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Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

galaxia bender wrote:
is this a fair thing to say, based on my bio?

Hi Sam,

I've just spent 10 minutes on your portfolio and blog site - so it's fair to say I know nothing about you, your life, what you want etc - so here's a series of thoughts that you should feel free to ignore...

Model Mayhem is all about connecting photographers, make up artists and models so they can shoot/create

Your profile does not really 'sell' you on any level. Example? The pictures you've included (and thoughts you've written) project a junkie-hippy chick with a slight bi-polar disorder. That may or may not be you - but i'm just telling you how it all reads

Why tell you? Because what you put on MM will dictate your creative/collaborative opportunities.

If all you're looking for is an extension of your blog - and a way to tell a wider audience how you think/feel - then you've probably nailed it... By it won't maximise your connections here.

Looks-wise, you're certainly going to find it easier to shoot in the alt genre, but that doesn't need to limit you, I'm just saying that when anyone starts something - it's easier to build experience etc by hitting the lowest hanging fruit.

If I had to pick someone famous that your look reminds me of, then it would be Patricia Arquette (overall, but mainly in Stigmata - check this link http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=patric … e+stigmata then click 'images')

I don't think 'sitting room with a phone-cam' is going do it... You seem to be creative - so tap into that creativity.

Get 5 GOOD shots of you, retouch them and post those in your portfolio. Use the 'Profile' section to explain what you want to do and what interests you - rather than too much about how your brain works.

You probably spend a lot of time thinking about what books/music etc interest you...  If you want to progress on MM, then you need to 'build your own opinion'. The easiest way to do that is with LISTS. They are easy to use and free :-)

Find ANY picture you like on MM. Top right on the page is 'ADD TO LIST'. The browser will ask you what you want to call it. You can have as many lists as you like - and add as many shots as you want to each one. Personally, I'd suggest you start with:-
1) Shots I'd like to try (helps people understand if your ideas match theirs)
2) People I'd like to work with (gives them a nudge)
3) Amazing - Love it!  (for stuff that's pro-class and way cool)

Finally, if you tick 'No' to nudity in your profile, then stick to it.

Your profile reads 'I want to get my kit off - please convince me'.
You're young and have LOADS of time.
Start BASIC modelling first - build your lists - understand more about what YOU want from this and WHY you're doing it.
That's your 'core'.
Start there, build up your portfolio, connections and ideas THEN decide that you want to be naked, swinging from a chandelier by your ankles...  But START SLOW and DON'T send mixed messages.

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If you feel it is worth your time then... Take what you want from things like this and leave the rest!

Best - Cool style! I would love to see this shot with a better photographer and a more punched up mood.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121218/10/50d0bc0f1faaa_m.jpg

Worst - It is out of focus and does not add much to your port.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121218/21/50d14b5187f6f_m.jpg

Dec 29 12 10:19 pm Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Kat Lehto wrote:
Please let me know my best, worst and why. thanks!

Best - Nice red shirt!! More mood would make this AWESOME!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120910/22/504ec9ba87def_m.jpg

Worst - I get it.. Cute smile.. no edit.. I would put this on your profile page and use a pro photo on your MM port in it's place.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120524/14/4fbeac783c1a9_m.jpg

Dec 29 12 10:24 pm Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Foxy Tokala wrote:
Me please and yes I would like to know why. smile

Best - Nice comp and swim suit shot for you!!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120225/08/4f4911bdee0ae_m.jpg

Worst - I could not pick one. There were a good deal of shots that did not add much to your port. I would try to pick your fav from each pro shoot and keep it to just one or two from each shoot. Try to keep your MM for your absolute best looking pro shots... it will help you line up more and better shoots.

Dec 29 12 10:32 pm Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Laura1982 wrote:
Me please:)

Best - Sexy and nice comp on this.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121227/08/50dc7184d9589_m.jpg

Worst - It feels like a test shot. I want to see LOTS of mood... sassy.. sexy.. playful.. fun.. confident............. I don't care for the comp, but that is not your fault.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121226/11/50db4cf8cf687_m.jpg

Dec 29 12 10:36 pm Link

Model

galaxia bender

Posts: 2

London, England, United Kingdom

go for it!

Dec 30 12 12:13 am Link

Model

Paige Morgan

Posts: 4058

New York, New York, US

This....beautiful girl, but the lighting/post seem off by comparison to the rest of your port:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120923/20/505fda2fc63f6_m.jpg

Dec 30 12 12:33 am Link

Model

Samantha Liana

Posts: 2634

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thatcher Photography wrote:

Best - Awesome color play!! I am in love with these shots!!!! Super sexy and you set a perfect mood! WOW! Stunning MU too.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111226/01/4ef8426420c58_m.jpg

Worst - It looks to forced/posed.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120305/13/4f5530d7ce04a_m.jpg

Thank you Thank you smile

Worst:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100103/19/4b415a8cc95a1_m.jpg

I'm not excited about the crop... He only has one leg. And overall the image bores me compared to the rest of your amazing stuff

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 8#31077650 18+

It was hard picking a best... But this one, I love her positioning in that door frame. Brilliant! The tone, and great choice of B&W. Lovelyy lovelyy shot.
Good job.

