Forums > General Industry > How often do you make each other laugh?!!!

Model

Miroslava Svoboda

Posts: 555

Seattle, Washington, US

I promised a new thread coming on and here we go. Now I found the smiley hunting very funny which brought me to the question of morale and chemistry on the shoot. How often do you guys laugh during a shoot or make each other laugh? I want proof too tongue Now I know it's generally anti-productive but I found that it's very good to establish a good relationship. Have fun with this, the funnier the better, I love laughing.

I will avoid posting my own proof for fear of shameless self promotion, it's in my port if you haven't seen it already.

Jan 31 13 09:56 pm Link

Photographer

Kens Lens

Posts: 805

Aurora, Colorado, US

My dog gets credit for making the model roar with laughter. My dog got up on the deck of the bath tub and knocked over a vase scaring the day lights out of here and when she high tailed it out of the bathroom the model was laughing for the next ten minutes.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/4501737

Jan 31 13 10:07 pm Link

Model

allison mindy

Posts: 1495

New York, New York, US

When literally every other shot from the shoot looks like this it's definitely counter productive lol Still a good time though smile

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-o6aQ3WZeXg8/UQtc585SXKI/AAAAAAAAAq8/llwy3aHIaPI/s576/Allison%2520Roth-Matt%2520Hall231.jpg

Jan 31 13 10:14 pm Link

Model

allison mindy

Posts: 1495

New York, New York, US

Miroslava Svoboda wrote:
I will avoid posting my own proof for fear of shameless self promotion, it's in my port if you haven't seen it already.

You have a cute smile/laugh smile

Jan 31 13 10:18 pm Link

Model

Miroslava Svoboda

Posts: 555

Seattle, Washington, US

allison mindy wrote:
When literally every other shot from the shoot looks like this it's definitely counter productive lol Still a good time though smile

Yes, yes! It often happens when someone tells me to stop laughing it works quiet the opposite and I start doing it all over again. Usually I have to put up a hand and tell them to give me a second to collect myself and wipe that grin off my face.

Jan 31 13 10:24 pm Link

Model

Miroslava Svoboda

Posts: 555

Seattle, Washington, US

Kens Lens wrote:
My dog gets credit for making the llama roar with laughter. My dog got up on the deck of the bath tub and knocked over a vase scaring the day lights out of here and when she high tailed it out of the bathroom the llama was laughing for the next ten minutes.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/4501737

I accept that strategy! big_smile

Jan 31 13 10:25 pm Link

Model

Miroslava Svoboda

Posts: 555

Seattle, Washington, US

allison mindy wrote:

You have a cute smile/laugh smile

Thank you, likewise!

Jan 31 13 10:25 pm Link

Model

allison mindy

Posts: 1495

New York, New York, US

Miroslava Svoboda wrote:

Yes, yes! It often happens when someone tells me to stop laughing it works quiet the opposite and I start doing it all over again. Usually I have to put up a hand and tell them to give me a second to collect myself and wipe that grin off my face.

I know right? hehe

Jan 31 13 11:08 pm Link

Photographer

DougBPhoto

Posts: 39088

Portland, Oregon, US

I tend to make stupid jokes, so unfortunately when I am around someone I don't really know well, or want to make a good impression with, I have a harder time joking/being stupid.

Okay, maybe I don't have a harder time being stupid, that just comes naturally, but I have a harder time being funny.

I like to laugh, so as long as we get done what we need to get done, I'm all for having fun at the same time.

Jan 31 13 11:40 pm Link

Photographer

ontherocks

Posts: 23063

Salem, Oregon, US

i kill myself on shoots trying to entertain the model/customer. i say the dumbest things. raunchy things. whatever it takes to crack them up.

Feb 01 13 12:08 am Link

Model

Miroslava Svoboda

Posts: 555

Seattle, Washington, US

DougBPhoto wrote:
I tend to make stupid jokes, so unfortunately when I am around someone I don't really know well, or want to make a good impression with, I have a harder time joking/being stupid.

Okay, maybe I don't have a harder time being stupid, that just comes naturally, but I have a harder time being funny.

