Forums > Critique > I'm critiquing! Warning: I can be kind of a b*tch!

Model

Maggie Xia

Posts: 452

Atlanta, Georgia, US

any comment is appreciated smile

Jul 06 13 08:44 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

ElevatedImages wrote:
Right here!

Woah okay, you shoot anything and everything. Some stuff you nail, others you don't. I'm gonna tell you what I think you should get rid of and why. Ready? Too bad.

5-You can do so much better than this. You have a car and a hot model and this is what came of it? Didn't do either justice. (32 on the other hand-nailed it.)
6-I just think it's boring and therefore takes up space.
7-She looks so unattractive and dull. She's pregnant and probably glowing and you managed to make her look haggard. I like the idea though if that counts for something.
11-She has no neck. And she's pushing out her stomach. This is a photo I would consider an outtake and not even worth editing. As a photographer, you should be learning to look for these things to tell the model. 'Lengthen your neck a bit please, turn a little bit toward me.' Easy.
17-She's cute but this is also not port worthy. Awkward pose and she's trying to make the best of it.
28-Awkward pose and no neck again. I can't believe these are the best shots you got of these beautiful women.
44-You have so many bike photos that are miles above this one. It just brings the others down.
57-I just can't find a thing about this that I like.


There are plenty more that, if you just gave me free reign to delete away, I would. But I picked the worst so as not to overwhelm you. I think you should definitely sort your different styles into folders. Bikes and Cars. Maternity. Couples. Nekkid chicks. You get the point. I also think that a lot of what you shoot is very cliche. If you want to shoot a hot chick with a car, maybe try asking yourself what you can do to make it the coolest looking chick with a car photo ever. Don't be ordinary. It is being done all over the place and you just seem to me to be another tog who can't think out of the box. You seem like the type who trolls mm and sees things that he wants to do and then tries to do them. Try to be original instead. Also, really start trying to direct the model. If you're already doing it, then something's not working. It could be you, it could be the model. But it is your fault that you think no neck and pudgy belly makes a good photo. Usually it doesn't. I'm harping on the stuff you need to improve on but you also do some things well. #30 is really fabulous. #43 is one of the best couple shots I've seen. There are a lot of bad ones out there so good job on that. You also can shoot boudoir without it looking too sluttified. So yay on that stuff. Keep honing those skills.

Jul 06 13 09:02 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

dd photography wrote:
Seen you round lately. Bitch me up!
Thx

I've been seeing you around lately too. Clicked through your port a few times actually. I really dig your style and I dig even more that you have a style. You know what you're good at and you do it well. I'm a huge fan of your current avatar, it hits so many different buttons for me. It's dreamy and ethereal. It's evocative. It's sexy. It's everything I look for in an image. I don't want to sound like I'm gushing too much but there isn't a single image that doesn't belong in here. If you want to cull it down, I would maybe try to delete a few of your multiple shoot photos. I'd love to see you do more outside. That canyon place looks like an awesome location. Maybe try a forest too.

Jul 06 13 09:08 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

Maggie Xia wrote:
any comment is appreciated smile

I like most of your work but I'm confused because you said you have over 50 shoots under your belt and yet you have only a handful of images. Maybe upgrade to show more stuff. If you don't want to do that then tell people to follow you on fb to see more images or something. I really like 2 and 3 for very different reasons. I also like that they are next to one another so you can see how versatile you are. I love #7. It's weird and you're kind of moving and it's my favorite. Shoot more of this. Try working more expressions into your shoots. Try moving a bit more.

Jul 06 13 09:13 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

All done for the night. Be back tomorrow maybe!

Jul 06 13 09:14 pm Link

Model

Maggie Xia

Posts: 452

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Paige Thomley wrote:

I like most of your work but I'm confused because you said you have over 50 shoots under your belt and yet you have only a handful of images. Maybe upgrade to show more stuff. If you don't want to do that then tell people to follow you on fb to see more images or something. I really like 2 and 3 for very different reasons. I also like that they are next to one another so you can see how versatile you are. I love #7. It's weird and you're kind of moving and it's my favorite. Shoot more of this. Try working more expressions into your shoots. Try moving a bit more.

yeah i know what you are saying...i need shoots with more movement but somehow just haven't come across anything.

