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Model
Maruschke
Posts: 543
Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand


I want to know what makes my port bad and what I can do to improve it?
Dec 06 12 02:15 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
DOUGLASFOTOS
Posts: 7,981
Los Angeles, California, US


Maruschke wrote:
I want to know what makes my port bad and what I can do to improve it?

OP...Please look at these threads that you started on the very same subject....You will find all the answers to your questions....

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=865732

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=862213

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=868700

Dec 06 12 02:26 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Richard Majerski
Posts: 433
East Hartford, Connecticut, US


It's not BAD just needs more looks and variety.There are too many couples shots-maybe pick one color and one B&W.Need to do more shoots girl.Vary the styles like a good B&W haedshot,casual fashion indoor and out,swimwear/lingerie,formal attire,clubwear etc mix it up and show some energy and different expressions and moods.Best of luck.
Dec 06 12 02:26 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Maruschke
Posts: 543
Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand


DOUGLASFOTOS wrote:

OP...Please look at these threads that you started on the very same subject....You will find all the answers to your questions....

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=865732

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=862213

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=868700

If you have a look in the threads I didnt get any awnsers in one of them and onlygot one awnser in another but not telling me what I can improve on.

Dec 06 12 03:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Maruschke
Posts: 543
Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand


Richard Majerski wrote:
It's not BAD just needs more looks and variety.There are too many couples shots-maybe pick one color and one B&W.Need to do more shoots girl.Vary the styles like a good B&W haedshot,casual fashion indoor and out,swimwear/lingerie,formal attire,clubwear etc mix it up and show some energy and different expressions and moods.Best of luck.

Thank you that helps big_smile I do have 2 tfp's coming up this month so I'll probebly have more veriaty then. thank you big_smile

Dec 06 12 03:05 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Richard Majerski
Posts: 433
East Hartford, Connecticut, US


Great, looking forward to seeing some fresh images.
Dec 06 12 03:07 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
MelissaAnn
Posts: 3,821
Seattle, Washington, US


Hi Maruschke,

I want to start by staying that *you* are not bad at all- you have a nice figure and a cute smile.  Your port, on the other hand, is not so good.

The main problems I can see are a lack of quality and variety.  All of your photos look like they belong on Facebook, not in a model port.....and the fact that half of your images include a male who appears to be your significant other doesn't help.  Nobody is going to take you seriously as a model as long as those images are in your port.  I would recommend removing them ASAP if you're serious about improving.

Have you looked at the ports of some of the more experienced models on MM?  Have you noticed the difference in the quality of your images vs theirs?  Find some inspiration, make a list of photographers you dream of working with, models you admire etc. -that way, you'll have something to aspire to, and hopefully be driven to improve more quickly.  Unless you actively try to improve, you're going to stay right where you're at.  Study poses, and practice your own poses in front of mirror, find your angles, work on your facial expressions, put together outfits, buy unique accessories that might be neat to use for a shoot, study magazines, work on applying makeup, find music to take to shoots that inspires you and helps you emote.  Contact great photographers in your area, and give them a reason to work with you.  Offer to hire a MUA, provide interesting wardrobe, rent a studio, scout an interesting location, etc.  Developing a good port is a lot of work, but you can definitely do it if you make up your mind to put in the effort.

Hopefully this helps.  Best of luck to you.  smile
Dec 06 12 05:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Maruschke
Posts: 543
Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand


MelissaAnn  wrote:
Hi Maruschke,

I want to start by staying that *you* are not bad at all- you have a nice figure and a cute smile.  Your port, on the other hand, is not so good.

The main problems I can see are a lack of quality and variety.  All of your photos look like they belong on Facebook, not in a model port.....and the fact that half of your images include a male who appears to be your significant other doesn't help.  Nobody is going to take you seriously as a model as long as those images are in your port.  I would recommend removing them ASAP if you're serious about improving.

