Moving Soon

27 Feb

I will be continuing to use this blog for just a bit longer, but then I’ll be moving to my own domain and my blog, advice articles, and such will be going with me. The best way to stay in touch is to subscribe to this blog (via the field on the right) or to like my Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/dekilah

But please continue to follow this blog until I do move, or you’ll miss out!

Oil Cleansing Method – Part I

27 Feb
OCM Oil Cleansing Method

OCM Oil Cleansing Method (Photo credit: madaise)

I heard about the oil cleansing method as a method for facial cleansing via a thread on ModelMayhem and decided to research it a bit. Basically, you use a combination of castor oil and another oil called a carrier oil (often extra virgin olive oil aka EVOO) to cleanse your face. The idea is that the oils will help remove extra oils and other icky stuff from your face (mainly the castor oil) while still keeping skin moisturized (mainly the carrier oil). You can read more about the specifics on how it works at these two links:
http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/
http://www.crunchybetty.com/nitty-gritty-on-the-oil-cleansing-method

So, after reading those two sources and a few others, and having noticed that both the models I spoke to about it do in fact appear to have lovely skin, I decided to try it. But, after hearing another  model describe her process, I decided to modify how I would use the OCM to something a bit easier, in my opinion, than the methods described in the two sources.

A Bit About Me

I’m a model, but I’m a model who doesn’t wear make-up very often, not even for shoots as most of what I do is focused on a natural look. Therefore it’s important to me that my skin looks pretty good. Before trying OCM, I was using what I call the “water method,” basically only rinsing my face with water. If my face was dry, I’d apply moisturizer. My skin is pretty decent, but I would have a breakout around my period every month. Other than that, no problems to speak of. However, I just recently moved to Detroit from East TN and my face was starting to be dry a lot, so I was looking for a solution that didn’t involve moisturizer multiple times a day as I don’t always remember to apply it and the smell, even though it’s light, kind of bothers me.

My Oils

I chose to use castor oil and extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). The EVOO was some I already had in the kitchen cabinet. I purchased the castor oil in the personal care section of Walmart (with the laxatives).

My Process

The first part of the process is mixing the oils. It is generally recommended to start with 50% castor oil and 50% EVOO (although my first source says otherwise). I mixed one teaspoon of each the first time I tried it. I later found out this was causing a bit of drying, so I’ve switched to one third castor oil and two thirds EVOO. That seems to work pretty well for me.

Now comes the part I do a bit differently: I apply the oil to my face when I’m in the shower. Usually I wet down my hair and face first, and give my pores time to open up, then I massage the oil into my face for about 30 seconds. I then switch to the bathtub facet (instead of the shower head) and use a washcloth rinsed with the hot water to wipe the oil off my face. At first I tried leaving a bit of the oil on, but that caused a few minor spots, so now I make sure I wipe it all off.

And that’s pretty much it for my OCM process.

My Results So Far

My Face After About 2 Weeks of OCM, no editing or retouching of my skin, wearing no make-up other than lipstick

I’ve been doing my OCM the way I described every other day for about a month. I usually have at least one decent sized spot (aka pimple) some time around my period along with several smaller ones, mostly around my chin. This time after having used the OCM for about two weeks prior to the time I usually get the spots, I only had a few of the smaller ones. I haven’t been doing it long enough to know if this will become my new norm, or if I might even have less if I’m less stressed (as I was very stressed during that time frame this month).

There are a couple things that haven’t gone quite as described. First off, I haven’t noticed any change in the black heads on my nose and chin. I figure I’m going to have to find something else to get rid of those. That doesn’t surprise me. I also do notice that I do sometimes still have a bit of dryness. I tried the idea of massaging a bit of the EVOO into my skin in the problem areas. I massaged it in well, but it still caused a couple spots in the areas I put it, so that doesn’t work for me. Instead, I just apply a tiny bit of my inexpensive moisturizer.

I also tried sunflower seed oil in place of EVOO which is mentioned in the first source. I ended up with two spots at the top of my cheek just below one eye that seemed like an allergic reaction.

