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Session Replay: Report & Insights From A Test Photo Shoot With Melisa Mendini

Session Replay: Report & Insights From A Test Photo Shoot With Melisa Mendini

Dan executed a little shoot with the wonderful Melisa Mendini in order to test and confirm the twist of educational topics as well as program order and to finalize quick wins for “LIVE 2 – The World of Posing”. The full action was broadcasted by Persicope – find a reply here.

Training Specs: 1 film, 80 minutes, PeriscopeHD

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As you might have seen, I’m in the midst of preparing for our big-bang super-duper live event LIVE 2 – The World of Posing. Models are booked (Playmate Coxy Dominika & Canadian Art Nude Sensation Hanna), team is pulled together (once again we need a troop of 15 members!), location is set, tech just got enhanced (better aerial view cam quality, better chat programming) – so it seems as if everything is basically in order and on the right track.

But actually the twist of educational topics, program order and finalizing quick wins are not set in stone just yet.

A Test Shoot With Melisa? Heck, Why?

The test shoot arranged with Melisa Mendini was not meant to “test” the working abilities of Melisa – no, it’s the other way around: It gave me the opportunity to try things, to fail and to settle some ideas.

Although Melisa Mendini will not participate in the show itself, I asked her to help me out with some parts of my preparation work. Hanna is still in Canada, Coxy Dominika is shooting abroad. Melisa – being good friend of mine – decided to help me out.

Set 1 - Periscope with Melisa Mendini - Sexy PosingSet 1 - Periscope with Melisa Mendini - Sexy Posing

Test Shoot Program: What I’ve Done

As always, it was simply wonderful to work with Melisa. Top notch, effective and I still keep on learning a ton from her.

Set 2 - Periscope with Melisa Mendini - Sexy Posing

Set 2 - Periscope with Melisa Mendini - Sexy PosingSet 2 - Periscope with Melisa Mendini - Sexy Posing


This quick and rather sloppily arranged shooting experiment helped me to get a clearer picture about how to structure LIVE 2. And I also received confirmation regarding some lighting setups I had in mind that would be effective in order to explain posing examples, confirmation about the “flow posing” approach, gathered some inspiration from Melisa’s knowledge…in short, it was most helpful. Now I have more food for thoughts and can work towards a final grid for the show’s program itself.

As announced, during LIVE 2 I will be on stage with 2 models working in different genres (in which posture approach and posing system really are distinct) – so I have to make sure to create a learning experience for you that is as concise, precise, effective and entertaining as possible 🙂

Here’s what Melisa and I played through:

  • Flattering Angles using Standard Light Pattern (set 1 above)
  • Coaching over Forcing Poses: Hands, Arm & Face (set 2 above)
  • Experimental Flow Posing: Melisa led the show and it ended up in a striptease with raw emotions (set 3 below)

Behind The Scenes - Periscope with Melisa Mendini - Sexy Posing

Behind The Scenes - Periscope with Melisa Mendini - Sexy PosingBehind The Scenes - Periscope with Melisa Mendini - Sexy Posing


Set 3 - Periscope with Melisa Mendini - Sexy Posing

Set 3 - Periscope with Melisa Mendini - Sexy PosingSet 3 - Periscope with Melisa Mendini - Sexy Posing

Conclusion: Test Was Worth The Investment

This neat test shoot involved costs of about $300 in total.

  • It was worth any cent in order to assure the path I’m on while creating the topic grid for LIVE 2.
  • It allowed me to run an initial test of the scoping method.
  • It gives you insights and hopefully some inspiration regarding lighting and communication with a model.

LIVE Photo Shoot Tutorial “Lighting, Posing, Concepts. Art Nudes, Glam Nudes, Portrait Nudes. Fashion-Like Nudes.”

LIVE Replay: ‘The Melisa Mendini Live Nude Photo Shoot’

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From Sexy To Candid. Starring famous, spicy & world renowned Czech glamNude Melisa Mendini, a class of her own.
This unique live shoot offers you insightful views and sexy entertainment! The shoots follow an all-embracing step-by-step instruction-path. Dan will explain everything regarding looks, lighting, how to pose and direct the model and – of course – how to create the perfect shoot.

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We reveal a lot of tricks on how to get impactful, but VERY simply done fashion-inspired looks. “Simple” because none of us has access to super-expensive dresses, overwhelming sets, or an additional armada of stylists – but that’s not necessary anyway! It is all about how to fake a fashion feel, meaning how to play with the core components: light characteristics & lighting design, choosing simple but most effective wardrobe, working with some well-known postures and more.

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LIVE Replay: ‘Contemporary Allure: Portrait Nudes’

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LIVE Replay: ‘The Melisa Mendini Live Nude Photo Shoot’

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Melisa Mendini Exclusive! Lighting, Posing, Concepts.
From Sexy To Candid. Starring famous, spicy & world renowned Czech glamNude Melisa Mendini, a class of her own.
This unique live shoot offers you insightful views and sexy entertainment! The shoots follow an all-embracing step-by-step instruction-path. Dan will explain everything regarding looks, lighting, how to pose and direct the model and – of course – how to create the perfect shoot.

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Hey Dan,

Well done on the scope! I’ve watched a few of these periscopes and yours was one of, if not the best. Whether it was happy accident or better preparedness for the inevitable momentary drops in transmission, the signal usually was regained quickly and seemed less prone to drops as the shoot progressed. And, of course, getting to observe how two very good pros work is always a great e perience. Keep it up!

Joe

Thanks for tuning in live, Joe.

I’m glad that the transmission went quite OK. The problem is really that we can’t influence anything at our end.
If the upstream provider locally is bumpy…we loose signal. If the global distribution channel via Periscope is bumpy…we loose signal. If your download stream provider is unstable…

So the same is with LIVE 2, yet there we pump up a very broad & strong signal so that at your end a stable 1080p stream should be the result. But that capacity costs (a lot of) money 🙂

Stay tuned and more Perisope soon.

Dan

Hello Dan! Amazing ideas and insight! Signing up for a VIP again. This second LIVE already sounds very promising and better than the first one. 🙂

Hello Iakovos,
Thanks for your comment and signing up with LIVE 2 – very much appreciated!

We are fully in preparation, tomorrow is another tech & gear test. With 2 models on set we will have more audio, more cam position, more film light… – just crazy. But good stuff 🙂

See you around!

Watched the recap video again and wanted to express my gratitude by producing this image. Melisa’s beauty is definitely inspiring.

Thanks again.

Thank you for the composite, Steven.

WOW, that looks great! If I remember the tight studio and now feel the open spaces…- cool!

Hi Dan,

It’s always a pleasure getting to watch you and Melisa work together. Judging by this test shoot I’m looking forward to what you and your team put together for the real thing in April.

Thank you, Dru!

More things in pipeline, much more content in production.
Stay tuned 🙂

Hi Dan.

Job well done to Melissa, you and the Crew. As usual you make it look so easy!

This recap is really insightful and demonstrats that thought and planning is just as important as the creative vision we photographers try to bring out of our minds and into the world.

Thank you. Looking forward to lots more throughout 2016.

Thank you, Steven!
Glad you like it. We had a good time in studio and I learned again a few things about light & positioning.

More to come!

Thank You so much for starting this site!!! I am looking forward to more…

Great Video Dan,

Look forward to more creative and instructional videos!!

Spence