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Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

BaronBaker wrote:
Would enjoy your input!

Passing on this one.

Mar 24 13 08:52 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Cameron Mark Lewis wrote:
Me please

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32092303
Nice, clean professional look. Works well for an avatar, but you have plenty of others that would work too, depending on what look you want to portray.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30174045
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30032106
Finding a worst is not so easy in your port. These two shots would be a fine shot in someone without your varied port, but they are the weakest in yours.

Overall an excellent portfolio. You've got a great look for a male model. And you've worked well on developing different expressions. However, your image croppings are often too tight. There is more to you than the center of your face.

Much continued success,
Michael

Mar 24 13 09:01 pm Link

Model

DaniNikole

Posts: 129

Sacramento, California, US

I'm game smile

Mar 24 13 09:04 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

DXM Productions wrote:
Please give me some feedback on my shots... Please ignore the pic of me.  It is just so people know what I look like when I'm meeting them.  :-)

The difference in video and in still photography is that in a still image you have to say everything you want to say in one image. In videography you say it in a series of images, as you know. Your port is cropped too tight on your very attractive models. There is more to a model than just her head. You need to learn composition and lighting for the space of a single frame. And for your portrait, since you are also advertising with it, have one of better composition and lighting to show you as a professional. If you were able to redo any of these models, give them more space.

This image: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31512152
Or this one: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31718203
Would make for a better avatar.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 24 13 09:06 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

EnlightendedPhotography wrote:
This should be interesting to see what you think

Passing on this one

Mar 24 13 09:09 pm Link

Photographer

iYi images

Posts: 78

San Jose, California, US

What about me?

Mar 24 13 09:11 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Devin Workman wrote:
I'd love to hear your opinion as well.

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31224840
Excellent lighting, composition and posing. The best in your portfolio. Very good sense of space relationships.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31880372
The composition, lighting and pose lack commercial or artistic value to me. It detracts from your port.

Overall you have excellent llamas, good sense of lighting, and space. I would suggest studying more on how to pose a llama to bring out her features.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 24 13 09:14 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Jhomel wrote:
Me pls..I'm still an amateur . Thanks for yr feedback

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30971501
This shows you well and your potential as a model. It would be better if it didn't have such a flat tonal scale.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30981532
Poor lighting and composition. While it's good to have a casual shot in your port, it should have more finish than this one.

Overall you have a good look. Strive to work with more skilled photographers, who specialize in photographing male models. The lighting, composition and posing are very different for a male vs. a female. It takes a skilled photographer to know that. Most photographers think they can do both equally well.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 24 13 09:20 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

beyond-the-surface wrote:
Please do me and with comment why you chose what you chose smile

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32092295
This is your strongest image with the best composition and pose in your port. The model has a great look that draws attention and the outfit sets her off well. Would make for a stronger avatar.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31762099
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31762068
These two photos will get attention, because of the breasts falling out of the corset. But the lighting, composition and pose don't work well. The model is just there. Has no commercial or artistic value, but more a voyeur type image.

Overall your croppings are too tight. This is very common when starting out, as you are focused on the model. You would benefit from studying negative space. Give your subjects room and make sure you are using the entire frame.

I was born and raised in NYC. I know the city very well. But I have traveled a great deal of the world and lived in many places. While NY thinks they are the center of photography, they are not. Photography happens on a major scale around the world, with many ways of seeing and doing things.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 24 13 09:30 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Calli Pygian wrote:
I would love your input!   smile

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30295101
Best lighting, composition, pose and finish to the image in your portfolio.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31361134
The lighting, composition and pose are not a good advertising piece. Has no artistic or commercial value to me.

Close behind:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30059812
The same as above. It's just there.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30059676
More like a shot on a driver's license, than in a llama's portfolio.

This would make a much better avatar:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30059595
It is your strongest head shot and shows your potential. Good professional shot, although the cropping is too tight. Still shows you well.

