dinsdag 9 augustus 2016
This glossy edited capture marks the end of a photo shoot that will always bring a happy smile on my face. Jade is the 76th Lady behind Crystal Veil.
After her application for my casting call, Jade and I had a very effective email exchange which is often the hallmark of full time professional models. Jade enjoys 20/20 vision but she was interested in doing a photo shoot with me because it was clearly "something different". Her portfolio was quite interesting. The pictures alternated between serious, beautiful posing and the sympathetic girl next door. I also noticed signs of actress quality. In short, an ideal mix for a photo shoot in prescription glasses. Another bonus was that Jade lives in Brighton and she knew one or two alternative locations in case of rain. She arrived well prepared for the photo shoot and we were in a lively conversation straightaway. When Jade started selecting the glasses with mild prescriptions, it struck me that she had a remarkably developed taste for frames. This payed off when the actual photo shoot went under way. The more a model likes a pair of glasses, the better the posing.
Looking through prescription lenses was of course an entirely new experience for Jade but she got the knack within ten minutes at most. It was interesting to hear her spontaneous comments on each new prescription. In retrospect, it was a smooth photo shoot in which all went by itself. It was a pleasure to work with such a cheerful model. Her posing and acting was second to none. None of this was lost when we made the switch from mild prescriptions to strong glasses. It was amazing how quick Jade adjusted herself to the blur she saw through the lenses. She managed not only a natural, credible eye contact but a great variety in expressions as well. Delightful, confident, sweet posing. And a very effective use of her hands and subtle hair variations. Spontaneity and cheerfulness contributed a lot to the results. Jade was the perfect ambassador showing girls and women that there is no reason for them to feel insecure about their strong glasses.
Lovely Jade took directions quite well but she also threw in lots of initiatives of her own. We were switching roles constantly and without any discussion. What we did was real team work with a great flow to it. Jade clearly enjoyed every bit of what she was doing and the photos testify to that.
Thank you, Jade for a wonderful afternoon with excellent results, a great atmosphere and lots of "craic" as the Irish put it. I wish you a happy, successful continuation of your modelling career!
My only regret was that I only brought half a dozen strong glasses to this photo shoot. Not every model - even a full time professional model - is given to handle the massive blur and create natural, credible portraits. Jade has 20/20 vision and no previous experience with prescription glasses. But she managed many great, cheerful portraits like this. Big, big compliment to lovely Jade! But all good things must come to an end and so must this wonderful photo shoot.
These nice glasses first appeared in the Zenni catalog in early 2010. The frame came in two different colour settings of which this honey brown version was by far the best. The glasses suit blondes and brunettes alike and as a result, they were shown in many photo shoots (e.g. Tineke 124, Marleen 080, Farishta 263, Esther 130, Melissa 149, Claudia Allegonda 026). The glasses remained in stock until 2014. They were an obvious candidate for the photo shoot with Jade but I did not expect that the colour blend with the model's hair would be as perfect as it turned out to be. Simply great!
Brands and opticians chains create an illusion in their photography of models in plano glasses or even empty frames. My project goes straight against this, showing models posing in real - and sometimes quite strong - prescription glasses. However, the models are illusionists as well but in a different way. Jade is an excellent illusionist, creating natural portraits like this. Again, you would swear that she is quite shortsighted and wearing her own glasses. The reality is that Jade has 20/20 vision without glasses and all she saw at the moment of snapping was a massive blur. Hat off for Jade!
These glasses first appeared in the Zenni catalog about five years ago. Instantly liked by several models, they were subsequently shown in perhaps half a dozen photo shoots (e.g. Doreen 204). There was a duo shoot where the mother and daughter were swapping glasses (Juliana 154 / 160) and both of them looked great in this pair. My climbing partner in the Alps used them under extreme circumstances, posing in a gala dress in the snow during her third photo shoot (Marieke 372). The glasses then dropped out of sight, surfacing during the selection for the three photo shoots in Brighton. It's a fairly wide frame with nice decorations on the arms.
My project is not selling dreams, it's all about showing that a lady can look great in glasses, even if the lenses are strong. Minus eight is above the upper limit of what is generally seen in the streets but I see no flaws in this natural, credible portrait. There is no way of telling that these are not the model's own glasses. Hat off for lovely Jade!
