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Model
Smile2Die4
Posts: 8
Denver, Colorado, US


Hi,

I just started modeing recently, and I'm wondering if its something I should really pursue. 
Advice on posing, expressions and the like would be helpful.
Please take a look at my images, and let me know your ideas.
I'm willing to listen to all critiques, but rude comments are unnecessary.
Thank you!

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/2839792/viewall
Nov 24 12 02:17 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Coyote Creations NW
Posts: 131
Vancouver, Washington, US


Your do have a good smile.  I like some of the photos in your port, but they don't all show you off as well as they could.  If you work with different photographers you will get a wider variety of images. 

Try to include a commercial type headshot in your next shoot.

Look through ports or magazine with plus size models.  You could do better with improved posing skills.  This will give you a style that gives photographers something unique.  You'll find the wardrobe and posing styles that make you feel good about your work.  That will attract compatible photographers.
Nov 24 12 04:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Keleisha
Posts: 4
London, England, United Kingdom


Coyote Creations NW wrote:
Your do have a good smile.  I like some of the photos in your port, but they don't all show you off as well as they could.  If you work with different photographers you will get a wider variety of images. 

Try to include a commercial type headshot in your next shoot.

Look through ports or magazine with plus size models.  You could do better with improved posing skills.  This will give you a style that gives photographers something unique.  You'll find the wardrobe and posing styles that make you feel good about your work.  That will attract compatible photographers.

That's information that works for me too; thanks ! smile

Nov 24 12 04:40 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
nyc_tssm
Posts: 48
Paris, Île-de-France, France


This is a little random advice - from your profile "Anything edgy, dramatic, daring or fierce really explains my style in those few words" - if we're talking about expressions, poses etc. (which are part of any shoot), be secure with the basics first.

Find photographers (who are experienced in working with llamas, if possible) for TF, and do as many shoots as you can (not saying don't be a bit picky, but even if it's not totally your style, you'll learn. Pass on things when you think it could really make you look bad later, or stuff you're not comfortable with. But even if you know you probably won't use it for your port, at the very beginning, take it for practice).
Keeping it really really simple.

Simple = simple pose (the suggestion to look at mags etc. as already mentioned), simple set. IMO an inexperienced llama usually can't carry a more elaborate set/background/garment/scene/ emotion without losing presence or looking as if she's trying.
Once you look great (natural and authentic) in a simple shot, get into the ones that require you to scream or cry or to look fierce, secretive etc. etc.

Many new llamas I know pose or use their face way too complicated, but with few exceptions, it already needs practice to just look into a lense, and make it a strong image. What the secret is I don't know. Some just have it in them, some learned, but how I don't know:)

Get polaroids (or any image), a headshot, a fullbody, and profile (of your face and body) with no or very little make-up (as already suggested, too). I usually don't work with llamas when I can't get a clear idea of what their face (in detail) looks like the day she'll walk into my studio (there have been surprises even with agency-signed llamas). It also makes you look serious about being professional when you have it (not that all who don't have it aren't!) It's just really helpful for photographers.

And remember you can always ask. If you're not sure what to do, before getting nervous, just ask what the photographer wants from you. Sometimes we think we're clear, but we aren't really.

Bonne chance!

There's also a thread right now on what llamas should bring to a shoot (in the llama forum?). Probably very worth reading it all.
Nov 25 12 04:57 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Smile2Die4
Posts: 8
Denver, Colorado, US


Thank you! I really appreciate both of you taking the time to look and give me some concrete things to work on. You both have very valid points, I do take them to heart for sure.
Thanks again! Looks like I have some work to do! :-)
Nov 25 12 05:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Smile2Die4
Posts: 8
Denver, Colorado, US


I do have one question- what's defines a good commercial headshot?
I want to be sure to get one at my next shoot, as well as some sans makeup, as was suggested..
Nov 25 12 05:22 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Images by MR
Posts: 7,471
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Smile2Die4 wrote:
I do have one question- what's defines a good commercial headshot?
I want to be sure to get one at my next shoot, as well as some sans makeup, as was suggested..

Why do you need a commercial headshot ?

The reason I ask is because you don't have the look or stats to do commercial modelling.

Just my thoughts ~ MR

Nov 25 12 05:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
nyc_tssm
Posts: 48
Paris, Île-de-France, France


Images by MR wrote:

Why do you need a commercial headshot ?

The reason I ask is because you don't have the look or stats to do commercial modelling.

Just my thoughts ~ MR

Someone above has suggested she'd have one - and I don't think it's a bad idea.
It gives a clear look of her face, and while I agree that with her stats she will have it much harder in commercial/ad work, it's not impossible. The more she carries herself in a professional way, the bigger the chances of any work, no? I don't want to imply false encouragement or hopes for a particular style, but in any genre, professionalism is appreciated.

Nov 25 12 05:51 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Smile2Die4
Posts: 8
Denver, Colorado, US


I'm not unreasonable, I know my chances are much better in some genres than others, and obviously, I'm probably more suited to a few sub-genres anyway.
Having said that though, if I decide to pursue this, I feel its important to not only give it my all, but do it with every ounce of professionalism I have. A headshot a probably a good idea, just to have one. That does bring me back to my follow up question, though.

What makes for a good headshot? Be it commercial or otherwise?
Nov 26 12 09:50 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
nyc_tssm
Posts: 48
Paris, Île-de-France, France


For examples on polas (and great s.c.s in general), this is an agency that puts them in (almost) every model portfolio online.
http://www.louisa-models.de/site/models … ction=list
(if "polaroids" doesn't work in one port, try another). I realize it's a standard-stats agency, but as example it's good.

I just searched for "commercial headshot" in yahoo image search and the examples that came up are pretty good (on my mobile so can't paste link) IMO, but probably others here know much more about commercial.
Nov 26 12 11:47 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Charlie-CNP
Posts: 2,560
New York, New York, US


gonna be honest, with your age and stats, you won't hit a "traditional" model phase in fashion/commercial..etc. for the most part. However, depending on your comfort level, there are a lot of schools/artists out there that hire models for figure drawings in which when looking at your port you have some photos marked as M. I am not sure if this is supposed to represent some form of nudity as the M is generally reserved for nudity on MM, but if you are interested in that path, you might try contacting schools that host figure drawing/painting sessions and go from there. Good luck!
Nov 28 12 01:24 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Eddie Polanco
Posts: 1
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, US


Hey

I've been interested in modeling since I was fourteen, but I couldn't do anything cause of the way I looked back then. Right now I finally feel confident on getting into it, but I'm not sure if I should persue it? Can anyone give me some advice on everything I need to know?

Here's my profile:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/polancoedw
Dec 01 12 11:02 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


Eddie Polanco wrote:
Hey

I've been interested in modeling since I was fourteen, but I couldn't do anything cause of the way I looked back then. Right now I finally feel confident on getting into it, but I'm not sure if I should persue it? Can anyone give me some advice on everything I need to know?

Here's my profile:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/polancoedw

First off, how about starting your own thread requesting advice and feedback? This thread is about the OP.

Dec 02 12 03:42 am  Link  Quote 
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