Dec 30 12 05:42 am Link

Photographer

Lifestyle_Images

Posts: 3998

Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

Thatcher Photography wrote:
Let me know if you want to know why on your "Worst" shot.

Return the favor by hitting my port up or letting me know the same.

Thanks!!

Josh Thatcher

Sure, hit me up:

On yours: 
Worst: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/29017093  I really see no good artistic merit to the hand bra, sorry

Best: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/28718913 (M)
All the planets align on this.  Really well done.

Dec 30 12 08:20 am Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

galaxia bender wrote:
go for it!

See page 13 at the top.

Dec 30 12 11:15 am Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Samantha Liana wrote:

Thank you Thank you smile

Worst:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100103/19/4b415a8cc95a1_m.jpg

I'm not excited about the crop... He only has one leg. And overall the image bores me compared to the rest of your amazing stuff

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 8#31077650 18+

It was hard picking a best... But this one, I love her positioning in that door frame. Brilliant! The tone, and great choice of B&W. Lovelyy lovelyy shot.
Good job.

Thank you!! I need a better/newer dude shoot for sure! Ha!!

Dec 30 12 11:18 am Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Paige Morgan wrote:
This....beautiful girl, but the lighting/post seem off by comparison to the rest of your port:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120923/20/505fda2fc63f6_m.jpg

Best - I love how weird this is! AWESOME WR!!! Great MU too.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/101117/13/4ce448085c437_m.jpg

Worst - I just think this one does the least for your port.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120430/12/4f9ee43eedd76_m.jpg

Dec 30 12 11:21 am Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Lifestyle_Images wrote:

Sure, hit me up:

On yours: 
Worst: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/29017093  I really see no good artistic merit to the hand bra, sorry

Best: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/28718913 (M)
All the planets align on this.  Really well done.

Thanks!

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Best - Love the comp and location for this... bold and provocative!!
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/25851441 18+

Worst - Just my least fav.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/26947227 18+

Dec 30 12 11:26 am Link

Model

Foxy Tokala

Posts: 257

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Thatcher Photography wrote:

Best - Nice comp and swim suit shot for you!!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120225/08/4f4911bdee0ae_m.jpg

Worst - I could not pick one. There were a good deal of shots that did not add much to your port. I would try to pick your fav from each pro shoot and keep it to just one or two from each shoot. Try to keep your MM for your absolute best looking pro shots... it will help you line up more and better shoots.

Thank you and sadly yes I am aware, I thought it would be better to have more of the few shoots I have then to have 5 pictures in my port.  Lol  but it sounds to me like that would be the better way to go???

Dec 30 12 03:59 pm Link

Photographer

Lifestyle_Images

Posts: 3998

Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

Thatcher Photography wrote:

Thanks!

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Best - Love the comp and location for this... bold and provocative!!
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/25851441 18+

Worst - Just my least fav.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/26947227 18+

Thanks

Dec 30 12 05:06 pm Link

Photographer

Brosius Photographics

Posts: 1491

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

In my opinion, this is your worst shot:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121228/18/50de545194774_m.jpg

It just seems like she is naked for the sense of being naked and it doesn't help move the story forward.

Mark

Dec 30 12 05:28 pm Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Brosius Photographics wrote:
In my opinion, this is your worst shot:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121228/18/50de545194774_m.jpg

It just seems like she is naked for the sense of being naked and it doesn't help move the story forward.

Mark

Best - Awesome location work! Great model and her pose work is spot on!!!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121007/07/50718ec43d83c_m.jpg

Best 2 - Wonderful texture and MU! Nice light for this shot too.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100723/14/4c4a0f58b4952_m.jpg

Worst - It does not touch your other work. There is no connection here.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120628/18/4fed0adb39ed5_m.jpg

Dec 30 12 08:49 pm Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Bump!

Jan 01 13 11:18 pm Link

Photographer

Cloud Images

Posts: 11

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I will play.

Jan 01 13 11:28 pm Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Images by Tech Man wrote:
I will play.

Best - Cute smile and model! Love the light work for it too.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120825/16/503965cedf41a_m.jpg

Worst - The pose is very clunky. Your model did not set much of a mood either.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121203/18/50bd5ffe69ee1_m.jpg

Try to get out and do some location work to expand the range of your port.

