Glamour Photoshoot: Dallas
I just did another glamour photoshoot with another frequent collaborator, Alabama model Dallas.
She’s quite a lovely woman as you can see here for yourself.
It’s been fun to watch her development as a model, working promotional events on the weekends and photo shoots like the one she’s doing this weekend in Georgia.
Dallas has a great interest in and talent for makeup artistry. She’s always done her own makeup.
We did this glamour photoshoot to update her headshot, which is a model’s signature calling card, often appearing online and in comp cards shown to potential clients who are looking for faces to use in TV commercials, print ads, etc.
I am so appreciative to have a great model like Dallas practically in my own backyard, so to speak.
I’ve actually lost track of how many times we’ve worked together now. She is one of my go-to models when I have an idea I want to explore or an assignment needing a model. Modeling is definitely more challenging than it looks. One has to put herself out there and become a bit of a performer. As I have experienced over and over again, the more that a photographer and model collaborate, the better and better the results turn out.
I can definitely recommend her for modeling work. She knows how to move independently of direction and gets how to emote on camera. She’s done a great job nutritionally, sticking to an organic diet, she says.
She’s also expanding into speaking roles. We shot a demo reel for her to use promotionally as well.
I love the idea that one of “my” models finds success and appears on TV or print ads.
I use the term “my” affectionately. I am not a model agency director, but I do work with some of them. I see myself in more of a fatherly or big brother role when someone chooses to collaborate with me.
I tend to be a bit protective. I want to refer people on to be successful, but hopefully I can guide them past some of the potholes and predators out there in the biz.
I’ve known some photographers who can become quite territorial when it comes to “their” models. One guy I knew in Huntsville went on an online tirade when a model he favored chose to shoot with a guy he considered to be a rival photographer. Well, they had a photo shoot scheduled after her shoot with the other guy, but it ran over because, well, shit happens. The guy lost his mind a bit for a few hours, typing all of this crazy stuff about how the other photographer was a selfish jerk who intentionally “stole” her away. Needless to say, his rep took a bit of a bruising after everyone in that artistic community of models and photographers looked at him as being a bit eccentric after that.
I know, I know… Cool story, bro.
This photo shoot with Dallas also gave me an opportunity to test some new gear I recently acquired.
It’s always good to have a model who is understanding and patient when you are trying to figure out the settings and how it all works.
As a photographer, you certainly don’t want to do that in a pressure situation like a commercial shoot where time is money. Testing is a great opportunity to do a trial run and figure things out.
Thanks to Dallas for being my muse on this particular day.
I wish her much success as she continues on her professional journey in the business.