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Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

I've been a professional judge for photo competitions for many decades. I teach professional photographers at workshops, photo schools and seminars. I also teach models how to pose. So if you want honest feedback, I will pick out your best and/or your worst. If you want to know why, I'll let you know my reasoning.

If I really like your work, I'll comment and list it. But I'm hard to impress. You can look through my port and lists to see what I think has merit.

I wish you much success!

PLEASE NOTE: I am looking for artistic merit and commercial value in the images. While I enjoy creative and artistic nudes, I will pass without comment on portfolios that simply put models on display without trying to highlight the model's beauty.

It might take me awhile to get to you, as the write-ups take a bit of time and my photography work keeps me busy. I am working my way them. Top of Pg 13.

Michael

Mar 07 13 05:57 pm Link

Model

Meggera

Posts: 91

South Gate, California, US

I'd like to know your opinion! *in desperate need of feedback* smile

Mar 07 13 06:09 pm Link

Photographer

JIOPIX

Posts: 1183

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Love to hear your opinion...

Mar 07 13 06:14 pm Link

Photographer

Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7305

New York, New York, US

shoot!

Mar 07 13 06:17 pm Link

Photographer

Brendan Lally Photo

Posts: 50

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I'm game... looking forward to your feedback

Mar 07 13 06:19 pm Link

Photographer

RachelReilly

Posts: 1730

Washington, District of Columbia, US

I'll play!

Mar 07 13 06:22 pm Link

Photographer

David Watson Photograph

Posts: 52

Whittlesea, Victoria, Australia

id love to know my best and worst so im in

Cheers

Dave

Mar 07 13 06:25 pm Link

Photographer

Joseph William

Posts: 2029

Chicago, Illinois, US

Would love to hear your opinion

Mar 07 13 06:37 pm Link

Model

Mary Zdo

Posts: 176

San Ramon, California, US

Do tell.

Mar 07 13 06:41 pm Link

Model

winking_wonder

Posts: 5689

New York, New York, US

I'm in.

Mar 07 13 06:44 pm Link

Photographer

hs photography

Posts: 468

Houston, Texas, US

I'm next please.

Mar 07 13 06:44 pm Link

Photographer

Images by MR

Posts: 7895

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Yes plz..

Mar 07 13 06:44 pm Link

Model

Miss Leilani Jade

Posts: 2513

Decatur, Alabama, US

I am game would like to know your opinion

Mar 07 13 06:45 pm Link

Photographer

fine art nudes by paul

Posts: 3287

Berkeley, California, US

i'm curious

Mar 07 13 06:57 pm Link

Model

B E A R

Posts: 474

Riverside, California, US

Sureeeee

Mar 07 13 06:58 pm Link

Photographer

A-M-P

Posts: 18211

Orlando, Florida, US

ok lol

Mar 07 13 07:00 pm Link

Photographer

FHS Photography

Posts: 16

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

I would like your feedback please.

Mar 07 13 07:01 pm Link

Photographer

Warren Leimbach

Posts: 2713

Tampa, Florida, US

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Mar 07 13 07:02 pm Link

Photographer

Alexander Choi

Posts: 13

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I would very much value your opinion!
I'm in

Mar 07 13 07:02 pm Link

Photographer

David A Bliss

Posts: 165

Parker, Colorado, US

Yes please

Mar 07 13 07:03 pm Link

Photographer

CireStudios

Posts: 223

New York, New York, US

Yes please. I would be very interested.

Mar 07 13 07:07 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Meggera wrote:
I'd like to know your opinion! *in desperate need of feedback* smile

Your best: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31901228

Shows your face and form well. Both of which are good and have potential. I would suggest working in this direction, but minus the weapon.

Your worst: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/11490093

Hides your face and is a candid shot. Fine for family, but not in a model portfolio.

My suggestion: You've got the height and figure to make it in this industry. Your face is fine and could look fantastic with a high quality makeup job. You auburn hair is also an asset. The longer you grow it, the more people will want to create elaborate shots using it. The money is in high fashion, not casual shots.

Seek out photographers with more experience, who have high quality portfolios to get some refined shots that flatter your height and form. Volunteer to be the face for MUAs you admire. With hustle, grit and determination, you will find opportunities with quality photographers and could build a great port!

