And most of the time, not all, most of the time, when you click it open to see, it's either so funny you laugh or have all your hair stand cox it's so.. So.. I don't know! It's just gross!!!
I put it on a few things.
1) The lighting
Sometimes to prevent anything from looking too sleazy and cheap, good lighting can get the job done. Strangely, the brighter and more even the lighting is for their "model shots", the more sleazy and amateurish it looks like. And the darker the lighting is, the more artistic it looks, i feel.
2) The photographer
I feel if they are keen in photography and is an amateur, they can shoot leaves, shoot sky, shoot architectures, shoot street art, shoot food, shoot their own friends, shoot their babies. Sounds like a good and affordable way to practice to me ^.^ Don't pay money to shoot xmm, can or not?
3) The outfit
I've had my fair share of being photographed when i was 16/ 17. Earn some pocket money to get by.
Blogged these pictures before lol.
Same lah, unedited except making the colour as they are on prints.
Some pictures of i did when i was 16. These pictures are from where i go conned (sorta), i blogged about it HERE. Read it if you're thinking of being a model becox the talent scounts at Orchard Road told you you can be. Lolol. Read it if you want to know more about paying for portfolio.
And one thing i've come to realise is.. Certain outfit you can only do specific expressions with it!!! Once, i was dressed in a casual and happy outfit, and this photographer KEEP INSISTING i do the edgy, high-fashion, angry and bu-shuang facial expression. Wtf is wrong with him i have no idea. On another note, some outfits are just f-up. There's no way to werk it to make it look less cheap. The only way to work with it is to make it look MORE cheap, with boobs and flesh. Sigh.
4) The model
It's the face. And the expression. And the poses. This one i cannot describe more. It's just.. Not everyone can be a model but yes, i agree everyone can be vain. Haha. So if you take photoshoot as an obsession to remember your youth and beauty, then okay lah, take it easy.
What i cannot cannot cannot cannot cannot stand, is..
GIRLS WHO CALL THEMSELVES MODELS when they have the lousiest of all the four elements listed above that'd make a good picture working for them. And the thing is, they are everywhere!!!
These girls! They're everywhere!!! They call themselves models. But all their pictures either have bad lightings, bad outfits, obviously taken in a bad angle thanks to a bad photographer, and overall, they themselves didn't make anything better as a model. So.. Did you really call yourself a MODEL?!?!
If you really aspire to be a model, and you think you can, and you're willing to work hard and improve, then nothing in this post should affect you okay =) In fact, jiayou! I'm talking about the really talentless and yet think the world of themselves and label themselves as "MODEL" ones. Lolol.
Their poses forever super trynabe the top model poses. And it's just soooo funny when they do it!!!!! Especially when they think they damn chio!!! Omg. I know i sound really childish to be mocking at them but don't worry, they are not affected one, they will just say i'm jealous. Lolol.
Okay lah, don't say them already.
Say their poses.
I LOVE how they raise up their hands and sometimes look like they are smelling their armpits.
I LOVE how they diao (stare fiercely at) the camera in every picture. Like how chao ah lian will.
I LOVE how they always arch their backs to do add high-fashion value.
I LOVE how they always peep from a corner of the wall lol.
I LOVE how they always like to do crawling/ walking towards-you motion. 很有动力 hahaha.
So i try to mimick them mimicking top models!!! BUT, somehow i look okay =(
Only some of the pictures turn out as trashy as i'd like it to =( #humblebrag
Alright, PICTURES time.
Baby models xmms, please watch and learn how to werk it. Becox those uncles with DSLRs will highly likely request these poses. I've compiled the top favourite poses for you.
On the Bed/ Sofa/ Couch/ Chair/ Toilet seat
Lie down and look sensual. Usually they will do this in a hotel room de bed with you. No biggie right? Since you already agree to go shoot in a hotel room with a few guys =)
ROAR. One of the more popular poses. On-four. Start training your back and waist strength now. This pose is gonna keep them going for a long time.
The "Open but close your legs" pose. 坐不要坐好好. I do not understand. But just learn it anyway.
Oh, MY wall. Mine.
Ooh. My favourite. Lean back, raise your arm and touch the wall sensually. Make love to it. I added my own touch at the shoulder. Lol. Hope it works out good! If you don't find this appealing enough, i'd suggest you put both hands on the wall, and sing Spider man~ Spider man~
"I see you..... No i have no idea what i'm doing with the corner of the wall"
"Oh wall! You sho cute and sexy!"
One more of the favourite is arch, back-facing and lean on the wall and touch your knee.
They also love it when you do a "chicken wing" with your elbows out with hands on the waist, while same time, arching your back and leaning against the wall. What do you mean it looks like i am having a stomache and needs the toilet?!
They will request for you to to back-face, face-face, side-face, handstand against even, on the wall.
So long as there's a wall, these uncles with DSLRs will love to explore the possibilities of getting you and himself a good picture for both your portfolios =)
"No, really. Where is the toilet. I buay tahan liao" Lololol.
Studio (Glamor)/ Outdoor shoot
This is where you really have to work with nothing/ with surrounding respectively. Most of it you have to play with your hands and your body. So good luck. Have fun. Here are some of the poses.
This pose cannot get more awkward than it looks. But everyone loves it. So werk it. Give them the "FORWARD" feel. Yes, make them anticipate the impending moment. What i'm talking about? I don't know ^.^ It only reminds me of how Kim Ah Joong posed in the recording studio to werk it.
Get ready some yokoyoko. Anything arched like this... Or
Like this, would be considered high fashion and confident! =D So, BEND.
This is my favourite! The "Smell Armpit" pose =D
Although it doesn't look like it, but what i'm trying to say is..
Don't go get photographed by a few uncles in a hotel room. I know they probably won't dare do anything to you. But WHAT IF, they do? What if before you enter the hotel room, they already put a pinhole camera in the toilet where you're supposed to change? So many whatifs if you think about it.
If you want your portfolio done up proper then look for decent photographers. Or go to a reputable agency who can assign a okay photographer to shoot you. Good luck on that!
Also, don't call yourself a model if your pictures are ... I don't know. You'd know when you grow older. Lolol. Like how i look at my own pictures back then. I really is maozhan (hair stand).
And only do what you're comfortable with. Whatever you're not, learn how to say NO.
When i see news of girls talking about how certain lewd photographer told them to take off their bikinis/ shave their pubic hair/ go topless when it's supposed to be just a lingerie shoot, i do think these girls are to be responsible too. Why can't they speak up for themselves or walk away?
Of course the lewd photographers are better off dead. But if we can't get rid of them, i think the least we can do is to stop ourselves from becoming their victims. Right or not?
Okay i wish you good luck. And all the above poses are totally werkable. It's just a matter of who's doing it. Lol. I don't foresee any problems with Caucasians/ Eurasians/ really oriental-looking models doing it. But if you're just werking a pretty face, maybe you can werk confidence and your smile and not werk top model edgy poses/ expressions. Lolol. Good luck!
Here's an accidental snapshot of me sneezing halfway through posing. LOL. No edit. Lol.