Modeling books

I got to be a model again recently, which was pretty fun. After seeing my high school librarian’s post on Facebook about stock photos with women pointedly not reading the books in their photos, it was perhaps forefront in my mind that I should not look like a complete ditz with my book. I was quite excited to bring the old bilingual book of German poetry I was recently given by a friend’s mother – it looks very classy in its old-fashioned cover. It’s an awesome book too, since it has poems from all the classic German authors on one page and on the facing page is a careful and well-done English translation of the poem, making it much easier to figure out what Goethe was talking about.

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Book 5

After a while the photographers decided to give my computer a try, as well as a pair of glasses so they could get me theoretically looking like a “severe librarian.” Although I don’t wear glasses, I do feel like these pretty well capture how I see myself! Though I don’t know that I look particularly “severe.”

Librarian 1
Librarian 2

And we tried sort of a movie-star look. These were all shot with an enormous key light softbox and a smaller softbox off to my side. You can kind of get a sense for the setup in the photo above where two of the photographers are sitting in the picture.

Movie star 1
Movie star 2
Movie star 3

I think that last one may be my favorite though I’m not really sure why. I feel like I’ve been learning lots from trying this out, although most of it is sort of trial and error more than anything more purposeful. It’s a cool process. These photos are by Don Menges and Gil Maker.

2 Responses to “Modeling books”

  1. Ariana
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    I would feel so weird getting my picture taken like that, you’re so natural with it! I am impressed. :)

    • ellen
      | Reply

      You think I didn’t feel weird getting my picture taken like that? ;) I have some more pictures from the third photographer of basically the same stuff, I’m debating posting them or not. I’m glad you thought these looked natural, thanks!

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