Have you looked at the ports of some of the more experienced models on MM?  Have you noticed the difference in the quality of your images vs theirs?  Find some inspiration, make a list of photographers you dream of working with, models you admire etc. -that way, you'll have something to aspire to, and hopefully be driven to improve more quickly.  Unless you actively try to improve, you're going to stay right where you're at.  Study poses, and practice your own poses in front of mirror, find your angles, work on your facial expressions, put together outfits, buy unique accessories that might be neat to use for a shoot, study magazines, work on applying makeup, find music to take to shoots that inspires you and helps you emote.  Contact great photographers in your area, and give them a reason to work with you.  Offer to hire a MUA, provide interesting wardrobe, rent a studio, scout an interesting location, etc.  Developing a good port is a lot of work, but you can definitely do it if you make up your mind to put in the effort.

Hopefully this helps.  Best of luck to you.  smile

Thank you very much, this really helps smile

Dec 07 12 03:49 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
name removed3
Posts: 264
Boston, Massachusetts, US


practice practice practice and a little proof reading
Dec 07 12 03:57 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Cherrystone
Posts: 35,982
Columbus, Ohio, US


Maruschke wrote:
I want to know what makes my port bad and what I can do to improve it?

The first 7....dump all but one.

The two with the white top....dump one of them.

Head shot....in water? That one too.

Then go out and shoot more with the best shooters you can get your hands on.

Dec 07 12 04:01 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


Small Fruit Pits wrote:

The first 7....dump all but one.

The two with the white top....dump one of them.

Head shot....in water? That one too.

Then go out and shoot more with the best shooters you can get your hands on.

I agree with all except for the bit about dumping all but one of the first seven. IMO, dump all seven. They're Facebook shots of you and your BF.

Dec 07 12 05:43 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Drew Smith Photography
Posts: 5,209
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom


Maruschke wrote:

Thank you that helps big_smile I do have 2 tfp's coming up this month so I'll probebly have more veriaty then. thank you big_smile

Okay. But just be aware that if you do these TF shoots and produce similar images to those you already have then you may still not have the variety you desire.

Why not open up communications with the Photographer and discuss what YOU need from the shoot. Have a plan. Don't just turn up and hope for the best.

TF's are supposed to be about collaboration, so collaborate and be (more) in control of the end product.

Dec 07 12 05:48 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


the main thing is you.  Sorry, you really lack the right look for any genre I can think of.
Dec 08 12 10:25 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Maruschke
Posts: 543
Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand


I didn't think I looked that bad but thank you for your honesty.
Dec 09 12 02:13 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
DOUGLASFOTOS
Posts: 7,981
Los Angeles, California, US


Maruschke wrote:
I didn't think I looked that bad but thank you for your honesty.

Why not take in what everyone is saying to you...and Pay for a Photographer...look for the right Photographer...and discuss the situation with that Paid Photographer...and in a couple of months from now....Show us the much improved results. Now.....Go prepare!!!  OR maybe you don't have to pay...There are tons of photographers in your area who are willing to work with you...Plan this out. Don't take a couple of fair to ok pics and post them and ask the same questions....Truly plan a new direction.

Dec 09 12 04:08 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


Not saying you are bad looking but that for modeling- you arent so right and you show little charisma in the pics and I dont understand why you are pursuing it
Dec 10 12 07:13 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
E e v a
Posts: 1,724
Nashville, Tennessee, US


Maruschke wrote:
I didn't think I looked that bad but thank you for your honesty.

You don't. Look at all of his other posts to other people. They've been just as negative.

Dec 10 12 07:16 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
William Kious
Posts: 8,837
Delphos, Ohio, US


Mark wrote:
the main thing is you.  Sorry, you really lack the right look for any genre I can think of.
Mark wrote:
Not saying you are bad looking but that for modeling- you arent so right and you show little charisma in the pics and I dont understand why you are pursuing it

This really is uncalled for and borders on abusive.

You do not speak for this community (or any other, for that matter.)

Dec 10 12 07:19 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Maruschke
Posts: 543
Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand


Mark wrote:
Not saying you are bad looking but that for modeling- you arent so right and you show little charisma in the pics and I dont understand why you are pursuing it

I'm really sorry you feel that way. smile I'm pursuing it because I really love it and it makes me feel good. I never thought of myself as beautful but I think if I work really hard I will be able to create stunning images. I'm still learning that is why I started this thread I want to try and improve myself.

I really hope I''ll be able to change your mind someday.

Dec 10 12 07:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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