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Model

Axioma

Posts: 6793

Gent, East Flanders, Belgium

or is it more a photographer-image?

in other words do you like it/should I keep it smile.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31654478 (18+ ish)

Feb 13 13 01:25 pm Link

Model

Calypso Moon

Posts: 848

Banning, California, US

I'm not sure why the two have to be distinct (model images vs photographer images).  A good image is a good image.

If it is a good photo that is better than or equal to what is already in your portfolio, and you find it flattering to your body and/or skills as a model, absolutely include it.

Feb 13 13 01:30 pm Link

Photographer

Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32234

Woodinville, Washington, US

Emily Hayworth wrote:
I'm not sure why the two have to be distinct (model images vs photographer images).  A good image is a good image.

A model's portfolio should show off the model. A photographer's portfolio needs to show off the photographer's skills, and that may include images that don't necessarily show the model particularly clearly.

Feb 13 13 01:33 pm Link

Photographer

Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32234

Woodinville, Washington, US

IMO, this image is on the borderline. It shows your body well, but not the face at all. As part of a well-rounded portfolio, it works.

No doubt that it would work in a photographer's portfolio.

Feb 13 13 01:35 pm Link

Photographer

Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7253

New York, New York, US

Orca Bay Images wrote:

A model's portfolio should show off the model. A photographer's portfolio needs to show off the photographer's skills, and that may include images that don't necessarily show the model particularly clearly.

I think it works either way. The model's body is "her" image portrayed. The light hitting it and the capture is the photographer's doing. I don't see a significant difference really. All images work both ways if they are flattering to one another's talents or assets.

Feb 13 13 01:36 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

It's a high quality, artistic shot... fits nicely in your portfolio.

Feb 13 13 01:38 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6400

Champaign, Illinois, US

I think both.

Feb 13 13 01:40 pm Link

Photographer

AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12836

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Well if you were speaking of a printed book I would say maybe.  Do you have 15-20 images of equal quality that show you and your face as well?  If yes then I would skip it.  Online I would keep it, but it's is still very important to be selective.

The real answer is will this shot sell you well to potential clients.

Feb 13 13 01:46 pm Link

Photographer

imcFOTO

Posts: 579

Bothell, Washington, US

Axioma wrote:
or is it more a photographer-image?

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31654478 (18+ ish)

It's a good question and for sure too many times I see models with shots that really only show the photographer's skill rather than show off the model well.

As others have said - this is kinda borderline but it does show off your body very well (and very tastefully) - so in the context of a portfolio, it's a useful addition.

Feb 13 13 01:47 pm Link

Photographer

MichaelClements

Posts: 1739

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

No. It's soft unimaginative rubbish. Ditch it!

Feb 13 13 01:51 pm Link

Photographer

C h a r l e s D

Posts: 9304

Los Angeles, California, US

With it cropped in way tighter, sure.

Feb 13 13 01:52 pm Link

Photographer

Paul Tirado Photography

Posts: 4253

New York, New York, US

I like it and I think you should keep it.  Mostly when I say a shot is a photographer's shot, I mean it does not show your look in the best light or give an accurate idea of it. I think this shows off your body and curves quite well.

Feb 13 13 01:54 pm Link

Model

Axioma

Posts: 6793

Gent, East Flanders, Belgium

Thx everyone smile. Am going to leave it up for now.

Feb 13 13 02:15 pm Link

Photographer

WCR3

Posts: 1072

Houston, Texas, US

I like you in it and I like the light, but I don't care for the rest of the scene. It just looks too sloppy and thrown-together. As a photographer, I would be embarrassed about the setup.

Feb 13 13 02:41 pm Link

Photographer

Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32234

Woodinville, Washington, US

Marin Photography wrote:
All images work both ways if they are flattering to one another's talents or assets.

If.

And that's the catch: not all images are equally flattering and useful to both sides.

Take a low-key portrait in which half the model's face is in pitch-black shadow. It might show off the photographer's chops, but it would be quite useless in a model's portfolio. Someone casting for a shoot will wonder what facial flaws are being hidden in the shadow. Next!

Feb 14 13 12:56 am Link