Phoenix based model and photographer Shantia Veney took some time to make a quick three and a half minute video demonstrating how a constant, fluid, motion of dance-like movement looked in front of the camera. She explained on Facebook that the video was to simply show how to move gracefully from one pose to another and reminded her followers that different photographers may require different actions and pauses between poses. I think her video is a fantastic example for both aspiring models and photographers alike.
It's pretty amazing to watch how, within the span of only sixty seconds, she managed to shift from from graceful reaching, to a flirty playfulness and then on to a more haunting and reflective demeanor. And all of this was done slowly with subtle, sly movements - just as fellow Fstoppers writer and photographer Clay Cook recommends. It's seriously worth a watch or three.
I asked Shantia to explain what she feels a successful model needs to be able to do since she has extensive experience on both sides of the camera and here's what she had to say.
A professional model should be able to change their posing style to fit the shoot and photographer. I believe whole heartedly that every model should be able to move fluidly between poses because it makes it a lot easier to fit into different styles.
A model that can move with grace and fluidity can always slow down to accommodate those who would like to shoot them staggered. But a model who can only move from pose to pose in hard, awkward movements will never be able to accommodate the photographers who shoot the moments between moments.
When I shoot new models, I really am just searching for someone who can emote into the camera and who will take direction without getting upset.
I also asked Shantia for a response to some of the flack she has received from her original post on Facebook, and she had this to add.
The blowback about my new video has come mainly from females and photographers. The majority has come from females complaining that I'm just a glorified stripper and to put my ass away. There has also been a good amount from photographers (and some models) complaining that they would never shoot anyone that moved like me because I don't pause.
I don't indulge in the negative comments I get. If they are truly malicious, I just block them and move on. People are always entitled to their opinions, I just hope that the photographers and models who have chosen to disregard the reason for my making the video reevaluate what this demonstrates.
What do you think of the way she moves in front of the camera? Is this a method you recommend or is there a way that works better for you? Let us know in the comments!