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Training Wheels

May 07, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
I'm trying to put myself in the mindset of the camera man on this one. Click Here to view a screenshot of the actual article.

A Models Portfolio

April 27, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
A Model Portfolio A model's portfolio is a collection of the model's best, professionally produced photographs. Family and holiday snaps do not count. Depending on where you are in your career, your model portfolio would contain photographs produced specifically for your portfolio, tear sheets (published photographs from past assignments, torn out of magazines) or the digital equivalent, or a mixture of both. A portfolio is most likely to be online. Print portfolios do still exist, however, according to Wolf's Models Guide, Portfolios on CD as well as Comp cards (or Zed cards) aren't really used to particularly often. Print Portfolio's are covered in a little more detail below.   Do I really need a portfolio? Whether you need a model portfolio to get started in modelling depends on your ultimate goal. If you are planning to head for a career with one of the better agencies, you do not need a portfolio. A few snapshots are all you need. As an example, Elite Model Management, one of the most famous agencies, allow you to submit photos through their website. They make it clear that you do not have to spend a lot of money on photographs. If they take you on, their own photographers will shoot you at no cost to you. The most basic of photo submittals includes the following: one head shot (a close-up of your face) with a smile one without a smile One full-length body shot and a half-length body shot. You should not wear makeup and your hair should be natural and away from your face. You should be before a plain, light-colored background and you should not pose. For the full-length body shot, you should wear a two-piece swimsuit. Of course, only very few are lucky enough to be taken on by a model agency of this caliber. If you are planning to sign up with one of the not-so-top modeling agencies, you will need to find out about their policy regarding portfolios.  If you want to become a freelance model, offering your services on the Internet through your own site or one of the reputable modelling sites, start with a few simple snapshots, similar to the ones that agencies want to see. Build a portfolio from working paid and for time. Photographers are willing to use you even if you do not yet have an impressive portfolio.   How many photos in a portfolio and what kind? Digital creation of images has made it possible to supply hundreds of photos relatively easily and cheaply. Quality can decrease to the same degree. As I am fairly new to the industry, I am learning that the number of shoots taken does NOT equal the number of necessary shots delivered and that is NOT equal to the number of quality shots necessary for delivery. I'm learning personally to only deliver a handful of images that can be used Professionally.  No photographer or agency wants to look at more than a handful of photographs. If they are anything like me, they do not have the time. Besides, once you have seen five head shots of a model, you know whether she has more than a single facial expression. For a portfolio, think quality not quantity. Ten or twenty strong, unique photographs will serve you much better than fifty or 100 mediocre ones. Ask the photographer to put together a small selection of the best photographs from a shoot. You should consider your photographer the expert, and allow them to select portfolio worthy material. Based on their feedback or deliverables, consider the potential shots for your portfolio side-by-side. Every photograph should be different, unique and memorable. Avoid repetitive poses and facial expressions.   Where and how to get a model portfolio Again, you do not need a portfolio to get you started in modeling! However, that is for a small percentage that can sell themselves off of a polaroid shot. If you want to work freelance, then you will need a set of photographs to get you started. It would be my suggestion to get these images Professionally done. Being that you are here, you should already know that Christopher Fant Photography can help you with this! My pricing is economical and you will definitely be pleased with the final product. Call 773-245-FANT (3268) or email now.   The Online Portfolio There are 3 main directions you can go with displaying your portfolio online: You can have your own website created with your own domain name (i.e. This is my son's portfolio site that I designed for him.I was going for Nice. Clean. Simple. Effective. You be the judge. Use your Social Media site (i.e. Facebook or Google+) to host your Portfolio. Create your portfolio on a site that is designed specifically for that purpose. Examples include but not limited to: Illinois Modeling Network and Model Mayhem. Either method chosen, it is important to keep in mind that you are now not only on the World Wide Web, but you are advertising your looks, which can be an invitation for not the most legitimate of Agencies, Photographers, Viewers, etc. etc. etc. It's important to understand that. Scammers and con artists are everywhere…especially online.   The print portfolio A print portfolio, as the name suggests, consists of photographic prints. In the digital age however, the print portfolio has been replaced by collections of digital images. My suggestion if you are adamant about having a print portfolio is that you select your favorite images (between 1-3 dozen) that stay in line with the above stated 'typical' Portfolio content. If you have already been published, include your tear sheets! Important to note: Have your prints Professionally printed. This means do NOT have your pictures printed using a local 1-hr Pharmacy that may offer photo printing. This also means do NOT rely on your home inkjet printer either!! You can contact me to find out print options for your images if you would like to go the Print Portfolio route.  [...]

