On Saturday, February 23, 2013, America’s Next Top Model finalist Victoria Henley hosted a modeling workshop at the beautiful Eiffel Society.
Eight workshop participants received group and one-on-one instruction from Henley over the course of the day in a class that everyone found both informative and fun. The workshop began with a solo mini-shoot in which each participant got to take photographs while Henley gave tips. Next, they were paired up, and they took turns introducing one another. Here Henley stressed the importance of projecting one’s voice and showing off your personality.
Next, the workshop moved toward instruction on posing for photo shoots and walking the runway. Henley gave tips of working with props, working with a partner, the importance of having a sense of movement in photos and having a natural walk while working the catwalk.
The workshop also included tips on acting. Each model got the chance to do a cold read of a commercial script with feedback from Henley. They also learned about slating and what to expect at a casting call. Henley gave great advice on ways to approach a casting, reminding that is was important to be open and have a sense of adventure because you will never know what a casting director may ask of you.
Henley also focused on the business side of modeling. Passing out examples of her own resumes and portfolio, it was nice for the models to see hands-on how to present themselves to the modeling world. She touched upon the importance of working with a non-exclusive agency and gave tips on reaching out to indie magazines to secure work. I was really impressed with Henley’s focus on ethics. She reminded models to stay true to themselves and the principals for which they stand.
Next, advanced students got the awesome opportunity to do a photo shoot with photographer Jason Kruppa. Kruppa did an amazing job bringing the best of the models as the got posing direction from Henley. With flawless makeup done by Samantha Wingo and designs provided by Alicia Zenobia that ranged from soft and beautiful to futuristic, I was blown away to see the ladies turn into true modeling divas!
Henley’s next workshops take place in Mobile, AL on March 2, April 27 in Donaldsonville, GA and Saturday May, 18 in Biloxi, MS. Visit Henley’s Facebook Page for more information on each. If you or you know someone who is an aspiring model, this classes are must!