So Brigitte Magazine has decided to stop using professional models for its shoots. An interesting decision, separate from your feelings about the whole size zero debate. For a photographer, professional models are usually a pleasure to work with – they know their angles, they know what looks good, they take direction well, they will bring ideas if you want them, and are just generally easy to work with. They will deliver. Amateur models, and the girl next door, may or may not have these qualities…and finding out might well require more time on set to pull the best shot possible out of them. That of course can lead to longer shoots and higher fees for everyone else on the set.
Karl Lagerfeld (and other designers I’m sure) are less that excited about this…it will be interesting to see how it plays out when they’re asked for samples to shoot with. Given Brigitte’s popularity, I’m sure the magazine will get what they want, but there probably aren’t a lot of size 6 samples floating around, so I suppose skinny “regular people” will be what we’ll see.