The Runner and Runway Model Camille Hansen

When it comes to fashion and portrait photography, my personal belief is that 75% of the final image comes from the model, 20% from the concept/lighting/makeup, and 5% is actually from the photographer. You really can get three quarters of the job done with the perfect model. Our job as photographers is not to screw up that last 5%, and also to choose the right model.

Camille Hansen is a very special model. Even though this was only her 2nd or 3rd shoot, this 19 year old California girl is a complete natural. She is kind hearted, free, and unafraid to try new concepts (nothing is worse than an uptight and conservative model). She reaffirms my reason for preferring new & less experienced models. They go in with an open mind, they are malleable, and they react to the camera instinctively. Everything becomes more honest and genuine in a visual industry built on smoke, magic, and Photoshop.

I also had to pleasure of interviewing Camille after our shoot. Keep in mind that this set of photos had absolutely minimal editing in terms of correcting for skin imperfections. Her skin is close to flawless. Camille also applied her own make up. A vast amount of time was spent in Lightroom getting the colors, saturation, and hue to look right. I’d say I spent about 15-20 hours just getting the colors I wanted.

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iLHP: Hi Camille, tell us a bit about yourself. 

Camille: Hi everyone! I’m from the Oakland Hills, but went to school in Hayward all my life. I am currently attending Cal State East Bay while running for their Cross Country & Track team. I’ve been running since I was a sophomore in high school so I’ll be coming up on my 5th year running competitively. It keeps me strong, and also helps me stay in shape for modeling! Pretty much a win-win situation.
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