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Model
Axioma
Posts: 6,744
Gent, East Flanders, Belgium


or is it more a photographer-image?

in other words do you like it/should I keep it smile.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31654478 (18+ ish)
Feb 13 13 01:25 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Emily Hayworth
Posts: 848
Banning, California, US


I'm not sure why the two have to be distinct (model images vs photographer images).  A good image is a good image.

If it is a good photo that is better than or equal to what is already in your portfolio, and you find it flattering to your body and/or skills as a model, absolutely include it.
Feb 13 13 01:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


Emily Hayworth wrote:
I'm not sure why the two have to be distinct (model images vs photographer images).  A good image is a good image.

A model's portfolio should show off the model. A photographer's portfolio needs to show off the photographer's skills, and that may include images that don't necessarily show the model particularly clearly.

Feb 13 13 01:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


IMO, this image is on the borderline. It shows your body well, but not the face at all. As part of a well-rounded portfolio, it works.

No doubt that it would work in a photographer's portfolio.
Feb 13 13 01:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 6,580
New York, New York, US


Orca Bay Images wrote:

A model's portfolio should show off the model. A photographer's portfolio needs to show off the photographer's skills, and that may include images that don't necessarily show the model particularly clearly.

I think it works either way. The model's body is "her" image portrayed. The light hitting it and the capture is the photographer's doing. I don't see a significant difference really. All images work both ways if they are flattering to one another's talents or assets.

Feb 13 13 01:36 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
DAN CRUIKSHANK
Posts: 1,784
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


It's a high quality, artistic shot... fits nicely in your portfolio.
Feb 13 13 01:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Peach Jones
Posts: 6,220
Champaign, Illinois, US


I think both.
Feb 13 13 01:40 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AJScalzitti
Posts: 12,186
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Well if you were speaking of a printed book I would say maybe.  Do you have 15-20 images of equal quality that show you and your face as well?  If yes then I would skip it.  Online I would keep it, but it's is still very important to be selective.

The real answer is will this shot sell you well to potential clients.
Feb 13 13 01:46 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
imcFOTO
Posts: 579
Bothell, Washington, US


Axioma wrote:
or is it more a photographer-image?

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31654478 (18+ ish)

It's a good question and for sure too many times I see models with shots that really only show the photographer's skill rather than show off the model well.

As others have said - this is kinda borderline but it does show off your body very well (and very tastefully) - so in the context of a portfolio, it's a useful addition.

Feb 13 13 01:47 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
MichaelClements
Posts: 1,716
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


No. It's soft unimaginative rubbish. Ditch it!
Feb 13 13 01:51 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
C h a r l e s D
Posts: 9,304
Los Angeles, California, US


With it cropped in way tighter, sure.
Feb 13 13 01:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Paul Tirado Photography
Posts: 4,195
New York, New York, US


I like it and I think you should keep it.  Mostly when I say a shot is a photographer's shot, I mean it does not show your look in the best light or give an accurate idea of it. I think this shows off your body and curves quite well.
Feb 13 13 01:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Axioma
Posts: 6,744
Gent, East Flanders, Belgium


Thx everyone smile. Am going to leave it up for now.
Feb 13 13 02:15 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
WCR3
Posts: 966
Houston, Texas, US


I like you in it and I like the light, but I don't care for the rest of the scene. It just looks too sloppy and thrown-together. As a photographer, I would be embarrassed about the setup.
Feb 13 13 02:41 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


Marin Photography wrote:
All images work both ways if they are flattering to one another's talents or assets.

If.

And that's the catch: not all images are equally flattering and useful to both sides.

Take a low-key portrait in which half the model's face is in pitch-black shadow. It might show off the photographer's chops, but it would be quite useless in a model's portfolio. Someone casting for a shoot will wonder what facial flaws are being hidden in the shadow. Next!

Feb 14 13 12:56 am  Link  Quote 
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