It's always fun working on America's Next Top Model and this shoot was no different. The exception was I think the girls on this season were some of the most attractive out of all the seasons with maybe season three as another great group of young woman. My personal favorite was Lisa, but she didn't get to the top level. Still she is working in NYC at this very moment and signed with an agency there.
All the images shot for the show are photographed with the show's camera to keep control of the images getting out. It's very different shooting for the show vs shooting in reality because as a photographer you don't have control and each girl only gets a few frames. We have a very tight deadline so there isn't much time to spend on actual shooting. The process is my photo assistants light the set based on how I'd like to shoot, but I must keep in mind that there are camera positions that must be met. Then I get each girl for about two min. and then on to the next girl. After each girl I am interviewed to give my opinion of how I think she did on the segment and I give my honest opinion. Sometime I get to look over the images and send my comments to Tyra but most of the time the schedule is so tight I never see the images at all until the show airs. Still it's a lot of fun working on the show and I get to hang out with my good friend Jay Manuel.
I've known and worked with Tyra since the early 90's and it's wonderful to see how smart she's been with taking her career to new heights over the years. I am very proud of her and love each time I get to work with her as a photographer, hand out or example to people all over the world.
Equipment wise the following is used on all my shoots for Top Model:
Camera: H2 Body
Lighting gear: Pro Photo 7A packs