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Model Mayhem #:
752466
Last Activity:
Dec 13, 2017
Experience:
Very Experienced
Compensation:
Paid Assignments Only
Shoot Nudes:
Yes
Joined:
Jun 30, 2008
Age:
33
Height:
5' 7"
Weight:
120 lbs
Bust:
34"
Waist:
27"
Hips:
36"
Cup:
B
Dress:
4
Shoe:
8.5
Ethnicity:
Caucasian
Skin Color:
Brown
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Eye Color:
Hazel
Hair Length:
Medium
Hair Color:
Brown
Tattoos:
None
Piercings:
None
Genres:
Art
Bodypaint
Dance
Editorial
Glamour
Hair/Makeup
Lifestyle
Lingerie
Parts Modeling
Swimwear
Underwater

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Great Concepts

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Images of me elsewhere

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Inspired...

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Models Who've Got It Goin' On

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About Me

The living model, the naked body of a woman, is the privileged seat of feeling, but also of questioning... The model must mark you, awaken in you an emotion which you seek in turn to express.

Henri Matisse



UPDATED MAY 2017

It's been a minute but I am back!! Feeling creatively juiced and eager to make visual poetry. Currently, I'm only booking close to home in Asheville, NC. Trips to Greenville, Knoxville, Johnson City, Charlotte and all other areas within several hours driving distance are also feasible. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you're interested in collaborating. I am only accepting paid assignments at this time.

Art nude modeling is a calling. My grandma, the relative that I am most like, posed nude while attending art school in her youth back in the 1960's! I actually didn't learn this fact until I had been modeling for several years. Anyway, I've been doing this for longer than I should probably confess, since 2003. I love this work. I pour my heart and soul into every collaboration. Please contact anybody you find who has shot with me in the past if you are seeking references. I do not filter them and encourage you to do your homework.

To those who are new to photography or who have never hired a professional model, please don't shy away. I do not discriminate based on skills, I do however look for tasteful content in someone's body of work.

TIPS FOR COLLABORATORS:  In my experience, I have found that it helps to come to the shoot with some clear or even vague ideas about what you would like to accomplish. Maybe you have a location or a set you'd like to explore or maybe your vision is a little more clear: I.E. you're looking for deep shadows, something anonymous with a just got home after a long day of work feel, or maybe you want just the opposite. Like anyone who produces his or her best in any situation, it is important that I am allowed to find my grove and get lost in the concept. Pose coaching is not a problem, but I work best if we can get into a rhythm. I have a sincere AND vested interest in bringing your ideas to life. If something is not working or does not look good, do tell. As far as I see it, it's not personal and I'd actually prefer to know. 

ON BOUNDARIES: Because tuning into and feeding off one another's creativity is essential to producing powerful imagery, I always try to be kind, open, and attentive. I put effort into developing a sincere yet professional rapport with each person I collaborate with. For this reason, I find that I most enjoy working with the same people over and over. Unfortunately, I have found that my friendly demeanor and comfort with being nude can send mixed messages, so let me be clear: Whether I am shooting with you for the first time or the twentieth time, please DO NOT EVER ask me to masturbate, or do spread shots, and PLEASE please do not caress me. Unfortunately, this has to be said.

BOOKING A SHOOT: Only serious inquires will receive a response. Please provide:
•A description of the shoot
•Time and duration
•Location
•Confirm understanding and method of compensation
•Contact Information (A shoot is not confirmed booked without a contact number)
•Whether or not I’ll need to bring anything other than myself

COMPENSATION:  Though I sincerely understand the many reasons for tfp/cd arrangements, I simply DO NOT shoot on a trade basis. If for whatever reason you think we have a trade shoot booked, there, without a doubt, has been a misunderstanding.

My RATES are as follows: $125/hr or $100/hr for shoots 4 hours and over. I DO NOT offer reduced rates. I am flexible with how we arrange this. You can invite other photographers, pay via paypal, check, cash, or credit card. I do not, however, engage in any sort of arrangement where I receive a certain percentage of proceeds from the sale of images.

CANCELLATIONS: Too often people book and cancel last minute (like 30%)! This is crippling if you're in business for yourself. If you cancel within 7 days of a shoot AND we have never worked together, I will likely NOT risk booking with you again unless you've either paid a deposit OR provide $150 cancellation fee. My experience is that these people become "repeat offenders," if allowed.

POSING IN THE COLD:  I simply and absolutely cannot do it anymore. I have allowed too many photographers shoots in freezing conditions, for hours, naked, without much body fat. As a result, I have serious nerve damage and suffer from Raynaud's Disease. If we have an outdoor shoot scheduled and temps drop below 55 degrees, then we need to arrange an indoor location.

FETISH/ADULT CONTENT: I do not shoot any type of explicit or fetish content.  Should you capture accidental images that cross my boundaries I reserve the right to add an amendment to your model release to ensure no such image is shared or is posted on the Internet. I photograph all amended model releases with the photographer holding it. Documentation baby.

MY BUSH:  I maintain my bush because that I like it. Under no circumstances will I change it.

WAKING UP EARLY:  I love shooting outdoors! And if that means waking up before sunrise, I'm still there!