I like to laugh, so as long as we get done what we need to get done, I'm all for having fun at the same time.

Would you say it depends on a model? I mean how easy it is for you to feel at ease and start being yourself?

Personally it has happened so far that I have either shot with people I've communicated with for a while so was comfortable with or with those that were easy to get along with. Once my personality couldn't win a photographer over but I suspect there were issues with someone else at that moment he was having.

Feb 01 13 01:01 am Link

Model

Miroslava Svoboda

Posts: 555

Seattle, Washington, US

twoharts wrote:
i kill myself on shoots trying to entertain the model/customer. i say the dumbest things. raunchy things. whatever it takes to crack them up.

Proof, proof! I need a smiley with a pitchfork and an evil face big_smile

Feb 01 13 01:02 am Link

Photographer

DougBPhoto

Posts: 39088

Portland, Oregon, US

Miroslava Svoboda wrote:
Would you say it depends on a model? I mean how easy it is for you to feel at ease and start being yourself?

Personally it has happened so far that I have either shot with people I've communicated with for a while so was comfortable with or with those that were easy to get along with. Once my personality couldn't win a photographer over but I suspect there were issues with someone else at that moment he was having.

Precisely.

Of course there are always variables, but I would say that in general, the more you get to know someone the more comfortable you become, so it would be natural for it to be easier to get along.

However, I am sure we have all also encountered times where the better we got to know someone, the less we liked them, but ultimately it all boils down to communication.

For myself, I find those communications before hand very helpful on many levels, comfort and familiarity being one (or two) of them.

Feb 01 13 01:16 am Link

Photographer

Ralph Easy

Posts: 6426

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I make my subjects laugh... look at my avatar.

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Feb 01 13 01:59 am Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11936

Olivet, Michigan, US

Miroslava Svoboda wrote:
I promised a new thread coming on and here we go. Now I found the smiley hunting very funny which brought me to the question of morale and chemistry on the shoot. How often do you guys laugh during a shoot or make each other laugh? I want proof too tongue Now I know it's generally anti-productive but I found that it's very good to establish a good relationship. Have fun with this, the funnier the better, I love laughing.

I will avoid posting my own proof for fear of shameless self promotion, it's in my port if you haven't seen it already.

Constant laughter might be "anti-productive", but occasional laughter and a generally pleasant working environment is, to me, very much a positive.  I don't do actual "laugh out loud" very often at a shoot, more often if it's a model I've gotten to know or shot multiple times, and I don't aim getting that response from the model, but I do like it when there is a lot of smiling from both of us.  I've always felt that way, whatever my job, I take the work seriously, but I do my best to enjoy the process.

Feb 01 13 03:15 am Link

Photographer

A G P

Posts: 75

Orem, Utah, US

If there wasn't laughter at least a few times during the shoot I feel I didn't do a very good job. I suppose if you're doing photography 100% professionally it may be different, but for me the shoot is part of the experience. Creating an enjoyable atmosphere is often paramount to me getting the shots I want.

Feb 01 13 04:07 am Link

Model

BeatnikDiva

Posts: 14823

Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

I laugh a LOT, whether I'm shooting, or sitting for figure drawing, or walking down the street...LOL.

The first photographer I ever worked with is a lovely man, and loads of fun, and we've become very good friends.  He used to be a jockey, so he's not very tall.  In fact, he comes up to just above my nose.  I was lying en repose while he was trying to get a shot above and he said, "Ok, now look really afraid."  I looked up at his camera and just busted out laughing.  I mean I was cackling.  I told him there was NO way I could look afraid with him standing over me...LOLOL.  That got him laughing as he snapped pictures and walked away.  We must have laughed for ten minutes!

Feb 01 13 04:21 am Link

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Photographer

Rays Fine Art

Posts: 6629

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

Looking like a damned fool is my primary technique for relaxing a first time nude model.

Or second time.

Or third time.

Or fourth

Or . . .

