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Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Dreaded Polaroid Camera


If there’s anything that makes my modeling boots shake, it’s the Polaroid camera. As a model, why on Earth would I be scared of a camera (and an old school one at that!)? Well, simply put, I HATE how my picture looks.

I swear, I can never take a good Polaroid picture. Feel free to agree with me so that I know I’m not alone. Haha. However, as much as I dislike it, the Polaroid camera is a part of the modeling industry and one that you should get familiar with.

Modeling agencies rely on their trusty Polaroid camera when it comes to taking snapshots of models for open casting calls, as well as those they invite for an interview. Some agencies, like Ford, actually post their models’ Polaroid flicks along with their professional photos on the gallery page of the agency’s website. Many castings and go-sees you’ll attend will also use a Polaroid camera to place your name with the right face.

Below are samples of Polaroid pictures taken of models:



So with all the technological advancements, why is the modeling industry so dependent on ancient photography equipment? Easy: it saves time and distinguishes those who are really photogenic. Using a Polaroid saves time because, unlike nifty digital cameras, you don’t have to transfer the media from the camera to the computer and wait to upload it. The Polaroid spits it out right then and there.

Also, it’s like the truth finder…you can be the most attractive person on the planet but one single Polaroid can put you in your humble place! If you can manage to take great Polaroid pictures, kudos to you! But before you get scared at the thought of stepping in front of a Polaroid, just know that most agencies and casting folks don’t analyze the quality of the Polaroid like they would a typical shot from a photoshoot. For the most part, taking a Polaroid is simply to remind them who is who.

Remember, they deal with a lot of people on a daily basis. If it makes you feel any better, get a Polaroid camera and practice taking pictures just for the heck of it. But if you don’t manage to master wooing a Polaroid, don’t lose sleep over it—this won’t cost you a shot with an agency or a really great modeling gig.


Now, as dreaded as I find my own Polaroid pictures to be, no one at the agency or casting office has ever said, “Oh, you look horrible!” Apparently, if no one is complaining, then I’m in the clear so while this may be a somewhat dramatic post on my part, I sometimes enjoy poking fun at myself and my still present insecurities. Yes, they do exist, even after 10 years! So breathe a sigh of relief, I’m totally human just like you. ;)

3 comments:

pinup_girl said...

Haha very great & funny post. I'd imagine Polaroid pictures would be rough! I've only used one once or twice, but something about the flash I think it was, was just weird. Oh well, you probably still look stunning in a Polaroid picture though! I have no doubts.

Anonymous said...

Hi I have a question I have a scar on my back due to surgery when I was an infant how to I deal with that when entering into modeling and sending pictures. also is the scar a major set back that could cause me to not get representation as a commercial print model?

Dania Denise said...

Hello, and thanks for your question! You'll find it answered in its own thread, titled, "Answering a Reader Question #35."