Jade showing the side of the floating lens. Thick as a brick.... I always order glasses with standard 1.57 lenses. This choice is given in by the cost factor but also by the nature of my project. It's not just about frames but also about lenses. Brands and opticians chains neglect the effect of the lenses in their photography. This is odd - they are only showing half the product they are selling. Hiding the prescription lenses may have to do with the quest for perfection but what's the point of selling illusions?
These red metal glasses appeared in the Zenni catalog early in 2012. A few months later they were featured in a photo shoot done in Belgium (Daisy 220), followed by my life partner (Nel 479] shortly afterwards. And that was it.... until the recent search with Jade in mind. For her I concentrated on glasses with frames that were not overwhelmingly present.
maandag 8 augustus 2016
A bit more navigation from both sides the camera.... yes, the other hand does the job. Meanwhile, the eyes - or rather, the brain - is getting used to the new information supplied by the lenses. Posing in glasses near one's own prescription can be more difficult than posing in glasses with a prescription that can't be bridged by accommodation.
I'm not sure about the brand of these glasses. The arms show considerable wear and tear so reading the brand name is guess work. The glasses were a find in Germany and must have belonged to a lady in her early fifties. Jade is the second model posing in them, being only preceded by Karen (258), five years ago.
Who could imagine a better tribute to the half dozen great Silhouette glasses than this sweet smile of lovely Jade? Again, this is a pair that really suits this excellent model. Nobody had heard about Jade back in 1980 but she would have made a perfect model for Silhouette if only she had been at the right place at the right time. Anyway, there is always a second chance....
Selecting these simple yet refined Silhouette glasses for Jade made sense because of the very mild prescription. Using them near the end of the photo shoot made even more sense as I noticed the first signs that Jade was getting tired. Small wonder after three hours of hard work and excellent posing! Technical note: I removed the glare in the left lens (from the model's perspective) but kept some of the glare in the right lens in situ. We were standing at one of the umpteen T junctions in the narrow Laines and the glare is showing what the adjoining Laine looks like. Functional glare....
These are Silhouette glasses from their classic era when frames were large. The glasses are in perfect condition, indicating that their first owner only made occasional use of them. This makes sense as her prescription was quite mild. The glasses were liked by many models and as a result, shown in many photo shoots (e.g. Karen 098, Leonne 048, Colleen 016, Abeer 008, Simona 126, daughter Juliana 043, Battice 027).
Jade took off the glasses and after saying goodbye to the shouter on the door of "Frames in the Lanes", we headed further down the narrow Laines for the final location of her photo shoot. Out came the Stepper glasses and here Jade is making sure that they are in the right position.
The marble structure on the frame indicates that these Stepper glasses were made in the late 1980's or early 1990's. The glasses were featured in three early photo shoots (Irma 022, Karen 145, Jolien 019) and surfaced again during the selection for the five photo shoots in Paris, with Mia in mind. They seemed to be an obvious candidate for Jade as well. No more shouting came from the door when she put up the Stepper glasses. No cylinders in the lenses....
"Oops.... Did you hear the man? He shouts that I am not allowed to wear prescription glasses.... Shall we leave him in peace and move on?"
"Ah, you missed the last bit. He mentioned prescription glasses for astigmatism and in a way he is right. What about a couple of pictures in a different pair, without cylinders?"
"OK, but can we move a few steps back, please? Your glasses don't make me blind, but that man is making me deaf"
These simple but nice green glasses by Conquistador were featured in four early photo shoots (Rachel 022, Astrid 058, Hiska 084, Melissa 001) and then forgotten about. They surfaced during the search for glasses with mild prescriptions that might suit Jade - and they did. Again, these are glasses for astigmatism only, but it did not take Jade long to handle the blur.
The lenses in these funny looking glasses are actually not as funny. The first owner of these glasses had only astigmatism. It's impossible for anyone with 20/20 vision to obtain a clear view by accommodation. The cylinders are by no means strong but it's easy to understand why Jade was wondering what's going on here....
These funny glasses with a highly unusual colour asymmetry were a welcome find in a Welsh charity shop, about fifteen years ago. They were only featured in three photo shoots (Irma 099, Hiska 017 and recently Mirjam in her New Year shoot). This time I selected them with Jade in mind.