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 …

iPad Portfolios vs Print Portfolios, The Pros and the Cons

Digital portfolios for photographers, there's a app for that. The other day a friend of mine informed me that "all the models in New York City were no longer carrying around print portfolios and were instead were using iPads for their model books". I wrote her back to say "I don't think I like that". This is simply because I love print books, but it does not surprise me that more people are using iPads as portfolios. In fact I remember several friends of mine who were professional photographers that use to carry…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 …

Beauty Photography – The Power of Beauty

Beauty Photography – Part One of Four  Introduction One of my subscribers asked if I could write about beauty photography, so this is my attempt to explain something I love, but something that really has no formula to speak of. I guess what I am trying to say is beauty photography is much more than just pretty light, model, and make-up. It is about beauty, something that is always difficult to define. Beauty as they say after all, is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is visual, but it is more visceral…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 …

Casting Models – Preparing for Castings and Working with Modelling Agencies

Casting Models - Part One Introduction One of the things that I found interesting about my job is the sheer number of people I have met over the years. Especially when I lived and worked in larger markets like Paris and Milan. The high turn over of people that come into these markets when a new fashion season begins is incredible. I have met hundreds of clients, designers, fashion editors, photo editors, art buyers, art directors, hair stylists, make-up artists, stylist, model agents and assistants. Plus many others directly as well as indirectly…Read more …