Thursday, February 18, 2010

Macy: The studio shoot

The Texas panhandle is not exactly known for it's abundance of talent in the fashion industry. In fact it has become painfully clear that I will not be able to remain here if I want to continue down this road (Don't worry family, I don't mean anytime real soon). To quote Melissa Rodwell "You have to base yourself out of a city that has a somewhat large fashion market (or any fashion market) in order to compete in the industry." (

However, there are always exceptions.

Enter Macy...

This month at the studio I work at we had a folio competition between all the photographers. Each photographer got one hour to photograph a model of our choice in the studio, then submitted 5 4x5 prints to be judged by the manager. I had seen some work that Macy had done for another local photographer on Facebook and decided to send her a message asking if she would be interested. I'm very glad I did.

Macy is an aspiring fashion model, as I am an aspiring fashion photographer. The difference is that she is leaps and bounds ahead of me. She already won 2008 Commercial Model of the Year at an expo in Dallas, and has a shoot for a magazine lined up this spring.

It takes a lot to make a great photograph, and you can create a stunning image of a model who doesn't know the first thing about modeling. But having a model who knows what they are doing can really push it over the edge into extraordinary. And that is what Macy brought to this shoot. She was awesome to work with, and I could tell from the beginning that she was in the right line of work.

It is an awesome opportunity to be an early part of what I am sure is going to be a very successful career for Macy. More to come, in fact, there has even been talk of an outdoor shoot. For now I'm leaving you in suspense...

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