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Model

Jojo West

Posts: 972

Silver Spring, Maryland, US

Paolo Diavolo wrote:
Since no one is regulating measurements but themselves I just figure on average they weigh 10-15lbs more than they list, and they are 2 inches shorter.

Most cases I don't need someone to be of specific measurements, and if I do, We're meeting before the project's shoot date.

Otherwise as long as they look right and have recent images, when shooting for hobby it doesn't matter as much to me.

....but i do own tape measures and a scale.

That depends. Some of us are obsessive, we weigh ourselves every morning and measure once a week. smile

Jan 31 13 10:30 am Link

Photographer

JOEL McDONALD

Posts: 608

Portland, Oregon, US

PocketChangeProductions wrote:
... You're probably not the only person disappointed when someone comes up short 2 inches less than they said online in real life.

Funny! big_smile

Feb 02 13 07:39 am Link

Photographer

JOEL McDONALD

Posts: 608

Portland, Oregon, US

Amanda Ashley Harris wrote:
Two words: casting, fitting.
All problems solved.
:-)

Hair (or lack of) and new tattoos not shown in profiles are biggies.

For a model I've not met/worked with before, especially if it's a shoot with a lot of prep, whether commercial or informal, I still like a pre-shoot meet up for coffee.

Like a coffee casting call. But that's just me.

Feb 02 13 07:44 am Link

Photographer

RKD Photographic

Posts: 3265

Iserlohn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

I booked a couple of models once for a magazine shoot (not through MM but a UK-based site) commissioned by a third-party client. Both had worked with one another before and the images in their respective portfolios confirmed they were exactly what the client was looking for.
The shoot was 'top-shelf' magazine G/G style and the client one of the major UK publishers of such material.
Stupidly (in retrospect) I booked them without thinking to book additional reserve models 'just in case'.
One was fine and more or less as per her portfolio, the other had unfortunately neglected to inform me that since the last image in her port had been uploaded, she'd become a mother to twin girls with the resulting collateral damage to her figure: she was at least 20lbs heavier, her breasts had gone up at least two cup-sizes and the stretch-marks were unfortunately impossible to disguise given the type of shoot we were contemplating. This was in the old pre-digital days - the shoot was on medium-format tranny film and the retouching costs would have been astronomical.

I appreciate not all women can easily lose the weight that pregnancy often inflicts upon them, but as a model you kind of need to be up-front about it.

Needless to say, the Client took one look, cancelled the shoot and fired me on the spot.

Feb 02 13 09:01 am Link

Photographer

jetZig

Posts: 1

Oslo, Oslo, Norway

To me it's important that the models I shoot with DO HAVE images on their profile that's up-to-date and that they also DO HAVE images that are NOT heavily retouched. I like to have some idea of what to expect.

Feb 02 13 09:08 am Link