Modeling is hard work. I love when people think it’s easy (insert eye-roll here). Many models hear it a lot too. I can come from anyone–photographers, friends, significant others, parents, even new models and photographers–and chances are, every model has heard it at least once.
The problem is, it’s not true. Sure, it might be easy to stand in front of a camera and have your picture taken, and if the person taking the pictures knows what they’re doing, it might end up being an ok picture. But there’s more involved in modeling than just standing there and looking pretty, and that’s what makes modeling not-so-easy.
Properly posing and emoting to convey exactly what the photographer/client wants is hard to do. And I’m not just talking “get bendy” or “look happy”. A model can move, sure, but making it look effortless, without obvious discomfort, is hard. Doing that while keeping your hands and feet in check and posed is also hard, but add in a face to work with, and it’s even harder. Making sure your expression is dead on and your eyes aren’t dead takes a lot of practice. Factor in learning how to find your light, and it’s even harder. Now take all of that, and be able to do it fluidly, on demand, and rapidly… or hold complicated poses for an extended period of time. There’s a good reason many models are sore after shoots–it’s hard work.
Oh, but wait! That’s not even taking into account posing in harsh environments (and doing it without complaint and making it look good and effortless), uncomfortable clothing and shoes, and dealing with the effects crazy hair styles and a shitton of makeup have on their hair and skin.
And that’s not even taking into account how long models practice poses, or how many take dance classes, yoga, martial arts and/or acting classes to improve their posing and emotion skills. Or the fact that many models eventually branch out into makeup artistry, photography, or wardrobe styling.
I would love someone who thinks modeling is easy to try keep up with an experienced professional model (or even an experienced hobbyist like me) on a shoot.