Not long ago, I had the opportunity to photograph 4 beautiful and bright professional models at Precision Camera University. This is a wonderful annual event put on by Precision Camera. Once in a while, I work with professional models. I am often asked if it is more fun or easier to photograph models than 'regular' people. The truth is, while they may be easier to model and direct, the excitement of getting that GOOSE-BUMP MOMENT with the perfect shot is the same with any subject.
What's a Goose-bump Moment?
A goose-bump moment for me is when I know I captured that perfect image capturing the essence of my subject. To be honest, it is usually between the perfectly posed shots when the real expressions come out. It's a sense of a brush with the divine- that perfect moment in time. We all feel it! If my makeup artist is there, he feels it. This is the shot that'll bring the subject to tears-it's just that real. It's what I LIVE for!
- It's not about the camera or the lens or even the surroundings-it's about the connection between the photographer and subject.
- At this event where these images were taken, there were about 15 other photographers taking their turns. Yet, not any of our images are exactly the same. We all see with our eyes and our hearts in a different way.
I Feel So.... When I Look at that Picture
Nate's pictures are good examples of the different meanings our images carry-which is a future Blog Post, by the way. In the meantime, notice that each image provokes a different feeling and sends a different message. Messages are sent with the color of the image, whether the subject is looking at you or elsewhere, the expression, the lighting and so much more. Stay tuned for a future Blog. If you are a business person and searching for the right images for your website, tuning into how an image makes you feel (makes your potential clients feel) is VERY important. I meet my clients ahead of time to determine the message they want to send so we can achieve these goals. A pretty picture is so much more than just a pretty picture!
About Nathaniel Ray Goodwin
There are many qualities to a 'good' professional model. A few I look for: Can they follow my direction well? That's not to say that they don't follow directions well- it's to say that they understand MY directions. We all direct a little differently, and power to them for figuring out what is going on in a creative mind! It goes like this: turn a little more that way? This way- no that way... not that much... now look that way-no don't move your head, just your eyes and can you tilt your shoulders a little...no a little the other way... no I don't like that-let's see. Maybe we should start over. WHEW! Not an easy task! Nate and the other models did this ALL day for 3 days with 15 photographers at a time. Another good quality in a professional model- can they laugh with me? I do quirky things and entertain myself. Laughter and having fun is essential. Life is too short to not have fun.
Nate maintained a smile the whole time-even after making him scream for what seemed like about 2 hours.
In His Own Words
My first experience working as a male model at Precision Camera University was a surreal opportunity and I look forward to participating in future events for PCU. I am very fortunate I was hand selected by Tani James because I had the distinct privilege of meeting many talented photographers, make-up-artists, models, and instructors at the Inn of The Hills hotel (Kerrville Texas). I strongly recommend anyone who is thinking about coming to a PCU event next year, to stop thinking about it and just do it because your have fun and learn many valuable lessons with fantastic group of people "The Galaxy is the Limit"
Nathaniel Goodwin is a Business Program Lead at Wright Career College and teaches computer information systems and business management classes at the college. He has recently switched jobs to become an Academic Advisor at Oklahoma State University, so he can obtain his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in Policy Studies with an option in higher education administration. He wants to become a Dean of Business and a Campus President at a University. He has obtained two master’s degrees from Southern Nazarene University in Business Administration and the Educational Leadership program. He has memberships to Kappa Delta Pi, World Experiences Foundation, Alliance of Emerging Professionals and the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and is a volunteer wish granter for the Make a Wish Foundation. He is a Former Mr. Oklahoma winner for Cosmopolitan's Bachelor of the year contest in 2011 and the Mr. Caribbean International fitness competition winner in 2012. He has appeared in many magazines including: ESPN, SO6ix, Glass Hat, Bridalifestyle, and The Oklahoman, as a professional male model. He was a judge for the Rhythm of the World show and will be the judge of Asian pageant during the Asian Festival on May 14 at Langston University. Whew! He is also a really nice guy!
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