Jan 04 13 12:59 pm Link

Model

Baanka

Posts: 4

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

I just want to know should i go to gym to have a better body ?

Jan 04 13 01:28 pm Link

Model

Baanka

Posts: 4

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

I just want to know should i go to gym to have a better body ?

Jan 04 13 01:30 pm Link

Model

Elaine Ford

Posts: 2045

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Worst

Jan 04 13 01:31 pm Link

Photographer

Rich Olson

Posts: 85

DENVILLE, New Jersey, US

Interested in both and why if you have the time.  And thanks.

Jan 04 13 02:50 pm Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

heartthrob wrote:
I just want to know should i go to gym to have a better body ?

Not sure! That is up to you. I can tell you your best and worst though!

Best - Very cool shot!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130104/07/50e6f2625d775_m.jpg

Worst - Bad splotchy digital grain. It could be anyone.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121221/16/50d4fa218aa27_m.jpg

Jan 05 13 11:33 pm Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Elaine Ford wrote:
Worst

Best - Yeah right!! Ha! It is hard to say... I LOVE this set though! Especially the second one down on the left side!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120513/14/4fb02784f3b22_m.jpg

Best 2 - Would love to shoot this style with you!! Can you be here tomorrow??? Hmmmm???? Ha!!!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120823/14/5036a1860cc2b_m.jpg

Worst - I love the shirt/style... I wish your mood had a tighter eye/smile in the eye... more sexy feel to the look...
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/091011/04/4ad1bb0ca0f01_m.jpg

Jan 05 13 11:40 pm Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Rich Olson wrote:
Interested in both and why if you have the time.  And thanks.

Best - Very hot shot! Love the comp on this one too!! She is a very sexy model! Nice job on this one!!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111120/21/4ec9dfaaafefd_m.jpg

Worst - Cute smile and style... I don't care for the blown out look or the blue frame-ish thing.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120227/08/4f4bb33965509_m.jpg

Jan 05 13 11:46 pm Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Bump!

Jan 08 13 04:01 pm Link

Model

Larisa Rachael

Posts: 31

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Would love to know! & why my worst one is worst smile

Jan 08 13 04:22 pm Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

Worst!

I'd say your avi is your best. I adore it!

Jan 08 13 05:25 pm Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Larissa Lees wrote:
Would love to know! & why my worst one is worst smile

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … st17808766

Jan 08 13 09:46 pm Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:
Worst!

I'd say your avi is your best. I adore it!

Best - This has me all over it!! I love this style so so much!!! Great shear top and Nice DOF! Perhaps a tad more sexy in your mood and it would go to an 11 on a scale of 10.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30603278 18+

Worst - I don't care for the comp on them and I wish they were not blown out.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/28199999 18+

Jan 08 13 09:51 pm Link

Model

Jhomel

Posts: 180

Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

Me?

Jan 09 13 05:18 am Link

Model

Lumi Mirtis

Posts: 15

Toledo, Ohio, US

Have at it, and I'd like to know why on my worst. Thanks!

Jan 09 13 09:07 am Link

Model

Lumi Mirtis

Posts: 15

Toledo, Ohio, US

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/12484539 Is what I consider your best. I love the model, location, pose, lighting.. I love everything about it.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/25400743 I don't think this one is great. There's not much to it, it just seems lack luster in comparison to the rest of your magnificent port.

Jan 09 13 09:30 am Link

Model

Philipp-T

Posts: 84

Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

I'm game smile

Jan 09 13 09:58 am Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Jhomel wrote:
Me?

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … st17842148

Your new worst is - Just my least fav.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121214/06/50cb353279c6f_m.jpg

Jan 09 13 11:42 am Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Lumiore wrote:
Have at it, and I'd like to know why on my worst. Thanks!

Best - Sexy mood and nice comp on this!!
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/21736822 18+

Worst - The pose almost makes you look like you have one leg.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/25319414 18+

Jan 09 13 11:44 am Link

Photographer

David Kilper

Posts: 505

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

interested

Jan 09 13 11:47 am Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Philipp-T wrote:
I'm game smile

Best - Awesome mood and light for this shot! Great pose too!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121213/19/50ca96a3a330c_m.jpg

Worst - It is not as strong as your other work. The mood seems like a test shot and the comp is not as good either.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121212/06/50c89925188f7_m.jpg

Jan 09 13 11:47 am Link

Photographer

Thatcher Photography

Posts: 1033

Fort Worth, Texas, US

David Kilper wrote:
interested

Best - Love the post work on these!! Nice llamas too!!!!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130109/11/50edc37f9da5b_m.jpg

Worst - Cool post work. I like the mystery the lighting leaves. However, it is my least fav in your port.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120429/06/4f9d3c0e33240_m.jpg

Jan 09 13 11:52 am Link