I am extremely picky with my port imgs...there are a lot of imgs that i don't want to put with my port and i have several shoot with some really high caliber photographers TFP but just never got back any imgs...i really wish I could get those back sad still try to get in contact with them lol

Jul 06 13 09:21 pm Link

Photographer

dd photography

Posts: 924

San Diego, California, US

Thank you, thank you, touched.

I like your forest idea—come my way and we'll make it happen.

Jul 06 13 09:26 pm Link

Photographer

Lorna Jane Newman

Posts: 15

London, England, United Kingdom

Thanks for your feedback ;-)

Jul 07 13 05:00 am Link

Model

Sophia Grey

Posts: 69

Yuma, Arizona, US

Paige Thomley wrote:

Well your bio is nice and all but it doesn't tell us anything important. Like what you want/don't want to shoot or if you're looking to do more trade stuff right now because you need photos for your port (which you do). So put all the nice fluff at the bottom and the important stuff that photographers need to know at the top.

You're new so I'm not going to be too rough but you don't really have much here for me to judge. You definitely need to shoot some more, and with higher quality togs. Right now most of your photos look like you went with a friend and just had fun shooting around. Getting a killer head shot should be goal #1. Also, out of 8 photos, 3 of them have your face in the same angle. Something to think about. 3 of them are from the same shoot with the boots and jeans. Narrow it down to one shot. (#2). #2 is actually your best photo right now I'd say. It shows that you can move in front of the camera and you're throwing out some serious attitude too. SO aim to do weird poses like this, just not in front of trains or on park benches. You're coming along but if you want to get serious I'd start really networking with people who can take your portfolio to the next level and can do more for you than just having you show up with an outfit at a random park and see what you get. Usually you'll get crap. This also goes both ways, as a model you should figure out what kinds of shots you need/want in your port and seek out photographers who are good at that type of photography. Give them your idea and see if they're willing to trade. Good luck. See that wasn't too rough was it? Eh, you can take it.

^^ THANK YOU SO MUCH! I will keep that in mind! so grateful for your input! I will make sure to work on my portfolio!

Jul 07 13 09:27 am Link

Model

Jerome B

Posts: 19

Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Paige Thomley wrote:

You have some cool stuff. Keep shooting.

Thanks for your opinion...I will keep shooting of course if you say so wink

Cheers!

Jul 13 13 03:53 am Link

Model

Kurly Smith

Posts: 89

Georgetown, Ontario, Canada

I'm in!

Jul 13 13 05:45 am Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

Kurly Smith wrote:
I'm in!

Well you just need to shoot a lot more because I can't really tell if you've got 'it' or not. I like your hair curly much more than when it is straight. The curly hair sets you apart which is always to your advantage. Your body is slamming so try to work with photographers who can take you to the next level. Work on you expressions more and try to make your poses more fluid. You look stoic and uncomfortable in a bunch of them. Right now, looking at your port I'm getting a Kmart/JP Penny vibe. If that's not what you're going for, then get out there and shoot some different stuff to change that. It would be awesome to see you do some more concept-driven shoots instead of just posing in front of backdrops. Since you're a swimmer, you could do a really awesome shoot using your abilities...I'm seeing multiple images popping into my head. Maybe try to highlight that and put it first on your bio so that neat little thing doesn't get passed up. Say- I'm a competitive swimmer and runner and am currently seeking a photographer to translate my passions into amazing images. Or something like that. Basically, if you want to make this more than just a hobby you gotta get your butt out there and start asking photographers to shoot with you. It would really help them if you came to them with a concept already as well. Good luck darling!

Jul 13 13 11:25 am Link

Model

Alexis Radzvilowicz

Posts: 69

New York, New York, US

Lay it on me ;-) I can take it.

