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Model

Alexis Radzvilowicz

Posts: 69

New York, New York, US

Okay, taking a huuuge step asking for a real critique here, but please be honest in your opinions.  And please don't post the comments on the actual photos if they are harsh, please just respond to this thread and I will consider them carefully.  Thank you! x

Jan 11 13 06:59 pm Link

Photographer

Lumatic

Posts: 13750

Brooklyn, New York, US

You appear quite at ease on camera.  You have a great base for commercial work with a substantial range of expressions.  I won't say you can't do high fashion, but given your height, it might be wise to concentrate your efforts elsewhere, which you seem to be aware of.  You are certainly marketable in terms of commercial fashion/editorial/printwork, as well as some alternative styles.

Your bio is well-written and professional-sounding, and overall, I really can't find much fault with anything in your portfolio.  All your shots are good quality and your photographers capture you well.  If I could say anything, it would be that it feels like you might be playing it safe a little bit.  Keep going with the direction you're in, but see if you can push your range out even farther if you want to be adventurous.

Nice work!

Edit:  Okay, I just caught your list about the direction you want to go.  Now I know why I got the feeling you should expand.  Definitely look for opportunities to push the boundaries of your comfort zone.  Perhaps I'm simply seeing in you what I've become aware of in my own work, but I think there's a fierce, sultry, dangerous, sexy diva in you begging to be set free.  Let her out!  smile

Jan 11 13 08:51 pm Link

Photographer

Jean Renard Photography

Posts: 2080

Los Angeles, California, US

if you want to have a fun hobby, or shoot for "art"  or self esteem reasons then my opinion is useless for those situations I know nothing of them,.

However

If you want to make money then everything changes. The rules for 95% of commercial, fashion-editorial require very specific body proportions you do not have and/or a height of 5'10.  In secondary markets there is a tad more flexibility but those are the benchmarks.

As an actress and on camera performer you have far less limitations. 

Still, to break the rules in our crazy business you need to know that the odds are not in your favor and understand all the components that could get you one step forward.  The better you are on camera, the more unique the look, the better your branding the more likely people will seek you out and the more exception MIGHT be made.

On MM models like Jillian Ann and Mosh have broken the rules and consistently crossed over into real advertising work ( I have worked with both of them and they were quite a departure from who I normally worked with).  They are also the exception not the rule.  At the least however, you need to be as good at what you do as they are at what they do.

You need way better photos and to figure out your look and how you will proceed with that.  Your are in a small market and all of it is commercial and conservative.  LA is a very different beast as is any other major market.  Invest in your brand.

Jan 12 13 01:08 am Link

Photographer

David Kirk

Posts: 4502

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Your current portfolio is not large, but has a wide range of quality.

This has a fantastic smile and interesting composition and setting.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130109/06/50ed848b9760e_m.jpg

This smile looks forced, especially compared to the photo above.  I expected to see a caption reading My First Photoshoot or something similar with this one.  Not sure why you like this one.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121017/14/507f28d491b0f_m.jpg

Lovely dress, nice light, good pose and expression.  This is a keeper for sure.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121204/08/50be2484a8e3f_m.jpg

Then there is this.  I like the dress, but the rest of this image including the pose, setting, colours (epecially the red), lighting and retouching are clearly inferior to the one above.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121119/16/50aac98d0f3c3_m.jpg

I really like the expression and direct connection with the camera, but everything else about this photo is quite poor.  I would ditch this and reshoot it under better conditions.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121220/09/50d3496a2d20b_m.jpg

Not bad, but doesn't compare to the first one above!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121220/15/50d3a09c80423_m.jpg

I like this one except for the tension in your expression - particularly in the mouth.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121220/15/50d3a0c21dfda_m.jpg


I think this is the best of this series of photos (you on the bed).  Nice colours, flattering lighting and pleasant composition.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121220/15/50d39f6cb3ff5_m.jpg

This one shows your legs well, but that is all it has going for it.  Replace it with a better full body photo.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121231/07/50e1b28a44371_m.jpg

I would recommend trimming your port down to the best four photos (#1, 5, 10, 6) and build up from there.  Oh, I guess keep #2 as your full body shot too.

Beautiful face and a killer natural smile!  I would love to shoot with you.

I hope that is helpful.

Jan 12 13 05:26 am Link