Final Notes

OCM isn’t for everyone, but according to the reading that I’ve done, it can work really well for people with some pretty icky skin conditions. It can also cause some people to break out. If you’re going to try it, I definitely encourage you to do your own research first and if you do have any serious skin conditioners, you should also discuss it with your doctor.

If you do decide to try it remember that sometimes skin care changes can take a couple weeks or even longer to sort of normalize with your skin. Plus it takes a time or two to learn what mix of oil you need, how to remove it all, etc. OCM isn’t a miracle solution, but I’ve found it to be good for me.

If you’ve tried it and you’d like to share your experience, please comment below. Try to include what oils and ratios you used, what type of skin you have, and what method you used.

A Model Should Not Expect to Be Paid Because…

1 Feb

First off, for those of you who don’t understand sarcasm, this article is meant to be taken half sarcastically while still being as truthful as possible. Obviously there are exceptions. 

As a model who takes what I do as a model very seriously, it gets a teeny bit frustrating seeing new models pop up who think they should be paid at the drop of a hat just for saying they are a model and getting some photos taken. I have spent hours studying poses, invested in taking care of myself more than I would have otherwise, stayed out of the sun to keep my skin pretty, taken a very uncommon interest in my pubic hair’s appearance, spent hours upon hours networking and making connections, done at least 100 shoots, and spent a lot of my time preparing for and planning shoots. And you know what? I still don’t demand to be paid every time I shoot.

I’ve seen tons of girls (sorry, but it is usually girls I see, so I’m going to refer to models as feminine for this article) who whine and moan and carry on because they aren’t getting paid. Or because they think they should get paid but something is horribly wrong with the world and they aren’t. And so here I am to tell you some reasons why you shouldn’t expect to be paid as a model.

1. Just because you are willing to get naked.
It is more common for you average freelance model to be paid for being nude if she isn’t agency/fashion stats if she gets nude. That is true, but you still need to have some idea of how to pose and have a decent look. If you’re covered in 20 tattoos that don’t match or if you don’t take care of your skin and you went sunbathing and now you’re red and peeling or if you can’t pose to save your life or if you’re really uneasy about being seen naked… you probably shouldn’t expect to be paid for nude modeling. If you take pretty good care of yourself and you feel pretty comfortable in your skin, you can probably eventually get paid for nude modeling if you learn the poses and develop a decent portfolio.

2. Because you slap some rates on your profile.
Just because you demand a certain rate does not mean you are going to get paid that rate. And just because you see some other model post a rate on her profile doesn’t mean she’s actually making that rate. Your rates should be based on your market, what others in your area are charging, and what the budget of those hiring you is. Your rates should not be based on you wanting a new car or a vacation at the beach or something.

3. Because you are pretty/beautiful/gorgeous.
Contrary to the very misguided though somehow popular belief, modeling isn’t about standing around and looking pretty. Modeling is about having the right look and knowing how to pose/emote/express. You may be the prettiest girl in your town, but you probably can’t be a fashion model if you’re only 5 feet tall. Similarly, if you all you do is stand there and flash a smile to the camera, you aren’t likely to get really far. You need to know what angles and poses work for your body. You need to know what styles your look, stats and body type are suited for.

4. Because you’ve decided this is your job.
You can’t just wake up one day and magically decide, “Hmm, I think modeling is going to be my job now because I’m a model.” Modeling is just like any other job. You have to have skills and, in the case of modeling, you also have to have a marketable look. Models who model as a full time job have to put a ton of time and effort in modeling. Most of them travel a lot and don’t really get a lot of downtime. Just like any other job you can’t just walk into a business or whatever and say “I want to be a ________, now hire me.”

Again, this article is meant to be truthful, but also taken as sarcastic. And yes, your results may vary and there are exceptions to every rule.

My Ultra Helpful Guide to Approaching Models for TF

15 Jan

Okay, so here you are amateur photographer and you want to work with a model on a trade basis. Or maybe you’re an award-winning photographer who is new to working with models. Or maybe you’ve worked trade before and you’re having a hard time finding more models to work trade with. Or maybe you’re just reading this because you found it.