Feb 01 13 08:34 am Link

Photographer

4point0

Posts: 687

Los Angeles, California, US

I'm a giggler. I shot this a couple of days ago for the yellow ribbon project. It's a soldier deploying to Afghanistan next week and his wife. She showed up in tears and left with a smile.

http://www.fatkittystudios.com/IMG_2387.jpg

Feb 01 13 08:42 am Link

Photographer

ontherocks

Posts: 23063

Salem, Oregon, US

i snort when something is really funny and that always gets them going. it's not intentional, it just happens.

to me the most important job for a photographer is to get a good performance out of the model/customer. doesn't matter if they have profoto lights. if they can't get a good performance out of the model the lighting is wasted. but part of that is just being able to enjoy the process along with the model. you have to be part technician and part stand-up comic.

Fat Kitty Studios wrote:
I'm a giggler.

Feb 01 13 08:49 am Link

Photographer

Barely StL

Posts: 1162

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

Miroslava Svoboda wrote:
How often do you guys laugh during a shoot or make each other laugh?

Often enough that I've semi-seriously considered starting a separate album for photos of models laughing or making faces at me, to be labeled "Models Having Fun." But it would quickly dominate my portfolio. smile

Feb 01 13 08:53 am Link

Model

Miroslava Svoboda

Posts: 555

Seattle, Washington, US

Raoul Isidro Images wrote:
I make my subjects laugh... look at my avatar.

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Ha! Nice try but she's not looking at you! tongue Love Cate Blanchett tho, she's amazing!

Feb 01 13 09:01 am Link

Photographer

4point0

Posts: 687

Los Angeles, California, US

twoharts wrote:
to me the most important job for a photographer is to get a good performance out of the model/customer.

Definitely. I say I'm in the people business not the photo business.

Feb 01 13 09:03 am Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/h389/dancruikshank/Grumpy-Cat-MEME-01_zps19a984d9.jpg

No laughing on set!

Feb 01 13 09:04 am Link

Model

Miroslava Svoboda

Posts: 555

Seattle, Washington, US

Fat Kitty Studios wrote:
I'm a giggler. I shot this a couple of days ago for the yellow ribbon project. It's a soldier deploying to Afghanistan next week and his wife. She showed up in tears and left with a smile.

http://www.fatkittystudios.com/IMG_2387.jpg

This is very sweet and cute. smile

Feb 01 13 09:08 am Link

Model

Miroslava Svoboda

Posts: 555

Seattle, Washington, US

You guys are not doing good with providing proof. tongue I don't ask for whole albums but a photo or two would be awesome.

I will have another one mailed to me in a bit after the photographer I worked with saw this thread. Oh and there is a port of predominantly nude photos out there with just one of me fully dressed and laughing. tongue

Feb 01 13 09:09 am Link

Model

Miroslava Svoboda

Posts: 555

Seattle, Washington, US

DAN CRUIKSHANK wrote:
http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/h389/dancruikshank/Grumpy-Cat-MEME-01_zps19a984d9.jpg

No laughing on set!

Haha Dan is going to make models hike for five hours in absolute seriousness. tongue

Feb 01 13 09:10 am Link

Photographer

ontherocks

Posts: 23063

Salem, Oregon, US

and i think this one reason why mr. richardson succeeds. he can get them dancing to cat daddy in their bikinis!

at weddings we have people tell us how great we are just based on how we act at the wedding. they don't even know how the photos turned out. people buy people.

Fat Kitty Studios wrote:
Definitely. I say I'm in the people business not the photo business.

Feb 01 13 09:14 am Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Miroslava Svoboda wrote:

Haha Dan is going to make models hike for five hours in absolute seriousness. tongue

It's more of a forced march than a hike :p

Feb 01 13 09:15 am Link

Photographer

ontherocks

Posts: 23063

Salem, Oregon, US

i had a model and her boyfriend roll around together on the floor once and the photos were terrible (she said "you just kept getting closer") but we had a great time. lol. she was able to use some of the photos to get started here.

allison mindy wrote:
When literally every other shot from the shoot looks like this it's definitely counter productive lol Still a good time though smile

Feb 01 13 09:16 am Link

Model

Miroslava Svoboda

Posts: 555

Seattle, Washington, US

Barely StL wrote:

Often enough that I've semi-seriously considered starting a separate album for photos of models laughing or making faces at me, to be labeled "Models Having Fun." But it would quickly dominate my portfolio. smile

You don't have to have more photos in there tongue just a few could be awesome.

