Shooting professional models made me a better model, too

ginger woman modelling a green blazer
(Image credit: Liam Dunkley / Artefact Studios)

It’s almost an unwritten rule that photographers hate being on the other side of the camera. Behind the lens they might be calm, confident and collected, but put them in front of it and they have no idea how to act. There are some exceptions to this epic generalization, me being one of them, because not only have I always loved being in front of the camera, I’ve become a better model since I started shooting portraits professionally. 

My passion lies in photographing people. I love the connection, the conversation and the confidence someone can feel when they look at the back of the camera. Shooting models and “normal” people both teach me different things; while shooting business owners, musicians or authors teaches me about new sounds and projects, shooting models has taught me how to move and angle myself in front of the camera.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.