Model Focus

When to Take A Step Back

If you follow my bi-weekly posts on a regular basis, you have probably noticed this post has been late.  For this I apologize, but hope the internet will understand as I have needed to do something I have not done in quite some time… Take a step back.   A time out.  A breather.  A…

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Dropping the Human Prop Mentality

What is the purpose of a model?  What exact role do we have in the scheme of a photoshoot?  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a model as “one who is employed to display clothes or other merchandise,” or “a person or thing that serves as a pattern for an artist.” These are the definitions of commercial…

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Being Your Own Agent

Many believe the life of a model to be an effortless, never-ending game of real life dress up. This could not be further from the case.  Models invest time, money, and effort in their appearance, casting call attendance, and bookings.  This alone is enough to be a full-time job!  But what happens when they don’t…

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Eating Like A Model

“How do models stay so skinny?!”  Thankfully we now live in a society were the modeling world is becoming more diverse.  We now have a multitude of body types walking the runways and various physiques gracing magazine covers.  However, the question is still often asked; “How exactly does a model eat?” The answer is different…

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The Fiercest Competitor

Competition; “an activity done by a number of people or organizations, each of which is trying to do better than all of the others” (Cambridge Online Dictionary).  If you are working in any artistic capacity – and also share this perception of the term “competition” – you have likely come to the chilling realization that…

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How to Photograph & Pose in Designer Clothing

Let’s face it, a major part of portraiture photography is the clothing the subject wears.  Are you looking to expand your portfolio and audience by featuring custom designers?  I certainly always am.  Working with a designer can breathe a whole new life into the photoshoot and help embrace whatever style you are seeking to produce. …

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The Importance of Direction

Too many times I hear from models that their experience during a shoot was nerve-wracking, confusing, or uncomfortable.  The number one reason?  “The photographer never told me what to do.”   If you are a private portraiture photographer, you more than likely are photographing the average person and the occasional independent model.  Not all the…

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Achieving the Bohemian Portrait

Achieving the Bohemian Portrait   A popular style of photography – and one of my favorites – is the bohemian style of portraiture.  This type of photography is defined by more than just the clothing style.  Dictionary.com defines “bohemian” as; “living a wandering or vagabond life, as a Gypsy,” and as a person who “lives…

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Perfecting the Runway Walk

Throughout my modeling career I’ve been blessed to walk various runways for some of my favorite local designers.  I also recently participated in a modeling segment on live TV for my designer and dear friend Inna Rudenko.  There is still so much for me to learn and improve, but the secrets I’ve learned thus far…

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Creating a Commercial Photo

Every now and then I’ll look at an edit and think to myself; “This could be an ad!”  But what really constitutes an ad, anyway?  What makes a photo ad or commercial-quality?  What in particular can take portrait photography to this new level?   The purpose of a commercial photo is to sell or promote…

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