When most people think about modeling, they immediately imagine something glamorous and exciting. Nice clothes, funny photographers, free stuff after the job, a chilled atmosphere while making a few pictures. Sometimes, this really is the case, but most of the time it isn't.
A while back, this February, I went to Paris to do some work there. During my stay, I also got a booking from a big client (at least in France) who is located in Bordeaux to make photos for an online shop. This means: It's the stuff you see online when you want to buy some clothes, but more about it later. The job itself was for two whole days and since I needed to go to Bordeaux by train, I went there the night before. My journey started at one of the most famous train stations from Paris, the Gare Montparnasse. Three hours and 15 minutes later, I arrived in Bordeaux, a relatively small, but well known and renowned city. When I got there, I instantly went to my hotel which was very close to the train station. It was nothing spectacular, just a 3-star hotel, but absolutely okay for my needs. Since it was quite late (around 10:30pm), I went to bed very soon.
On the next day at 7am, I met the client who picked me up at a tram station in Bordeaux to get me to the place where the shoot took place. It was a very small town close to Bordeaux with a big hall just for doing pictures.
As you can see, there were a lot of clothes and shoes that needed to be photographed. The team was nice, especially the photographer called Steven. One of the most important people on a set is the photographer. He makes the pictures, he can give you a good vibe, he should be able to tell you what he and the clients want and it's important to have a good - or at least an "okay"-relationship to him, otherwise you will feel uncomfortable the whole time and the pictures will suffer from this as well. When I went there, I got my Make-Up which was very natural this time (I always enjoy this) and we started after.
As mentioned before, my job was to do some pictures for a big french online shop. So no special posing, no strong expression in the face, very casual, even the exact positions of my body were given. Most people will now think "okay, that's easy", but every model will tell you the exact opposite since this is one of the most exhausting jobs. Doing the same poses over and over again for the whole day is making you very tired. It's always like this: Front, Back, Detail and two poses, sometimes also from the side. The concept generally stays the same. Now imagine doing this with around 70 outfits per day for two days in a row.
We finished at around 5pm and I was back at my hotel at 6:30. When I arrived, I immediately took a shower and removed all my Make-Up. After a little rest, I decided to take some dinner in the city (it wasn't included at the hotel, but the client paid a certain amount for my subsistence). By using TripAdvisor, I quickly found a few good restaurants in the center of the city. Bordeaux is known for its beautiful and old city center, so I was excited to go there.
After finishing my dinner, I took a walk through the city and then went back to my hotel. On the next day, the client picked me up again at 7 in the morning and we went to the big hall again. Different day, but still very similar. As a model, you also wear some outfits which you don't like so much. With relaxed clients, there's also time for a selfie to capture this special moment.
Since the client seemed to like me, I got another booking for another two days just after the weekend. I returned to Paris on Friday night and was going back to Bordeaux on Sunday afternoon to work for two more days. Fortunately, the team was nice and we had some fun, but when I arrived in Paris on Tuesday night, I still was happy about the fact that I'm back "home" again.