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Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

Even the brightest, most talented, and successful people in the world need a little bit encouragement at certain moments.

If this is one of those 'moments' for you, well that's what I'm here for. You can also send me a private message if you prefer to keep everything private.

Jul 09 13 06:53 am Link

Photographer

Green Grape

Posts: 292

West Paterson, New Jersey, US

AH Sure, count me in

Jul 09 13 07:07 am Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

Green Grape Photography wrote:
AH Sure, count me in

Hello. I checked your portfolio and I think you are making very nice progress judging from your older images in comparison to the newer ones. Keep it up.

Jul 09 13 08:06 am Link

Photographer

Jorge Kreimer

Posts: 2422

Los Angeles, California, US

Sure!

Jul 09 13 09:49 am Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

Jorge Kreimer wrote:
Sure!

What I like about your work is that it's different, and that in itself makes it remarkable. So often we, or at least I, see portfolios with very similar photos. Of course the models are different, and so are the locations and outfits; but what I mean is that the 'soul' of the image presented is the same. There is even a certain retouching style which has sort of become 'the standard'.

With you I get 'different', and to me that is like a breath of fresh air. Bravo.

Jul 09 13 12:33 pm Link

Model

winking_wonder

Posts: 5647

New York, New York, US

Love to have some encouragement!

Jul 09 13 12:33 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

winking_wonder wrote:
Love to have some encouragement!

Sure. Well in some capacity I definitely admire anyone who seriously puts themselves out there to be a model. I don't mean a person that does a few photoshoots and then sits back and hopes for some big 'opportunity' to come knocking at his or her door, but the type of person that goes out into the real world and tries to create opportunities for themselves.

That goes double for someone like you, who might not fit into the idea of what 'the average joe' sees as a model, but is still able to achieve a measure of success through perseverance and hard work, and basically laughing in the face of possible failure or what to a lot of people is even worst than failure, ridicule.

Jul 09 13 01:07 pm Link

Model

LizTess

Posts: 34

Brooklyn, New York, US

Encouragement is always nice smile

Jul 09 13 01:50 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

LizTess wrote:
Encouragement is always nice smile

Just from reading your profile I think you have your life more in order at eighteen, than most adults. You're part of a magic show, you're studying to be a personal trainer, you're a Zumba instructor, and you're a biology major in school. Wow, I'm impressed. Busy people, I have found, are often ambitious people. Ambition is one of the best qualities a person can have, in my book.

On top of it you seem to have a very easy going temperament, and I like your face, which I think has an almost Eastern European quality to it because of the slightly round shape of your bone structure. Eastern European women are envied for this quality, which is often present because of the proximity of Eastern Europe to Asia, and has the effect of 'softening' Caucasian features in a very attractive way.

Jul 09 13 02:20 pm Link

Wardrobe Stylist

Tiffany_B

Posts: 1339

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US

A little encouragement is always welcome smile

Jul 09 13 02:31 pm Link

Photographer

ECN Photography

Posts: 24

Savannah, Georgia, US

Same here.  One can always use a little encouragement and/or advice.

Jul 09 13 02:34 pm Link

Model

Alexandra R Y

Posts: 466

Amberg, Bavaria, Germany

Sounds lovely ^.^

Jul 09 13 02:40 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

Tiffany_B wrote:
A little encouragement is always welcome smile

I love how you incorporate accessories into your wardrobe styling, which really helps to make the entire look more complete and professional. I think your clients must certainly appreciate your attention to detail and dedication; qualities which I am always quick to notice in the people I work with, btw.

Jul 09 13 02:50 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

ECN Photography wrote:
Same here.  One can always use a little encouragement and/or advice.

I like that you're not afraid of taking chances and being creative. Given the choice between a photographer with great technical expertise but little creativity, or one with incredible creativity but low technical skill, I believe that the more creative person has a higher 'ceiling'. Technical expertise can always be acquired, more so in today's world which is filled with online guides and youtube videos. Creativity you usually have to be born with. (or do lot's of LSD.......I'm only kidding!)

Jul 09 13 02:53 pm Link

Model

Maruschke

Posts: 543

Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand

yes please, I would love some. smile

Jul 09 13 03:22 pm Link

Retoucher

PWF Retouch

Posts: 290

Jacksonville, North Carolina, US

yes please smile

Jul 09 13 03:27 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

Alexandra R Y wrote:
Sounds lovely ^.^

Well, I'll be honest; what immediately jumps at me is that you have the type of figure that I think (nearly) every girl would envy. So like Elle Macpherson and Heidi  Klum, who also shared this nickname at certain points of their careers, I think your new nickname should be 'the body'.

