The other day someone asked me how I find the models for my paintings and photograph them? Over the years I’ve found what works best for me and thought I would share this process in next several blog post.
Finding Models, the most extraordinary people can be found in the most ordinary places.
This young woman was the hair stylist where I use to get my hair cut…
In most cities, on-line you can find Meetup groups. Look for photography sessions that you can get in on. I joined a one night photo shoot, this was one of the models –
Places I’ve found “models” are, the gym, neighbors, the clerk at the grocery store, co-workers and family of co-workers. While at a Christmas get together for my husband John’s work, a fellow teacher introduced me to his daughter, which I knew would make a striking model.
How about yourself? I’ve posed for many of my paintings with the help of a timer and tripod.
Renaissance Fairs are one of my favorite place, I don’t need to ask, everyone expects to be photographed.
I’ve found some great and willing subjects at the a local horse riding stable, Cowboy Trail Rides.
It might seem kind of awkward at first, to ask someone to be your model, but many people are surprisingly willing. It’s easier if you already know the person and they have some knowledge of your artistic pursuits. But even on the spot, like the cowboy above, many people get a kick out of being photographed. Give it a try!
In the next post I’ll cover how I prepare them and choose a location-