In my opinion modeling is just like kitesurfing. As the years have gone by, I have noticed that my list for these two activities are practically the same. This might sound strange to you at first, but there are many reasons to this. Here are the surprising reasons why.
A location (photo)shoot is when you are working outside. It can be filming or having a photoshoot in the mountains, on the street in the middle of the city or by the beach. Some photoshoots / filming can be done inside, but there is usually a specific reason for it to be be moved outside. These can be certain scenes, a specific background, which is needed and alike. My checklist for a location photoshoot / filming is similar to (kite)surfing and I am just about to share the reasons for it with you here 🙂
1. Is the weather rainy?
Well, then there will be no location filming and no kitesurfing. Time to take a day off 🙂 This is usually the time when the crew bonds socially over a cup of coffee or a good meal. It allows them to talk about the project at a deeper level and this enables them to work even better together later on 🙂 Chances are you will actually get better shots, if you know the crew as everyone has a different way of working…
2. Is it too windy outside?
Again, no location filming / photoshoot, no kitesurfing
It`s when the stylist works on your hair for half an hour, makes this amazing hair style for you and then you go out there and your hair gets destroyed by the wind in about 30 seconds 🙁 Note that you might still get a few shots in those first 30 seconds, but you might as well postpone the whole thing 🙂
3. Do we have all the tools with us?
It can be devastating when the whole crew is present far away at a location, the weather conditions are right, but it turns out that one of the crew forgot something at home or lost something on the way there. It happens, too! This is when problem solving kicks in, and you need to asses, if the missing part can be replaced during the day, or else there will be no “action”.
Same for kitesurfing. You will definitely not kitesurf, if you are missing any part of your rather complex kitesurfing kit.
4. The right angle.
All actors and models have their “good angle”. Ideally you want to capture that, instead of the not so favourable angle, which can turn your photoshoot into a worthless series of pictures 🙂 It`s the same for a location. The place can be the most amazing place on earth, if you are not showing it from the right angle on camera, then no-one will be able to see the beauty or the speciality in it.
Same for kitesurfing. The wind has to come from the right angle. You should not kitesurf, if the wind is offshore or onshore. You have to find a place where there is sidewind. This is for your own safety.
5. Can`t do it alone.
It`s something you certainly should not do alone. Let`s take a photoshoot first. We live in the “age of selfies”, but you can rarely take a professional picture of yourself on your own. You need a photographer, often times an assistant operating the lights and of course a stylist to create a makeup and hair (look) that matches the theme of the required images. A photoshoot will most likely not be successful without a member of the team missing. Filming is just as much complicated.
When it comes to kitesurfing it`s important to keep in mind that it`s an extreme sport, so you can easily get in trouble in the most unexpected moments, which is why there is an important rule about not being out there kitesurfing alone. This rule was set by IKO, the organisation setting the standards and approving kitesurfing certificates globally. In addition to that you may also need someone to help you launch your kite before you go into the water at the beach sometimes.
6. The right location.
You will most likely not have a photoshoot on a boat when you advertise kitchen products, and you will certainly not film a romantic movie in an office (exception makes the rule stronger 😛 )
The right atmosphere goes hand in hand with the right location for the filming.
Same for kitesurfing. You can`t or shouldn`t kitesurf on a rocky beach. It can be dangerous for you. Preferably you need a sandy beach offering the right wind and weather conditions. It is also forbidden to kitesurf at crowded beaches, where you kite can hit other people who are sunbathing at the beach or swimming in the water. There are dedicated kitebeaches around the world.
It will get even more exciting as I will be having a photoshoot/filming and kitesurfing at the same time as part of a new advertisement campaign of a certain product soon! I can`t tell you what the product is as it`s confidential for now, but I promise to share it with you as soon as I can.
The challenge of the advertisement campaign will be to meet the doubled requirements, because of the combination of having a location photoshoot/filming while kitesurfing in the sea at the same time. The photographer will be following me while taking pictures of me from a boat, so the logistics will be even more complicated. The good part of it is that as of myself I can just use my well established checklist described above 😉 As for the logistics luckily we have a project manager, or a so called production leader handling the logistics for this assignment. Stay tuned in as I will be sharing both backstage photos and the results of this project with you here on the blog <3