I decided to try for some personality and character by asking the models who they were. When I did ask I realized my mistake: “I’m Sue. That’s my brother Billy over there.”
I changed my question to “Who do you play?” or “What is your character?” and the results were much better.
It was easy to ask the angels “And what does an angel do….?”. That question revealed interesting triangles when this angel showed me how she would fly.
We also shot the simple head-on for extra coverage of the wing details.
This child knew Zachariah got a bit of a shock from his wife
Elizabeth, and he knew how to show it (you’ll have to look it up in the Luke story).
The same actor played Wiseman #1, and we quickly hit on the gift-giving theme but he didn’t have any good ideas of how to show that concept (we didn’t use props). Then I remembered a common posing technique: MIRROR ME.
He was smiling so broadly I had to ask him to be reverent, and that broke the chain. However he understood where we were going and after a short discussion we began the “MIRRORING” again.
His sister, Wiseman #2, got the same treatment.
Wiseman #3 pointed to the star she was following.
Shepard #2 bent over to check out what the fuss in the manger was all about. He was amazed at what he found. (I figured I could embellish the narrative a little in my studio.)
Alas, not every child was able to follow the mirror pose quite as well as the wise men did (no pun!). I must say I sometimes have trouble with mirroring also, but it works much better than
“Move to your right a bit.”
“NO, YOUR OTHER RIGHT!”
“AND NOT SO MUCH!”
If you want to use mirroring be sure to practice. A friend of mine claims he can get dogs to mirror.
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