Or lack there of. I’m having the age old problem of finding models. I was told by someone who had taken the class that we would have the opportunity to team up with fashion students and take pictures of their models and/or clothing. This hasn’t happened yet and I’m concerned that it won’t. I think there was some confusion and the person was actually talking about a student group called Fusion that puts together fashion/photo portfolios. I’m heavily considering going to one (or more) of their meetings.
Anyway, back to the problem at hand. Models. Or lack there of. We were told point blank that this was not a “shoot your friends” class. That it’s purpose was to build a strong fashion oriented body of work and that you needed model type people to be your subjects. While this is blatantly unfair to us “normal people” it’s what sells and since we’ll soon be in the business of selling ourselves as photographers, it would be in our best interest to use marketable models as a way of indicating to the client or the potential employer that we work to the best of our abilities with the highest quality props. I say props because, let’s face it, most models have the IQ of a light stand. I have this personal problem that makes me quickly irritable when I’m around stupid people, so perhaps taking this class was a bad idea. Actually, that was my original purpose in taking it. I was going to try to be a little more of a “team player” and work with people I obviously don’t like. “Works well with others” isn’t something that appears on my resume very often. Regardless, I need to take pictures of people. This is were my acquaintances come in. I have many of them, I’m sociable in a non-work environment, I talk to people in my classes, so I figured I’d be ok. Apparently not. Perhaps it was some strokes of brilliant miss-fortune but apparently 90% of the photo department is leaving for the weekend. All of my friends in the department are either busy or out of town and that leaves me with a very small pool of people to draw from.
I needed to shoot today. I didn’t, or more accurately, I don’t see it happening. I can’t find the phone numbers of anyone I had as a possibility and like I said before, everyone else is gone or busy. That leave me with tomorrow if I’m going to be able to get the film back in time to be usable. I need to find a model today. Man, now I’m really regretting taking this class. It was supposed to teach me social skills and how to “direct the model”, one of my shortcomings, but if I don’t have a model, I can’t really direct them can I?
Or, instead of actually doing something about it, I could bitch and moan on my website and throw a little pity party for myself. That sounds like a great idea. I love pity parties….
I should go get in the shower now. Later.