Now, right now I bet you are scratching your head, wondering what on earth the title of this blog post means and is leading to....
Well, nothing. And nothing. Heh.
I'll be honest, I was sitting here wondering what this particular article should start with and I was drawing a complete blank. Because I couldn't think of a way to describe someone with such a big personality and such a great look, in just a few words.
So I hit up google and came upon one of those name generators - and she will possibly kill me for this one, but I typed her name in, and well, that was what it came up with.
"Break My Sanity As Revenge"
So there you go. We have a title!
Now, in some ways, the title actually fits rather well, as Mel herself has a totally quirky sense of humour and she always makes me laugh.
So I decided to roll with it.
Mel is a super talented hairdresser, who is always getting models dolled up and in front of the camera, so it was high time she had a taste of being on the other side, so we put her in front of the camera!
It was a lot of fun, she settled in super quick and we had a bit of fun with three different looks she'd liked.
Kind of Amy Winehouse inspired, I had a lot of fun posing her and getting her to really let her hair down and get into it.
One conversation that came up though, that seems to come up a lot with models, especially new ones. Is expressions.
So I thought I'd touch on that here, so that if any of you out there are models, or aspiring models, maybe you can take this and let it help you....
You see, it's so easy to get caught in the trap of a single expression.
Learning how to hold your mouth, face and jaw so that you have an expression you love on yourself.
But from a photographers point of view, that can be the most annoying thing in the world.
Don't get me wrong. Some models make millions off one expression. But for that to work, you have to be incredibly photogenic, have a perfectly proportioned body and have a very balanced look. So if you are an attractive girl, you could try it out, the whole one look thing. But don't be surprised if you don't get quite as much work as the model who is half as attractive, but has a metric tonne of personality and can flick an internal switch and turn on emotions.
You see, one expression, means that every photo of you will look similar.
Where, flexibility and range, will mean that I could take the same photo of you, but a different expression, or stance, or emotion will make the whole image feel very different.
So one thing I advise you to do, is practice in front of the mirror. Until you can convince yourself and others of your emotion.
Don't be afraid of it. Figure out how to rage... how to be depressed.... how to be happy.... how to be neutral... how to be angry.... how to be coy.... how to be haughty..... Do them all.
Become an actor......... Because there is nothing I love more than a model, who can bring me a convincing emotion on demand.
And speaking of emotion..... RAWR!