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Vicki Tyler
Posts: 8
Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom


Hi I am 31 and would like to promote the older model. There are now agencies and sites promoting the larger curvy model which i think is fabulous but what happens to the older model. There is still potential to do fashion work and beauty work especially if you are an older model who looks quite young. So if anyone wuld like to work with me or help me promote the older model. I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for your time x
Oct 10 12 04:26 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
2020 Photography
Posts: 440
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


Hello Vicki:

There is a market for older models (they are called Senior Models) but the starting point is a bit above your current age.  The Senior Models that are in demand are the baby boomers 50 and above so you have a few years to go.

This doesn't mean that you can't model and do well as a model you just have to find a niche and be the best you can at it.  Obviously you can't compete with the 18 or 20 year olds and you shouldn't even try.  Fashion and Catalogue might be good for you.

I like the photos you have up (I certainly would work with you if you were in the U.S.) and think you should work with as many photographers as you can and get some really good images in your Book.  Also, talk with some agencies in your area and see about getting signed to non-exclusive agreements with them.  Let them know that you want to eventually do Senior Modeling and see what happens.  Good luck.
Oct 10 12 04:58 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
WCR3
Posts: 1,016
Houston, Texas, US


From where I sit, you're just a kid. Lots left in ya. Keep it up.
Oct 10 12 09:07 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jerry Nemeth
Posts: 27,213
Dearborn, Michigan, US


I have photographed 4 40+ models and will probably photograph one of them again soon.
Oct 10 12 09:13 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Camerosity
Posts: 5,086
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Most agencies have models in your age range. In most cases that I know of, they were signed at an earlier age and just kept modeling.

An agency manager told me that, on average, an agency model’s income peaks somewhere around age 26. That doesn’t mean the model’s career is over at that age. That’s just the typical income peak.

The demand for “older” models begins to diminish at some point, and the supply diminishes accordingly. But if a model takes care of herself, she can be productive well beyond that age.

Presumably things are about the same in the UK.

I also know some models who wanted to stay in the business, and they transformed themselves into very good photographers. Fortunately for photographers (including me), age is pretty much just a number.
Oct 10 12 09:42 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
MichelleGenevieve
Posts: 97
Austin, Texas, US


WCR3 wrote:
From where I sit, you're just a kid. Lots left in ya. Keep it up.

I was thinking the same thing.  31 years old?  Crikey!  I have stuff in my purse older than that!

Oct 10 12 09:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
CamiAnn
Posts: 794
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


MichelleGenevieve wrote:

I was thinking the same thing.  31 years old?  Crikey!  I have stuff in my purse older than that!

+1  I'm 53 so I agree!...wink  I think I'm still doing pretty well and photographers still want to work with me and I'm getting more interest from publishers and magazines who want to interview me because of my age...so it all depends on the model.  I know quite a few who are still doing very well and they are 45+...so yes, lots left in ya if you want it. 

xo
CamiAnn

Oct 10 12 09:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Camerosity
Posts: 5,086
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


WCR3 wrote:
From where I sit, you're just a kid. Lots left in ya. Keep it up.
MichelleGenevieve wrote:
I was thinking the same thing.  31 years old?  Crikey!  I have stuff in my purse older than that!

Actually I was too. I shoot with models twice your age. But since your question was about agencies I was trying to give you more of an agency perspective.

Oct 10 12 10:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Anarchy 999
Posts: 367
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand


I'm not so interested in a llama's real age (once they are 18) as I am in their "acting age" for the role or job on hand. A secure older llama with considerable experience is a real pleasure to work with.
Oct 10 12 11:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
John M Hoyt
Posts: 344
Greenville, South Carolina, US


MichelleGenevieve wrote:
I was thinking the same thing.  31 years old?  Crikey!  I have stuff in my purse older than that!

Hahaha being 46 and hearing the OP is so much younger and considering "senior shoots" made me spit coffee, I mean as in actually doing it.

Btw, I know there is a huge market for so called senior models because there are more seniors than at any time in history and grandma doesn't want to know how an outfit looks on a twenty or thirty something, she wants to know how SHE might look in it.  There's a big difference between 36c and 36l (long) ya know.    So yeah, every catalog in the world that caters to seniors is looking for the right models.

There was even a senior fashion show here in the Upstate of SC recently. SOMEONE has to walk it.

But the OP is way young for that....

Oct 11 12 05:13 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
dcsmooth
Posts: 1,163
Detroit, Michigan, US


There are plenty of older models still active. I know of some who are well past 70 and modeling.

I prefer to work with those who are over 30, and actually the older the better.

In fact out of all the models currently featured in my MM portfolio, only one was younger than 30 at the time I photographed her and that was because her husband sent her to me to do a nude photo series to document her pregnancy at age 26.
Oct 11 12 06:43 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Ulti
Posts: 74
Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, South Africa


I just love older models. So confident and at ease with themselves and life in general. They have much less issues than most of the younger models.
Oct 11 12 06:50 am  Link  Quote 
Artist/Painter
Vincent Wolff
Posts: 2,847
Chicago, Illinois, US


I have drawn about 4 or 5 older models, and I have found them not only to be uniquely beautiful, but very appreciative of my art and wonderful to work with.

Really like your port!
Oct 11 12 06:57 am  Link  Quote 
Model
MatureModelMM
Posts: 977
Detroit, Michigan, US


I didn't even get started in modelling until I was 35.

Now at age 60 I still get plenty of interest from artists and photographers. I think there are not a lot of 60 year old models comfortable with doing artistic nudes.

There are not nearly as many models who are over about 35 or 40  compared to the number of 20 year olds who call themselves models.
Oct 11 12 07:00 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
WCR3
Posts: 1,016
Houston, Texas, US


John M Hoyt wrote:
There's a big difference between 36c and 36l (long) ya know.

Almost choked on my sammidge! That's funny.

Oct 11 12 11:09 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Amadea T
Posts: 3,348
Columbus, Ohio, US


2020 Photography wrote:
.  The Senior Models that are in demand are the baby boomers 50 and above so you have a few years to go.

Blimey, there's hope for all of us. big_smile

Oct 11 12 12:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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