I also think that you have a high quality portfolio, although I personally favor your nudes. Why cover something up that looks so nice? (Just my opinion).

If I was your advisor, I would tell you to start building a fanbase using social media and then monetize those fans by linking them back to a personal website where you sell them content, posters, as well as merchandise and services that you sponsor. You have what it takes to do it successfully (I know what I'm talking about here).

Jul 09 13 03:30 pm Link

Photographer

J O H N A L L A N

Posts: 10439

Santa Ana, California, US

Sure - Always nice - thanks.

Jul 09 13 03:35 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

Maruschke wrote:
yes please, I would love some. smile

Don't ask me to explain how I know this, but I feel certain that one of your best qualities is your personality. About your smile; Even though your smile is not the typical 'print model' smile (the type that you might expect to see in some toothpaste commercial), I think it's charming, and sweet and has an infectious quality to it.

Mainly I just think that you're the type of girl that is low maintenance, easy to get along with, quick with a smile, and who always has sort of a 'chipper' and upbeat personality, which tends to put people around you at ease. You're an easy person to trust. It's all in your face.

By the way, everything that I've just said is incredibly rare to find and awesome! So.........smile wide!

Jul 09 13 03:48 pm Link

Photographer

Lentille de Guerre

Posts: 149

Seattle, Washington, US

I'm hearing Salvadore from the yoga scene in "Couples Retreat" - "Encouragement!". wink

Jul 09 13 03:51 pm Link

Model

winking_wonder

Posts: 5647

New York, New York, US

Dark Shadows wrote:
Sure. Well in some capacity I definitely admire anyone who seriously puts themselves out there to be a model. I don't mean a person that does a few photoshoots and then sits back and hopes for some big 'opportunity' to come knocking at his or her door, but the type of person that goes out into the real world and tries to create opportunities for themselves.

That goes double for someone like you, who might not fit into the idea of what 'the average joe' sees as a model, but is still able to achieve a measure of success through perseverance and hard work, and basically laughing in the face of possible failure or what to a lot of people is even worst than failure, ridicule.

Thanks, though I don't find this particularly encouraging...

Jul 09 13 03:56 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

winking_wonder wrote:
I don't find this particularly encouraging... Also you have said nothing about my images or anything about me as a model.

To simplify, I was saying that I admire that fact that you are persistent and hard working, and that you have been successful despite not fitting 'the blueprint' of what makes a conventional model.

About your images or portfolio; I'm not necessarily critiquing images or portfolios. I'm just offering encouragement.

I'm sorry if you didn't find what I said to be encouraging. It was certainly meant to be.

smile

Jul 09 13 04:02 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

PWF Retouch wrote:
yes please smile

The first thing I like about your profile is the 'no nonsense' and straight to the point style in which it's written. It's easy to understand, uncluttered, and doesn't have tons of images or 'gimmicks'. Thumbs up to you there.

Finally I have to say that in some of your samples you show great promise that will no doubt be realized in the future.

Jul 09 13 04:13 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

J O H N  A L L A N wrote:
Sure - Always nice - thanks.

I love that the models in your portfolio look like people; a strange thing to say, I know! Often I will look at a models portfolio and immediately ask her to send me a cell phone snapshot just so I have some idea of what she looks like. (although I understand that in some cases 'strong digital effects' are being used by design in order to meet a certain artistic vision)

I think a good way of putting into words what I'm thinking is by using the adage, "simple is the ultimate sophistication" to describe your portfolio.

Jul 09 13 04:26 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

Lentille de Guerre wrote:
I'm hearing Salvadore from the yoga scene in "Couples Retreat" - "Encouragement!". wink

I like your simply worded, but straight to the point written profile and portfolio. Also, a nice use of shadow in some of your images.

Jul 09 13 04:30 pm Link

Model

Maruschke

Posts: 543

Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand

Dark Shadows wrote:

Don't ask me to explain how I know this, but I feel certain that one of your best qualities is your personality. About your smile; Even though your smile is not the typical 'print model' smile (the type that you might expect to see in some toothpaste commercial), I think it's charming, and sweet and has an infectious quality to it.

Mainly I just think that you're the type of girl that is low maintenance, easy to get along with, quick with a smile, and who always has sort of a 'chipper' and upbeat personality, which tends to put people around you at ease. You're an easy person to trust. It's all in your face.

