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Model

Randy Potvin

Posts: 187

Rochester, New York, US

Hello,
I am looking for some honest, constructive input on my port, mainly on what I should keep, what I should toss, and why. Be honest, I can take it.
Maybe suggest which one should be my avatar, too.

Any other feedback or suggestions would be welcome, too!

Thanks in advance smile

Aug 17 13 09:20 am Link

Model

Amber Dawn - Colorado

Posts: 6243

Castle Rock, Colorado, US

I would like to see different facial expression maybe a SMILE have fun don't be so serious.

Aug 17 13 11:42 am Link

Model

Randy Potvin

Posts: 187

Rochester, New York, US

Colorado Model Amber wrote:
I would like to see different facial expression maybe a SMILE have fun don't be so serious.

Thanks for replying! I have been working on that, I have a couple smiles in there but I'm definitely going to try and get a wider range going. smile

Aug 17 13 11:50 am Link

Photographer

itaj

Posts: 98

Columbus, Georgia, US

You're a guy, I normally don't worry about guys, but to assist a brother coming up, my sincere advice is to KEEP YOUR HEAD UP.   I mean that LITERALLY.  You're a guy, keep your head level or UP, this will improve your shots.  Pick up any glam mag, you see women chin down, almost %90.  Men chin level and preferably up.

The internet is so funny, I sincerely hope this doesn't spin negative to you, because I mean it helpfully.

Aug 17 13 03:43 pm Link

Model

Randy Potvin

Posts: 187

Rochester, New York, US

itaj wrote:
You're a guy, I normally don't worry about guys, but to assist a brother coming up, my sincere advice is to KEEP YOUR HEAD UP.   I mean that LITERALLY.  You're a guy, keep your head level or UP, this will improve your shots.  Pick up any glam mag, you see women chin down, almost %90.  Men chin level and preferably up.

The internet is so funny, I sincerely hope this doesn't spin negative to you, because I mean it helpfully.

That's good advice, makes sense. I'll definitely remember that for future shoots.
Thank you!

Aug 17 13 04:41 pm Link

Photographer

itaj

Posts: 98

Columbus, Georgia, US

yw

Aug 17 13 06:31 pm Link

Model

Randy Potvin

Posts: 187

Rochester, New York, US

Anyone else??

Aug 18 13 06:18 am Link

Model

Randy Potvin

Posts: 187

Rochester, New York, US

Bueller?

Aug 19 13 08:09 am Link

Photographer

Creative Lion Images

Posts: 41

Hobart, Indiana, US

I don't typically shoot male models for a few reasons but...the shot of you with the top hat and the smoking gun is bad ass!...

Aug 19 13 09:43 am Link

Model

Randy Potvin

Posts: 187

Rochester, New York, US

Creative Lion Images wrote:
I don't typically shoot male models for a few reasons but...the shot of you with the top hat and the smoking gun is bad ass!...

Thanks!

Aug 19 13 10:06 am Link

Model

Randy Potvin

Posts: 187

Rochester, New York, US

Still looking for feedback on what to keep and what to toss...

Aug 21 13 08:21 am Link

Photographer

Geek Photography

Posts: 87

Montgomery Village, Maryland, US

Randy Potvin wrote:
Bueller?

To me it seems like not having your port ripped apart is almost as good as a positive review, so sometimes I enjoy the silence, lol smile

Back on topic though, I like your port overall. The smoking gun picture is definitely my favorite. As for what to toss. I was not a fan of the following

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130807/14/5202bb12203d3_m.jpg

Too processed for my tastes.

Same complaint on

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130804/20/51ff1b93278a1_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110607/20/4deee7c7f1696_m.jpg

And

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110607/20/4deee7fe60760_m.jpg

The last two feel very similar to me in terms of your pose so if you're looking to create some room you could drop whichever one isnt your favorite.

As for your port overall alot of stuff feels the same in there too. Lots of you in a suit, and upper body/headshots. Maybe try to splash in some different looks now?

