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Model

LeighN

Posts: 224

Frederick, Maryland, US

Please close thread

sincerely thought i was ready for the critiquing and realizing im not

NOT INTERESTED in any further crituque, PLEASE lock thread

Mar 25 13 02:09 pm Link

Photographer

255 West

Posts: 6468

New York, New York, US

Briefly:

1) You have too man photos in your portfolio. Never throw in mediocre pictures with your best ones, it pulls it down. You'll be remembered MORE for your weakest photo than for your best.

2) You don't need more than you already have to go see an agency. They want to see your potential, not your beautiful photos.

Mar 25 13 02:51 pm Link

Model

LeighN

Posts: 224

Frederick, Maryland, US

I think that it'd be silly to have any less in my Mm port bc I have 200 spots, I wouldn't ever take ALL my MM photos to an agency

Mar 25 13 03:08 pm Link

Photographer

Cherrystone

Posts: 36719

Columbus, Ohio, US

Leigh12 wrote:
I think that it'd be silly to have any less in my Mm port bc I have 200 spots, I wouldn't ever take ALL my MM photos to an agency

He was kinda right.

I have 200 "spots", only use half of them, probably should cut those down, but have enough edited images to fill up 30 VIP profiles. See if that suggests anything to you.

Quality ALWAYS trumps quantity. Always.

One thing my eye drew in on you, out of 19 images, 13 of them have your hands and/or arms up around your head. You'd probably want to try and get a little more diverse.

Mar 25 13 04:18 pm Link

Model

LeighN

Posts: 224

Frederick, Maryland, US

That's something i hadn't noticed! Thank you!! That is extremely helpful!

Mar 25 13 04:35 pm Link

Photographer

Tim Media

Posts: 95

Columbia, Missouri, US

Leigh12 wrote:
I am looking for more commercial shots, the fashion ones are mostly to show diversity.
Yes I have quite a few head shots but that will be changing this week!
Other wise critique away!
PS: Im looking to sign with an agency some maybe critiques that would move me towards having pictures that would impress them?
Thank you! smile

I'm not sure I would have guested you were a commercial model by your images.

Mar 25 13 04:51 pm Link

Model

LeighN

Posts: 224

Frederick, Maryland, US

That's my main problem right now is I have a ton of high fashion looking pieces so I'm trying to get more commercial looks

Mar 25 13 04:55 pm Link

Photographer

Mark

Posts: 2893

New York, New York, US

I dont see an agency in your future but if you are going to pursue it then go completely life style as you dont show diversity "trying" to do fashion but just that you are not the right body type or look for it.  How close are you to DC?  You need to be near a market to have any chance. 

Take a look at www.bellaagency.com a very good NYC commercial print agency to see what type of photos you should strive for.  But even with them it most likely will just be an occasional paid job- 2-3 a year.

I don't like a single photo in your port- sorry but got to call it like I see it.  You need photos in natural light with out shadows and smiling and doing stuff.  NO posing.

Mar 25 13 08:24 pm Link

Model

LeighN

Posts: 224

Frederick, Maryland, US

Mark wrote:
I dont see an agency in your future but if you are going to pursue it then go completely life style as you dont show diversity "trying" to do fashion but just that you are not the right body type or look for it.  How close are you to DC?  You need to be near a market to have any chance. 

Take a look at www.bellaagency.com a very good NYC commercial print agency to see what type of photos you should strive for.  But even with them it most likely will just be an occasional paid job- 2-3 a year.

I don't like a single photo in your port- sorry but got to call it like I see it.  You need photos in natural light with out shadows and smiling and doing stuff.  NO posing.

People like you are the exact reason I model. Because anyone can tear you down but it takes a true genuine type of person to build you up. Regardless of what any snooty, know-it all photographer in NYC think I can't do, I am assured everyday because of self determination and willingness to work hard that I can do anything I want and be extremely successful at it. I thank you for your critique but remind you that you don't know everything, especially the true strength of someones dreams and heartfelt work.
FYI I've been offered contracts with multiple agencies now and I have not signed with them as I am holding out. I ask for advice with agencies because I want to be as prepared as possible for each interview.
Maybe one of these trips to NYC I make you'll be lucky enough to shoot with me.
Other than that have a blessed day.

