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Photographer

blk_photography

Posts: 188

Norfolk, Virginia, US

Hay, I shoot a 16y/o on location with her Moms right there.  We all had a blast and her moms was soooo much help.  So I'm all for the one reply to get cha eduation because when its all said and done.  Thats what you'll have to help get you threw life.

Nov 01 08 12:05 pm Link

Photographer

Bob Jones Photography

Posts: 606

Syracuse, New York, US

I'm shooting a 15-year-old next weekend.  Second time we've worked together.

Nov 01 08 01:35 pm Link

Model

Sophia Elizabeth Model

Posts: 4762

Ann Arbor, Michigan, US

Be careful with who you shoot with and the type of shoots you do. But, more power to you for starting young smile

Nov 01 08 01:44 pm Link

Model

kelzea hartnett

Posts: 94

Shepherdsville, Kentucky, US

I understand your frustration. I am your age, with a little experience. I was with an agency for a year, went on countless auditions, and got a few jobs. It's part of the modeling world at any age. The hardest part right now seems to be being kinda stuck in the middle, too old for this , too young for that. Keep it up dont be discouraged , you are very beautiful, and if it's in your heart, it will show in your work. smile
~Kelzea

Nov 01 08 05:51 pm Link

Photographer

Food 4 Less

Posts: 378

Los Angeles, California, US

Good age to start working for a modeling career is 14-16.

Whether this is good for your personal development is another question. You'll probably not get the best education, though I know a few who had modeled and went on to Ivy League. It gets tough tho.

Nov 01 08 05:57 pm Link

Photographer

Stephoto Photography

Posts: 19839

Amherst, Massachusetts, US

Kai Lansangan wrote:
Would you work with me right now despite my age? Or would you not work with me because of my age? Or would you just not work with me period?

So heres the question: Was is smart for me to start modeling at 16? Or was it best if I waited a couple years from now?

A- Yes, as long as a parent is with you and a release is signed, and the parent is with us at all times, I don't mind working with you even with your age.

http://modelmayhm-6.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/081016/00/48f6c36e4416e_m.jpg

my fav shot in your port, at the very least i'd do some beauty with you. Do want to see more full body shots in your port.

And B- if it makes you happy, then by all means model and continue to do so.  the more experience that you have, the better off you will be in the future! You will get some photographers that won't work with you due to age, but there are plenty others that will.

Nov 01 08 05:59 pm Link

Photographer

joe duerr

Posts: 4201

Santa Ana, California, US

Kai Lansangan wrote:
Would you work with me right now despite my age? Or would you not work with me because of my age? Or would you just not work with me period?


So heres the question: Was is smart for me to start modeling at 16? Or was it best if I waited a couple years from now?

After looking at your images I would work with you any time.
Yes there is a lot of modeling work for models 14 and over.
Five foot 3 not so much... but, you already knew that.

Nov 01 08 05:59 pm Link

Photographer

Stockholm

Posts: 109

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

What!? You should start modeling when you want(ed) to.

Nov 01 08 06:03 pm Link

Model

XENA KAI

Posts: 841

Los Angeles, California, US

I just looked it up right now for teen modeling you have to be 5'7"
Well Im not really sure, it said that on a couple pages when I googled. Maybe I googled wrong? Who knows.

Nov 02 08 01:24 am Link

Photographer

FashionTime

Posts: 678

Laguna Beach, California, US

Ask

Gisele Bundchen age 14

http://www.perfectpeople.net/photo-picture-image-media/Gisele-Bundchen-425x789-53kb-media-258-media-0391.jpg

Alessandra Ambrosio age 14

http://www.perfectpeople.net/photo-picture-image-media/Alessandra-Ambrosio-1365x1818-220kb-media-726-media-140944-1222497302.jpg

Adriana Lima age 13
http://www.perfectpeople.net/photo-picture-image-media/Adriana-Lima-406x763-70kb-media-589-media-0097.jpg

Chanel Iman  age 15 (millionaire at 16)
http://images.fashionmodeldirectory.com/model/000000143456-chanel_iman-fit.jpg

Tanya D  age 15 (millionaire at 16)
http://teenvogue.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/09/05/1299922801_f2627c4af5_b.jpg

and the list goes on

Nov 02 08 01:42 am Link

Model

XENA KAI

Posts: 841

Los Angeles, California, US

Well is there work for a short, 16 year old model?

Nov 02 08 01:36 am Link

Photographer

ShutterMeShort Photo

Posts: 733

Portland, Oregon, US

Victoria's secret discovers most of their girls at 14-18......   You are not to young to model....   There is a market for EVERYTHING!   Its only illegal to shoot you nekkid......   continue with your dream but respect the fact that some photographers are going to be weary of shooting a minor because this country has become crazy lawsuit happy.

Nov 02 08 02:33 am Link

Model

XENA KAI

Posts: 841

Los Angeles, California, US

SMS Photography wrote:
Victoria's secret discovers most of their girls at 14-18......   You are not to young to model....   There is a market for EVERYTHING!   Its only illegal to shoot you nekkid......   continue with your dream but respect the fact that some photographers are going to be weary of shooting a minor because this country has become crazy lawsuit happy.

