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Model
Rachele Sofia Morgan
Posts: 11
Carbondale, Pennsylvania, US


Alright, I need opinions and advice on my portfolio.
Feb 02 13 03:21 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
DOUGLASFOTOS
Posts: 8,157
Los Angeles, California, US


Smile
Feb 02 13 03:32 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Lee_Photography
Posts: 8,526
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


You need an expression; in all your photos you have the same look

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130129/15/510858e3db14f_m.jpg
This dress and pose are not flattering
Mirror on right is a distraction in this image

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130129/14/51084f8308587_m.jpg
This pose is unflattering to your midsection
Feb 02 13 03:34 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Rachele Sofia Morgan
Posts: 11
Carbondale, Pennsylvania, US


Thanks!!
Feb 02 13 03:36 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Innovative Imagery
Posts: 2,815
Los Angeles, California, US


Very few of your images show you in a good light with regard to grace and posture and line.  Think of what market you can fill in modeling and add pictures that demonstrate your abilities.  Do you have great legs, a pretty face for make up or athletic ability?  Can you wear clothing so it looks its best?  Or jewelry or shampoo?  ETC.

Look at adds in the magazines in your market and try to duplicate them as closely as possible.  Great quality, line, lighting and expression will always be sought after.
Feb 02 13 03:45 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Nor-Cal Photography
Posts: 2,574
Walnut Creek, California, US


As already stated, facial expressions and posing are areas to work on.

Look at other llamas' portfolios to get ideas.  Then practice in front of a mirror.

But just one worthless opinion.   smile
Feb 02 13 03:51 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
my_other_profile
Posts: 666
Ankeny, Iowa, US


Take down the "paid work only" smile
Feb 02 13 03:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
David Nelson Photograph
Posts: 346
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, US


Just my two cents for whatever it is worth.  I don't see any head and shoulder shots, I don't see different expressions, I don't see any personality.  I don't think the wardrobe in your portfolio isn't flattering.

You're pretty and that is a plus, I think.  Take a look at other model's portfolios and see what they have for images.  Being as young as you are, poses and clothing should be in tune with your age.  Something playful and flirty would show some personality.  Something as simple as just wearing a skirt that swings and twirl, creates motion and a sense of playfulness.
Feb 02 13 03:59 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Scott Murphy Photo
Posts: 72
Pensacola, Florida, US


I am sure you have some pearly whites, let's see them! It is okay to smile and change your expression. You also need more variety in your portfolio. Headshots, studio and location, fitness, modest swimsuit, fashion, etc.

As for you  wanting to do "Victoria's Secret" stuff at 16, that is NOT age appropriate. Wait until you are 18 to do shoots like that. And DO NOT let any photographer tell you any differently. I am assuming of course you have an adult escorting you on every shoot. If you don't you most definitely should. There are a lot of creeps out there, many of whom can be very charming at first. Remember, Ted Bundy (he was a serial killer if you are unfamiliar with the name) was also very charming and we all know that worked out. And on the legalities side of things you need to have  signed model release for each photographer you work with and since you are under 18, it MUST to be signed by a parent or guardian.
Feb 02 13 04:21 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
MelissaAnn
Posts: 3,862
Seattle, Washington, US


Edit: appears they've moved the thread appropriately.  smile
Feb 02 13 04:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Good Egg Productions
Posts: 15,212
Orlando, Florida, US


In a word: boring.

What are you thinking about when you're shooting?  In all of your photos, it appears that you're just standing there.  Or sitting there.


How would YOU critique your portfolio?
Feb 02 13 04:40 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Stormee
Posts: 2,463
San Antonio, Texas, US


Feb 02 13 04:46 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
David Kirk
Posts: 4,423
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Positives of your portfolio:

You have a range of wardrobe - fitness, casual and formal.
The photos are of decent quality - no bathroom cellphone or webcam images

Negative of your portfolio:
It is too repetitive:

1) too many similar shots (e.g. four shots of the set with the silver chair).  Select the best of the set and drop the rest.

2) All of the shots are full body images with you in the centre of the frame.  This makes shots which are otherwise very different (wardrobe, setting) seem very similar. 

3) Expression is lacking.  This is typical of models who are just getting started.  Modeling is more than being pretty and standing in front of the camera.  The consistent body language and facial expressions re-inforce the feeling of repetition in your portfolio


Having a lot of repetition in your portfolio is normal when you're starting out.  You're off to a good start in many ways - now add variety and push yourself to make every photo you add to your portfolio be unique.
Feb 02 13 04:57 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
MB JenB
Posts: 2,888
Clarksville, Tennessee, US


Rachele Sofia Morgan wrote:
Alright, I need opinions and advice on my portfolio.

Hello,

Since this photographer only shot the same expression I would try to keep the pictures that at least almost hint at some expressions. Possibly trim it down to pictures number 2, 3, 12 and 15.

I have a hard time deciding who goes and stays in my own, so that is not worth much! What I do is put the pictures on 'hide' status while I ruminate and decide who stays and goes.

Best thing I could think of is to shoot with more than one photographer as each will have a different point of view and will help you have a different look. Have some fun with it, (easier to say, I know.) smile

Jen

Feb 02 13 05:00 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Stormee
Posts: 2,463
San Antonio, Texas, US


Feb 02 13 05:55 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


Well.... despite only being 16, I need to say you need a reality check.  Your profile say only paid work-are you kidding me?  Your pics are so amateurish who is going to pay you?  You should be happy to shoot with any one and gain experience so you dont look like a deer in head lights.

