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Now that everyone is more aware than ever against sexual abuse and we are aware of the enormous problem thanks to the #MeToo movement and #tell it, we have talked with professionals in the photography sector to explain the keys for a photo shoot is developed in an environment of respect and professionalism.

Communication, the basis of an authentically professional work

Being a model is a terribly demanding profession in which training is fundamental and you have to try to absorb everything that is taught by professionals who have already traveled more than you. And also to know how to take advantage of the opportunities to learn more and to know what the work you are doing will consist of.

For this reason, for Ximena Garrigues and Sergio Moya, from Syx Estudio, two professionals from the world of photography with large covers for media such as El País or Icon, communication is the key to the proper development of any authentically professional photo shoot: “before to shoot we have a previous conversation with the model, with the stylist, with the makeup artist or make-up artist and we tell them what we are going to do. It is important to explain to everyone what it is you will find: the lights, the stage, the clothes, etc. And what attitude do we need from the model, “the two explain.

Sergio clarifies something that he considers fundamental: “the model is part of the team , like the make-up artist, the photographer … It is a piece more and from our point we try that everyone has the same information and that they are comfortable in all the aspects”.

Working with newcomers to the world of fashion sometimes requires more explanations : “we try even harder to have a pleasant experience. If it’s someone new I put more energy so that person is comfortable, “Sergio explains.

For Oscar Rivilla , another well-known fashion photographer who has worked for brands such as Unode50 or Marqués de Riscal and celebrities such as Vanesa Lorenzo and Olivia Molina, it is important to involve everyone in the project: “because of my experience that is the key . Sometimes this work is very cold: we work from one day to the next, we handle big budgets and short times and that makes everything cold. That’s why I try to involve everyone in the project. Explain that we are on the same boat and on the same course. ”

“I do not know if many photographers will do it or not, but I think that my function is also that: to tell what is what we are going to do, where we are going. Especially in those situations in which the model is not comfortable, for me it is essential that you feel good. And if there is an external problem, then isolate it, so that we can continue working and that it does not affect you. That sometimes makes it very cold, because what is happening behind the scenes does not reach the model, but it is vital for the session to develop in its time, we can eat at the scheduled time, etc. “, explains this professional.

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Work with good references

Javier Salas, renowned professional and photographer of stars such as Antonio Banderas or Penélope Cruz, as well as record labels such as Emi, Virgin or Sony-BMG. , is aware that what is happening now in the world of fashion photography is gaining more headlines in newspapers than other sectors: “there are famous names and it is more media, there is more glamor. Just as there are people who do not respect others in the world of photography, but as in other areas. ”

For this professional the only way is the references, not to put yourself in the hands of a professional who does not know anything. “It’s like the one that gets into a car to travel far away with a driver who does not know anything. There are bad professionals in any field. ”

For Javier it is also important to denounce this abuse of power, because it will also help other girls who come later to know what they are facing.

Get involved in the elaboration process

Do not leave everything in the hands of the photographer and be interested in the process is another of the advice given by the professionals we have consulted.

For Ximena Garrigues and Sergio Moya it is fundamental to consider that model and photographer are a team, a tandem that works for a common goal. “That means the model has a lot to say. Above all to make your book you have to be clear about what you are looking for and let the photographer know, “says Ximena.

“It is important that the model does not acquire the role of object and that she does a previous job, look for references of what she wants to do. So also the models focus and learn along the way. They are not a face, also the work of a model is creative and has a very powerful part “, tells us these two photographers.

Javier Salas also emphasizes participation and how important it is to talk at length about how the session will develop: “if it is not agreed, it does not make sense to do it later. There’s something strange going on if it suddenly comes out in the middle of the session that the model, for example, has to get naked, especially if it’s only clear before we start.”

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Oscar Rivilla believes that teamwork is essential . “From my experience, for example, in advertising at the end you have to follow a sketch to the letter. I can give instructions to the model to copy it as and such, but the result would not have a soul. However, if I tell the model what the challenge is, what we have to achieve in the end and we discuss the ways to follow, she can also participate with me and the final result is much better. Especially when I do the editing, because choosing the good photo is the most difficult job for a photographer, and I discover that the best photos are those in which the synergy between the model and the photographer has been created. It’s like magic, a spark!

Never do anything that you do not want to do

It is a mantra that has been repeated by almost all the photographers with whom we have spoken. “Maybe newcomers do not know what they want to give, but above all do not do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. They have to say what they prefer, “explains Ximena of Syx Estudio.

The reality is not so easy. We are in cases where it seems that only one of the participants is in control of the session, that everything is in the hands of the photographer and that being the most experienced part it seems logical that a newcomer to the world of fashion feels pressured to do things that she really is not convinced to do.

“Normally we show references of the type of style of the photos we want to make. Maybe they can be more daring, look more skin. But we have examples, because you have to tell beforehand to reach a consensus, “Ximena explains. “And if you do not want to teach so much, there are solutions, like putting plasters on the nipples.”

“It’s not just about photo sessions, it’s generally, in your life, do not do what you would not want them to do to you. It is as basic and very logical. I think that a film director or a photographer, someone with an authority in a shoot or session, has to have an ethical responsibility and that sadly is in his hand. Unfortunately, everywhere there are bad chickpeas. But I trust in the education and in the moderation of the people. The ethics of the photographer is important.”

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Javier Salas also talks about alarms that put us on the alert that something is not what it should be : “if you have thought that you are only going to do a portrait and suddenly there is something that tells you that it is not what is happening. Everything is small nuances and you have to have common sense. You do not have to do things that go beyond what you’re supposed to do… or want. And that depends on each one.”

Take care of your privacy (physical and mental)

As one of these experts has told us, any aspiring model has every right in the world to respect the privacy of her body, but also her psychological intimacy. “Imagine that there is a very crazy photographer who looks for an image in which she appears crying and to get it insults her. That can not be allowed, “explains Sergio de Syx Estudio.

Javier Salas also talks about alarms that put us on the alert that something is not what it should be : “if you have thought that you are only going to do a portrait and suddenly there is something that tells you that it is not what is happening . Everything is small nuances and you have to have common sense. You do not have to do things that go beyond what you’re supposed to do … or want. And that depends on each one. ”

Take care of your privacy (physical and mental)

As one of these experts has told us, any aspiring model has every right in the world to respect the privacy of her body, but also her psychological intimacy. “Imagine that there is a very crazy photographer who looks for an image in which she appears crying and to get it insults her. That can not be allowed, “explains Sergio de Syx Estudio.

Find a companion

For Ximena Garrigues, an idea to put into practice -especially in the first jobs- is to get an escort. “It does not need to be her mother, but she can be a good friend or her sister, for example. No matter how professional the photographer is, he may feel more comfortable. ” Perhaps for the photographer is not the ideal situation to have a stranger who can break the intimacy that is created with the model, he clarifies.

Many times the line between what is harassment and what is not is very fine, as we tell you in this article, but it is much better to feel safe, especially in these early experiences.

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