Model Advice ( Part 4 )

Testing and Portfolios for Models In this the final (most likely) part of "Model Advice ", I will discuss testing and portfolios for models. My thoughts on these two different modeling subjects are my own and are not written in stone. Every market is different, and has different needs. Just like every model is different and will have different experiences and needs. Some models are more commercial and some more editorial, some blur the lines and can do both with ease. The one common denominator is that all models need is to test,…Read more …

Model Advice ( Part 3 )

Model Advice - Part Three I had wrote over 8000 words on this topic and broke it down into 5 or 6 posting and I tried to think of what information would be truly useful for newer models. I can only give advice based on my experience as a photographer who has worked extensively with models, both brand new models and seasoned pros. In researching this topic I realized that even though there is a lot of content out there on the internet much of it, is more or less completely useless. I…Read more …

Model Advice ( Part 2 )

Model Advice - Part Two There is a lot to cover and I spread it out over at least five postings. I am of course not a model, just a photographer who has at best been described as "ruggedly cute" and that will have to do. So what do I know about modeling and models you may ask. Although I have never modeled ( well once, but I was forced to and had no choice in the matter ), I have photographed thousands of models, casted thousands more, and booked and worked with…Read more …

Model Advice

Model Advice Part 1 I honestly could not tell you how many new models I have photographed, I have done thousands of model tests ( photo shoots ) with the majority of those tests being with models that just started, and on those shoots many of the girls have asked me for advice on what they should expect from the fashion industry, plus I have received many emails over the years from aspiring models, many whom wanted to work with me and some that were looking for some advice from a photographer's point…Read more …

Beauty Photography – Make-up & Hair, plus Point of View and What to Look For.

Beauty Photography – Part Four of Four Beauty Make-up and Hair Beauty photography is used to sell many things, make-up and hair products are the most common and usually the first thing that comes to mind, but beauty is used to sell much more than just cosmetics. Beauty is also used to sell brands, ideas, and ideals. There is a simple purity to beauty that sells. Think of all those famous advertising campaigns that you have seen using beauty photography to sell products like perfumes, jeans, bras, eyeglasses, or handbags, the list is…Read more …

Beauty Photography – Ten Tips for Better Beauty Photography

Beauty Photography – Part Three of Four There are loads of tips and tricks of the trade for shooting beauty photography. Below are ten solid tips to help build a strong foundation for your beauty shoot. 1. Pay attention to the models face when you are moving the lights or when you are moving the model into place to see how the light reacts to the shape of the model's face as it happens. 2. While you are moving the lights always keep in mind where your camera placement, and what your point of…Read more …

Paula Patrice on the January 2012 cover of Italian Vogue.

Model Paula Patrice on the cover of Italian Vogue photographed by Steven Meisel. First off I just want to say happy new year to everyone, and I have some good news to start the year off with a bang.  My dear friend Paula is on the January 2012 cover of Italian Vogue   ( she is the model in the red dress ) photographed  by Steven Meisel . I may be biased because I worked for Condé Nast shooting editorial for Vogue for a few years when I lived in Milan, but out of all…Read more …

Beauty Photography – Understanding Photogenic Beauty

Beauty Photography – Part Two of Four  A Eye for Photogenic Beauty I am not sure if having a eye for beauty can be learned, but I do think that by photographing enough people you can learn what traits are needed for someone to be considered photogenic. Some of the most physically beautiful women I've met have also been some of the least photogenic models I have photographed. Beautiful in person but flat in front of a camera. It is incredibly frustrating to have someone in front of your camera who is so…Read more …

Casting Models – The Interview, What to Look for in the Model’s Portfolio, Booking and Options.

Casting Models - Part Three Talking to the model during the interview The personality of the model is important of course, after all you could spending several hours or even several days working with them. It helps to be a good judge of character since the typical interview with a model on a casting can very short. Even if I am pressed for time and have a large amount of people to see I try and get to know the person who is showing me their portfolio as best as I can in…Read more …

Casting Models – Where to Hold Castings, plus Casting for Multi-Person Layouts

Casting Models - Part Two Where to hold your model castings I have held model castings in hotels, my flat, the stylist's flat, the client's office, in a cafe, in my studios, and in rentals studios, but the best place to hold model castings in my opinion is in the modelling agencies . The reasons for this is are many. The models know where their agencies are which is easier for the model if she is new to the city you are in. Models are almost never late for castings in the agencies…Read more …