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Model

Zmaster

Posts: 4

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Hi guys and girls,
As you are probably i'm really new to this so I will ask my questions and hopefully become wiser in the industry.

A bit of background on me, I work in fashion, and am surrounded by beautiful women all day long, however I never did my own shoot. Well the time has come for me to do it, and as such I would like my first time to be different (#nohomo smile)

Since i am a good basketball player, I wanted to do a themed basketball shoot.
I will wear the basketball outfit, with a ball or two, and there will be girls involved. However I havent decided what to do with the girls in terms of poses/outfits etc.
The photographer suggested cheerleader outfits, however I am not really for it as it is cliche. Since I googled around, I couldnt find many basketball themed shoots (most of them had just guys in it, or were rather uncreative).

I need help/advice on how to position the girls (the poses, pouts, positions), as well as what outfits to dress the girls in. I was thinking of getting girls who are athletically fit and dressing them up in gym outfits/shots and ts, but am open to any kind of criticism, ideas.

Let me know your thoughts, and once the shoot is done, I will post pics here. Bear in mind I have been planning this for a few months already (finding the photographer, choosing the models, booking a court), so I won't do it until I'm 100% ready, but I hope that your opinions will help.
Keep well
Zmaster

Aug 30 12 07:33 am Link

Admin

CleeIB

Posts: 3948

Los Angeles, California, US

Zmaster, you might get more mileage out of your question in one of the industry forums like Model Colloquy or Photography Talk:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/t.php?forum_id=9
http://www.modelmayhem.com/t.php?forum_id=2

That said, just throwing around some ideas (not necessarily good ones!):

Try looking at existing sports photography (Sports Illustrated, etc.) and advertising images for inspiration
One-on-one shot, male vs. female (I can picture this in my head, could be powerful if done right)
Female versions of iconic basketball images (Jordan free throw line dunk, Jordan jump man, etc.)
Basketball in unlikely locations (desert, etc.)
Non-basketball wardrobe with otherwise all-basketball shots

Good luck!

PS. Since your project is so specific, you'll want to post a casting call for it. You can do so here:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/casting/search_casting

Aug 30 12 12:26 pm Link

Photographer

Albertex Photography

Posts: 15419

Mansfield, Texas, US

"The photographer suggested"?  If this is your vision and you brought the photographer in and he is not following your vision, hire another photographer.

Aug 30 12 11:07 pm Link

Model

Zmaster

Posts: 4

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

thanks cleeIB
should i recreate the topic there, or would you like to move it with your admin powers?
great ideas on the one on one...will look into it.
i checked your casting call, but since i am in south africa, i already have a network of llamas i can use for it. but thanks one more time

Sep 03 12 09:53 am Link

Photographer

Flex Photography

Posts: 5297

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

CleeIB wrote:
Zmaster, you might get more mileage out of your question in one of the industry forums like Model Colloquy or Photography Talk:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/t.php?forum_id=9
http://www.modelmayhem.com/t.php?forum_id=2

That said, just throwing around some ideas (not necessarily good ones!):

Try looking at existing sports photography (Sports Illustrated, etc.) and advertising images for inspiration
One-on-one shot, male vs. female (I can picture this in my head, could be powerful if done right)
Female versions of iconic basketball images (Jordan free throw line dunk, Jordan jump man, etc.)
Basketball in unlikely locations (desert, etc.)
Non-basketball wardrobe with otherwise all-basketball shots

Good luck!

PS. Since your project is so specific, you'll want to post a casting call for it. You can do so here:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/casting/search_casting

Yes, putting a different than normal twist on it can work. Normal attire in non-traditional basketball location, unusual attire in normal basketball location, perhaps the girls in the sports outfits and you as the cheerleader, substitute something different for the basketball, like a large melon, balloon, or bowling ball, etc., an arrow through the ball, shot by you to prevent a basket....
Put a different twist on what is expected as "normal".

Sep 03 12 10:04 am Link

Model

Zmaster

Posts: 4

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

hi,
thank you for all your input.
i am going ahead with the shoot on the 27th of january.
i will post pics here once done.
hodling thumbs

Jan 10 13 02:10 am Link

Photographer

TVenhola

Posts: 5

Espoo, Uusimaa, Finland

Zmaster wrote:
hi,
thank you for all your input.
i am going ahead with the shoot on the 27th of january.
i will post pics here once done.
hodling thumbs

I'm looking forward to that.

Jan 11 13 03:01 am Link

Model

Zmaster

Posts: 4

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

shot went phenomenally well.
first teaser image is in my pics
let me know what you think guys

Jan 28 13 02:09 pm Link