Ralph Lauren famously once said “style is forever.” Although it’s a nice sentiment, his logistics complicate things when it comes to everyday fashion.
At the end of each day, clothes must be washed and makeup must be wiped off. But with photography, the creativity that goes into an outfit, makeup look or hairstyle can last much longer.
Pictures are a way of capturing the essence of style, and photoshoots help fashion live forever.
Jack Kerstetter is a junior interior design major with a minor in fashion, as well as a model for UP Magazine, a fashion publication at Miami University.
Kerstetter modeled for the photoshoot “Outdoor Outwear,” where he wore an autumnal essentials ensemble. His white button-down with a red sweater tied over the shoulders was paired with brown plaid pants. He categorized the outfit as “Polo Ralph Lauren vibes.”
“It wasn’t my personal style,” Kerstetter said. “But it forced me to wear something I normally wouldn’t and got me out of my comfort zone. I ended up liking it.”
Kerstetter said that modeling pushed him to embrace new experiences, both in terms of the clothes he wore and of being in front of a camera.
“It forced me to be more comfortable with how I am and how I take my own pictures,” Kerstetter said. “I learned what to do with my body and face so that it looks good while also feeling comfortable.”
From the photographer’s perspective, Deanna Hay, a senior international studies and media and culture major, agreed that model comfortability and confidence are a big part of any photoshoot.
Hay, who has been a serious photographer since 2020, believes that the model’s energy is one of the most important elements in photography. She noticed that people who are comfortable with what they’re doing and who they are around tend to be more willing to experiment with unconventional poses.
An example of such poses can be seen in Hay’s photoshoot, “Cut + Color” for UP Magazine.
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“Since the hair styling was so wacky and crazy, I got to play with angles and pose the models in a fun way,” Hay said.
Photographing fashion or hair can be quite different from photographing makeup. Hay noted the differences and how she altered her shooting style depending on what feature she wanted to highlight.
“I like to focus where the action is going on,” Hay said. “In general, to be a better photographer, you have to get closer to the subject.”
Hay said she likes to do up-close detail shots of makeup. When it comes to fashion, she plays around with the cropping. In particular, Hay did a shoot titled “Pattern Overload,” where the styling consisted of an entire wardrobe of mismatched clothes.
“I would focus on just a sleeve or an ankle,” Hay said. “I played with cropping both during the shoot and during editing, rotating photos to divert [viewers’] attention.”
Modeling, styling, photographing and post-production editing show the myriad of ways in which photoshoots embrace unique perspectives and creative expression. From the pose of a model to the click of a camera lens, photoshoots are a way of prolonging style that begs to be showcased.