Longview, Texas, US
I am looking to gain experience in model and fashion world but i'm having a hard time finding a photographer (with experience) who is willing to help me because I refuse to do sexual, nudity, any exposing type shoots due to my relationship with Christ and my son. Why is this? Any feedback will be nice' thanks
Aug 25 13 06:26 am Link
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Show what kind of work YOU want to work in. You may need to pay a photographer for a portfolio and not count on TF to get exactly what you want because then you are in control.
Aug 25 13 06:32 am Link
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
I'm pretty sure there will be at least one or two photographers with experience in the church you are going to.
Aug 25 13 06:53 am Link
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Throw your religion out there - some people will react well, some will react badly.
Aug 25 13 06:54 am Link
Royal Oak, Michigan, US
The real answer is that short models only find commercial success doing sexier model styles like glamour, lingerie, swimwear, and nudes. You have to be taller-usually 5'8" or higher-to find success in fashion or modeling that is focused on clothing.
Good photographers and other industry people will only invest their talents in trade with people who will likely be successful in the industry. There are simply thousands of other tall and beautiful models who will get paid work over shorter models.
I want to play in the NBA, but at 5'8" I am far too short too.
Aug 25 13 06:57 am Link
Bath, England, United Kingdom
a) Don't mention Christ on MM ever again.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
I am a 5'1" white male with average athletic talent and I can't seem to get a basketball coach to help me out. I can't even get invited to tryouts! What's up with that?
Washington, District of Columbia, US
WaNisha I understand your frustration albeit the issue may be due primarily to the brutal reality that the fashion industry is pretty much locked into a rather narrow criteria for talent used to showcase product/design etc.
Aug 25 13 07:11 am Link
Salem, Oregon, US
there are models i would love to work with on trade but they won't work with me. just how it goes. you have to go through the doors that are open. you may have to work with less experienced photographers (we all have to start somewhere and if someone has talent that will often show even at the beginning) or pay an experienced one.
sometimes people have more luck on craig's list or OMP or finding people in-person (i've worked with a lady who sold me my cellphone and am planning a shoot with my hair stylist).
i think for many people mayhem is just a fun hobby, not something that can pay the bills.
Aug 25 13 08:31 am Link
Olympia, Washington, US
I would suggest posting in the critique forum to get some feedback on whether you have what it takes to be a fashion model, or even if you have a look that most photographers would want to trade for. If that's not the case, then realize that when people who aren't "models" want photos done the way they want them, they hire a photographer to bring their vision(s) to life. You need to have something to offer that is valuable to the photographer in terms of your looks and modeling skills if you expect to book trade shoots.
Aug 25 13 09:11 am Link
Ashford, England, United Kingdom
Don't bring your religion to a photoshoot, it will get in the way, I'm afraid.
Aug 25 13 09:34 am Link
Saint Louis, Michigan, US
Just looking quickly at your port. Primary reasons why I would not contact you to shoot:
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 112 lbs
Hair color: Black
Hair length: Medium
Eye color: Brown
Skin color: Brown
Shoot nudes: No
Experience: Some Experience
Compensation: Depends on Assignment
The bold indicates information I would need before considering you.
Even if your height was not an issue, for fashion. If I had a client providing clothing in specific sizes, I want to know at a glance if you will fit that size.
I understand what you do not want to shoot, but I also need to know what genres you are interested in.
Probably like many photographers, I look quickly for the information I do need before considering reading any further.
Aug 25 13 10:02 am Link