Forums > Critique > Is your bark worse than your bite?

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3528

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

It's great to see so much amazing work on Mayhem, but are you selling yourself straight?
Perhaps you're not aware of your full potential or maybe you're just buried in your own ego.
Post here and I'll let you know my honest opinion on whether your bark is worse than your bite.

No cry babies!

Jan 27 13 03:19 pm Link

Photographer

Thommy Panic

Posts: 524

Chicago, Illinois, US

Ok boss, I'm all yours.

Jan 27 13 03:21 pm Link

Model

E e v a

Posts: 1724

Nashville, Tennessee, US

I'm game! It's only fair to let you get payback for my critique big_smile

Jan 27 13 03:22 pm Link

Model

Maruschke

Posts: 543

Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand

Ok Please tell me smile

Jan 27 13 03:23 pm Link

Photographer

my_other_profile

Posts: 666

Ankeny, Iowa, US

When I was small, I'd sit on top of the doghouse with my dog and bark at people.  True story.

Jan 27 13 03:24 pm Link

Model

MelissaAnn

Posts: 3956

Seattle, Washington, US

tell me.

Jan 27 13 03:25 pm Link

Photographer

juliarabkin

Posts: 590

Rochester, New York, US

alright i'm ready

Jan 27 13 03:26 pm Link

Photographer

Too Hot For Snakes

Posts: 5589

TERLINGUA, Texas, US

Go

Jan 27 13 03:27 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3528

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thommy Panic wrote:
Ok boss, I'm all yours.

No Thommy, you're just about right, in fact I'd dare suggest you're slightly underselling yourself here.
I dig a lot your work, its solid and your wet plate is intriguing.

Jan 27 13 03:41 pm Link

Photographer

Black Glass Studio

Posts: 11

Chestertown, Maryland, US

would love your critique.

Jan 27 13 03:43 pm Link

Photographer

Ivan Galaviz - Photo

Posts: 891

Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico

I'll have my dose

Jan 27 13 03:44 pm Link

Photographer

Thommy Panic

Posts: 524

Chicago, Illinois, US

Aww, thanks man.

Jan 27 13 03:48 pm Link

Model

Maggie Xia

Posts: 452

Atlanta, Georgia, US

let me know pls! smile

Jan 27 13 03:50 pm Link

Photographer

sgnr photo

Posts: 254

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Let's hear it.

Jan 27 13 03:51 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3528

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Samantha Emme wrote:
I'm game! It's only fair to let you get payback for my critique big_smile

Hmmmm yes... Payback muahahahahaaa!!

Samantha your feet are on the ground girl, I'm not detecting any ego or delusional hype with you at all.
I would thoroughly enjoy working with someone with your creative and positive attitude.

Jan 27 13 03:56 pm Link

Photographer

Art Silva

Posts: 9517

Santa Barbara, California, US

I'll take a shot.

Jan 27 13 03:59 pm Link

Model

Evie Wolfe

Posts: 1201

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Ok! Cool idea for a thread big_smile

Jan 27 13 04:06 pm Link

Photographer

Fotografica Gregor

Posts: 4124

Alexandria, Virginia, US

I'm not quite sure what to expect from this but always up for input from someone whose work suggest they might know what they are talking about.....

Jan 27 13 04:10 pm Link

Model

Valeria Figallo

Posts: 2370

Asia, Lima Provincias, Peru

i'd like to know!

Jan 27 13 04:11 pm Link

Photographer

New Image Creations

Posts: 415

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Let me know....sometimes we can't see the forest because of all the trees...

Jan 27 13 04:28 pm Link

Model

E e v a

Posts: 1724

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Rik Image wrote:

Hmmmm yes... Payback muahahahahaaa!!

Samantha your feet are on the ground girl, I'm not detecting any ego or delusional hype with you at all.
I would thoroughly enjoy working with someone with your creative and positive attitude.

Yesss! But I hate you for being in Australia. Why are so many good photographers so far away? You suck =P

Jan 27 13 04:29 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3528

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Maruschke wrote:
Ok Please tell me smile

Your bark is spot on, your wish list also is spot on and fully achievable with the right crew.
I feel you come across as a realistic and likeable model with good potential for the lifestyle market.

Jan 27 13 04:30 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3528

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

my_other_profile wrote:
When I was small, I'd sit on top of the doghouse with my dog and bark at people.  True story.

Lol you do have a great sense of humour and a level head. With a few tweaks in shop your work could really sing and you could be back on top of the doghouse before you know it smile

Jan 27 13 04:59 pm Link

Model

Maria Susanti

Posts: 546

Banyuwangi, Jawa Timur, Indonesia

will play

Jan 27 13 05:02 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3528

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

MelissaAnn  wrote:
tell me.

