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Photographer

HugoPixx

Posts: 9

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

comment: dont understand models who change hair radically but keep up old photos... what's the point? confusing.

Jan 08 13 09:27 am Link

Model

E e v a

Posts: 1724

Nashville, Tennessee, US

It takes time to build a portfolio with the new hair. Photos with old hair can stay until they're replaced, or sometimes the photo is just a really good shot.
As long as they make people aware of the new hair, I don't see a problem.

Jan 08 13 09:29 am Link

Photographer

-Ira

Posts: 2191

New York, New York, US

Samantha Emme wrote:
It takes time to build a portfolio with the new hair. Photos with old hair can stay until they're replaced, or sometimes the photo is just a really good shot.
As long as they make people aware of the new hair, I don't see a problem.

Agreed.  Also why requesting a snapshot while arranging a shoot can be a good idea for photographers.

Jan 08 13 11:43 am Link

Model

_bri_

Posts: 291

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, US

I know some models include a simple snapshot or even a cell phone pic in their profile of what they currently look like even if they have no portfolio worthy pictures of their new look. So there's always that option.

Jan 08 13 11:58 am Link

Model

Leone P

Posts: 515

Batley, England, United Kingdom

I change my hair alot (although blue seems to have stuck!) and if i had some pictures that showe great expression, posing ability, personality etc, i would keep them!
Imagine you had done a shoot you took a long time preparing, had an mua in who ad done a brilliant job of making the model look brilliant. Then two weeks later, she takes down your pictures because she had changed her hair.
Why waste such fantastic images?
Leone P. x

Jan 08 13 12:12 pm Link

Photographer

KMP

Posts: 4834

Houston, Texas, US

HugoPixx wrote:
comment: dont understand models who change hair radically but keep up old photos... what's the point? confusing.

Things change.  A portfolio isn't necessarily used to represent the model as they look like "now".

However, the model should be upfront with any drastic and/or obvious changes to their appearance.  That includes hair cuts, color, length, new/obvious tattoos or whatever.

It's a good practice to ask the model about their current look. Especially if there is something specific about them you want to  shoot.  Ie: long blonde hair or short cropped spiky hair, etc.

Jan 08 13 01:27 pm Link

Model

NYMPH

Posts: 640

Oakland, California, US

I resemble that remark. Indeed, it takes time to build up a port. Also, the past six months of modeling are a small snippet of my career. I'm of the opinion that my portfolio should reflect the best of all of my work, within reason.

I would like to pose the question: What is the best way to distinguish current looks versus the entire portfolio?

For a while, I had all of my old pictures tucked away in a separate folder. Noticeably, my contacts for work declined, no doubt because viewers primarily saw my new work, which did not have the same strength as my full port. So, I mixed them again. Now I have gotten a couple of people who ask me what my current hair is like, to which I reply: The same as my avatar, my profile page, and my latest work. It seems like it ought to be obvious...

Jan 08 13 01:41 pm Link

Model

C A K E M I X

Posts: 873

Louth, England, United Kingdom

Because for the same reason that has been stated before, it takes time to build up a strong portfolio, and also in some ways shows versatility as a model, I guess if you still have the same sort of bodyshape etc then different hair is kinda like just having different makeup for any other shoot.

Each to their own, if it works for them, then what's the problem?
if you don't like it, don't work with them :p

Jan 08 13 01:46 pm Link

Model

Laura UnBound

Posts: 27573

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Youve got at least one shot of the new hair to tell exactly what they look like

and youve got another 10+ shots that show they can model.

Youve got an imagination, put two and two together.

A new hair cut doesnt make their body or posing ability magically different, the old shots are still plenty relevant

Jan 08 13 02:08 pm Link

Artist/Painter

sdgillis

Posts: 2459

Portland, Oregon, US

HugoPixx wrote:
comment: dont understand models who change hair radically but keep up old photos... what's the point? confusing.

it's called style.

Jan 08 13 02:17 pm Link

Photographer

B R U N E S C I

Posts: 25319

Bath, England, United Kingdom

Samantha Emme wrote:
As long as they make people aware of the new hair, I don't see a problem.

+1

I'd rather see a good selection of photos showing the model's versatility but with the "wrong" hair than 4 crappy cellphone images with the "right" hair.





Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com

Jan 08 13 02:24 pm Link

Model

Paige Morgan

Posts: 4060

New York, New York, US

I shoot a lot of hair and beauty work, and my look changes. I keep a current, unedited snapshot in my profile text to show whatever current length and color it is.

In my port, I keep my best work, to show my range as a model.

No one seems to have any trouble with that combination.

Jan 08 13 05:46 pm Link

Photographer

EdwardKristopher

Posts: 3377

Dallas, Texas, US

I would imagine that unless the model has a High Profile she's doing this as a hobby, supplemental income or makes enough to pay any and all bills that she has.  She's happy doing what she wants and really doesn't need to keep her hair a certain way.  She's going to look the way she wants.  If we want to know if she has any changes then we should ask.  Most models, out here, usually put on their profile if their hair has changed...a simple question works as well.  :-)

Jan 08 13 09:38 pm Link