Feb 01 13 09:24 am Link

Model

Miroslava Svoboda

Posts: 555

Seattle, Washington, US

DAN CRUIKSHANK wrote:

It's more of a forced march than a hike :p

See that's where a stipulation should be made, I hike for you for 5 hours and you make me laugh. big_smile

Feb 01 13 09:24 am Link

Model

Miroslava Svoboda

Posts: 555

Seattle, Washington, US

twoharts wrote:
at weddings we have people tell us how great we are just based on how we act at the wedding. they don't even know how the photos turned out. people buy people.


That's nice! I still socialize a little with the video team from my wedding when I get to see them. It's been over 10 years too, they were wonderful people.

Feb 01 13 09:26 am Link

Model

Jojo West

Posts: 1000

Annandale, Virginia, US

People can't keep a straight face with me at a shoot. I'm silly, so between the good shots I tend to throw in silly expressions. I crack jokes and tell them stories about my embarrassing moments...I can be somewhat clumsy sometimes.

Feb 01 13 09:30 am Link

Photographer

Good Egg Productions

Posts: 16202

Orlando, Florida, US

DAN CRUIKSHANK wrote:
http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/h389/dancruikshank/Grumpy-Cat-MEME-01_zps19a984d9.jpg

No laughing on set!

When the model laughs at something I do or say at a shoot, and then apologizes for breaking the pose or face, I say "don't you DARE have fun at my shoot".

If it's not at least a little fun, why are you doing it?

Feb 01 13 09:31 am Link

Photographer

ForeverFotos

Posts: 6646

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

I love to joke around with the models during shoots, and a lot of funny stuff goes down in the first few moments of any set. I usually try to capture some of it and save it for threads like this one. Welcome to my "cutting room floor"

http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp100/foreverfotos/Cutting%20room%20floor/jok3012a_zps98317612.jpg

http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp100/foreverfotos/Cutting%20room%20floor/jok2036a_zpse57e5b47.jpg

http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp100/foreverfotos/Cutting%20room%20floor/DSCF0137a_zpsa3acbaf3.jpg

http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp100/foreverfotos/Cutting%20room%20floor/dscf2092a_zps570b8508.jpg

http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp100/foreverfotos/Cutting%20room%20floor/DSCF0333a_zpsee228797.jpg

http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp100/foreverfotos/Cutting%20room%20floor/dscf3071a_zps1b40b64d.jpg?t=1359742795

Feb 01 13 10:13 am Link

Model

BeatnikDiva

Posts: 14823

Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

Well, I do have this...

I make silly faces, sometimes, just to rest my attention.  Then we end up doubled over and snorting.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/554267_2847690722620_1292026256_n.jpg

Feb 01 13 10:20 am Link

Model

IDiivil

Posts: 4285

Los Angeles, California, US

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/379051_510795215598246_2048879656_n.jpg

Because I don't need to wear pants with awesome people like these!

(From left to right: Photographer eak photo, myself, assistant Joshua Phoenix, hair and makeup Jefferey M Steele, and assistant Bryce Laughlin)

... and other various moments -

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/575148_409228652421570_1052985763_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/297828_263633000314470_5429762_n.jpg

Feb 01 13 10:22 am Link

Photographer

B R U N E S C I

Posts: 25319

Bath, England, United Kingdom

Models usually laugh when I try to demonstrate 'fashion' poses...

I have no idea why! big_smile






Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com

Feb 01 13 10:26 am Link

Photographer

Fotografica Gregor

Posts: 4126

Alexandria, Virginia, US

routinely -

I consider a shoot entirely unsuccessful if it is not fun and mutually enjoyable

I have  vast collection of model laughing out loud shots -  but these are not a part of my online portfolio and will not be - they were unguarded, personal moments....

Feb 01 13 10:28 am Link