Men on the other hand do not work that way and I have to admit that I am always worried when a man shows up on set for a shoot to see what they have brought with tme. If you’ve ever had to share a space with a man, you’d know that their side of the closet is almost laughable. While the minimalist wardrobe works in the everyday world, in photography the accessories can really make the difference between a well balanced, intriguing, and polished final image to none of the above.
So when I’m photographing with a male subject, I make sure I lay it all out; clear, specific and direct. Men shooting with me need to come with a belt, modern cut suit, polished shoes, suspenders, cuff links, tie, pocket scarf, a watch and manicured nails. Yes, manicured nails!
Those are just a few of the things I tell men when I have to plan a shoot with them.
Most of the time it requires them doing some shopping before hand and a follow up email asking where exactly they can go to get a manicure.
But when I laid out the details for Fabrice, he immediately replied, that he had most of what was required.
I truly believe that every man should own a well tailored suit, it is an absolute must.
A man in a good suit is equivalent to a woman wearing lingerie (an adage you might see floating about in social media right now).
I was so happy; not only did he have what I needed but he was able to bring a TON of options with him and I was really able to play around with the style of his shoot, this made all the difference!
If someone shows up for a shoot with one option that doesn't work, you really need to be a creative genius in photoshop or let them know that you can’t shoot them.
I learned that the hard way on a different shoot. After all, these are going to bare your name and turn into your potential marketing pieces and no one wants to show or have their name associated with sub-par work!
So Fabrice, showed to the shoot with everything we needed to create some visually appealing images.
Not only that, being an actor he was really easy to work with and had great expressions and body movement, it was super easy for me to direct him. He had a great classic look that worked well with the vintage, moody, high contrast images I wanted to make.
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