Forums > Critique > A more grown up portfolio; help me choose!

Model

SuperMary

Posts: 1294

Culver City, California, US

Jan 02 13 03:49 pm Link

Photographer

Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7248

New York, New York, US

first set #3 Great shot of you!

Second set #0 doesn't show you off, don't understand it...

Last 1/2 great expressions, gorgeous face

Jan 02 13 04:05 pm Link

Model

SuperMary

Posts: 1294

Culver City, California, US

Marin Photography wrote:
first set #3

Second set #0

Last 1/2

#0?

Thanks, The most positive feedback I've gotten so far have been from the second image in the first set. But I'd love some more opinions.

Jan 02 13 04:07 pm Link

Photographer

Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7248

New York, New York, US

It's all a matter of taste...just my two cents!

the second set does nothing for me...

Jan 02 13 04:08 pm Link

Photographer

Paolo Diavolo

Posts: 8792

Martinez, California, US

love this
http://25.media.tumblr.com/f195f3150d1eecc1698693f2eb0aea5e/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto1_250.jpg

and this:
http://25.media.tumblr.com/6b5f186d315fc395465f842f4b161c56/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto4_250.jpg

and this:
(best one)
http://25.media.tumblr.com/9d7b7f94527afec15c5759dffdc90251/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto3_250.jpg

the rest not worth adding in my opinion, other than maybe one for a headshot purpose.
http://25.media.tumblr.com/0fe080f46eaeefdcf4373ac37901355a/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto8_250.jpg

Jan 02 13 04:11 pm Link

Photographer

Marc Damon

Posts: 6562

Biloxi, Mississippi, US

First set #1+2 but not 3
Second set #1
Third set #1 because #2 has duckface
Other pics? no. But if you must choose one of them go with the 18+ because your body rocks!

Jan 02 13 04:13 pm Link

Model

Paige Morgan

Posts: 4058

New York, New York, US

The first set I'd add #1

I don't love anything in the second group, and would skip those.

The 3rd pair I'd choose #1

The last 2 linked images are okay, but you have better. I'd skip adding those too.

Jan 02 13 04:14 pm Link

Photographer

Lucid-Grafx Photography

Posts: 558

Manchester, New Hampshire, US

Paolo Diavolo wrote:
love this
http://25.media.tumblr.com/f195f3150d1eecc1698693f2eb0aea5e/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto1_250.jpg

and this:
http://25.media.tumblr.com/6b5f186d315fc395465f842f4b161c56/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto4_250.jpg

and this:

http://25.media.tumblr.com/9d7b7f94527afec15c5759dffdc90251/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto3_250.jpg

the rest not worth adding in my opinion, other than maybe one for a headshot purpose.
http://25.media.tumblr.com/0fe080f46eaeefdcf4373ac37901355a/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto8_250.jpg

Pretty much exactly what I was thinking smile

Jan 02 13 04:14 pm Link

Model

SuperMary

Posts: 1294

Culver City, California, US

Well thank you. Which should I be getting rid off in my current port?

Jan 02 13 04:16 pm Link

Photographer

F-1 Photo

Posts: 1060

New York, New York, US

Wow! What a beauty! Sexy stuff you have there.

From the first set I like the first one even though the crop is horrible your rear is cut off and there is way too much window in the frame, plus your face is obscured a bit. But your body looks great in the shot.

I like the first one in the second set.

My favorite is the 18+ image. Everything is composed nicely and the lighting is  beautiful

Jan 02 13 04:16 pm Link

Photographer

Paolo Diavolo

Posts: 8792

Martinez, California, US

Mary Thomson wrote:
Well thank you. Which should I be getting rid off in my current port?

in no particular order...
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121230/13/50e0b6657b389_m.jpg
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100821/02/4c6fa0ed3e15a_m.jpg
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111022/17/4ea361b4e2f74_m.jpg
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100821/01/4c6f8e0f99091_m.jpg

Jan 02 13 04:19 pm Link

Photographer

Paolo Diavolo

Posts: 8792

Martinez, California, US

the "18+ image" you look sexy as usual, but it looks kinda cheesy quality.
lighting is flat. no post work.
not professional like some your other work.

Jan 02 13 04:21 pm Link

Photographer

Marc Damon

Posts: 6562

Biloxi, Mississippi, US

Mary Thomson wrote:
Well thank you. Which should I be getting rid off in my current port?

Get rid of? Are you nutzo? None of them! We need More pics of you, not less! wink

Jan 02 13 04:23 pm Link

Model

Ashley Lynne

Posts: 20

Niskayuna, New York, US

#3, #3 if I HAVE to pick one, #1 , and none of those last ones. But you are beautiful!