Ridiculously Photogenic Guy

April 25, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
OK, so if you haven't heard about this by now, you have apparently been hiding from information from beneath a rock somewhere. "Ridiculously Photogenic Guy" is the title of a random image taken by a random photographer at a Marathon event. The photographer started off by posting the picture to reddit (to which before this posting I didn't have an account with that service, but by the time I finished composing this posting, I did)! Click here to see the search results on Reddit. The twitter account alone raked up about 26,000 followers. Facebook….a cool 31000 subscribers..Keep in mind people…this was the power of just the's not even like the guy in the picture was commenting, or entertaining these 'followers' or 'viewers'…it was just the picture. Now, I bet you are saying…where is this picture. That's part of the allure….making you wait…you've waited this long..but the wait ends now. Click here to view the Ridiculously Photogenic Guy. ABC News Interview and Article -–abc-news-topstories.html My point for posting this is simple. I'm not surprised of the power of social media, and the power the internet can boost the appeal of even the most random of images, but I am baffled that a random photographers random image of some runner can cause so much hoopla. Thousands of followers…the topic of aspiring Photographers blog postings..and hell..Good Morning A-damn-merica. ..and people wonder why I post and update so much! I'm ready to break the clock so me 15minutes doesn't stop!

Time for CD – Model Marketing

April 19, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
WORKING FOR TIME AND HOW TO GET A MODEL PORTFOLIO FOR FREE Working for time is a cooperation for mutual benefit: The model puts in her (his) time, resources and effort and the photographer does the same. No money changes hands. Both, the model and the photographer cover their own expenses and benefit from each other's skills and talents. The model's fee consists of photographic images. Typically, the photographs are supplied as digital files, either on CD (time for CD or TFCD), for download from the photographer's website (TFDL, time for download) or, rarely nowadays, as prints (PFT or prints for time, sometimes also called TFP time for prints). Other terms you may come across are test, testing, test shoot – but this is not the same, so check the details before agreeing to anything. Working for time also means that nobody has commissioned the photographer to take the photographs. The photographer does what is termed personal work. Working for time is meant to be a low budget affair. More often than not, the model will be required to do her own hair and make-up, and supply her own clothes. Approach a working for time shoot with professionalism. It is not just a laugh. Treat it as work, not a bit of fun. Of course, you are allowed to have fun at work. Remember that you are a partner in the project. There has to be a fair balance of responsibilities. Don't expect the photographer to do all the work and do not expect the photographer to treat the shoot simply as a free portfolio shoot for you. You, the model, do not only have the right to digital files (or prints) but also the responsibility to put your best efforts, imagination, creativity and heart into it. The photographer, too, must get something out of a working for time shoot. Inexperienced models are often no good at spotting a mediocre photographer: Aspiring models may believe that it is really attractive to receive a large number of images immediately after the shoot. Think again! Only the very inexperienced or the extremely naïve assume that it is a seductive proposal by default. In a portfolio you want quality, not quantity. Lesser photographers tend to produce quantity rather than quality. Lack of expertise is compensated for with the assumption that the more photos you take, the higher your chances are that a good one happens by accident. It is not in your interest to receive a copy of every photograph taken. The photographer should take the time to edit the photos and only give you a selection of the best. You do not have the expertise to select the right images from a large collection. Digital or print, a good photograph requires work after it has been taken – and I do not mean digital trickery on a mediocre picture. If you are presented with a CD immediately after the shoot, the photographer has not had the time to do any post-production work on the images (or could not be bothered or did not know how to). Typical post-production work would include adjustments to colour and contrast, removing specs of dust, which may be visible, and sizing the photographs properly and converting them to the correct colour space for the intended use (usually the Internet). No self-respecting photographer wants to release photos that are anything but very good. From a large number of photographs taken during a shoot, only a few will meet the demanding criteria a photographer should impose on himself. Many photos from a shoot are just not good enough for a variety of reasons – technically, compositionally, pose-wise. I know of people, who think that just because a photograph is in focus and correctly exposed, it is a good photograph. Bless 'em. If you are offered a copy of everything, you are working with a photographer, who does not take (or does not know how to take) pride in his/her work. Not a good idea!

Ashley Andrea Photo Shoot

April 15, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
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