Okay, so this blog post is to cover a number of topics. First of all, an update on my model woes, as outlined in the previous two posts. Secondly, I need some advice from some of you more experienced 'Toggers out there. Thirdly, an update on my equiptment!
So, as you may know if you have read my previous two blog entries, I had a lot of trouble finding reliable models in my area willing to collaborate with me on a TF basis. As mentioned in my last post, I had contacted a number of locals models, and was incredibly surprised with the response I received! At first I was dubious that I would receieve a single reply, yet, all in a single day a week later, I had six models reply to me. Many more than I original imagined! I have since met one model, a lovely, gorgeous girl from Preston with a fantastic look. We met breifly, not for a shoot, but just to meet and discuss some ideas, and I must say I am really looking forward to working with her soon, hopefully more than just the once! Also in talks with a couple of the others for photoshoots, too. Fingers crossed! And thank you to everyone for your advice.
And to the second point - I need some advice! I recently was contacted, out of the blue, by a drama student. She takes a class with a guy who has modelled for me previously, and he had mentioned that I would more than likely be willing to do some headshots for her, as her Agency costs through the nose. However, I presume that he has also told her that I would be willing to work for free, which, in this case, as she has approached me and this is not for portfolio advancement, I would not be. I have politly replied to her that I would be happy to do the headshots for a very small fee - a fraction of what her agency would charge her - but I have a problem. If and when she replies asking what these fees are.. what do I tell her? I imagine it would take no more than two hours. Any help would be appriciated!
And lastly.. and update on my equiptment! In the next few weeks, I will have my own studio! Kind of. A home studio. I will be getting the equiptment at some point over the next two weeks, and I cannot wait! As this will open up my options for shoots, as well as help me improve my photography. Not to mention, I will never have to worry about the weather!
I also found a Minolta SR-1 with three lenses, a light meter, and a flash gun in a second hand store.. for Ã
Finally decided to kick my anxiety in the book and send out a bunch of messages and requests for some shoots. So now it's a case of fingers crossed, and waiting...
I have so many ideas at the moment, it's crazy, and I'm itching to just get shooting. To give me a sense of purpose in the meantime, I have agreed to help out a friend with her University project, which will take up a couple of days next week.
One thing I have struggled with is going out and meeting new people. I have suffered from varying degrees of anxiety ever since I was in my mid-teens, and it's something that, in my almost-mid-twenties, I really need to overcome.
I have fallen into the trap of a lot of 'hobbyist' photographers - using the same people for portrait work over and over again. A cycle I really need to break and fast.
Recently, I have been overcome with concept after concept for shoots, and when I imagine these shots, I imagine new people in them. Most of the girls, and guys, I have already worked with, I really enjoyed it, but I need to branch out!
I need to step out of my comfort zone.
The few times I ave overcome the 'fear of the new', the same thing happened every time. The models pulled out - all but one on very short notice. So I'm really hoping this site helps me push my boundries and meet new people.
I am always up for a TFP shoot. I have lots of ideas, especially for female models, so please, get in touch.