Behind the Scenes of a Professional Model Shoot

Behind the Scenes, Professional Model Shoot - New York, New York

Behind the Scenes, Professional Model Shoot – New York, New York

As I mentioned yesterday, I crashed a professional model shoot in New York City, something I discovered walking the streets in Manhattan. Today, I want to show you behind the scenes.

I’m an enthusiast photographer but only shoot portraits on occasion. And when I do, I shoot alone or with a friend-turned-assistant. On a professional shoot, it’s an entirely different story.

Behind the Scenes, Professional Model Shoot - New York, New York

How many are on the crew for this shoot? I’m estimating around ten people — the photographer, the head fashion designer, the make-up artist, clothing coordinators, and other assistants. Most were wearing back in accordance with New York City dress codes.

There were two teams, one around the photographer and the other around the clothing change area.

Behind the Scenes, Professional Model Shoot - New York, New York

A short distance from the photography, a portable and private changing booth — allowed for quick outfit switches. During my short stay, I saw three outfit changes.

Behind the Scenes, Professional Model Shoot - New York, New York

I saw no strobes or LED lights, just a giant white reflector. That is also my preference though I don’t often have someone to hold reflectors for me.

Behind the Scenes, Professional Model Shoot - New York, New York

I’m not sure what role the woman in white has. However, she appeared to be reviewing photographs with this setup. The camera is tethered to a computer, and this box surrounding the monitor makes it easier to scrutinize pictures in bright light.

I talked with the photographer and a few assistants, but I quickly and quietly shot these images not to disturb the work, finding it fascinating to watch professionals in action.

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