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JAMES ROSS PHOTOGRAPHIX

Posts: 7365

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

Peach,

You are so very kind with your comments and I am sincerely humbled.  I still have my own "issues" trying to select my avatars, thus I truly appreciate and respect your opinion.  I'll change it now based on your thoughts! 

On a side note, I admire the fact that you are giving a bit of guidance and are not using the power of "critique" to not always look for something that is "wrong".  Before I asked for your opinion I also checked your work and felt that you were well qualified to render guidance to the rest of us without any self serving agenda.

Your own work is beautiful and I appreciate your comments.  That said, as for me and my work, I'm a babe in the woods compared to so many amazing photographers here within Model Mayhem.  I have a lonnnnng way to go!

Thanks again Peach and KUDOS for your most candid Avitar thoughts and the time you are putting in to guide us all! smile

Most Sincerely,

James

Sep 20 13 08:42 am Link

Photographer

Philip from Scotland

Posts: 203

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Here's mine
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110803/14/4e39c2f1f2f36_m.jpg

Sep 20 13 08:52 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

JAMES ROSS - 867-5309 wrote:
Peach,

You are so very kind with your comments and I am sincerely humbled.  I still have my own "issues" trying to select my avatars, thus I truly appreciate and respect your opinion.  I'll change it now based on your thoughts! 

On a side note, I admire the fact that you are giving a bit of guidance and are not using the power of "critique" to not always look for something that is "wrong".  Before I asked for your opinion I also checked your work and felt that you were well qualified to render guidance to the rest of us without any self serving agenda.

Your own work is beautiful and I appreciate your comments.  That said, as for me and my work, I'm a babe in the woods compared to so many amazing photographers here within Model Mayhem.  I have a lonnnnng way to go!

Thanks again Peach and KUDOS for your most candid Avitar thoughts and the time you are putting in to guide us all! smile

Most Sincerely,

James

Thank you so very much for your kind words James, as I too am humbled. And I am not so sure you have a real "loooooong" way to go. I think you work is fabulous!

I like to help people, and even though I sometimes get "attacked" for wanting to help people, I do like doing it. This thread is just a very small way of offering up my opinion in an effort to help others in some small way.

Thanks again for your note. Now I am going to look at your port again in more detail, because it is very very good!!

Enjoy your day!

PJ

Sep 20 13 08:55 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

Philip from Scotland wrote:
Here's mine
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110803/14/4e39c2f1f2f36_m.jpg

The table and wall behind the model offer a bit of clutter, but overall you have good lines and the strengths of the model stand out well.

Probably yes

Sep 20 13 08:56 am Link

Model

Christina Josephine

Posts: 121

Warsaw, Indiana, US

Peach Jones wrote:

Your eyes and face are gorgeous! The only setback with that photo is that it is horizontal instead of vertical, when is a better orientation for an MM avatar. If it was vertical I would say 90% yes.....but since it is horizontal it is less recognizable and might not catch my attention as much. In the horizontal I would say 60% yes

60%? I'll take it!

Thank you for the feedback smile

Sep 20 13 12:06 pm Link

Photographer

ByGFoto

Posts: 4

Spanaway, Washington, US

I'll bite.....

Sep 22 13 07:02 pm Link

Photographer

Clarence Zimmerman

Posts: 4048

Orlando, Florida, US

Sep 22 13 07:47 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

ByGFoto wrote:
I'll bite.....

enough skin and creative POV for me to say 50-70% yes

Sep 23 13 06:51 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

Clarence Zimmerman wrote:

Sep 23 13 06:52 am Link

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Ella Wilkes Photography

Posts: 404

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

I am stuck on this question, is it? If not what is?

Sep 23 13 06:52 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

Ella Wilkes Photography wrote:
I am stuck on this question, is it? If not what is?

Ella,

If you have a moment, let me run by you "my" little list of what makes a good avatar:

there are avatars that will catch my eye when I post on another person's photo, thread or even on the main page, some avatar's will catch my eye. What makes those Avatar's stand out? Here is a short list:

1. bigger is usually better. Far away photos don't work on a small avatar. They have to grab my attention in about 1/4 of a second at most, and if my eye/brain has to figure out the avatar photo because you are too small in it or it is too busy, then it will not catch my eye

2. Colors.....bright colors catch my eye better. White (not so much a color but you get the idea) and red do the job the best. If you do a B/W then make sure that it really pops me in the face and says "HEY!! Look at me!!"  That is why I use the avatar that I use. It stands out. If the photo was smaller, it would not stand out. Do you agree?

3. Photos with curves and lines work very well. I will quantify this up front by saying I am a huge heterosexual. Just the way I am. We all have things about the opposite sex that really catch our attention. Look at the previous comments I have made......especially the ones that say " yes". There is something in the photo that sets the female apart.......legs, curves, behind, eyes, ........those catch my eye alot. And if you can highlight them, then I will more likely look at your port.......and maybe even list  or want to work with you if even possible.

4. Males. As I said before, I am a heterosexual. So you are already at a disadvantage if you are a male model. However, I will look more if you have a very creative avatar (because I like creativity no matter what your sex is), and I also enjoy beauty. Beauty can be male or female, but once again I inherently believe that females have more inherent beauty. Just the way I am.