Overall you have a lot of potential, but your images are all over the place. I would suggest you do a lot of culling. Less is more, when weak images take your portfolio down. A client would much rather look at a few strong images than a lot of images with weak ones throughout. When you do not cull, the client thinks you don't know a good image from a bad one.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 24 13 09:41 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Ava Photography wrote:
your opinions please (tia)

(i do intend to prune further)

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31893967
Has the best lighting, composition and pose in your portfolio. But a lot more could be done to finish out this image and make it have more commercial value. The crop is too tight, but the concept is excellent. Would make a better avatar, as the cropping on your current one doesn't work well.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/19880042
The model is just there. The lighting, composition and pose don't enhance the model. She was excellent, but not handled well in this image.

If the photos on the wall in this image: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32028121 were shot by you, they would make your portfolio much stronger. They don't work well the way they are currently presented.

Overall you have excellent models, but you need to learn more about lighting, composition and posing the model. Understand more about negative space, so you can use the frame more fully.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 24 13 09:49 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

sammyspade wrote:
Hit me with it!

Passing on this one

Mar 24 13 09:50 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Maruschke wrote:
Me please smile

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31448100
Your current avatar. The best lighting and composition in your port. It's cropped too tight. It would be stronger if there was more head and leg in the image.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/29863333
The photo is just there. The lighting and composition don't flatter. It's cropped too tight.

This is a good commercial type shot and shows your potential:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31234889 It would be better if the horizon were horizontal.

Overall a very good llama, who would benefit from working with photographers who could show her potential more fully. You have varied expressions and seem to enjoy being in front of the camera.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 24 13 09:56 pm Link

Photographer

Barely StL

Posts: 931

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

Model with Michael wrote:

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30621960
Good lighting, composition and pose. Would benefit more from a crop that was less tight.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31139779
The lighting, composition and pose have no artistic or commercial value to me. The model is just there.

Overall the avatar is an excellent choice. You have very good models. Your images would be further improved if you studied more about posing and negative space. You need to express yourself with the model in the space of the frame. It shouldn't be too tight or too loose. Work to fully utilize the space by posing your model to flow through the entire frame.

Much success,
Michael

Thank you for your input. Much appreciated.

Mar 24 13 10:46 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3507

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Model with Michael wrote:

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/28567006
Very strong shot. Good lighting, composition and pose. Shots like this make for great commercial and artistic work. LISTED!

Your avatar is also excellent.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/24535023
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/27061121
These two are the weakest in your port, because they are just there. They don't show your excellent lighting skills and lack good composition.

Overall you have excellent models and one of the best portfolios I've seen on MM.

Much continued success,
Michael

Thank you Michael.

Honestly, I wasn't expecting such a positive reply.

Kind regards.

Mar 25 13 12:11 am Link

Model

Victoria Gevorkov

Posts: 94

Kansas City, Missouri, US

i'll play its been some time

Mar 25 13 12:15 am Link

Model

Lauren E Poole

Posts: 185

Pembroke Pines, Florida, US

me, please.

Mar 25 13 05:26 am Link

Model

Ann77

Posts: 175

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Model with Michael wrote:

Best:
In Beauty: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/28440787
Very nice headshot with creative makeup.

In fashion: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/27228131
Composition, lighting and pose are excellent. The expression is sophisticated and works well with the accessories. Very good commercial shot.

Worst:
In Beauty & Headshots: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/29193915
Bad crop, lighting and composition. Doesn't flatter you and brings down the quality of your port.

In Fashion: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/28833334
Poor lighting, composition and pose. The straight angle is not flattering.

In UmTeen: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/19672927
Bad lighting, composition and pose. You are just there.

Overall an excellent model. You need to cull your portfolio. You have some very strong images, but the weak ones dilute the port. When you pose, understand that the photographer should be directing you, because you are not in the camera seeing it. But only a skilled photographer is capable of this.

This could have been a very nice shot:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/26081304
But the arm should never be straight to the camera. And never press your arm against the body. It doesn't flatter the clothing or you.  It's also an awkward hand position. It could be rescued by cropping it just above the thumb and then would make a very nice avatar.

Much success,
Michael

Thank you very much!  I do need to reduce it down.  I'm still learning what makes a good photo and I thank you for your insight!