Jul 13 13 11:54 am Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

Alexis Radzvilowicz wrote:
Lay it on me ;-) I can take it.

In most of these photos except for #15 you look like you're either a robot or dead to the world. Or bored as h*ll. You're gorgeous, you just need to put a little light in your eyes and connect with the camera more. Maybe try booking shoots where the photographer and you are specifically looking to capture some emotions.  #2 and 11 are basically the same exact photo so get rid of one. I took a gander at your other profile and you look like a whole different person! You're alive, you're moving, you've got attitude! Try to translate that into beauty shots.

Jul 13 13 12:10 pm Link

Model

Kurly Smith

Posts: 89

Georgetown, Ontario, Canada

Paige Thomley wrote:
Well you just need to shoot a lot more because I can't really tell if you've got 'it' or not. I like your hair curly much more than when it is straight. The curly hair sets you apart which is always to your advantage. Your body is slamming so try to work with photographers who can take you to the next level. Work on you expressions more and try to make your poses more fluid. You look stoic and uncomfortable in a bunch of them. Right now, looking at your port I'm getting a Kmart/JP Penny vibe. If that's not what you're going for, then get out there and shoot some different stuff to change that. It would be awesome to see you do some more concept-driven shoots instead of just posing in front of backdrops. Since you're a swimmer, you could do a really awesome shoot using your abilities...I'm seeing multiple images popping into my head. Maybe try to highlight that and put it first on your bio so that neat little thing doesn't get passed up. Say- I'm a competitive swimmer and runner and am currently seeking a photographer to translate my passions into amazing images. Or something like that. Basically, if you want to make this more than just a hobby you gotta get your butt out there and start asking photographers to shoot with you. It would really help them if you came to them with a concept already as well. Good luck darling!

Thanks so much!  You weren't mean at all!  I am definitely working on getting  some good photographers to shoot me!

Jul 13 13 12:48 pm Link

Model

Random One

Posts: 35

Canton, Michigan, US

Paige Thomley wrote:

At first glance your avatar kind of looks like a big wiener. You're into shooting nudes so maybe that's not so much of a bad thing, eh? The rest of your photos look really amateur. In most of them you're posing in front of a white sheet (?) that needs a good ironing. You do say in your profile that you're an amateur but if you want to join the big leagues you might want to consider working with more professional photographers. I do like #5, the photo with you in the water.

Alright Paige, a week later and I took some of your advice. Does that make me eligible for a "re-critique"? Seriously, I did listen, would appreciate more of your feedback!

Jul 13 13 07:04 pm Link

Photographer

Andy Hale

Posts: 35

Rockford, Illinois, US

Still at it?  Bitch away!  Thanks!

Andrew & Maureen

Jul 13 13 07:30 pm Link

Model

BirdiesBigYear

Posts: 5

Austin, Texas, US

I'd take a critique, I'm super new and have no idea what I'm doing.

Jul 13 13 07:36 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

Random One wrote:

Alright Paige, a week later and I took some of your advice. Does that make me eligible for a "re-critique"? Seriously, I did listen, would appreciate more of your feedback!

It's a little better. You've shot more and thank goodness it's not against a white sheet! But you still have some of the bad photos in your port, and from your new shoots you have just uploaded a bunch. Aim to only take one or two from each shoot TOPS.

Jul 14 13 07:15 am Link

Model

_eMMe_

Posts: 842

Florence, Toscana, Italy

I would be glad of any critique!

Jul 14 13 07:53 am Link

Photographer

TDSImages

Posts: 856

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

I would appreciate a critique please!

Jul 14 13 08:39 am Link

Model

MonkeyL

Posts: 143

Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands

Yes please!

Jul 14 13 08:55 am Link

Photographer

IrishOne

Posts: 979

Fort Worth, Texas, US

If you have the time .....

Jul 14 13 09:04 am Link

Model

Fergy

Posts: 22385

Fenton, Michigan, US

Yes, please

Jul 14 13 09:33 am Link

Photographer

Gabbana Photography

Posts: 8

Santa Rosa, California, US

Paige Thomley wrote:
I've got nothing better to do on a Saturday night so I guess I'll give this a shot. Any takers?

