often reflected in the eyes of those who think too much about what they look like when a camera is pointed at them. Less is more. Act natural and be authentic.
Take this photo of me with the black hat and veil for example. It was taken backstage at Honolulu fashion week. Preceding the shot, I was standing and simply observing all the hustle and bustle of backstage runway life around me. I couldn't help but appreciate the presence of everyone around me and all the effort put into by those who were part of this marvelous production. As I stood in a mindful state getting ready to walk into the runway I heard a voice say "Look over here!" I swiftly turned my head and saw a bright flash. My photo had just been taken. Very candidly and very natural. Before I had time to process what had just happened, I was tapped on the shoulder by the backstage crew to signify it was my turn to walk.
There is no need to fear the camera.
It will reward you in unexpected ways if you simply turn off the mental chatter and observe the world around you with respect, love, and gratefulness.