Mar 25 13 07:11 am Link

Photographer

MtL Productions

Posts: 85

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Model with Michael wrote:

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/21772058
Interesting concept, but the cropping is too tight. I would suggest learning more about negative space and giving your subject room to breath.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/28301683
Way too dark. The model has a blank expression. Don't know why this is in your portfolio, as it doesn't add anything.

Overall your portfolio is in many different directions. You just seem to be shooting the model without concern for posing the model and understanding composition and lighting. Your models end up stuck on one edge or another. A model should flow through the image. The space above and to the sides is very relevant to the composition and makes or breaks the image.

Much success,
Michael

Michael, Thanx for your critique. Would you mind expounding a bit more on you comment about lighting (sans the lighting in regard to the image you selected as my worst)?

Mar 25 13 08:17 am Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

MtL Productions wrote:
Michael, Thanx for your critique. Would you mind expounding a bit more on you comment about lighting (sans the lighting in regard to the image you selected as my worst)?

Sure. I sent you a message.

Mar 25 13 09:44 am Link

Photographer

MicMar Photography

Posts: 468

Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada

Love to know your thoughts tongue

Mar 25 13 09:52 am Link

Photographer

CBs Photography

Posts: 842

Ontario, California, US

Would love your expert opinion.  Trying to improve by adding more colorful fashion / beauty shots to my portfolio.

Mar 25 13 09:59 am Link

Photographer

Ramone Pearson Photos

Posts: 60

Addison, Illinois, US

I would be interested to see what you think. Count me in please.

Mar 25 13 10:08 am Link

Model

Summersbreeze

Posts: 6

Virginia Beach, Virginia, US

I am very new to modeling so I would love to get your opinion. Honesty is the best way to improve oneself.

Mar 25 13 10:16 am Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Anthony Croft wrote:
i'd love your input... smile

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31868454
Best lighting, composition and pose in your portfolio. It would have been even stronger if the model was slightly to the right, so the rock was not partially behind her head.

Your two nudes on the rocks are good, but they seem more like they were done at a class.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31495101
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31440281
The lighting, composition and pose don't work in these two photos. Your portfolio would be stronger without them.

Overall I would suggest learning more about posing and composition. You should not expect the model to do the posing, as she is not inside the camera. It's similar to a choreographer and a dancer. You as the photographer are the choreographer and must direct the model. You have very good models and could do more to enhance your photos.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 25 13 09:43 pm Link

Model

Rowen Bellamy

Posts: 452

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

If you are still at this I would love an opinion.

Mar 25 13 09:47 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Leone P wrote:
I would love to know your thoughts please. I have only been modelling part time since December so i know my portfolio isn't excellent but could you take a look anyway please? x

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31982093
Your current avatar, because it shows your ability to pose and your form.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31978077
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31463554
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30922036
Because of poor posing, lighting or composition these three photos drag down your port.

Overall you show a lot of potential. You have a good face and form, but you would benefit from working with more skilled photographers to improve the quality of your images.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 25 13 09:51 pm Link

Model

LeighN

Posts: 224

Frederick, Maryland, US

I would like your opinion! Mainly because I've been told I can't, and shouldn't llama and if I do that I would't get much (commercial). I trust your opinion and I would like to hear your feedback, I'm just trying to determine if llamaing is a good fit for me (not full time of course). Either way would love your expert opinion!

Mar 25 13 09:55 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

cwwmbm wrote:
Hit me up please!

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/24390258
Your current avatar is very well done. Good composition, lighting, and makeup. Nice commercial shot.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/24390246
This photo is an amazing concept. LISTED. The composition is too tight a crop and would benefit from more space.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32027523
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32027476
These two are your worst because they look like casual snapshots and lack good composition, lighting and posing.

Overall your images are too diverse from high quality to low. You need to decide what direction you want to pursue and build a more consistent portfolio. You have some very interesting lighting in some of your images.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 25 13 09:59 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Angela Sunstar wrote:
I would love your opinion along with why smile

Passing on this one

Mar 25 13 10:02 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

BETTY LEEANN wrote:
i think you missed me earlier sad

Passing on this one

Mar 25 13 10:03 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Vivendi Studio wrote:
like to hear about mine.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32038940
The tonal scale and patina die in this image when it is small. In a black and white shot it is the graphics that are most important, and thus the tonal scale. The composition and lighting are fine, but the flat tonal scale kills it.