Yes I know smile
But those girls are tall, how about a young short model? Is there any type of work for that?

Nov 02 08 02:35 am Link

Photographer

ShutterMeShort Photo

Posts: 733

Portland, Oregon, US

Kai Lansangan wrote:

Yes I know smile
But those girls are tall, how about a young short model? Is there any type of work for that?

Print and commercial.   not fashion or runway.   ill quote myself.... there is a market for EVERYTHING.....   sunglasses, travel/beach ads, family stuff almost anything commercial...   Watch an hour of TV and count how many kids you see from 14-18 and look at what they are doing.   Might give you a good idea.


You could always just do it for the hell of it since you are beautiful and you enjoy it!

Nov 02 08 02:40 am Link

Model

Nas-i-m

Posts: 188

Los Angeles, California, US

You can start modeling at any age, but whatever you do, just remember to finish school smile Oh, and don't let anyone discourage you from pursuing your dreams, girlie! If this is what you are pssionate about, then work hard to get to the level where you want to be and get all the experience that you can get. Oh, and being signed with an agency would probably help. Also, be careful as there are a lot of crazy and sick people in this industry who like to take advantage of young innocent girls; always have a parent or another adult you know with you when you go to photoshoots, castings, etc. Good luck my dear, keep your head up and stay beautiful! smile

Nov 02 08 03:01 am Link

Model

Laura BrokenDoll

Posts: 3558

Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Aryx wrote:
2) For some type of work, you will probably be considered too short. Don't let that be a deterrent. Find stuff you like to do, and do it... even if "they" think you're too short.

in order to find PAID work, a 5' 2'' model should do glamour/impled/nudes.
and she's a minor.

but if she also aims for TF*, she'll find plenty of photogrpahers willing to colaborate with her.

Nov 02 08 06:26 am Link

Model

XENA KAI

Posts: 841

Los Angeles, California, US

Broken Doll wrote:
but if she also aims for TF*, she'll find plenty of photogrpahers willing to colaborate with her.

Yes but Ive collaborated a number of times now.

Nov 02 08 11:53 pm Link

Model

Maly Phommaly

Posts: 2

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

im at 16 years of age, and ive done many shoots, i think its a great idea to start young and fresh.

Dec 06 10 03:41 pm Link

Photographer

R Michael Walker

Posts: 11987

Costa Mesa, California, US

Kai Lansangan wrote:
So heres the question: Was is smart for me to start modeling at 16? Or was it best if I waited a couple years from now?

Most Fashion models start younger than that. Commercial work is available for infants on up to great grandma. Glamour models..depends on the parental units since Glamour is all about sexy. In the first two genre's I'd say your height would be the main limiting factor not your age.

Dec 06 10 05:05 pm Link

Model

Annabella Kathryn

Posts: 848

Seattle, Washington, US

im 16 too and am just starting out - very beginning!

i personally love your look / pictures. i cant even tell that your 5 2, you totally work it!

Dec 06 10 10:59 pm Link

Photographer

Studio 925

Posts: 7034

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Kai Lansangan wrote:
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Would you work with me right now despite my age? Or would you not work with me because of my age? Or would you just not work with me period?
...

Most likely not. Not because I don't want to. Because, local clients haven't approached with a legal commercial business photo op requiring a minor. So, if you asked me, I would just point you in the direction of the local model/talent agencies who can get your look out to clients who need minor representation for their brand, label, etc. Personal project wise, for my work, exclusively involves adult age / mature women. Not saying that you are immature. Just not of legal age. Good luck.

Edited: hey wait a sec. you're 18 now. Lol.

Kai Lansangan wrote:
So heres the question: Was is smart for me to start modeling at 16? Or was it best if I waited a couple years from now?

Well, business wise, it doesn't hurt to start young. Posing wise, I have no idea. What do you think? Do you find yourself doing the same poses all the time and find it challenging as you get older to stay fresh in the posing department?

Edited: Your challenges would be the same as for photographers working hard to stay fresh and not go stale with the lighting, editing, etc.

Dec 06 10 11:09 pm Link

Photographer

JWB2

Posts: 5965

Evansville, Indiana, US

I am confused.  Your profile saids 18 and you say you are 16.  Throughout the thread you seem to be 16 so I assume you are 16.  I also assume you are tired of doing TFCD and you want to earn money.  How do you think you will be able to earn money?  One on one with a photographer without going through a middle man?

Dec 06 10 11:21 pm Link

Photographer

Celluloid Visions

Posts: 1511

West Yellowstone, Montana, US

JWB2 wrote:
I am confused.  Your profile saids 18 and you say you are 16.  Throughout the thread you seem to be 16 so I assume you are 16.  I also assume you are tired of doing TFCD and you want to earn money.  How do you think you will be able to earn money?  One on one with a photographer without going through a middle man?

She was 16 when she started the thread Nov 1, 2008. Nothing like an old thread being dug up. Maybe we can ask her now how it worked out for her? lol.

Dec 07 10 03:06 am Link