July 9, 2018

Modeling: so much more than just being photogenic




When people hear that I am a model, the image they automatically have in their mind is that of a woman who shows up in a studio, is pampered by a whole team of professionals (makeup artist, hairdresser, stylist, artistic director) and once transformed into a diva, a princess or a femme fatale, just has to sit there being beautiful in front of the camera, taking the poses and mimicking the attitudes suggested. But if they spontaneously see modeling that way, it is most likely because the job has been done successfully. Working as a model on creative projects is so much more than just being photogenic.



Everything looks easy, effortless.





«Lost Royalty»
Photo by Maucice Elmaleh
MUAH and dress by Carolyn Lacasse







Sylvain Perrier Fotografi
Photo by Sylvain Perrier Fotografi
MUAH, styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse





Behind an image quickly consumed, there are hours of work.




From founding an idea to the elements to stage it, from the atmosphere that will emanate from it to the creation of the character, there is often an unsuspected amount of time and energy invested.






«The Shore»
Published in Dark Beauty Magazine
Beach created in studio by Pierre Joosten
Photo and editing by Pierre Joosten
MUAH, styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse









I often don't know what concepts or styles I will exploit during a photoshoot taking place just a week later. At that moment, I start leaving a part of my mind opened, on the lookout, listening to «something, somewhere», and it always ends up, sooner or later, with a big «Boom!»: a stroke of genious, an undeniable moment of lucidity. My mind literally overheats.





I could move heaven and earth to realize my ideas. I do researches on the subjet, I run everywhere to borrow from one, to buy from another, I handcraft myself, I go around thrift stores, garage sales... and when necessary, I even «borrow» my own child!






«Time for fall!», with son
Photo and editing by Sylvain Perrier Fotografi
Styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse








«Vacances à la mer», with son
Beach entirely created in studio by Pierre Joosten
Photo and editing by Pierre Joosten
MUAH, styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse







A few times, I even took an extra hour or two to draw what I had in mind so that I could better explain my initial idea and its composition to the photographer.





And when the time came, in front of my basic and amateurish drawing, I would add gestures to it, words and attitudes, and I would manage to make myself understood. Then, gradually, we would adapt, add elements, try different variations or moods.








«Torn», with son
Photo and editing by Pierre Joosten
Styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse








Johoule Foto
«Rice Field Avenue»
Photo and editing by JoHoule Foto
Styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse








«Beach Rules»
Beach and sea entirely created in studio by Pierre Joosten
Photo and editing by Pierre Joosten
MUAH, styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse






It goes without saying that photographers are extremely important in the creative process.





They are the ones working hard to recreate the idea, not just with their talent and their technical knowledge during the photoshoot, but also after, while editing the image.





Without them, none of my ideas could become reality.





«Silly Wind»
Photo and editing by Photographie sur le vif (Denis Germain)
MUAH, styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse







«Blow Out»
Photo and editing by Photographie sur le vif (Denis Germain)
MUAH, styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse







«Where feminity and nature meet in a waterfall of beauty and magic»
Photo and editing by Pierre Joosten
Styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse







«Could this be Love?»
We hung butterflies in the studio; they were not added by computer. The little door is real too.
Photo and editing by Pierre Joosten
MUAH, styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse







«Veni, Vidi, Novi»
Photo and editing by Pierre Joosten
MUAH, styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse








I particularly like photographers who have this remarkable humility, who are receptive to my ideas, who have this sincere desire to give them life, and who easily let me take the lead.






It is often with them that magic happens the most. So it is not surprising that I rework regularly with the same photographers. They become great accomplices, precious allies in whom I have a total trust, and with whom I can allow myself to go further more every time.





I also love when in return, once my goal is reached, the photographer suggests exploring diverse variations from the original idea. It is by such experiments that real little treasures can come alive through the camera.






Presented here is my original concept and then, the bride is used in other ideas from the photographer.






«My Life is Empty Without You»
Photo by Sylvain Perrier Fotografi
Styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse







Photo and concept by Sylvain Perrier Fotografi
Styling by Carolyn Lacasse







Photo and concept by Sylvain Perrier Fotografi
Styling by Carolyn Lacasse








Other than the fact that all the preparations for a creative project require a lot of implication, the very morning of the photoshoot, there is this concern about wether we will succeed in putting together a hairstyle, a makeup, stylings and poses that will be convincing, not to mention the preparation of the body that started days before: balanced diet, good sleep, training, avoiding injuries or sunburns, hair removal, skin moisturizing, nail care, etc. There is therefore a lot of pressure to succeed that we impose to ourselves.






On the day set for the project, the car packed, the address in hand and ready to head for the destination, the stage fright is indeed present, just as the actor who is preparing to go on stage.






But at the end of a photoshoot, after holding poses for endless minutes and being contorted, if the photographer was able to integrate his own vision and color in a remarkable way, that he has been attuned to our inspiration so that the final result is representative of what we had in mind, the satisfaction is simply ecstatic. Probably saddled with body aches for another few days but barely noticing.






Our mission accomplished, we just feel invincible, complete. Could this be what we call PASSION?





«Take Out»
Published in Dark Beauty Magazine
Photo and editing by JoHoule Foto
Styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse







«Let's go Play in the Woods!»
Exhibited at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris
Photo by Sylvain Perrier Fotografi
Styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse








I am aware that it is not for everyone to have such a combination of talents and in that case, it can be wise to team up with professionals for a project. Hairdressers, makeup artists and stylists will certainly know how to bring their own touch to the project, making it even richer and more brilliant.






When you look at a photography, take a few moments just to appreciate the idea or the message of it, and try to find out who is the author of each detail. You will probably be surprised to discover the versatility of some of these amazing artists and who knows? Maybe they will inspire you to go further in your own artistic exploration?





«Waiting»
Photo by Sylvain Perrier Fotografi
Styling and concept by Carolyn Lacasse






1 comment:

christian pélier said...

magique, fouillé, sensible, bravissimo