On to your current avi......I like the photo. But if you are going to use a minimalism approach in your avatar you have to be sure whatever is showing has the power to draw people in to want to see more.  I have looked at yor port.  I like it.

So, IMO you have photos....at least 2 of them.... in your port that will do a much better job in grabbing that initial attention. that is the key......then draw the viewer in. Which photo(s) do you think would work best? I know which ones would work better in getting my attention, but lets see if you agree.

Thanks for asking Ella!!

Sep 23 13 07:02 am Link

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Ella Wilkes Photography

Posts: 404

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Thank you very much that was nice and helpful.

Haha I get that, I am a giant dyke so I can appreciate the curves too. How does the new choice float your boat?

Sep 23 13 07:09 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

Ella Wilkes Photography wrote:
Thank you very much that was nice and helpful.

Haha I get that, I am a giant dyke so I can appreciate the curves too. How does the new choice float your boat?

I like it......my boat is floating a bit better now  ;-)

and that was one of the two I would have chosen myself 

thanks again for stopping by and asking. Enjoy your day!!

Sep 23 13 07:13 am Link

Photographer

Ella Wilkes Photography

Posts: 404

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Thanks smile
Same to you.

Sep 23 13 07:16 am Link

Photographer

juliarabkin

Posts: 570

Rochester, New York, US

smile

Sep 23 13 11:23 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

juliarabkin wrote:
smile

no

the subject does not stand out well and the shot is in the horizontal position....which also doesn't work well most of the time. IMO your have some fabulous artwork in your port. One of those would work well for you

Thanks for stopping by!

Sep 23 13 12:08 pm Link

Photographer

DFTBA Photography

Posts: 74

Waterbury, Connecticut, US

still pretty new to it all but wouldn't mind some constructive advice.

thx! smile

Sep 23 13 12:27 pm Link

Model

Lucy C0nk1in

Posts: 1

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Are we still playing? Would my avatar entice you in?

Sep 23 13 12:50 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

SRM88 wrote:
still pretty new to it all but wouldn't mind some constructive advice.

thx! smile

It's a start, but right now your avi probably wouldn't make me want to see more

Sep 23 13 06:39 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

Lucy C0nk1in  wrote:
Are we still playing? Would my avatar entice you in?

sorry but not enough "pop" in that shot

Sep 23 13 06:40 pm Link

Photographer

T Noble Photography

Posts: 72

Saint Cloud, Minnesota, US

Does it?

Sep 23 13 06:44 pm Link

Model

Kendrah Astira

Posts: 56

Orlando, Florida, US

Let me have it :0

Sep 23 13 06:53 pm Link

Photographer

mlsy

Posts: 36

Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

hit me

Sep 23 13 11:11 pm Link

Makeup Artist

ROSHAR

Posts: 3791

New York, New York, US

How about me?

Sep 23 13 11:15 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

T Noble Photography wrote:
Does it?

I like the mystery, but don't think there is enough pop to draw me in. maybe 50/50

Sep 24 13 01:56 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

Astira Jones wrote:
Let me have it :0

You potential is endless......50-60% yes on your current avi

Sep 24 13 01:57 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

mike_lsy wrote:
hit me

hmmm.....I like it......60-75% yes

Sep 24 13 01:57 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

ROSHAR wrote:
How about me?

Very much like your creativity, but not sure if it will draw me in to see more.

Sep 24 13 01:58 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

Christina Josephine wrote:

60%? I'll take it!

Thank you for the feedback smile

very welcome!

Sep 26 13 10:31 am Link

Clothing Designer

Breakin Chains

Posts: 50

Los Angeles, California, US

me too plzzz:)

Sep 26 13 06:26 pm Link

Hair Stylist

Jason Becker

Posts: 2817

Mount Holly, North Carolina, US

im going to play

Sep 27 13 01:00 am Link

Model

Ida Bailey

Posts: 7

Brooklyn, New York, US

I'll play...

Sep 27 13 01:22 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

Breakin Chains wrote:
me too plzzz:)

I like your work, but this shot doesn't have enough contrast to separate it from the busy background........

no

Sep 27 13 03:44 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

Jason Becker wrote:
im going to play

Amazing work Jason, but this current avi probably won't get my attention. IMO you have others that would get you more attention if that is what you seek

Sep 27 13 03:45 am Link

Model

Elesha Eden

Posts: 477

Southampton, England, United Kingdom

Curious x

Sep 27 13 04:14 am Link

Photographer

Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5210

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

I'll play - but only because I wanted to be underneath Elesha! smile

Sep 27 13 04:20 am Link

Photographer

Sunny Foto

Posts: 249

London, England, United Kingdom

What about mine?

Sep 27 13 05:21 am Link

Model

Maria Elishe

Posts: 8

Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

Join tongue

Sep 27 13 05:30 am Link

Photographer

Bruce M Walker

Posts: 106

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Since I'm here reading ... :-)

Sep 27 13 05:34 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

Ida Bailey wrote:
I'll play...

greats eyes.....50-55% yes

Sep 28 13 05:27 am Link