I'm afraid I'll be quite biased in my assessment of you MelissaAnn, because I pretty much admire all of what you do.
In your profile, I think you are realistic and also tough but fair in your wording.
On opening your portfolio I'd want to work with you regardless of what was written (unless you came off as a huge diva, which you don't), you're very realistic and inspirational.
Don't go changing smile

Jan 27 13 05:18 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3528

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

JuliaRabkindotcom wrote:
alright i'm ready

Could use a little more info on your profile, I sense a mild undersell approach going on here.
You could definitely afford to crank it up a little, despite the fact your work speaks for itself.

Jan 27 13 05:31 pm Link

Photographer

juliarabkin

Posts: 590

Rochester, New York, US

Rik Image wrote:

Could use a little more info on your profile, I sense a mild undersell approach going on here.
You could definitely afford to crank it up a little, despite the fact your work speaks for itself.

thanks... any advice?

Jan 27 13 05:42 pm Link

Photographer

Jorge Kreimer

Posts: 2438

Los Angeles, California, US

Ok!

Jan 27 13 05:50 pm Link

Model

Sarah_

Posts: 1487

Denver, Colorado, US

Sounds like fun.  Let's see! smile

Jan 27 13 05:56 pm Link

Photographer

JAE

Posts: 2156

West Chester, Pennsylvania, US

Sure smile

Jan 27 13 06:00 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3528

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Too Hot For Snakes wrote:
Go

I'm on the fence with you Too Hot For Snakes.
You've been here since 2008, you shoot at "the centre of the known universe" you have some amazing models and despite this, a lot of your work sits a little flat for my eye.
I'd dare suggest your work doesn't entirely live up to the hype, that being said, I absolutely love your work on the dry lake bed and want to see more of it.

Jan 27 13 06:32 pm Link

Model

MelissaAnn

Posts: 3956

Seattle, Washington, US

Rik Image wrote:

I'm afraid I'll be quite biased in my assessment of you MelissaAnn, because I pretty much admire all of what you do.
In your profile, I think you are realistic and also tough but fair in your wording.
On opening your portfolio I'd want to work with you regardless of what was written (unless you came off as a huge diva, which you don't), you're very realistic and inspirational.
Don't go changing smile

Awww, thanks Rik!

Wish you lived closer.

Jan 27 13 06:38 pm Link

Model

winking_wonder

Posts: 5689

New York, New York, US

Would like to know.

Jan 27 13 06:59 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3528

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Black Glass Studio wrote:
would love your critique.

I find your work to be somewhat cliche, underexposed and over processed in various combinations throughout your portfolio here.
You don't appear to be ringing your own bell too much, although you do make mention of other wedding and product work without a direct reference link to it, which only leaves me to wonder if its better or worse than what you have here.
You appear to be amateurish, but make no claim to be otherwise, so I'm giving you a clear report.
Yes your bark is as good as your bite.

Jan 27 13 07:40 pm Link

Photographer

HarryL

Posts: 1584

Chicago, Illinois, US

I'm in smile

Jan 27 13 07:45 pm Link

Model

Miluna V

Posts: 14

Dayton, Ohio, US

Me please ^_^ I wont cry I promise. Im dying for constructive crit. Ive thus far only had the chance to work with one photographer. So I know Im lacking massively but still!

Jan 27 13 07:46 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

ok!! smile

Jan 27 13 07:47 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3528

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Ivan Galaviz - Photo wrote:
I'll have my dose

Your profile is a little all over the map as is your work.
I'm not saying your work is bad, just that its very inconsistent
On your profile starting out with a cool laid back approach to it all, rocketing to, "the world is OURS" all within a few sentences.
Confusing, misleading, tongue in cheek?? Who knows, but more importantly who'd care to find out.
It seems you'd like your models to find you intriguing enough to chase you by the way in which you request they, "connect with you on Facebook".
Your bark is worse than your bite I'm afraid.

Jan 27 13 08:02 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3528

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Maggie Xia wrote:
let me know pls! smile

To me you seem to be pitching yourself in a very rational manner and I note the mention of no nudes more than once on your profile.
To me this is fine, as I do understand how some males can lack the appropriate reading and comprehension skills when it comes to getting ladies nekid.
I do find your reference to implied and lingerie shoots a little ambiguous, to mention sensual as a comparison sexual leaves a lot to the imagination in anyone's mind.
Perhaps a few listings of reference images would help clear this up for many and land you more paid work sooner than later.
With the right outlook and approach you could start making money within a week.

No your bark is not worse than your bite, in fact i see it as the opposite here, but once you sort your sensual from sexual definitions out it could come close.

Jan 27 13 08:32 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3528

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

sgnr photo wrote:
Let's hear it.

Your profile matches your work in most regards, although, not always in a good way.
I don't see any of your work even coming close to your favourites list, from this point I'm left wondering about your motivations for taking up photography.
No your bark is not worse than your bite.

Jan 27 13 08:59 pm Link