Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
I just added the Microsoft Translator widget to my website. Now you can view my website in lots of different languages. Attached is the Spanish version. Check it out.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
This weekend I did a portfolio shoot for up and coming model Shivonne Hudson.
How to Put Together a Modeling Portfolio
By DaniaDenise, eHow Member
Things You'll Need:
Outfits and Accessories
Portfolio images increase your booking chances.
How to Put Together a Modeling Portfolio When it comes to modeling, your portfolio serves as your resume and showcases your body of work. Whether you are signed to an agency or are a freelance model, putting together your portfolio is one of the most important aspects of your career.
Commercial/print images: Before even attempting to put together a modeling portfolio, it is important to know what type of modeling you can do. Freelance models have greater flexibility in this area but should focus on a main category they will receive the most work in. If you do glamour or swim wear, then those are the types of photos you should have in your portfolio. High fashion models should have high fashion images in their books (another term for portfolio). Be realistic. If you are too short for fashion, stick to commercial/print and lifestyle images.
High fashion images: Use magazines and other publications as reference guides for the types of images you'll want to include in your portfolio. This will help you get an idea of the type of shoot you'll need to set up.
For models signed to agencies, your agent will have a sit-down with you and advise you as to what types of images should be in your portfolio. They will also recommend photographers for you to work with that the agency trusts. It is in your best interest to go with the photographer referred to you by the agent. If you go outside the channels, your agent may not like the photos, resulting in a waste of time, effort and a portfolio your agent can't use.
Freelance models can turn to online modeling communities as well as other outlets to find local photographers to work with. Be sure to look at the photographer's work and choose one who specializes in the type of images you want to include. If you are satisfied with their work, shoot them an email or give them a call to set up a meeting or shoot.
Pick a photograph specializing in the type of modeling you do. Once you have found a photographer you want to work with, meet with him/her before your shoot to discuss the themes, concepts and/or looks you are going for. Explain what types of photos you'd like to try. From here you two can agree on locations, outfits, date, time, etc.
Make sure you have everything you need packed before your shoot so you don't forget anything. You should have your hair and makeup professionally done as well to guarantee the best images. Agency represented models often have the comfort of having a makeup, hair and wardrobe stylist present during the portfolio shoot, while freelance models may have to do it themselves or get it done somewhere prior to the shoot.
Once you have taken your photos, it's time to review them and pick the best. Out of the bunch you'll want to make sure to have the following among your images: headshot, ¾ body shot, full body shot. You'll want different outfits and locations to show diversity as well. Play with poses and give a variety...if you have the same poses over and over your portfolio will be boring.
Portfolio CaseAfter the key images have been selected, you can purchase a portfolio case (if your agent doesn't provide you with one). You can find them at any office supply store and the prices range from very affordable to very expensive so you'll be able to find on that fits within your budget. It's best to buy one that can hold between 15-20 8"x10" photos.
Tearsheet Example As your modeling career progresses, update your images in your portfolio to reflect your most current work. In addition to regular modeling photos, include any tearsheets you get. These are pages taken directly from the published work you have appeared in. Tearsheets are vital to a model's portfolio because it showcases actual work, which is very impressive to clients.
Tips & Warnings
One way to get photos without paying money is to arrange a TFP or TFCD. TFP (time for prints) and TFCD (time for CD) are a free exchange of services: the model gives his/her time and the photographer provides them with images from the shoot. No money is involved, although a model release form may need to be signed.
However, if you want to guarantee top quality, there is nothing wrong with paying a photographer. This ensures that you get exactly the types of images you want. Money is a great motivator to get things done in a timely fashion (not to say that doing TFP/TFCD produces less than stellar work but if you are paying for the services, there is less of a chance of a mishap occurring where you don't receive your images or wait forever to receive them). Many photographers put paying gigs as priority over free shoots.
When putting your images in your portfolio, be sure to only include your best images. They each must have the "WOW" factor. If you have any doubt about an image, do not include it. Put the best images on the right side of the book (if you choose to put images on both sides of each page). The eye is naturally drawn to the right side when looking at a portfolio layout so you'll want those images to be seen immediately by whoever is looking at it.
Include both black and white as well as color photos. Don't include too many images in your portfolio. A safe number to stick to is between 10-15...20 max if you have done a lot of work.
Agency represented models usually have their portfolios completely managed by the agency so there is less to deal with on that end. Freelance models act as their own agents so it is your responsibility to maintain and update your portfolio.
If you need to, freelance models specializing in more than one type of modeling category can put together a separate portfolio for each and show them to clients accordingly.
While you should show diversity in your looks and poses, don't go overboard. If you have too many different and wild images that don't relate to the type of modeling you do, you can confuse of overwhelm a client.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
These are some common questions that I am asked when signing contracts.
What’s your primary style? Posed & formal, relaxed, photojournalistic, candid, traditional?
My style is photojournalistic and candid with posed and formal added.
Do you shoot in color or black and white?
I shoot in both color and in black and white.
Do you use an assistant? Is there an extra charge for this?
I do use an assistant most of the time and there is no extra charge for this. When two photographers are requested then extra charges apply.
Will you have backup equipment available? And what happens if you get ill?
I always carry backup equipment and I have a backup photographer to call if I should be unable to fulfill my duties the day of the event due to illness.
Can other people take photos while you are taking photos?
Yes. I am always graciously aware that family and friends want to snap photos and give equal time to accommodate them, but there should be no other professionals at the event unless otherwise agreed upon under contract.
Will you accept a list of specific photos to be taken?
Absolutely. I encourage it because it will make for better planning.
What attire will you and/or assistants wear?
Unless otherwise requested I/we will wear black shirts and black pants.
What time will you arrive and how long will you stay?
I normally arrive about 30 minutes before and stay through till the contracted end time.
Should the event last longer than scheduled, will you stay? Extra charge?
Yes. There will be an extra charge. It would be at my hourly rate.
How long after the event will the proofs be ready?
They will be ready within 7-10 business days after the event.
What type and how much assistance will your provide in planning an album?
Albums are optional and as such will be provided upon request.
Is this your recent work that I'm seeing on your website?
I always have my most recent work available on my website.
Do you provide a written contract and guarantee?
Is a deposit required? If so, how much?
Yes. I require a 50% deposit upon contract signing.
When is the remaining balance after deposit due?
The remaining balance is due the evening of the event or photo shoot.
Are there any additional charges not mentioned? (i.e. travel)?
IF there is travel required there would be an additional charge to be determined based on distance.
What are the refunds/cancellation terms?
If the event should be cancelled the 50% deposit is forfeited and will not be refunded. If I should cancel then the deposit will be returned. If a refund is required and my customer is not fully satisfied, I will refund their money after all other options after discussion are exhausted.