Jan 02 13 04:27 pm Link

Photographer

Andrei C

Posts: 4

Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania

Like these ones: http://25.media.tumblr.com/f195f3150d1e … o1_250.jpg
- not a fan of any of the ones in 2nd series
both of these are nice: http://25.media.tumblr.com/0fe080f46eae … o8_250.jpg (especially for a headshot) http://25.media.tumblr.com/0991e72c5af5 … o9_250.jpg love the postporc in the last one

My 2c. Cheers

Jan 02 13 04:30 pm Link

Photographer

Kincaid Blackwood

Posts: 23404

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Mary Thomson wrote:
http://25.media.tumblr.com/f195f3150d1eecc1698693f2eb0aea5e/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto1_250.jpg
http://25.media.tumblr.com/86f1caa55aa412292baf48c064e66419/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto2_250.jpg

Either of these two (or both, even) are worth adding.  I love them. 

The rest don't really do it for me.  I'd question whether your collection of images is really calling for any of them.  The first two are lovely.  The rest range from "okay" to "forgettable."

Though it isn't your current hair color, the black-&-white headshots you have are fine.  If you have to lose any, you can drop one (one could say that the two are redundant) of them.  I don't think the headshot is exceptional/compelling (it's okay) to the extent that it should be included.  I mean, yes, it shows your new hair color but so do the first two from the quote.  Any photographer incapable of envisioning your face with that hair color has other matters he/she needs to address.  You could put it up or not and it wouldn't make a difference to me either way.  The black-&-white headshot you've posted here is better, in my opinion.  If you're dying to add one, a trade-off could be dropping one of the dark-haired B&Ws for this blonde one.

The ones of you on the couch with the camera do nothing for me whatsoever.  They make you look forgettable; avoid them.  Though topless in the last one linked, the photo is not as memorable as those top two (have I mentioned that I love them?).  Once people are past the fact that you happen to not be wearing a shirt (which ain't that big a deal on a site like this) it doesn't stand out.  Those top two, though, have a beautiful light, are nicely composed, flatter your figure, etc.  Go with them.

Jan 02 13 04:31 pm Link

Photographer

Jason Haven

Posts: 38336

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Listen to everything Kincaid says.

Unless its negative things about me, of course.

Jan 02 13 04:40 pm Link

Model

SuperMary

Posts: 1294

Culver City, California, US

ASYLUM - Photo wrote:
Listen to everything Kincaid says.

Unless its negative things about me, of course.

Haha always.

Jan 02 13 04:46 pm Link

Photographer

Paolo Diavolo

Posts: 8792

Martinez, California, US

Mary Thomson wrote:
Here's some more 18+ish ones from the day, tell me if they're worth anything.

theyre worth something wink but not portfolio worthy tongue

Jan 02 13 04:48 pm Link

Photographer

Kallea

Posts: 77

Knoxville, Tennessee, US

I'm not going to go over the great input you all ready have but I will say this. Yiu have great look: gorgeous eyes draw you in right from the start. Beautiful face and hair, a killer form and you seem to have a great personality: here is what you should do, find as many good photographers as can do shoot after shoot and soon you will find yiur unique self. Then you will be able to put together a portfolio that will attract your type of client. You will have no problem finding work.

Ps I used to live in Cronulla -keep smiling

Jan 02 13 04:48 pm Link

Photographer

Kincaid Blackwood

Posts: 23404

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Mary Thomson wrote:
http://24.media.tumblr.com/47f41e0dd57c … o2_250.jpg

This one I like.

Jan 02 13 04:49 pm Link

Photographer

Marc Damon

Posts: 6562

Biloxi, Mississippi, US

Mary Thomson wrote:
Here's some more 18+ish ones from the day, tell me if they're worth anything.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/be508a2add0c … o1_500.jpg
http://24.media.tumblr.com/47f41e0dd57c … o2_250.jpg
http://25.media.tumblr.com/1d3d0bcb7578 … o3_250.jpg

You are beautiful. The photos? Meh.

Jan 02 13 04:49 pm Link

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Model

Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

first set: first one, maybe the third one as well (don't really like the playboylogo on your underwear for this type of shoot)

second set: /

third set: second one.

none of the ones you linked

a lot of the pictures are definitely alright, don't get me wrong... but that's mostly because you are so incredibly stunning, not because it's a good picture per se.

nice job!

Jan 02 13 04:49 pm Link

Photographer

DougBPhoto

Posts: 38558

Portland, Oregon, US

I'd say these..


http://25.media.tumblr.com/9d7b7f94527afec15c5759dffdc90251/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto3_250.jpg

http://25.media.tumblr.com/0fe080f46eaeefdcf4373ac37901355a/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto8_250.jpg

The promise of the first two in the first set are unfortunately overshadowed by the cropping. (At least for me.)

Of you linked photos, the positives are that they are you, as Marc said, you're beautiful, but more detailed critique would be more about the photography than the llama.

