Monthly Archives: September 2012

Family… or, a day with the Brightons!

My sister and her adorable family live in Charlotte, NC and I only get to see them once or twice a year… she has 4 amazing children (two boys, two girls) and they grow up so darn fast and I can’t believe how freakin’ smart they are every time I see them!  This summer I got to see them a few days and I had so much fun hanging out and getting to play with them.  Here are some of the photos I took during our adventures:

starting the day off at my parent’s house:

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at my grandparent’s house, having a Sunday Sundae Party with my Aunt Susan, and her granddaughter:

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and back at my parent’s house:

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Modeling 101- a list of resources

I’m going to try for something a bit different today.  I have been working with a lot of young models as I explore the fashion end of the photography world and build my Portraiture business and I have come across a huge variety of models in the three years since I began working with them.  I have worked with total newbies who have never been in front of a camera before, as well as incredibly experienced ladies, and every shade in between.  One of the things that I have noticed the most is that the most successful models aren’t necessarily the prettiest or the tallest or the thinnest, but they are usually the girls who take their modeling seriously and strive to improve their craft continuously.  I think it can be very hard to find great information on becoming a successful model and how to go about increasing your skill level to become highly sought after, whether or not you are represented by an agency.  I thought today I would list some resources that I have found useful in understanding modeling and have given me some insight that I have tried to incorporate into my interactions with models during shoots.

1.Modeling 101 with Joanna House & Matthew Jordan Smith– this is a video download course that you can purchase from creativeLive, a photography and photoshop education resource.  The course is only $99 and worth every penny for the amount of detail that Yoanna goes into concerning the industry, the amount of posing coaching she provides with student models,  and the information she shares with her experiences throughout her career and sooo much more.  I watched a good portion of the workshop while it was streaming live and learned so much about what I can do to help the models I work with achieve their goals, and there was an incredible amount of information that would be useful for any aspiring model to help them achieve success in their field.

2.How to Be a Model Blog– This blog has a TON of information on a number of modeling related topics including fashion industry info, commercial modeling, kids modeling, etc.  Some included articles:

3.New Models– Attached to, this collection of articles are written by folks who have been in the industry for decades, working all over the world.  I would Start with:

4.John Fisher’s Articles on Modeling– a group of articles on Editorial and Commercial Modeling, Contracts and Agencies.

5.Rachel Jay- Thoughts of a Hobbyist Model– She has written a ton of blogs about the industry, about networking on sites like Model Mayhem, contracts, setting rates, professionalism and much more.

6.Modeling 101: A Model’s Diary– A blog written by a model currently working in the industry.  She has written a number of posts on what it takes for both men and women to make it as a model.  Lots of tips and tricks and what to expect in a ton of different scenarios.

7.How to Attract People Worth Working With– a quick article that explains some dos & don’ts for attracting a good team to work with, this one was specifically written in reference to Model Mayhem, but some of the information could be applied to a number of networking sites.

8.Explore Modeling on Youtube- Explore Modeling created a handful of informative videos, including tips on posing for fashion, tips on posing for commercial modeling, what you need in your “model shoe bag”

In conclusion, these are some of the most comprehensive resources I have found over the past few years which have accurate information to aid an aspiring model in furthering her career- I’m sure there is more out there, and I have heard of some books that go over the modeling industry inside and out, although I have not had a chance to read anything like that at this point.  In addition to reading articles such as these, I would say one of the best way to learn the skills of posing is by looking at the types of media that you would like to shoot for (i.e. fashion, catalog, glamour mags or men’s mags, commercial and stock photography etc) and using these as inspiration for your poses and expressions: practice, practice, practice.  Practice posing your body, practice making faces- emotions are hard to mimic accurately and practicing in front of a mirror is the full proof method of making sure that you nail that expression every time.  Have high expectations- of yourself and those that you work with.  Expect professionalism!  Ask questions!  Practice constantly and ask for feedback!

Well, that is my 2 cents for today.  I leave you with one of my personal favorite images that I created with the lovely Celsa (aka Jayne Riot) of Variant Shades Makeup and the always amazing Erin Driscoll (aka Ramagious), who is always on point with her modeling and gives so much of herself every time we’ve had the opportunity to shoot together.

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“Through the Eye of the Dead”

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Post-Apocalyptic Industrial Styled Portraits with Devan and Alex

I had a chance to shoot with one of my favorite ladies a couple of weeks ago- Devan, who was one of the first models I ever worked with, and who I am always excited to work with when I get a chance to shoot with her, whether she’s doing makeup or modeling (or both!).  This time was a tad bittersweet, because it was the last time I was going to be shooting with her before she moves out to L.A. to go to school.  It was extra special because I got to shoot her and her beau, Alex, who is staying behind.  They had a couple of fantastic ideas that we got to work with, one involving the amazing leather creations Alex makes for his company Outer Lab and the other concept involving lots of black acrylic paint!  Devan does fantastic makeup and did some pretty awesome post-apocalyptic sickness on the both of them.  We got to shoot inside and also on the roof of her apartment building, so we got some diverse looks in each set, plus I had a chance to play with some colored gels, and that always makes me pretty happy!  Here are some of the first edits from the shoot!

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