Modeling news roundup

July 16, 2012

This week’s highlights: MM’s James Patrick on how to get published; Victoria’s Secret models’ thoughts on Photoshop; How to succeed as a plus model; and more…

MM’s James Patrick on how to get published

Fitness Magazine cover, July/August 2011
Photographer: James Patrick

Ever wonder if you have what it takes to be published? Model Mayhem member and fitness, commercial and editorial photographer James Patrick shared some of his tips with us. “When it comes to what I look for in talents when considering them for a feature in a publication,” said Patrick, “I think it depends primarily on the publication and what they are looking for. From a photographer’s perspective in general, I am looking for talents that can live up to the brand of the publication. By that, I mean that each client I shoot for has a specific need, niche, look, etc. What works for one may not necessarily work for another. One suggestion I would have here is when a photographer is casting for a publication to pay close attention to the specifics of the casting. Illustrate what you can bring to the project that helps you stand out from the competition.” Read more of Patrick’s tips. We would like to congratulate James on his success, and we wish him all the best! You can also check out his website and Facebook page.

Victoria’s Secret models’ thoughts on Photoshop

Ever wondered what Victoria’s Secret models think of Photoshop?  Victoria’s Secret models are beautiful and the average person would agree that they do not need any retouching. For example, The Huffington Post noted that model Erin Heatherton does not like how her freckles are oftentimes removed during post-production work.. Whenever Photoshop is used, care must be taken not to make huge errors, such as when Doutzen Kroes’ leg went missing in an editorial shoot for Vogue China.  The overuse of Photoshop by some photographers is the reason why many clients are asking for untouched photos, since it is becoming increasingly difficult to figure out what a model actually looks like. How much Photoshop is too much?

How to succeed as a plus model

If you are already a working plus size model and are looking to take your career to the next level, some tips provided in this article will be helpful to you. To summarize, if you are not in a major city where the majority of signed plus models find work, you will have to provide potential clients with photos that are as good as or better than the ones that your competition has. Your photos must demonstrate your skills as a model in such a way that would make you stand out from the rest of the pack. Additionally, it is important to know how to properly highlight the client’s product. Understand that whether or not you get the job depends on knowing the right people, so take time to attend networking events, as well as work hard to connect with people in the industry.

MM’s Kimberly Alexis Howe gets noticed on Twitter

Kimberly Alexis Howe & Paulina Gretzky

Model Mayhem’s Kimberly Alexis Howe recently appeared wearing a bikini in a twitter photo with Paulina Gretzky from the set of “Grown Ups 2.” Paulina Gretzky is famous, gorgeous and gets a lot of attention. When she first posted a twitter photo of herself with Kimberly, people were wondering who the stunner was standing next to her. It just happened to be our very own Kimberly. In addition to her attention-worthy photo with Paulina, she has extensive modeling experience with L’Oreal Paris, Smart Bargain, Air One Italian Airline, Winter Music Conference (Banners), Improper Bostonian, Spirit Boston Magazine, Grace Ormonde, Platinum Wedding Style Magazine, Stuff Magazine, North End Scene, Sedurre, Splash Magazine, , New Hampshire Bridal Magazine, Puma, Rue La La, Wedding Expos, Performer & Talent Magazine and more! Here is what she had to day about her modeling career: “Ever since my first experience in Paris at the age of 17, I have enjoyed trying to keep a high level of integrity and class while experiencing the different jobs of modeling. I look forward to exploring new horizons.” She is definitely going places and worth keeping our eye on!

Child models and stage mothers

We all know that little girls love to play dress-up, but only a select few have made a career out of it. According to The Telegraph, many child models are establishing lucrative careers before they can even walk. However, there are concerns that the parents of these child models are being exploitative, and that they’re pushing their children into modeling for personal or financial gains. Supermodel Cindy Crawford, however, told her 10-year-old daughter to put modeling on hold for the next seven years due to the harsh nature of the industry. Children should be able to enjoy life when they are young, because essentially modeling is a job, and parents should not force it on their kids.

Former model opens fashion camp

Following her successful career as a model, Heather Cole decided to teach aspiring young models the ins and outs of the modeling world by organizing various summer camps. One of her camps, Camp Fashion Design, focuses on exploring the many unique aspects of the fashion industry through intense workshops and team-building exercises. Over the course of four days, campers (ages 12-17) learn how to put their ideas on paper, as well as how to pitch their concepts, pick out fabrics and construct their pieces. The $999 course also offers campers the chance to work with representatives from top fashion schools, tour NYC’s Garment District and meet professional models like “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Ashley Howard.

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