I have been trying to express to people why I would ask them to model, because when I would ask their reply is awkward and centers around the point of “I am not a model, why would you want me”. Usually I had no good answer for them-I’d say something along the lines of “I think you would be good blah, blah, blah” or something like that. It wasn’t until I asked to shoot someone recently that the right words came to me.

I search for authentic responses– shy, awkward responses in front of the camera. Something to show who the person is something that impressed me enough to ask her to a shooting session. Of course, this method is not guaranteed to produce the results I want. But I felt I was more likely to produce results than working with a “REAL” model. It is pretty hard working with more experienced model the way I do and the way they are taught to work. To be fair, it still takes a while to get work either way.

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