Jan 02 13 04:49 pm Link

Model

SuperMary

Posts: 1294

Culver City, California, US

Jan 02 13 04:50 pm Link

Photographer

J O H N A L L A N

Posts: 10313

Santa Ana, California, US

Not a fan of the Playboy logo - adds kind of a cheese factor.

Jan 02 13 04:54 pm Link

Model

Adrienne M Plus

Posts: 194

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

I like the 1st in the 1st set and 1st in the 3rd set. The others not so much IMO.

I think your selection of what is in your current portfolio is great:)

Jan 02 13 04:56 pm Link

Model

Kess M

Posts: 8464

Brooklyn, New York, US

less is more- i think the first series is best, and the first of the three is the best of those. other than that i wouldn't add anything. bunny

Jan 02 13 04:58 pm Link

Model

SuperMary

Posts: 1294

Culver City, California, US

Jan 02 13 05:04 pm Link

Photographer

Top Level Studio

Posts: 3253

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

18+  http://25.media.tumblr.com/a94bf9b56513 … 10_250.jpg

Points deducted for hand bra.  There are many elegant ways to cover your boobs without doing that.



You are very pretty, but these pictures don't do you justice.

EDIT:  on second look, the second one from the first set, where you're facing away from the blind looks good, but would look even better with the blind cropped out.  It distracts from you and your pose.

Jan 02 13 07:22 pm Link

Photographer

Zack Zoll

Posts: 2621

Glens Falls, New York, US

If by 'grown up' you mean 'sexy', then they all look pretty okay.  I'm with everyone else there ... second photo, first set.  I actually like the blinds.  But if I'm honest, you look like you're trying too hard in most of them, and trying too hard isn't sexy.

If by 'grown up' you mean 'adult', then I don't like any of them.  You're much more obviously 18 in these images than in some of your others, especially the ones with the glasses.

I can only assume it's a comfort thing, as you don't look really comfortable in a lot of these images.  Have you worked with any of these photographers more than once?  Maybe it just takes you longer to relax for them?

Jan 02 13 07:44 pm Link

Model

SuperMary

Posts: 1294

Culver City, California, US

Jan 02 13 07:49 pm Link

Photographer

sospix

Posts: 21388

Orlando, Florida, US

Second, third and last all work for me  .  .  .  attitude, and energy are the key  .  .  .  when you look like you're in control of the look, it really comes through in the images  .  .  .  nicely done  .  .  .

SOS

Jan 04 13 07:31 am Link

Photographer

Flick

Posts: 1578

London, England, United Kingdom

I would choose

http://25.media.tumblr.com/f195f3150d1eecc1698693f2eb0aea5e/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto1_250.jpg

Out of these three: None of them



http://25.media.tumblr.com/0991e72c5af5d7bc133b976f8931f1d4/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto9_250.jpg

And are either of these worth adding?: I don't think so.

The second two of the Tumblr links have something good about them too

Jan 04 13 07:41 am Link

Photographer

Steve Wall

Posts: 623

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Keep this:
http://25.media.tumblr.com/f195f3150d1eecc1698693f2eb0aea5e/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto1_250.jpg
And maybe this:
http://25.media.tumblr.com/0fe080f46eaeefdcf4373ac37901355a/tumblr_mg0v2ai9cL1qk0twto8_250.jpg

The other strong shots in your portfolio are these:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110312/14/4d7bf6a127d22_m.jpg
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/101012/15/4cb4e481a849d_m.jpg
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100821/01/4c6f8e6fe71c0_m.jpg

And these are good, but the horizontal format doesn't work well on MM - rearrange them vertically and they appear larger in the portfolio view, and they'll be more use to you
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110328/02/4d9057b3931ed_m.jpg

The rest of your portfolio doesn't really do you justice. What you need to do at this stage is work with some better photogs.

So, keep on the lookout for good photographers and chase them up, don't wait for them to come to you. i.e. find togs you like on MM and write to them. And when you do, remember that the good photogs get lots of offers for TF work from new models. There are a couple of thousand Sydney models on MM. So you have to separate yourself from the rest - remember that when you request a TF shoot you're asking for something for free (more or less) - so, you need to make a strong pitch. Highlight what you like about the photographer's work, explain what you'd like to shoot with them, maybe include some examples from your concept list, give details about your availability. If you already have MUA's interested in working with you, that could help too. The easier you make it to set up a shoot, the more likely it is to happen.

And then, even if you don't get replies from all, just keep going. Don't be discouraged. If you write to 40 good photogs, and then get just one shoot from every 10 messages, and from each shoot you get 3 great images... that's a strong portfolio. If your hit rate is low, don't compromise by shooting with more amateurs - consider paying for some great shots to give your portfolio more zing.

On set, be punctual, positive, friendly, polite, helpful, down to earth etc. Reputation matters a lot so put plenty of effort into building it.

Apologies if you've heard all this before, it's slightly off the original topic. But anyway all the best with your modelling!

cheers smile
...Steve

Jan 04 13 02:50 pm Link