All of your other images are about the same level, in the sense that you need to understand more about lighting, composition and posing of the model. Other than that the models are just there. They are very beautiful models, but they are just there.

An example, just to pick one:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/29162006
You have an elegant background, a high fashion model with good hair, makeup and clothing and she is just sitting there and her head is blended into the chandelier. Every aspect of the background competes with the model. It's not just about having a good model. It's about designing the shot to bring out the model.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 25 13 10:13 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Samantha Liana wrote:
i'd love your opinion please and thank you

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/26375885
The top of these two should be your avatar. Definitely an attention drawing image with good makeup, lighting and composition.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32037553
You current avatar. The composition, lighting and pose don't flatter you. You are hidden behind sunglasses. This shot has no commercial value. It detracts heavily from your portfolio. It caused me to almost skip over your portfolio, which would have been a shame.

Overall you have a fun profile write-up. I have been reading and reading all kinds of write-ups that tell me how wonderful the model or the photographer is. But it is extremely rare for the wonderful write-up to match the port. Your port exceeds your write-up. You are really a very good model and have been working with very good people, which is very rare.

Much continued success,
Michael

Mar 25 13 10:23 pm Link

Photographer

sanjayb

Posts: 717

Los Angeles, California, US

Sure!

Mar 25 13 10:38 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Dan Brady wrote:
Yes please. May I have an opinion

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32007396
Your current avatar. Very interesting shot. Draws the viewer's attention. Good lighting, composition and color choices.

I've listed this shot, because your wife is a fabulous makeup artist. One of the better ones I've seen:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31575844
Really beautifully done.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31699571
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30845838
These two images because of the lighting, composition and pose. The flat tonal scale really detracts from your port.

It's nice that you have a good collaboration with such a fantastic makeup artist. You have very good models, but I would suggest studying more about posing the model. In black and white, it's the graphics that grab the viewer. So if you look at your avatar, it has excellent color graphics, which would also transcend well into black and white as strong graphics.
But this black and white:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30439736
While it is a very good model, it looks like a faded, washed out old print. The image would have greater importance if the tonal scale were longer.

In your whole portfolio, your crops are too tight. I would recommend studying further the concept of negative space to improve your composition.

Much success,
Michael

Mar 25 13 10:40 pm Link

Model

Axioma

Posts: 6793

Gent, East Flanders, Belgium

ok smile

Mar 25 13 11:04 pm Link

Photographer

Dan Brady

Posts: 610

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Model with Michael wrote:

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32007396
Your current avatar. Very interesting shot. Draws the viewer's attention. Good lighting, composition and color choices.

I've listed this shot, because your wife is a fabulous makeup artist. One of the better ones I've seen:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31575844
Really beautifully done.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31699571
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30845838
These two images because of the lighting, composition and pose. The flat tonal scale really detracts from your port.

It's nice that you have a good collaboration with such a fantastic makeup artist. You have very good models, but I would suggest studying more about posing the model. In black and white, it's the graphics that grab the viewer. So if you look at your avatar, it has excellent color graphics, which would also transcend well into black and white as strong graphics.
But this black and white:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30439736
While it is a very good model, it looks like a faded, washed out old print. The image would have greater importance if the tonal scale were longer.

In your whole portfolio, your crops are too tight. I would recommend studying further the concept of negative space to improve your composition.

Much success,
Michael

Superb feedback. Thank you

Mar 26 13 12:45 am Link

Photographer

Divine Origins

Posts: 90

Brooklyn, New York, US

Please rate me

Mar 26 13 02:03 am Link

Photographer

JPS Photography DFW

Posts: 34

Denton, Texas, US

Me please big_smile

Mar 26 13 12:14 pm Link

Model

Landy

Posts: 67

La Crosse, Wisconsin, US

Would be delighted to hear your opinion smile

Mar 26 13 04:13 pm Link