Mar 25 13 09:01 pm Link

Photographer

Aaron Lewis Photography

Posts: 5083

Catskill, New York, US

Agree. You have a lot of mediocre shots dragging down the decent shots. As mentioned above, quality is ALWAYS better than quantity.

The posts above are not trying to discourage you, tear you down or be harsh in any way. They're all true and factual. If you come here and ask for advice don't be upset when you're told the truth.

You're 5'6" which immediately exempts you from almost any agency. You don't shoot nudes which exempts you from ever working with a very large number of photographers.

You don't seem to have anything amazingly different, fresh or unique to offer, so again, the likelihood of ever getting signed is about 0%. That's just the way it is.

It's reality that you're not ready for, not the critiquing.

Mar 26 13 05:05 pm Link

Photographer

Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7252

New York, New York, US

Stay positive and keep trying. You are young and have time to get lots of experience.

Mar 26 13 05:15 pm Link

Photographer

Mark

Posts: 2893

New York, New York, US

LOL .    Didnt get the praise from me you wanted? Yes, you will have to direct your anger generated from my honest response and direct it towards your port. Guess you dont need me to tell you that, as you wrote me already saying its people like me that make you model. 

Sorry but I have developed my eye from dealing with the NYC market and Europe and not out of the way little towns but major fashion capitals. And to reply to your criticism of me just being a photographer and not knowing about modeling- I modeled for Ford NYC and Wilhelmina NYC and Major Milan, Louisa Germany, Karin Paris FYI

but truthfully dont see why you went ballistic on me.

Mar 26 13 08:51 pm Link

Model

Christinare

Posts: 116

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US

It's a pretty big aspiration to want to make enough money from llamaing that you'll be able to quit 2 of your jobs. Honesty, the only way that's going to happen is to drop the "no exceptions escort" policy, and probably do nudes. You might make a little money here and there (even I've been paid a couple times) but to take it from a HOBBY to a JOB, you've got to be willing to be more professional (do your research and get references instead of bringing an escort), and shoot what people are willing to pay for.

Mar 27 13 10:11 pm Link

Photographer

Aaron Lewis Photography

Posts: 5083

Catskill, New York, US

Oh you require a chaperon, uhh I mean escort too? I didn't even see that one.

Mar 28 13 03:22 am Link

Photographer

Sven Lori

Posts: 276

Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

Hi,

You seems to have potential. Some advice
1) As already said above, be extremely selective with your pictures. 5 excellent images are better that 20 good ones. Remember "good" is the enemy of "excellent".
2) Ask some experience photographers for TFCD shootings to boost your portfolio. This is the way many successful models started
3) A smaller point. You don't have to mention so prominent that you always come with an llama herder. Serious photographers never have a problem with this, if you mention this when arranging the shooting. I shoot nudes and have often models coming with a friend or boy-friend.

Good luck

Mar 28 13 05:32 am Link

Model

LeighN

Posts: 224

Frederick, Maryland, US

if any of you had actually read the top post you would see I am NO LONGER INTERESTED in any critiques and I asked for this post to be locked or deleted. I appreciate everyone's effort but I really am not interested in anyone's opinion. have lovely day.

Mar 28 13 04:23 pm Link

Photographer

SPRINGHEEL

Posts: 38195

Gibraltar, Michigan, US

Leigh12 wrote:
if any of you had actually read the top post you would see I am NO LONGER INTERESTED in any critiques and I asked for this post to be locked or deleted. I appreciate everyone's effort but I really am not interested in anyone's opinion. have lovely day.

CAM the thread and ask the mods to close it down

http://www.ripoffreport.com

Mar 28 13 04:26 pm Link

Model

LeighN

Posts: 224

Frederick, Maryland, US

THANK YOU I did not know how to do that

Mar 28 13 04:28 pm Link

Photographer

SPRINGHEEL

Posts: 38195

Gibraltar, Michigan, US

LeighN wrote:
THANK YOU I did not know how to do that

You're very welcome, my dear


The site has never made stuff like that very easy to find

Mar 28 13 04:29 pm Link