Back on a cold, rainy day in February the Season [X] interns had a group shoot at the Southeastern Railway Museum. As we all paid our entrance the employees were handing us flyers and things that I shoved into my pockets. We did our shoot and went on about our lives.
A couple days later as I cleaned my camera bag I found the papers they had handed us: PHOTO COMPETITION. Yes! If there is one thing I like it’s some good healthy (sometimes not so healthy) competition! I wrote my weekly Monday blog and picked my best images from the shoot. I got them printed and matted (on white mats I might like to add). Paid my entry fee and waited.
The photos I submitted:
Fast forward to April. Sunday, April 7th to be exact. Awards ceremony day! There were 40 photos submitted. 6 awards to be given.
I took overall second place!
YAY! It has been 6 years since I entered a competition or put my photos on display like this. I need to get back to doing this. Regularly. We at LeahandMark & Co always talk about putting your work out there. What better way than to enter a competition?! You have no name. You don’t know the judges. You place on work alone.
Thank you to everyone who liked the photos on facebook and supported me/modeled for me.
Looking back at all my past sessions since August when I started with LeahandMark as an intern I have only photographed two male models, yes only two males. One of which was a newborn. Why is that? Is it because female models are prettier? Is it because I am a female photographer and I studied more female posing? Is it because I just happen to know more female models? Well, yes to all of the above.
When I saw the location for the intern group shoot was a railroad museum I knew I wanted a male model. It’s not to say that male models aren’t “pretty”, because they really can be. Yes, I do know way more female models. And you know what? It turns out I can pose a male model just as easy, if not easier, than a female model.
Female models can go into “hard modeling”. Hard meaning into over posing, (which Mark explained to the interns during the shoot). Looking back at some my images makes total sense. With females I tend to let them and put them into over exaggerated model poses when I run out of ideas for posing. Thus far, I haven’t found this to be a problem with the male model.
Yes, I did ask my male model to try some poses which he wasn’t comfortable in. The same type of pose the female model was able to do because she was more flexible and comfortable with her body. She was able to contort herself and still be aware of what she looked like in the pose. Even some gender neutral poses still only look nice by one or the other sex given the location.
Is there only so much you can do pose wise with a male model? Is it all about posture and facial expressions with a male model? Body language?
There aren’t a lot of male models out there (I’ve been looking) and if they are out there they are not making themselves known. This photographer will keep looking. A good model is a good model – male or female. Time to see what is out there.