Jeffrey M Fletcher wrote: Grateful for any pointers or impressions.
I feel the first two paragraphs are a whole lot of words that say very little. I get what you are gunning for, but there has to be a better way to articulate your artistic stance.....given the rest of your profile and the look of your port...it shouldn't take that much word salad to get across your artistic goals.
Additionally, I would add a bit of info about your process as to the paragraph mentioning that digital proofs might take months or years. It tend to calm less patiernt people when they know the WHY of the wait
Julie Thiessen wrote: Sure. It's probably time for a revamp anyway.
I feel like you are almost too curt.
I love a concise profile, but your comes off a bit standoffish because it is so brief.
As far as being on the smaller side of plus.......that detail is more relevant if you do a lot of work outside NYC.
The caliber of folks you are looking to work with here (working, agency quality shooters) would already be aware that your listed size of 10 being on the small side of plus...and that it is a local new york city quirk that size 10-12 is the start of plus for us.
If you were in LA (where plus tends to start at the 12-14 range) I'd understand you qualifying.
I'd remove the do not recommend list on your profile, as I find those to be more trouble than their worth.....most people just see "drama" (even if it is justified that you won't work with them again), and skip you.
Put those 2 photographers on your general members I've worked with list, and if anyone contacts you for a reference....tell them why you do not advise working with those folks in PM.
Also, the link to your smiling photo is not working.
Why not something like this?
" Hi! My name is Julie. I'm a professional, published plus model in NYC. This is my full time job, so paid work takes priority, but I'm willing to test if it is mutually beneficial.
I'm a long girl with short hair, and yes, I do indeed smile "
Fotografica Gregor wrote: Epic pain in the ass probably
You seem professional and fun, but your profile is a bit of a pain in the ass to read.
This chunk of text should be front and center:
"Hello, and welcome to my Model Mayhem profile and portfolio. I'm glad you decided to drop by. If you are considering working with me, please feel free to contact any of the models I have worked with for references.
I believe in establishing a strong working rapport on set, while maintaining a safe, comfortable and mutually respectful working environment. I encourage models makeup artists hair and wardrobe stylists to participate creatively in the production process, contributing their artistic talents and freely sharing their ideas. I believe in leaving room for serendipity within a disciplined production process....
It generally requires booking with me three to four weeks in advance to get into my schedule.
Only the model and production team members (hair stylist, makeup artist, wardrobe stylist or designer, and photographic assistants) are allowed on my set. Anyone accompanying a model will need to wait elsewhere in the studio building during the shoot.
My studio based work is shot at a professional studio with first class amenities, professional staff always on site. There are large, well equipped and completely private areas for makeup hair and styling / dressing - one for each of our three studio sets.
I shoot editorial fashion and beauty for publication submissions with Agency represented or Agency Standard models at a minimum 5'9 in height, and at size 0 / 2
I am also interested in shooting conceptual and art projects for publication submissions, gallery exhibition and print sales - see my castings and check my portfolio here and my facebook for castings.
Tradework is very limited and will usually take the form of my shooting something you want for your portfolio in exchange for your shooting something I want for mine..... sometimes it may be that we will actually want the same thing. But if we can't both benefit I don't see the point of trade. I have been very liberal about trade in the past but due to demand I have to become more specific and focused when offering trade.
I do sometimes just shoot for fun, off the cuff - or shoot informal fashion and glamour - it never hurts to inquire -
I am also available for model portfolio development, comp cards, etc. at reasonable rates and can provide full styling teams at the model's expense. I do not spend much time at this and it is not a focus of my work, but if feel free to contact me if this is of interest.
When shooting on a TF basis I will provide 3 fully edited images per look (up to a maximum of twelve images) within four weeks of the closing of the shoot or receipt of your image selections, in 800 pixel width for internet use. I will also provide a written Image Use License on request.
When shooting with a compensated model, providing images will be based on negotiation and dependent on rates. I place a high value on my images - models who do not will not find me receptive to negotiation. "
All of the links (facebook, twitter, TF policy etc.) should be below that. In fact why not make a web or blog page of all the MM members you've worked with and then post the link to them for those seeking references?
That frees up your credits list for your exhibitions/publications and other achievements.
I hate the 3rd party quotes/endoresments personally.....because unless the person reading knows or admires whoever complimented you, it won't mean anything to them and doesn't really replace a detailed reference. Thos could also be shuttled off to a blog or website page and be linked to for space's sake
You owe no one an explanation of why you delete comments or tags, and most of the comment/tag junkies will forget they left it 30 seconds later.
No need to justify keeping your page family/client friendly. It isn't a democracy....so I'd ditch the health warning too.
Just like a model, we don't need too much life history I'd scratch all of this:
"I've always had a passion for photography. While studying in high school, I was able to get some hands on experience with the camera as well as learning darkroom techniques.
Following high school, I've owned several business’ in industries ranging from specialized construction to computer networking.
While working for a current IT client, there came a calling for some regular photography work, rekindling my interest in the art of light."
Instead I'd go with:
"I've recently rekindled my interest in photography, and have been shooting client work of Caribbean landscape and high end antiques on a semi-professional level.
My goals here are to expand my subject matter~insert genres/styles~, network with other industry professionals and improve my photography skills. Ultimately I'd like to grow my hobby into a profession.
If you'd like to see my travel/Carribbean work, come visit me at: