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Picturetaker

Posts: 19

San Antonio, Texas, US

What motivated you to go from someone who was photogenic/artistic to pursue amateur modeling and then to take modeling more seriously?

May 02 13 05:39 pm Link

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Nathine

Posts: 144

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

Picturetaker  wrote:
What motivated you to go from someone who was photogenic/artistic to pursue amateur modeling and then to take modeling more seriously?

Never did do amateur modeling. First shoot was $100.00 per hour with Eatons Canada, and went on from there. I enjoy it. I have a professional background, extremely intelligent, and can often add much to the shoot. I work well with others, can achieve the desired pose under 5 seconds, or do free form.
Photographers like me as 50% of the shots are good, 25% of those are very good, and 10% -15% are excellent. That is a high rate of useable material in the business.

What could be a 7 hour shoot, becomes 4, by knowing what they want and when they want it. Obviously cheaper to the employer, although a loss to my pocket, but in the long run, doesn't matter. Willing to do TF and TFP, if the shoot is interesting or I like the work, and have a variety of skills that span interesting venues, such as diving, flying, horse riding, motorcycling, and weaponry.

Hope this helps

Nathine

May 02 13 05:54 pm Link

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B R E N N A N

Posts: 4139

Charlotte, North Carolina, US

Picturetaker  wrote:
What motivated you to go from someone who was photogenic/artistic to pursue amateur modeling and then to take modeling more seriously?

Honestly?
Because someone told me I couldn't.
And I got laid off from my IT job.

ETA: I modeled commercially when I was younger, but came back to it later in life, and thought I was too old, so I kept it as a hobby until I got laid off.

May 02 13 06:02 pm Link

Photographer

Picturetaker

Posts: 19

San Antonio, Texas, US

Nathine wrote:

Never did do amateur modeling. First shoot was $100.00 per hour with Eatons Canada, and went on from there. I enjoy it. I have a professional background, extremely intelligent, and can often add much to the shoot. I work well with others, can achieve the desired pose under 5 seconds, or do free form.
Photographers like me as 50% of the shots are good, 25% of those are very good, and 10% -15% are excellent. That is a high rate of useable material in the business.

What could be a 7 hour shoot, becomes 4, by knowing what they want and when they want it. Obviously cheaper to the employer, although a loss to my pocket, but in the long run, doesn't matter. Willing to do TF and TFP, if the shoot is interesting or I like the work, and have a variety of skills that span interesting venues, such as diving, flying, horse riding, motorcycling, and weaponry.

Hope this helps

Nathine

that's pretty cool. did you get scouted?

May 02 13 06:02 pm Link

Photographer

DougBPhoto

Posts: 38557

Portland, Oregon, US

B R E N N A N wrote:

Honestly?
Because someone told me I couldn't.
And I got laid off from my IT job.

Can you send me their name and address, I need to send them a thank you note smile

May 02 13 06:03 pm Link

Photographer

Picturetaker

Posts: 19

San Antonio, Texas, US

B R E N N A N wrote:

Honestly?
Because someone told me I couldn't.
And I got laid off from my IT job.

someone told you that you couldn't do it on a professional level?
before... you had just been enjoying it on an amateur level?

May 02 13 06:05 pm Link

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B R E N N A N

Posts: 4139

Charlotte, North Carolina, US

DougBPhoto wrote:

Can you send me their name and address, I need to send them a thank you note smile

*coughIBMcough*

May 02 13 06:05 pm Link

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Danielle Reid

Posts: 4379

Little Rock, Arkansas, US

I spent my childhood being called ugly, bald headed, and a freak. Then I grew up and people call me gorgeous and sexy. I guess I like the compliments.

Sadly I still get the "you fail" comments. But oh well

May 02 13 06:05 pm Link

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B R E N N A N

Posts: 4139

Charlotte, North Carolina, US

Picturetaker  wrote:
someone told you that you couldn't do it on a professional level?
before... you had just been enjoying it on an amateur level?

You got to me before I added to my post. smile

I modeled commercially when I was younger, but came back to it later in life, and thought I was too old, so I kept it as a hobby until I got laid off, then got re-signed by an agency and worked my old tail off. wink

May 02 13 06:06 pm Link

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B R E N N A N

Posts: 4139

Charlotte, North Carolina, US

Danielle Reid wrote:
I spent my childhood being called ugly, bald headed, and a freak. Then I grew up and people call me gorgeous and sexy. I guess I like the compliments.

Sadly I still get the "you fail" comments. But oh well

Sadly, no matter what level you're on or what you're doing, you'll always get the "you fail" comments. hmm

May 02 13 06:07 pm Link

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Danielle Reid

Posts: 4379

Little Rock, Arkansas, US

B R E N N A N wrote:

Sadly, no matter what level you're on or what you're doing, you'll always get the "you fail" comments. hmm

Yeah hmm but at least the "OMG you're beautiful" comments are beginning to shine through. Makes me feel a lot better than I did 5-10 years ago

May 02 13 06:19 pm Link

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Mizz Amanda Marie

Posts: 1570

Chicago, Illinois, US

I saw photos of two beautiful women who made me want to give llamaing a try.
PXE
and Scar
PXE just because, holy fuck she's beautiful and you can feel her spirit in her images.
Scar, for the same reasons, but also because her scars being so visible and even seen as something beautiful made me feel like I didn't have to be ashamed about mine.

As far as sticking with it and taking it on as a career after I tried it... I just liked it. It got stuck in my head and I had to follow through.

May 04 13 06:55 pm Link

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KRISTEN MARIE

Posts: 484

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I've always been a huge fan of make-up and art.

Growing up I always played around with make-up on my own and loved taking pictures of myself.

It then grew into something where I'd ask my family members to take my photos all the time.

I started growing more  of a passion for modeling, and had been inspired by other models.

I gave this website a try a few years ago, and now I'm modeling all the time.

I love it!

May 04 13 10:48 pm Link

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Calypso Moon

Posts: 848

Banning, California, US

I've always enjoyed expressing myself physically.

I have a dance background, which contributes to modeling in many ways.  I initially wanted to commemorate the body I knew I wouldn't have forever, and it turned into a way to be very self-expressive.  I also started making money, hence the motivation to pursue it on a higher professional level.

May 04 13 11:40 pm Link

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Scarlett de la Calle

Posts: 414

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

My head is weird and full of insane thoughts and I wanted a way to get them out.

May 04 13 11:48 pm Link

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Axioma

Posts: 6793

Gent, East Flanders, Belgium

It was my substitute for dancing after my hip injury. Then I started to enjoy the creative process and the outcome of imagining something and then bringing it to live. Only having your body and emotion to express yourself is also a great parallel with dance. Plus, most of the people I know through shoots are the most laid back, creative and open minded people I've met.

May 05 13 12:53 am Link

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Magic Forests

Posts: 530

New York, New York, US

I decided to start modeling on a very manic-like impulse. There was nothing stopping me from pursuing it, so I thought, why not?

A few of my friends model and they have been so kind as to help point me in the right directions, dole out praise, just enough to get me started. They are the ones who inspire me!

I've never been photogenic so it is super happy-making to see nice photos of myself.

May 05 13 02:00 am Link

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Nathine

Posts: 144

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

that's pretty cool. did you get scouted?

Had a slight in, but the key is enjoying what you do and not worrying about the renumeration. It tends to reflect in the shots.

For example study the shots of actresses who have to do the shoot, vs models who enjoy the shoot. I think you'll see what I mean.

Nathine

May 05 13 08:44 am Link

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Nathine

Posts: 144

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

KRISTEN MARIE wrote:
I've always been a huge fan of make-up and art.

Growing up I always played around with make-up on my own and loved taking pictures of myself.

It then grew into something where I'd ask my family members to take my photos all the time.

I started growing more  of a passion for modeling, and had been inspired by other models.

I gave this website a try a few years ago, and now I'm modeling all the time.

I love it!

Have you ever done anything by the St George Hotel, King and Younge area?

Nathine

May 05 13 08:47 am Link

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amb300

Posts: 218

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, US

May 05 13 01:35 pm Link

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Isis22

Posts: 2567

Muncie, Indiana, US

I started taking photos of myself 6 years ago before I was scheduled for surgery. I wanted to have some nice photos of myself in case I might die. I felt like I looked pretty good for my age and I wanted a record of it. Fast forward a few years and an old friend from college asked me to pose for him, completely nude. Had it been a total stranger that asked me I would have said no. I like making "art". I want to leave something beautiful behind when I am just dust, a memory.

May 05 13 07:26 pm Link

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Katzen Lynx

Posts: 323

Belmont, New Hampshire, US

To be simple,
my mother started it, she modeled and was Magenta in the Rhode Island play. I signed up to do a runway show for Fashion Bug and loved it! Carried on to Cinderella Modeling school (quit, cost too much) I'm also and artist and love every form of true art and surround myself in it all.

May 05 13 07:30 pm Link

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Rachel-Elise

Posts: 1650

Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

Danielle Reid wrote:
I spent my childhood being called ugly(...) and a freak. Then I grew up and people call me gorgeous and sexy.

This.

May 07 13 03:17 pm Link

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Tony Giordano

Posts: 1

New York, New York, US

honestly...i use to be fat. then i joined my high school wrestling team leaned out and became more comfortable in my skin. now i body build and want to show what hard work and dedication looks like and inspire someone.

May 09 13 01:04 pm Link

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NicoleNudes

Posts: 3860

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In complete honesty?

I wanted to make some extra money. I thought it would be a quick and easy way to make a couple extra bucks. LOL.

Clearly, I found out pretty quickly that wasn't going to happen. But I really enjoyed llamaing just as a hobby and I just stuck with it.

May 09 13 01:12 pm Link

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NicoleNudes

Posts: 3860

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Danielle Reid wrote:
I spent my childhood being called ugly(...) and a freak. Then I grew up and people call me gorgeous and sexy.

Same here

May 09 13 01:26 pm Link

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JadeDRed

Posts: 5460

London, England, United Kingdom

A Dita Von Teese bondage pic and the prospect of money.

May 09 13 02:08 pm Link

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NYMPH

Posts: 624

Oakland, California, US

NicoleNudes wrote:
In complete honesty?

I wanted to make some extra money. I thought it would be a quick and easy way to make a couple extra bucks. LOL.

Yep. It was good ol' craigslist for me. I was looking for odd jobs while I was in college. I dealt poker for some longshoremen one night - that was fun! I had also been auditioning for everything at disneyland, and I finally realized that I was just too damn tall for any performing piece, unless I wanted to be a fuzzy. But modeling seemed like something I might be good at.

It took me a while to realize how much I enjoyed it, and I'm constantly evolving it into a passion that feeds my soul and not just a paycheck for my belly. It wasn't until after I started modeling that I realized I had an above average face and a killer body. From middle school on, I was obsessed with my breast size. I had always been a stick, so it was a critical measure of my sex appeal. Now if I go a week without modeling I turn into a grumperpuss. It's like yoga, meditation, or heroine. I'm so addicted to posing.

May 09 13 05:56 pm Link

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Koryn

Posts: 36710

Boston, Massachusetts, US

I was randomly approached by a guy at a bar, who asked if I wanted to participate in his nude photoshoot project.

It seemed exciting, and totally different than anything I'd ever contemplated doing before, so I did it. Had a lot of fun. Didn't stop modeling for the next 8 years.

*shrug*

May 09 13 06:00 pm Link

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Snuff Elles

Posts: 593

ADGER, Alabama, US

Nothing exciting really, I just kept seeing all these wicked photos and realized how much I wished it was me modeling in them and went from there smile

May 09 13 09:33 pm Link

Photographer

sonnyfromda02

Posts: 102

Austin, Texas, US

I have other photographers asking me to model for them, but I think it's only because I'm willing to look stupid on camera, (as I've proved several times on Facebook by stepping in front of my own camera). Well, I guess I'm not a model...yet.

May 09 13 09:42 pm Link

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Jen B

Posts: 3179

Hopkinsville, Kentucky, US

Axioma wrote:
It was my substitute for dancing after my hip injury. Then I started to enjoy the creative process and the outcome of imagining something and then bringing it to live. Only having your body and emotion to express yourself is also a great parallel with dance. Plus, most of the people I know through shoots are the most laid back, creative and open minded people I've met.

Similar reason here. I moved away from my dance troupe due to a work assignment and miss the performance of dance.  Then I had the opportunity to do a local fashion show and the opportunity for creative expression was too great to resist.

That and it was a bonus to feel 'pretty' after years, (decades) of being an ugly duckling and wall flower.

Jen

May 10 13 06:09 am Link

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Sabine Luise

Posts: 890

Boston, Massachusetts, US

When I was a teenager I was approached by an agency scout or whatever they are called. They wanted me to do Plus but I was too small at the time, so they wanted me to lose weight to do straight. It wasn't working out, because I was gaining instead.

So I moved on from that and went to college and taking dance classes at a local studio too. I became really good at bellydance/oriental. When I started dancing in contests, local fashion shows, weddings, events, etc. photographers suggested  I should model too yadda yadda... I was kind of skeptical because I am bigger then high school but there are other genres besides fashion. So here I am.

May 11 13 07:37 am Link

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GingerMuse

Posts: 369

STUDIO CITY, California, US

I was scouted a few times as a kid but always thought it was too ugly to do it. Being a redhead (among other things) did not make growing up easy.

I was called ugly and many other names from preschool through High school. I didn't have many friends and had low self esteem. I thought I was way too unattractive and my skin wasn't good enough to be a model.

When I was in fashion design school, I was scouted by one of the teachers to be a fit model for the graduating class because my body type was the exact size of the mannequins they were all using. Then designers in the class started asking me to model in their runway shows which led to print and yada yada yada. I still thought I was kind of weird looking and not very pretty, but people wanted me to model for them and I thought that some of the professional models were pretty weird looking, so what the hell. haha. and here I am! smile

May 16 13 09:59 pm Link

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Retiredmodel

Posts: 7884

Monmouth, Wales, United Kingdom

Never did amateur modelling.

I was inspired by using the body to create expression through gesture and pose.

http://oilpaintingdiscount.com/images/edgar_degas001.jpg

http://myedison.tesc.edu/tescdocs/Web_Courses/ART-167-OL/Images/Figure_24-28.jpg

http://i2.listal.com/image/1242050/600full-anne-st.-marie.jpg

As I was doing pilates yoga and dance at the time this began to fascinate me both in art and fashion I decided to do life drawing classes as a model and was paid from the word go.
Then photographers began to ask me. So I had some images and realised that some photographers may find the abilities for which I had become a full time life model may be of use so joined here. Then I began to learn more about connecting with the camera and facial expression to give a particular mood so began to get jobs. At this time I also started working with fashion students, learned about drape and cut,  and ended up as an in house model for a fashion house doing fit/showroom etc which was a great experience as I also love fashion.

So an interest in Art and fashion and the human form. I also had an interest in photography itself and became fascinated by Steve McCurry and Ira Meyer (who is here and I had the pleasure of meeting in London at the RGS!) to Jean Loup Sieff to Helmut Newton. So...Art, fashion, the human form and you guys!

May 17 13 04:04 am Link