Aug 21 13 09:44 am Link

Model

Randy Potvin

Posts: 187

Rochester, New York, US

Geek Photography wrote:

To me it seems like not having your port ripped apart is almost as good as a positive review, so sometimes I enjoy the silence, lol smile

Back on topic though, I like your port overall. The smoking gun picture is definitely my favorite. As for what to toss. I was not a fan of the following

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130807/14/5202bb12203d3_m.jpg

Too processed for my tastes.

Same complaint on

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130804/20/51ff1b93278a1_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110607/20/4deee7c7f1696_m.jpg

And

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110607/20/4deee7fe60760_m.jpg

The last two feel very similar to me in terms of your pose so if you're looking to create some room you could drop whichever one isnt your favorite.

As for your port overall alot of stuff feels the same in there too. Lots of you in a suit, and upper body/headshots. Maybe try to splash in some different looks now?

Thank you for your feedback! I do have a lot of the same stuff and am trying to get more variety. I just keep getting approached for the same kind of shoots, especially suits. I guess I just have that look, lol.

Thanks for the listing, too. And I like the red riding hood pics in your port, great color contrast!

Aug 21 13 10:19 am Link

Model

Nicolette

Posts: 12698

Midland, Texas, US

I traveled on the road with a male model for about a year and my BIGGEST complaints to him were three things [in regards to his posing]. They're the same three things I'm gonna tell you smile

Don't be so awkward - remember that your hands are extensions of your arms/your toes are extensions of your feet. Relax and pose them as well.

Don't be so stiff - Practice in a mirror. Find your flow and it will feel totally natural. I personally STILL practice expressions in a mirror after almost every shower, and I've been at this for about 5 years now. Practice those expressions. You don't have to be stoic and serious all the time. Lighten up! Live a little. Make a silly face for test shots. Just relax smile

And finally, learn your light. Learn where you need to be facing. Learn which is your good side. Keep your chin level and pose into your aesthetic strengths. Remember not to pose  elbows and knees directly to the camera, unless you wanna look like an amputee. tongue Always have a little bit of an angle. smile

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110206/16/4d4f381be35b7_m.jpg
This is a good image. Try to get more like this!

I'm not gonna tell you what to keep/what to ditch. Someone else did that already and I absolutely agree with their choices. And I hope you don't take this super hard. I'm not trying to be rude. I'm really trying to help because I remember how rough the road was on him and I don't want your modeling experience to be similar. smile

Aug 21 13 12:56 pm Link

Model

Randy Potvin

Posts: 187

Rochester, New York, US

Nicolette wrote:
I traveled on the road with a male model for about a year and my BIGGEST complaints to him were three things [in regards to his posing]. They're the same three things I'm gonna tell you smile

Don't be so awkward - remember that your hands are extensions of your arms/your toes are extensions of your feet. Relax and pose them as well.

Don't be so stiff - Practice in a mirror. Find your flow and it will feel totally natural. I personally STILL practice expressions in a mirror after almost every shower, and I've been at this for about 5 years now. Practice those expressions. You don't have to be stoic and serious all the time. Lighten up! Live a little. Make a silly face for test shots. Just relax smile

And finally, learn your light. Learn where you need to be facing. Learn which is your good side. Keep your chin level and pose into your aesthetic strengths. Remember not to pose  elbows and knees directly to the camera, unless you wanna look like an amputee. tongue Always have a little bit of an angle. smile

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110206/16/4d4f381be35b7_m.jpg
This is a good image. Try to get more like this!

I'm not gonna tell you what to keep/what to ditch. Someone else did that already and I absolutely agree with their choices. And I hope you don't take this super hard. I'm not trying to be rude. I'm really trying to help because I remember how rough the road was on him and I don't want your modeling experience to be similar. smile

Thanks for taking the time to give me advice! I agree with everything you said and will use it to help myself improve. I do get a lot of mirror time for practice and have decided which side and angle is my best, just gotta get more shoots in to bring in more variety smile

Aug 21 13 02:54 pm Link

Model

Randy Potvin

Posts: 187

Rochester, New York, US

Still looking for advice on keep/toss and what should be my avatar...

Sep 13 13 03:44 pm Link