By the way, everything that I've just said is incredibly rare to find and awesome! So.........smile wide!

big_smile Thank you very much big_smile that is awesome hehehe smile

Jul 09 13 05:14 pm Link

Model

Dani-Mae

Posts: 59

Bladenboro, North Carolina, US

I need some.  I keep getting porn and prost offers.  *head palm*

Jul 09 13 05:20 pm Link

Photographer

David Watson Photograph

Posts: 52

Whittlesea, Victoria, Australia

Hit me man like all of us we occasional suffer self doubt we can be our own worst enemies

Jul 09 13 05:28 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

Dani-Mae wrote:
I need some.  I keep getting porn and prost offers.  *head palm*

Well another way to look at it would be by saying that a lot of people are dreaming about being with a girl like you, even if it's vicariously, because they see something special in you that they wish they could have, if only for a moment.

When you think about it, people wished the same thing of Marilyn in 'her day', and they wish it of all the pretty celebrities today; which actually explains why people tend to go 'a little crazy' for celebrity sex tapes or nude photos taken by paparazzi. Vicariously they are wishing they could be with that person.

I guess that one day you are just going to have to accept the fact that people just find you incredibly desirable. Maybe you should build a fanbase and capitalize on it.

smile

Jul 09 13 05:39 pm Link

Model

Melodye Joy

Posts: 545

Rancho Cucamonga, California, US

Dark Shadows wrote:
Even the brightest, most talented, and successful people in the world need a little bit encouragement at certain moments.

If this is one of those 'moments' for you, well that's what I'm here for. You can also send me a private message if you prefer to keep everything private.

I would appreciate some encouragement, thank you! It's not been an easy road lately, both personally and professionally.

xoxo

Jul 09 13 05:42 pm Link

Model

Aimee LaSourire

Posts: 41

Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Hi there I'm in had a not very encouraging shoot lately..
Thanks!

Jul 09 13 05:48 pm Link

Model

Cynthia Serrano

Posts: 12466

Newark, New Jersey, US

bunny

Jul 09 13 05:51 pm Link

Model

Sarah_

Posts: 1487

Denver, Colorado, US

Oh yes please! It has been a long day.

Jul 09 13 05:53 pm Link

Model

Jhomel

Posts: 180

Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

Me pls. .would love to hear some

Jul 09 13 05:56 pm Link

Model

Dani-Mae

Posts: 59

Bladenboro, North Carolina, US

Dark Shadows wrote:

Well another way to look at it would be by saying that a lot of people are dreaming about being with a girl like you, even if it's vicariously, because they see something special in you that they wish they could have, if only for a moment.

When you think about it, people wished the same thing of Marilyn in 'her day', and they wish it of all the pretty celebrities today; which actually explains why people tend to go 'a little crazy' for celebrity sex tapes or nude photos taken by paparazzi. Vicariously they are wishing they could be with that person.

I guess that one day you are just going to have to accept the fact that people just find you incredibly desirable. Maybe you should build a fanbase and capitalize on it.

smile

Already planning on it wink

Thanks for that....I needed it.

Jul 09 13 06:51 pm Link

Model

Colleen-

Posts: 62

Bloomington, Illinois, US

Yes, please. I feel I'm getting too old for this.

Jul 09 13 06:55 pm Link

Model

Jahanara

Posts: 124

Washington, District of Columbia, US

I could use some encouragement. Lately I've been questioning my chances with modeling and I'm starting to lose my focus.

Jul 09 13 06:59 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

David Watson Photograph wrote:
Hit me man like all of us we occasional suffer self doubt we can be our own worst enemies

"Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt." - Shakespeare

Shakespeare got it right. The main thing to remember is that 'the map to becoming a success', goes right through a minefield of failures; and that's no quote, that's me telling you how it is. So heck, come back after your life feels like it's about to go up in smoke. That just means that you're really close (to succeeding). There are so many examples of this throughout history that in my mind it's nearly indisputable. So next time you feel discouraged, give us a big show of defiance by smiling and trying even harder. That's the type of attitude that we all want to see.

Jul 09 13 08:53 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

Aimee LaSourire wrote:
Hi there I'm in had a not very encouraging shoot lately..
Thanks!

Well I took a look at your portfolio and I don't think you have anything at all to worry about. You are young and vibrant and lovely, and I expect you to remain in demand for at least another decade.

And when that decade is over, the memories of your travels, and of the friends you make, of your adventures and misadventures, will seem so much a part of the person you are that it will seem inconceivable that you even entertained the thought of qui...(I won't even say the word).

Hey, this is almost like time travel. I looked into your future and told you what I saw. So don't screw up such a lovely future. wink

Jul 09 13 09:13 pm Link

Photographer

JK Photo Central

Posts: 71

Sparta, Wisconsin, US

I'm in

Jul 09 13 09:19 pm Link