Model

Ariel Wolf

Posts: 6

Ridgewood, New York, US

I'm looking for a basic crit on my portfolio, what works, what doesn't, strengths, what you would like to see more of. Most of my work is shot by students, so I'm looking to hear more about how I come off as a model rather then technical aspects I don't have control over. Constructive criticism is fine, but manners are always appreciated.

Jan 07 13 04:42 pm Link

Body Painter

BodyPainter Rich

Posts: 17933

Sacramento, California, US

First the good...

You have an attractive body
You have interesting eyes, pleasant to look at
You seem open to experimenting and trying different things

Then the bad...
It is obvious that most of your shooters lack technical skill, you could benefit from working with a pro
In most of your shots it appears as if you did your own makeup, you could probably use some training on making the most of your features, specific to photo shoots
The same could be said for your hair...it has potential, but most of the shots on your page make your hair look pretty lifeless and flat

My suggestion, work with a pro photographer and MUA/Hair stylist if you can... if they don't mind, pick their brain while they work with you and soak up as much as you can.

Lastly, and I am only saying this to try to help, you have an attractive body... but if you want to take modelling seriously (and be taken seriously) you will need to tone up. A bit more muscle tone and a SLIGHTLY lower % body fat index would probably make you a better candidate for more shoots. The fact is, models have a reputation for being thin for a reason... and while you appear to be a perfectly healthy and attractive person, if you want to get booked as a mainstream or nude model you should be as toned and fit as you can be. I doubt you would have to do much to make a pretty decent upgrade in your apparent fitness.

I hope this helps. Feel free to message me if anything is unclear.

Jan 07 13 07:15 pm Link

Photographer

noel marrero

Posts: 441

Menlo Park, California, US

Ariel Wolf wrote:
I'm looking for a basic crit on my portfolio, what works, what doesn't, strengths, what you would like to see more of. Most of my work is shot by students, so I'm looking to hear more about how I come off as a model rather then technical aspects I don't have control over. Constructive criticism is fine, but manners are always appreciated.

Unfortunately, how strong the images are is very much dependent on the photographer.   It's hard to look like a strong model with just student photos.  That being said, you port is very unbalanced.  Your reasonable images are getting brought down by the weak ones.

For you side:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121015/23/507cfa8aa5ca1_m.jpg

This image is just "implied nude chick".  There's no real art or expression.   If this is art, what am I supposed to feel looking at this image?  It's mostly a deer in the headlights.   In addition, there's nothing really going on with the pose.  You are just standing.     The same is pretty much true of the next two shots in your port except that they are actual nudes.

WRT to the previous poster and BMI...  I'm disapointed that I've been seeing that mentioned so much recently.  That's only a part of the story, and depending on what you are trying to achieve it can be more or less important.  If you are doing fitness you want to be cut, if you are doing fashion, you want to be a tall stick, if you want glamour you want to be soft, and if you want pinup you want curves.    For art and fetish there are lots of different figures can work.

But what you need to do in call cases, is pose to show yourself off well.  You do not appear in your images to tense your core.  Not only does it give you flatter stomach, but it helps with definition. 


So, focus on expression and make sure you sell the story.  Use your body as well as your face.   Are you arms wrapped around you protectively, or open and confident?  Are you hands relaxed or tense.   Is you chin down or up?  Are you creating any interesting shapes with your body?

These are all things that I would expect a strong photographer to comment on or request during a shoot which would help you figure out what you need IMO.

Jan 07 13 08:20 pm Link

Photographer

NewBoldPhoto

Posts: 4897

PORT MURRAY, New Jersey, US

Ariel Wolf wrote:
I'm looking for a basic crit on my portfolio, what works, what doesn't, strengths, what you would like to see more of. Most of my work is shot by students, so I'm looking to hear more about how I come off as a model rather then technical aspects I don't have control over. Constructive criticism is fine, but manners are always appreciated.

Unfortunately a bad image in your portfolio makes you look bad no matter why the image is bad. Let me explain... when I look for a model to use for personal work I search for the physical requirements I need and then I cull those down to my top choices. I then go thru each portfolio and find the picture I like the least and I ask myself "if this were the best shot I got from a half day would I be OK with paying this  models rate?" 

These are my two least favorite from your portfolio:



Feel free to PM me if you have questions

Jan 07 13 09:06 pm Link

Photographer

Images by MR

Posts: 7772

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I can't get past "Paid Assignments Only"  & not even open to shoot TF for the right project.

You don't have anything to offer that I can't get through TF.

Just my thoughts ~ MR

Jan 07 13 09:21 pm Link

Model

Acanthus Tattoos

Posts: 429

Union, New Jersey, US

I like that you can rock a variety of looks!

Jan 08 13 02:31 pm Link