I think this covers all the general, need to know stuff. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to PM me.
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"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results."
-Carl Zaiss

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"Melissa is a true professional model. She was on time, enthusiastic, involved and very collaborative. Our four hour session resulted in numerous shots that now grace the walls of art lovers all over the world. She was among the first professional models with whom I've worked and I'm blessed that such was the case. She gave me the encouragement I needed as I first started out on this journey and confirmed, to me, that my "eye" was, to some degree anyway, talented and true." Read less

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"Melissa is one of the best models I've ever worked with. She's a beautiful spirit, a wonderful creative collaborator, she has a wide range of posing abilities, and the camera loves her. Also punctual and professional. Highly recommended!!!" Read less

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"Every photographer artist that I know respects and admires Melissa's talent and enthusiasm. She has been a superb collaborator and inspiration to my own work. I am just happy as can be that I was able to work with her again on my route through Asheville. A true professional, she is, by any metric." Read less

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"Every time I work with Melissa I always leave the shoot with images that I am super proud of. I have enjoyed her shoots and she has been the most adventurous model I have ever worked with. A nude shoot in a cave while it's snowing, what else can I say?" Read less

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"Mel was my first pro shoot, and I simply couldn't have been more lucky. Beyond visually stunning, conversationally inviting, and amazingly relaxed, Mel is a beautiful guide into the world of modeling and photography. She's patient, poise, and perfectly on cue with a photographer still learning the ropes. In our one shoot, she taught me more about being a compatible and professional photographer than this paragraph will allow in space. She creates a chemistry and flow with her photographer unlike anything I've ever experienced. She's just utterly phenomenal. If you want to make, and actually FEEL what it's like to make, true art, Mel's your model." Read less

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"I first shot Melissa at a workshop and knew that I had to work with her one on one. One of the most beautiful and professional models I've worked with, she made our shoots fun and entertaining. I certainly hope we get to work together again." Read less

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"It was a real pleasure to work with Melissa. A true collaboration and sharing of ideas that led to a few of my favorite images." Read less

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"I can't begin to say enough about Melissa's work ethic and professionalism. She is always helpful and flexible in a shooting situation." Read less

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"Melissa is an absolutely fabulous, beautiful, engaging model who brings a huge tool box of poses and knowlege to every shoot. So much fun to work with and I can not wait to do it again!" Read less

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"Melissa was a lot of fun to work with. I used her images in numerous composites. I highly recommend her. I wish she lived in my area so I could work with her again!" Read less

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"Michelle is without a doubt one of the very best subjects I have ever photographed, Her commitment to the process was wonderful, I felt, in every situation, that we were working together to achieve the same goals, an the images we made were exceptional.." Read less

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"Melissa is an absolute joy to work with. She is creative, fun, and an all around wonderful person to work with. I would recommend her to any photographer/artist" Read less

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"Melissa is a joy to work with - eager to please, willing to do most anything to get the shot the *photographer* wants, fun, lighthearted and hard working." Read less

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"Ultimate professional model! Works hard and knows her figure and the light well! Guaranteed great shoot!" Read less

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""Melissa is a excellent model a joy to work with! Beautiful, Graceful & easy going. Love working with her look forward to doing it again.." Read less

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"Aw-right! Let's talk class! Melissa is top shelf beauty and talent. But that's not where it ends. I have had the honor of shooting with her in various locations all over the state and I can't wait to work with her again. Highly, highly recommended." Read less

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"Melissa is a true talent and consummate professional. She made my job as photographer very easy!" Read less

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"Very talented and professional, always a enjoyable to shoot with. And always come away with lots of excellent images." Read less

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"Professional in every since of the word.........experienced on both sides of the camera and a great source of knowledge and guidance for a developing photographer.........dg" Read less

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"A very, very talented model and wonderful person. Has great concepts and needs no direction. Super talented!" Read less

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"Melissa is a truly wonderful woman, a beautiful model, and creative poser." Read less

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"There is no better model to work with on this or any other planet. Mel is engaging, smart, sensitive and passionate about the images she creates. She is a great collaborator, full of energy. She is extremely upbeat and a joy to be around. If I lived closer to her, I would shoot her every week." Read less

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"A very artistic and ambitious model who has not only the experience of artistic nudes but the talent to get unique and exceptional photos that draw the viewer to have emotional and evocative reactions to her image." Read less

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"One of my favorites - absolutely one of the visionaries in artistic poses! Love working with Melissa, always can't wait to work with her again! She leaves me inspired!" Read less

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"Melissa is a great model. She know exactly what to do with very little coaching and a lot of her own great ideas. I'll always work with her when she passes through my town." Read less

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"Melissa was a very thoughtful and professional model. One of my top 5 models of all time. Thank you for all the wonderful images we have shot together." Read less

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"Melissa is the traveling model who defines the spirit of the career for me. The first photo shoot we did together created some of the best images of the genre that I've ever achieved. Upon see the photos, my assistant's mother described Melissa as a "Goddess". 'Nough said!" Read less

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"I have had the pleasure of working with Melissa only once when she was traveling through Colorado. I hope I will have a chance to work with her again sometime! She is a very beautiful, easy going yet still professional model." Read less

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"I owe a great debt to Melissa Troutt. In my early journey of digital photography after years of film photography Melissa was more than helpful. Working with her allowed me to shoot and learn. I suggest working with Melissa if you want build your skillset and portfolio." Read less

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"Melissa is a wonderful, professional model with the experience and reliability to make any shoot easy. I look forward to working with her again!" Read less

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"One of the legends of the industry. Melissa is an incredibly cool and talented fine art model. I've enjoyed working with her tremendously!" Read less

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"Melissa was at the second workshop I attended and I have worked with her solo as well. She is a great model and works hard at getting it right in the camera. Great posing ability and very flexible." Read less

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Credit Notes

VIDEOS

The Inspired Photograph: Storytelling With The Nude | By Joel Belmont http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3qlrpJG9bQ&feature=youtu.be

By Andrew J Baran http://vimeo.com/71369391


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