Model Focus

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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What It’s Like Dating A Model

My original subject for this week’s article was; “How to Handle the Jealous Boyfriend on-Set.”  The more I wrote, the more I asked myself; “Why is this such a prevalent problem anyway?  Why do models let this become an issue?”  At the end of the day a significant other’s presence on-set should be an aid,…

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How the Art of Portrait Prepares You for More

For those of you who follow me on social media, you may have seen that I directed my first short film this week. I was blessed to have three immensely talented men behind the camera volunteer their time and talents to help my vision come to life.  I was given the freedom to develop the…

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How to make your model feel comfortable and safe

It’s no secret – safety is a huge concern for any model.  Working with someone new brings a fresh flurry of nerves every time.  Having shared my own experience with assault, I’ve only heard other stories where the outcomes weren’t as fortunate as mine.  Many situations are slightly uncomfortable and others are sketchy at best. …

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Staying Motivated; the Importance of Persistence

This past month has been full of surprises, challenges, and opportunities.  I’ve been booked for a new charity event, asked to walk my first Miami runway, chosen to represent an up-and-coming international brand, and been given the chance to write/direct/act in my own short video.  But among all of these new occurrences, there is one…

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Ina Pandora Interview

                  With Halloween just around the corner, many photographers are looking to push the envelope with special themes and concepts to embrace the spirit of the holiday. As a special treat this week I decided to interview one of my favorite photographers and makeup artists I have had the pleasure of working with, Ina Pandora. …

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Using Light to Achieve the Perfect Shot

You’ve heard the expression of seeing things in a “whole new light.”  It’s true, lighting can completely change the way you see something.  When posing, it can be your best friend or your worst enemy.  It has the power to set the tone, set the mood, conceal, or reveal. Lighting is crucial in the pursuit…

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