Yes, please!

G

Jul 14 13 09:39 am Link

Photographer

Vivendi Studio

Posts: 249

Los Angeles, California, US

go ahead.. give me your best shot

Jul 14 13 10:58 am Link

Photographer

Will_DB

Posts: 246

Derby, England, United Kingdom

Fascinating thread to compare the critiques to the portfolios, feel like I've learned a hell of a lot just reading through this!

*tips hat to the OP*

Jul 14 13 11:19 am Link

Model

ashley bradybaugh

Posts: 2

Trenton, Michigan, US

I would like your feedback please

Jul 14 13 12:01 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

Andy Hale wrote:
Still at it?  Bitch away!  Thanks!

Andrew & Maureen

A lot of your photos look amateur and cliche. Pay more attention to what's behind the model when you're shooting because a lot of times it ruins the shot. Try to see the whole picture instead of focusing just on the subject. That being said, some of your stuff is so beautiful. I like the photos of Grace in the field. I like the photo titled Light Study 15. You basically need to cull your portfolio. I can help you do that if you're willing. Just pm me. Some of your stuff is on a whole upper level than the rest. It's hard to find the gems when you're sifting through feather boas and roses on beds. It's almost like you took two different portfolios of different photographers and mashed them together. Since you say you shoot with your wife, maybe one of you is much better than the other. Either way, you should edit down your port and I'd be happy to help and explain why some photos should go and why some should stay.

Jul 14 13 09:21 pm Link

Model

ItsRilee

Posts: 17

Mesa, Arizona, US

sure:)

Jul 14 13 09:28 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

BirdiesBigYear wrote:
I'd take a critique, I'm super new and have no idea what I'm doing.

Well I like your underwater work. A ton of your photos are just horrible. You seem to mostly pose pretty well, and don't come off as stiff which is a huge accomplish in it of itself for a newer model. You have potential but you for the most part aren't shooting with very good photographers. Let's say that you have done 8 shoots so far. You don't have to use photos from all 8 shoots. I know the thinking of a new model is that the more shoots you have on your port the more photographers will want to work with you because it seems like you're shooting a lot. This is SOOO wrong, and something I used to do too. There are about 6 shoots that I've done in the past that, when I got the photos back, I just basically threw them out. They weren't good enough. Something wasn't right. Sometimes it was my failure and sometimes it was the photographers. Strive for the best. If the photos you get back aren't amazing and awesome and you look great and the photographer edited them well and the pose is killer and everything screams 'YES this is just what I wanted and everything I hoped for (!!!)' then don't even bother putting it on here. It will just bring your port down a notch instead of up. And you want to go up, don't you? 

I would keep #1 and 3. Both very good water photos of you and in this case worth keeping both. Get rid of #4 because it's not nearly as awesome. #2 should go too because it doesn't even seem to be edited at all and it just looks like you friend took a picture of you on the beach. #5 is beautiful. #6 is an awesome corset (you should use this again with someone who can make it more of a focal point) and your pose is great but your face isn't all the way there and all the stuff going on in the background is distracting. Keep for now. #7 stays. #8 looks like your boyfriend took it and there's nothing really worth it to warrant keeping, so toss. Your face looks pretty in it if that's any consolation. #9 and 10 are probably the worst in your port. They make me cringe. Bad all around. Toss now! #11 can stay, #12 should go eventually but keep for now. #13 can stay but 14 should go. #15,16 and 17 can stay. #18 should go. You look...not good. #19,20,21 and 22 should all stay. In fact, 21 and 22 are my favorites. They are WOW. If these were at the top of your port along with your two underwater ones, you might get better photographers. Get rid of the crap and keep only the amazing. Then start bagging on some virtual doors of people who's work you admire.Be picky. Most will say no but some will say yes. Shoot with those people and give it your all. Good luck!

Jul 14 13 09:45 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

_eMMe_ wrote:
I would be glad of any critique!

