Recently I had the opportunity to work with my first male model. Andrew contacted me on my website inquiring about some professional headshots for his model portfolio so he could send them to some model agencies in Miami. After a few emails back and forth we settled on shooting in the Wynwood Art District.
I chose to shoot in the Wynwood Art District because I love the vibrancy of the colors that cover the walls of the buildings and I thought it would provide an interesting backdrop. I guess the one thing I didn’t really take into consideration was the immense popularity the Wynwood Art District has gained and thus all the amount of foot traffic admiring the art has grown in size. So a lot of times during the shoot I had to wait for people and cars to pass so I could have a clean background.
Andrew wanted three looks for his model portfolio. We went with a casual look, an athleteic look and a professional look. With these three looks I was able to get a wide range of shots from headshots to full body etc.
Since this was Andrew’s first time being a male model, I took the time to explain some basic model poses and how I was going to photograph him. Since it was my first time working with a male model as well I had to remember that some poses that work with female models wouldn’t work with a male model.
I started out with the casual look to make him feel comfortable and relaxed. First time being a male model in front of a camera can be intimidating. Hell any time in front of a camera can be intimidating.
We quickly progressed from the casual look to the athletic look and finished with the professional look. I think Andrew really nailed the professional look. I also loved the way some of the murals contrasted with him in a suit. Those shots were my personal favorite.
Hopefully Andrew finds his way into a modeling agency here in Miami as a male model. I hope that the photos I took of him get him into that door and into the world of male modeling likes he wants.