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Jay Farrell
Posts: 13,044
Nashville, Tennessee, US


I call BS on Vogue Approved. Your work shows potential for sure, but it's not consistent, I'd do more shooting and do some culling in your port. I'd say a year of shooting, and about 20 years old.
Oct 16 12 07:20 pm  Link  Quote 
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Margaret Hope
Posts: 840
Seattle, Washington, US


Oct 16 12 07:23 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jay Farrell
Posts: 13,044
Nashville, Tennessee, US


Margaret Hope wrote:

Older guy. Tried out different types of photography for 15/20 years and now has find his with nude photography.

I'm lost. ??

Oct 16 12 07:27 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AJ_In_Atlanta
Posts: 12,656
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Professional portfolios are usually between 15-20 images an they work just fine.
Oct 16 12 07:32 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Rachel Watkins
Posts: 80
Portland, Oregon, US


Thanks to a lot of you for the constructive advice and criticism, I think I need to study more, maybe take a class (I'm actually self taught) but I mostly put the Vogue approved photographer part on there to get more jobs, and I have more than one on their site... If anyone WANTS to see all of my work  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachel-W … 932?ref=hl its on there. I've got a lot ahead of me I hope, and hopefully I can get into parsons and get better gear first. Im working with a Nikon D3100 and kit lenses, which do work well but I want to step up and take more risks. But thanks for the criticism!
Oct 16 12 08:19 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Rachel Watkins
Posts: 80
Portland, Oregon, US


Jay Farrell wrote:
I call BS on Vogue Approved. Your work shows potential for sure, but it's not consistent, I'd do more shooting and do some culling in your port. I'd say a year of shooting, and about 20 years old.

Lol you can look in my port as well as look it up yourself... I am in fact Vogue approved

Oct 16 12 08:23 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Rachel Watkins
Posts: 80
Portland, Oregon, US


Jay Farrell wrote:

I'm lost. ??

And wait what?! Older guy? Wtf O.o Im as lost as you are

Oct 16 12 08:25 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SmugMugEr
Posts: 34
San Ramon, California, US


Very strong portfolio Rachel!  Love the deep blacks!
Oct 16 12 08:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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AJ_In_Atlanta
Posts: 12,656
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Rachel Watkins wrote:

Lol you can look in my port as well as look it up yourself... I am in fact Vogue approved

No you had Vogue.it approve an image for you personal profile.  That isn't to say its easy but to over inflate it cheapens it and makes you look bad.

Oct 16 12 08:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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Rachel Watkins
Posts: 80
Portland, Oregon, US


AJScalzitti wrote:

No you had Vogue.it approve an image for you personal profile.  That isn't to say its easy but to over inflate it cheapens it and makes you look bad.

Look AJS, I asked a simple question, to pick apart everything that I've worked for makes you look and sound like a jerk. And I didn't over inflate it, I've worked with the Vogue hq here as well, and as you mentioned earlier Art+commerce. I put it there because I hope to get more jobs out of it, and it is also true as well. BTW putting *I don't hire models and I am not hired by models* makes you sound like you're too good for anyone and makes you look bad as well.

Oct 16 12 10:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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intense_puppy
Posts: 864
Brighton, England, United Kingdom


Not having read the other replies, I think you're under 30 and have been doing this for a couple of years?

As for critique - I love your stuff mostly. Your avi and the two pics of the guys holding their heads are a bit dull (I don't feel a connection to these images - the avi especially just looks like a medium closeup actors headshot). Oh, and you have a duplicate image in there.

Everything else is full of win smile
Oct 17 12 12:47 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Brian Cardenas
Posts: 499
Los Angeles, California, US


Rachel Watkins wrote:

David, in fact I CAN, I put those up purely for different reasons, you don't have to make me sound like a talentless poser.

i don't see that being what was being said. quality over quantity is the basic issue here. 5-10 amazing photos that capture you for different reasons are better than 20-30 that show you can shoot different areas and styles, but not very well. also, not saying you dont shoot certain areas very well, just giving an example.

find the look and feel you like, and give it 110%. and impress with your images, not your words.
your going to get slapped in the face time and time again, everybody has different taste. and some often change their mind over time. just keep pushing forward. don't get defensive when your challenged ( it's hard not to when your passionate about something), and just use it as a push to do that much more with your work.

Oct 17 12 01:01 am  Link  Quote 
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Lee_Photography
Posts: 8,565
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


Rachel Watkins wrote:
Lets just play a little guessing game, I'm always interested in seeing how long people think I've been doing photography and how old they think I am. Also, good critique would be greatly appreciated, I'm always up for constructive criticism.

Amount of years at a profession can not be judged accurately, as someone can be a natural while some one else may be struggling at some thing for 20 years and look like they have just started.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120913/16/505272db8586b_m.jpg
In this photo going to guess this should be a black tux but it looks like a gray
Details, Models right shoulder lint?

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121015/23/507cf91c861ce_m.jpg
While in this photo the blacks appear over saturated, with a loss of detail

Thus these two example seem to show an inconsistency in your work flow
From that will guess 1 year plus or minus

[Brooks for 80,000 dollars, may want to think that one over a while]


Wish you success

EDIT:
Looking at your join date to MM of  Dec 31, 2110 Oct 16, 2012, I‘ll guess two years

I would also suggest holding off on buying a new camera, if you think a new camera will some how improve your style or photograph quality. How ever a fast 85mm lens may be more useful, once your camera is over 6 or 8 MP, adding more mega-pixels for web use is not going to help you . Rent a camera and lens see which gives you the most bang for the buck.

Oct 17 12 06:52 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Sungoddess Studios
Posts: 5,169
Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, US


Pay for a website and buy a camera that shoots more than Black and White.

many of your shots are done on picnik. buy photoshop6
Oct 17 12 07:00 am  Link  Quote 
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Sergei Rodionov
Posts: 867
Dallas, Texas, US


between 2 months and 1 year.
Oct 17 12 07:35 am  Link  Quote 
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Sergei Rodionov
Posts: 867
Dallas, Texas, US


Jay Farrell wrote:
I call BS on Vogue Approved. Your work shows potential for sure, but it's not consistent, I'd do more shooting and do some culling in your port. I'd say a year of shooting, and about 20 years old.

Vogue.it approves some really questionable stuff.. so it could be very well the case.

Oct 17 12 08:41 am  Link  Quote 
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Paul Tirado Photography
Posts: 4,229
New York, New York, US


Rachel Watkins wrote:
Lol you can look in my port as well as look it up yourself... I am in fact Vogue approved

Can you please stop with the whole "Vogue approved" thing already. lol. It reads like you are trying to imply that Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington know who you are and have you on speed dial.

What you did get was a couple of shots selected for an online Vogue Italia showcase called PhotoVogue, a honor that have bestowed on a handful of photographers...that is if you consider 30,000+ photographers just a handful. The fact that they are doing a partnership with Art+Commerce and they are picky with the shots they choose, you should take pride in that but not so much pride that you choose to describe the above as "Vogue Approved".

Just trying to help as you do have talent and as a photo editor, if I was to see that "Vogue approved" thing I would want to know by who and what issue you are in.

In the interest of full disclosure, while you will find no mention of it on my MM page or webpage, I have several images on PhotoVogue as well, however, I am sure Anna Wintour could not pick me out of a lineup.

Oct 17 12 10:21 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Paige Morgan
Posts: 4,058
New York, New York, US


Rachel Watkins wrote:
Look AJS, I asked a simple question, to pick apart everything that I've worked for makes you look and sound like a jerk. And I didn't over inflate it, I've worked with the Vogue hq here as well, and as you mentioned earlier Art+commerce. I put it there because I hope to get more jobs out of it, and it is also true as well. BTW putting *I don't hire models and I am not hired by models* makes you sound like you're too good for anyone and makes you look bad as well.

Having an image approved for Vogue.it is not the same thing as being a Vogue approved/published photographer. Be proud, but don't edge into misrepresentation, as it will make people question everything else about your business and branding as well.



Side note.....since when does Vogue have a headquarters in Portland OR?

Additionally the statement "I don't pay models or get hired by models" indicates he has commercial clients who pay the team or shoots creatives with new faces......e.g. a working pro photographer.


On the strength of this post alone, you're a struggling newb. There's some working photographers giving good advice in this thread. Use it.

Oct 18 12 08:45 am  Link  Quote 
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RedwoodForest
Posts: 307
Portland, Oregon, US


Rachel Watkins wrote:
Lets just play a little guessing game, I'm always interested in seeing how long people think I've been doing photography and how old they think I am. Also, good critique would be greatly appreciated, I'm always up for constructive criticism.

Think I'd like to see at least 30 to 40 shots before starting to guess, and with more variety of locations.

;-)

Oct 19 12 10:14 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
B R U N E S C I
Posts: 25,319
Bath, England, United Kingdom


Long enough to develop plenty of arrogance and a highly inflated ego. 

Not long enough to know what you're really doing with a camera or for your true style to make itself evident.

And by the way, age is irrelevant: you either have it or you don't, whether you start shooting at 16 or 60.

Keep working at it smile





Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano
www.stefanobrunesci.com
Oct 20 12 08:14 am  Link  Quote 
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HASKELL TILSON STUDIOS
Posts: 28
Dallas, Texas, US


Rachel Watkins wrote:
Annnd the answer is 18, quite frankly I have a hell of a lot more diverse photos... Sadly I'm only allowed 15, but I think Im going to update them, and actually I have more than one in Vogue lol. Think I should upgrade to the VIP so I can show the diversity of my photos? I don't think 15 can cut it, but anyway I'm flattered by some, and some cheated hahaha but good critique, any ones I should get rid of??

Oct 20 12 08:37 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Yum Yum Photo
Posts: 442
Park Ridge, New Jersey, US


Wow some of that was harsh.

I would not work on this portfolio but your book for art school.....Which you will have to keep to a limited amount of images. Schools want to see that you have some editing skills and a unique point of view.

I would say work very hard because competition is fierce. Also look at the quality of student which attend these schools and make sure your work is up to par. You can only make that call yourself.

All I can say is work work work work work.....

Good luck!
Nov 10 12 08:32 am  Link  Quote 
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Art Silva
Posts: 9,194
Santa Barbara, California, US


Umm I guess, Couple Years!?
Nov 10 12 08:18 pm  Link  Quote 
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