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Lot of models registered for the Shooting days of september 2007. Wut the week before the event they didn't remember anything. And then it was too late to look for other models...
Fake modelsFake models do a disservice to the people who are genuinely interested in becoming a professional model: they take up one of the available places (we only work with a limited number of models). We've decided that from now on, the models need to do a testshooting before the international shooting days, so we can be sure that the models are mature enough.
We rent a house nearby the waterfront (we will rent the same house nearly ech year when we go to the North of France). Even after three years of shooting in the North region, they are still enough interesting places nearby. All places are well within reach (maximum one hour drive).
The first hours of a shooting session are just to get in touch. The best pictures are taken at the end of the shooting, when the model and the photographer are used to each other. And when we organise a Shooting Day event, with the models staying on location, there is much more time to make good pictures.
But of course it's not just about photoshoots. The models learn to work together to archieve their goal. There is time left for information sessions about modelling agencies and mister competitions.
We went to the Belliard Polyship at noon, when the sun was too strong to make good pictures. Later in the afternoon, we went to the harbour, but each time i go there there are less and less usefull pages. At this moment, the bunker site (Halve Maan and Hindius) are not available. When the city will have some money to spend, they will make some sort of museum, like in raverside. This mean that again a beautiful location is lost forever.
One of the models needed a standard portfolio photoshoot and Denis, the other photographer took the task upon himself. I was left with Sandy in the house. What about some sort of strip show? Sandy has an eastern european look (he's from one of the former sovietic satellite states), and most actors who work in the porn business do have that look (Bel Ami...).
Comilog was always some sort of odd installation, producing ferromanganese steel instead of pig iron. The production site was too smal, with only one furnace in working condition, and the plant could not grow for lack of space.
One of the models lost his wallet in the evening. I went back in the early morning, but didn't find anything. We went to the nearest police station (some 15 km further, in Marquise). We had to wait for 30 minutes, then another 30 minutes because the only officier who could help us was not yet there. They didn't found the right papers (we're foreigners in France, and the normal papers are not valid: there is no space to fill in: Country:. After some extensive scratching of his head, we were send back. "Go to Belgium and fill your papers there!"
Today, it's a great day for Sam, who wants to become a model. His parents brought him to our location in France for the fotoshoot. He has nearly no experience, but looking at the pictures, i'm very confident that he can make it.
I've learn this week that it is not the number of models that's important, you can make better pictures when you work with one single model for two or three days. A real Scott bomber jacket is always a nice accessory for a photoshoot. It's a pitty most models buy low quality clothes (but with a big name on it). I once bought a G Star jacket and the buttons already let loose after one week.
I drove 2828km in one week.
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