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Raven-Lily
Posts: 77
Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom


Hi MM peeps

Im a new model with a handful of shoots under my belt, and looking to improve my work, so thought i would open it up to the masses and get your views, I havent heard anything bad so far but maybe they were just being nice.

Thank you in advance.

Raven-Lily
xxx
Nov 08 12 08:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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DougBPhoto
Posts: 37,495
Portland, Oregon, US


Raven-Lily wrote:
Hi MM peeps

Im a new model with a handful of shoots under my belt, and looking to improve my work, so thought i would open it up to the masses and get your views, I havent heard anything bad so far but maybe they were just being nice.

Thank you in advance.

Raven-Lily
xxx

At this point, it seems like you should work on improving your portfolio to better reflect you and lift it to a higher level by working with photographers who produce work on a higher level.

My best recommendation is to look at your current situation in three ways.

A) Usually the option models like least, but consider hiring an outstanding photographer in your area for the specific purpose of creating some outstanding portfolio images.

B) Trade work with higher quality photographers to upgrade your portfolio, but the challenge is that ideally you want/need better images to attract those photogs (yet you're wanting to work with them to generate those better images.)   Thus, make sure trade shoots are for images that will upgrade your portfolio (not just the photographer's) or a trade agreement where images will be shot and provided specifically for your portfolio's needs and others shot for the photographer's benefit.

C) Paid work is always nice, but typically you should not expect to be able to count on getting images from those shoots, or if you do, they may not be at a level that will enhance your profile.  You may get paid offers for nudes, (or even other work) but look at them as primarily about getting paid, not about improving your portfolio.  (However, you may find them to be learning experiences that help you to improve your skills and experience.)

So, that is thought/general advice on improving your portfolio, and shooting more to get better images.

I do like your look and I am sure others will also, thus I don't think they were just being nice.

For now, remember that your portfolio is your opportunity to encourage photographers to want to work with you, so showcase yourself as well as you can, and keep shooting... practice, practice, practice.

Nov 08 12 09:28 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
GER Photography
Posts: 7,496
Imperial, California, US


The mirror is your friend, make love to the mirror, make goofy to the mirror, make mad to the mirror, make stupid Vogue'y lip looks to the mirror... In other words, work on every expression you've ever seen in a magazine!:-)
Nov 08 12 09:32 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
The Effective Image
Posts: 3,933
Lansing, Michigan, US


Since you asked...

Your portfolio of images should should show you off... Shots with masks on, or from the back not showing your face don't help photographers much (How do I know that's you?)... we want to see what YOU look like!

Just my opinion.
Nov 08 12 09:55 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


sorry but much of your port folio is really bad- lacks any kind of artistry. Your avatar shot is so unflattering I am surprised you used it.  I would avoid shooting with a white background and shoot more in living rooms.  From the white striped shirt pic on down is better. But it also looks like a big weight fluctuation between your top row and bottom rows.  I would advise to keep the photos consistent and the port accurate.
Nov 09 12 11:32 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Raven-Lily
Posts: 77
Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom


i weigh exactly the same in all my photos, these were all taken in the last month.
Nov 10 12 04:06 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
730372
Posts: 1,952
Abbeville, Alabama, US


I'm sorry to say that people have been fibbing to you. Some of your images are particularly unflattering and won't do you any good in your port (or on your website). You need to be MUCH more selective about who you work with for your port. This is essential for you to learn how to model competently - as you're clearly struggling with that at the moment. sad
Nov 10 12 05:04 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Lynn Elizabeth
Posts: 1,336
Coral Springs, Florida, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121028/07/508d4395b995c_m.jpg

I think this is your best image in your port. I think if you keep doing shots like this you will be much happier. You seem most comfortable here. Don't shoot what you think others want, shoot what you want and what makes you happy.

On that note, find better photographers. Also if you do want to shoot the lingerie, find more flattering apparel. I think a corset would look great on you. Like previously suggested, work the mirror. Practice facial expressions and poses in a mirror. The most you do it the more natural they will come to you during a shoot.

Best of luck.
Nov 10 12 05:13 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Dynamic Mobile Photo
Posts: 171
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


George Ruge wrote:
The mirror is your friend, make love to the mirror, make goofy to the mirror, make mad to the mirror, make stupid Vogue'y lip looks to the mirror... In other words, work on every expression you've ever seen in a magazine!:-)

so true, you need to work on your expression, keep at it you will get it

Nov 10 12 05:32 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Raven-Lily
Posts: 77
Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom


ok im taking what you're all saying, honestly im not trying to flatter my shape, im a size 14, i have stretchmarks, lumps and bumps im trying to embrace those not hide from them, my modelling work is about showing what you have and being beautiful and sexy anyway. i dont go near retouching.
Nov 10 12 10:03 am  Link  Quote 
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