  You also say you want to do Victoria Secrets - when you see those women in photos and then look at yourself do you think you fit in?  I truly hope not, you have nothing in common with them except your gender.



So if you want to llama- your market is basic entry level advertising.  You have to smile and be playful in your photos.  You achieve this ability by shooting as much as possible, taking acting classes- be in the drama club, take dance classes learn to move and improvise and bring to a shoot the ability to create a character.

If you are expecting to make money as a llama any time soon- say in a year,there is really no chance.  You may want to pursue commercial acting but I have no idea where you live so there may not be a market.

any way


all the best
Feb 02 13 08:14 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
LA StarShooter
Posts: 1,794
Los Angeles, California, US


I'm not sold on your face. There was one photo where the angle seemed right for you, but while you have a good build, it didn't say model to me and that was conveyed to me by your selection of photos to present yourself. That's the impression your photos gave me. A non-model, in terms of commercial and fashion.
Feb 02 13 08:22 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
MichaelClements
Posts: 1,739
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Actually I like your face. However you really need to work with better photographers and you really need to work on posing and expression.
Feb 02 13 08:28 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
bmiSTUDIO
Posts: 1,733
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


Rachele Sofia Morgan wrote:
Alright, I need opinions and advice on my portfolio.

Sorry...I'm reposting from my fashion portfolio.

Feb 02 13 08:31 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bill Mason Images LLC
Posts: 1,854
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


Rachele Sofia Morgan wrote:
Alright, I need opinions and advice on my portfolio.

You need pics that don't look like high school senior portraits. There is nothing fashion or editorial about your portfolio. My suggestion is to begin with your poses. Find poses in magazine ads that really strike you and practice them in front of a mirror. You need to be doing this every day of 10-15 minutes. After a while you will be able to strike the poses without thinking too much about them. Second, find photographers that can create images with more pop and style. Look for photographers that use light in a creative way, shoot from varying angles and perspectives.

Feb 02 13 08:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
PDF IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY
Posts: 4,603
Jacksonville, Florida, US


as most have suggested SMILE, work on different expression, try standing in front of full length mirror and practice poses and expression, keep shooting try wporking with several different photographers. good luck !
Feb 02 13 08:39 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Stormee
Posts: 2,463
San Antonio, Texas, US


Feb 02 13 11:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Fox and Owl Studio
Posts: 7
Asheville, North Carolina, US


Your best photo in my opinion is #5 It is very similar to #14 but pay attention to your angels, posture, and body language and you will see the subtitle differences that make it more interesting/believable.

In image #6 Imagine the photographer down 2 steps and you in motion just reaching the landing with your left foot, and your shoulders not square with the angel of the camera, but more in line with the stairs, maybe your right arm behind you hand caressing the railing as you climb upward with a confident yet surprised expression in your face and body language. I believe an image like that would really show off and sell the Dress, shoes, It would say Party dress! It would also flatter your body and showcase you! It would have more drama with the movement and draw me in with the expression on your face.

A portfolio is a place for your BEST photos sometimes less is more.
Think about YOUR brand and focus on what you want to model. Also what distinguishes you from the model standing beside you? How can you sell the wardrobe better?

MAKE ME tare your page out of the magazine to plaster it on my wall, and buy your dress for my sweet 16 party. Make ME want it.

You have a beautifully interesting face and a great body but that alone won't get you hired. Also a model needs some head shots in her portfolio. At least three. 1. Makeup and hair. 2. little or no makeup/hair 3. a shot that shows your profile.

I hope this helps. Keep up and work with as many people as you can to gain experience there is no shame in TF work!
Feb 03 13 12:07 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
glamourglenn
Posts: 858
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US


the most important thing i can tell you is consider the "qualifications" of those giving you advice in this thread.

good solid advice from those who have good solid images is something to be welcomed.

as in many things in life...consider the source of the opinion before you evaluate its usefulness to you.
Feb 03 13 07:14 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


Rachele Sofia Morgan wrote:
Alright, I need opinions and advice on my portfolio.

Before you charge for shoots, you need to learn how to pose and how to show some energy and personality. That's one of the deadest portfolios I've seen in quite a while.

Feb 03 13 08:37 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
glamourglenn
Posts: 858
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US


Kelly Anne-Marie wrote:
After looking over your appearances again I suggest looking into runway modeling althought I'm unsure of  the height requirements nor weight requirements.

may i suggest that if you are unsure of the height or weight requirements that suggesting that the young lady look into those areas of modeling is not the best advice.

Feb 03 13 09:17 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Stormee
Posts: 2,463
San Antonio, Texas, US


Feb 03 13 06:00 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


Kelly Anne-Marie wrote:

Good God!, Fuck off!!!

QFM.

Feb 03 13 06:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
sofija
Posts: 23,614
Boston, Massachusetts, US


Moderator Warning!
Stay on topic and be respectful.
Feb 03 13 06:24 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Garry k
Posts: 26,903
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


3 Things

1 - You are Pretty

2 - You need to learn to pose and emote . I would suggest that you watch those Coco Rocha videos on Youtube and Practice

3 - Your photos look like snapshots . The answer to that is finding pro photographers
Feb 03 13 06:25 pm  Link  Quote 
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