Much success, Michael

Mar 07 13 07:08 pm Link

Model

Aly Catt

Posts: 402

Oneonta, New York, US

me?

Mar 07 13 07:14 pm Link

Photographer

toesup

Posts: 1067

Templeton, California, US

Sounds interesting..

Mar 07 13 07:30 pm Link

Photographer

Icuellar

Posts: 18

Austin, Texas, US

Ok i'm in... i really have to change several of my pics now smile

Mar 07 13 07:31 pm Link

Photographer

Crows Photography

Posts: 229

Dothan, Alabama, US

Have a look

Mar 07 13 07:33 pm Link

Photographer

Jessie Rand

Posts: 42

Nanakuli, Hawaii, US

Im ready for it!

Mar 07 13 07:34 pm Link

Photographer

OmnyRa

Posts: 1029

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

Scary, but I'll take a shot...

Mar 07 13 07:35 pm Link

Model

Ceci L

Posts: 235

Villena, Valencia, Spain

Me big_smile

Mar 07 13 07:36 pm Link

Model

Shauni Mary Jane

Posts: 986

Thief River Falls, Minnesota, US

Sweet, I'd love to know what you think are my best and worst, and why? I really appreciate it.

Mar 07 13 07:42 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

JIOPIX wrote:
Love to hear your opinion...

It's difficult to pick the best and worst from your port, because you have not decided what direction you want to take. There are things in your port that various people will like.

If you are doing it for fun, your port is fine. If you are doing it for business, you need to focus on what direction you want to take to make your money, because buyers will be turned off by things that they don't like.

No matter what direction you take, focus more on composition. Composition is what makes or breaks an image.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 07 13 07:59 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Marin Photography wrote:
shoot!

Your best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31829910

The pose, the model's outfit and her expression make this your strongest photo.

Your worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30725718

The photo conveys no meaning, it's just there. Photographing men is very different from photographing women. The lighting, posing, makeup, styling, everything must be different.

To improve your portfolio, take time to study lighting and posing. Don't expect the model to know how to pose. It's the photographer that is looking in the camera that directs the model.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 07 13 08:06 pm Link

Photographer

J O H N A L L A N

Posts: 10530

San Pedro, California, US

Ok...

Mar 07 13 08:10 pm Link

Photographer

Fist Full of Ish

Posts: 1918

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, US

'Please!

Mar 07 13 08:11 pm Link

Model

Emma Faith

Posts: 3

Ambler, Pennsylvania, US

Would love to hear your advice on which direction I should take my career and where I would make the most out of it. Thank you

Mar 07 13 08:13 pm Link

Photographer

Barry Brown Images

Posts: 186

Crossville, Tennessee, US

If you're still going, I'd like to know your opinion!

Mar 07 13 08:13 pm Link

Photographer

Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7305

New York, New York, US

Model with Michael wrote:
Your best: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31901228

Shows your face and form well. Both of which are good and have potential. I would suggest working in this direction, but minus the weapon.

Your worst: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/11490093

Hides your face and is a candid shot. Fine for family, but not in a model portfolio.

My suggestion: You've got the height and figure to make it in this industry. Your face is fine and could look fantastic with a high quality makeup job. You auburn hair is also an asset. The longer you grow it, the more people will want to create elaborate shots using it. The money is in high fashion, not casual shots.

Seek out photographers with more experience, who have high quality portfolios to get some refined shots that flatter your height and form. Volunteer to be the face for MUAs you admire. With hustle, grit and determination, you will find opportunities with quality photographers and could build a great port!

Much success, Michael

wrong thread

Mar 07 13 08:14 pm Link

Model

Kozmina

Posts: 6534

Colorado Springs, Colorado, US

Took a 6 month break so no new stuff but would like to hear what you think of my older stuff and what direction I should go in.

Mar 07 13 08:15 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Brendan Lally Photo wrote:
I'm game... looking forward to your feedback

Your best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/29802396

I'm a commercial and fine art photographer. An image like this one sells. It would be even stronger if she was looking at camera with an expression.

Your worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/28248016

There is no effort in the hair, makeup, clothing or pose.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 07 13 08:16 pm Link

Model

Rhiana Gray

Posts: 61

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I'd love to know your opinion on best and worst (and why!)

Thanks!

Mar 07 13 08:16 pm Link