You've got a well-edited port. I'd love to see more fashion images of you where you are more of a focal point as opposed to part of the scenery. And more nudes/implied nudes. Also, the last photo in your port doesn't really show off you or your skills so I'd get rid of it and replace it with something that shows more than just your hands.

Jul 14 13 09:49 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

I didn't forget about all the rest of you, I will be back to critiquing Tuesday night!

Jul 14 13 09:49 pm Link

Photographer

Tirage

Posts: 38

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

If you're still playing I'm in.....gulp!

Jul 16 13 05:37 am Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

TDSImages wrote:
I would appreciate a critique please!

You seem to have a good vision but for some reason photos that should be awesome aren't quite there yet. For example, #9 Wedding of Horror, is literally amazing but because of the editing or lack there-of it looks amateur. I would seriously consider getting someone to edit this to take it to the next level. You're kind of all over the place style-wise which isn't necessarily bad but it makes models like me wary to consider working with you because we have no idea what you're going to throw at us. Are we going to get pitched something awesome like #13 or something out of a cheap romance novel like #15? That being said, I wouldn't really delete anything in your port just yet until you get some new work.

Jul 16 13 08:35 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

MonkeyL wrote:
Yes please!

In your bio you flip between past and present tense. Stick to one or the other. You're also not 21 anymore so either change it or delete it. Personally I'd delete it because we can tell how old you are by looking a couple of inches higher on the screen. I like that you state the types of shoots you are looking to do, it will help photographers out. BUT if you don't put your weight then you're hindering yourself I think. You have your measurements and you height but not your weight? It's just weird. Get on a scale and the type that sucker in.

I like everything in your port. Looks professional and varied. You don't have a full body shot unless you count photo #2 so it's hard to tell how long or short or shapely your legs are. So work towards getting a full body shot of you in some kick-*ss heels. And although all of your work is good and keep-worthy, not of it is memorable. You should decide if that's something you want or not.

Jul 16 13 08:45 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

IrishOne wrote:
If you have the time .....

I like everything in your bio except for that map. It baffled me why people have these things really. The only thing I think of when I see one is that you're so obsessed with who is looking at your page that you need to keep track.

You have some killer sh*t in here. You also have some okay stuff. And some really bad stuff. I think you need to figure out what kind of a photographer you want to be. Honestly. Because not only are photos #1 and #19 completely different stylistically, but one looks really artsy and awesome and one looks like you took a snapshot of two...I'm trying to be nice here...cheap girls.
I'd personally get rid of these-5,17,18,19,20,24 (only because she has no neck). Everything else is either awesome or just good enough to stay. Keep shooting, and aim higher. Some of your stuff really shows potential.

Jul 16 13 08:56 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

Fergy wrote:
Yes, please

Your bio kind of in a way is giving photographers one after another excuse for them to not work with you. Maybe change it to sections titled I WILL (shoot nude,etc.), I WON'T (shoot bondage, etc.), and I HAVE (piercings and tattoos, etc.).

As for your photos, well there's a lot of them and most shouldn't be on here. I'm gonna attempt to go through them and try to have an open mind because glamour modeling just doesn't really appeal to me.
Okay I'm not. I got to number 11 or something and just gave up. There are so many models and photogs that I spend literally an hour critiquing every single picture only to check back later and discover that they didn't even take one little piece of advice. And usually they are people that have 50 or more photos in their ports. So if you want a photo by photo critique, pm me. Personally I think more than half of these should go.

Jul 16 13 09:26 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

Gabbana Photography wrote:

Yes, please!

G

Good work. There's not enough of it.

Jul 16 13 09:27 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

Vivendi Studio wrote:
go ahead.. give me your best shot

So since you say paid assignments only and then have restrictions on height and weight and all those other things are you getting any work? Or are the restrictions for TF shoots? It's confusing so maybe try to clarify that on your bio.

Some of your work is better than others. Nothing is bad but nothing really stands out except the Chanel umbrella photo.

Jul 16 13 09:31 pm Link