I wrote this in response to my time in MM forums and my own experiences being approached for trade work. A lot of photographers seem to have difficulty finding models to shoot trade with. Or maybe that have difficulty getting the models they want to work trade with to work trade with them. Of course, you can’t get every model to work trade with you. Maybe that specific model doesn’t shoot trade at all. Maybe you need to improve your style or skills before that model is comfortable shooting trade with you. So please don’t misunderstand and think I’m saying you can shoot trade with any model you happen to want to shoot trade with. I’m just trying to share some general guidelines for those who might be having difficulty.

So without further elaboration, let’s get started. And please don’t be offended with some of this. I’m taking what I’ve read (and experiences I’ve had and been told about by other models) into account here. Not everything here applies to everyone.

1. We really don’t care how awesome you say you are. But we do care about how awesome your work is. All most of us want is work we can put in our portfolios.

2. Don’t be a dick/ass/bitch to us. Period. At all. Ever. We tend to respond poorly to this and nobody likes a condescending attitude. Don’t tell us that we should feel lucky to work with you. Chances are if that’s true, we already feel that way.

3. Don’t lecture us on escorts. If you have an escort policy, it shouldn’t take more than a couple sentences to explain. Please don’t tell us what type of man we should date. Please don’t give us examples of other situations that we wouldn’t bring an escort to and try to relate it to modeling. While some of it may be true, you really aren’t likely to change our minds.

4. Many of us have circumstances listed in which we will in fact shoot trade, even if we generally shoot only paid work. Some of us will trade or barter for various things. Wardrobe and shoes are a common one, but there are many of them and they vary greatly depending on the model. There is a group shoot event called DEAC where I shoot trade, and only trade, for example.

5. Tell us why you want to work with us (in a non-creepy way). Maybe you like our posing style. Maybe your like our face or our eyes. You don’t have to say a lot, but something that lets us know you aren’t just droning through a ton of models sending them the same message over and over.

6. Pretty please read our profile/website. Many of the questions I get asked by photographers are already answered there and while I don’t mind answering them again, if the photographer doesn’t like my answer sometimes they seem to feel like they wasted their time contacting me and that’s not helpful for anybody.

7. Give us at least a brief little outline of what style(s) or genre(s) you want to shoot with us. It’s a bit confusing for us to try to figure out what you might like, especially if your portfolio is full of different styles.

8. If our profile says we don’t do something, or don’t do something for trade please don’t ask us to do it for trade. Or if you absolutely must ask, please do so nicely and don’t be offended when we decline.

9. Don’t talk us out of working with you. Don’t tell us that you should be paying us or that you’re not that good, but maybe we’ll be nice enough to shoot with you. Tell us what you have to offer. Maybe you’re a student and you’re working on a project, maybe the images will be in a gallery, maybe you think you have a really cool style or concept.

10. Don’t expect us to travel long distances for a trade shoot. Some of us will, but it’s not a given.

Hopefully my list will help you and, if nothing else, perhaps at least amused you a bit. Hopefully you picked up on the slightly sarcastic tone. And while this was written in a slightly sarcastic manner, it was meant to be truthful.

When & Why Should A Model Be Paid

11 Oct

One of the first questions I’ve seen new models ask over and over is “When am I going to get paid?” and one of the questions I see a lot of photographers posing over and over is “Why should I pay a model?” I’m going to do my best to answer both of these questions based on my past experience, and advice and experiences shared with me by other models and photographers. I recommend everyone read both sections because they really do have a lot to do with each other. I’ll also be adding a section at the very end for some amusement at a later time😉

Why should a photographer pay a model?

I’m going to answer this one first because I think it will make the second question make a lot more sense.

The simple answer to this question is: A photographer should consider paying a model when the model offers something the photographer cannot get via trade (TF).

Sometimes this might be as simple as the fact that the photographer requires a certain type of model for a project being paid for by a client. This is probably the most commonly cited example via the phrase (used by photographers): “I only pay models when a client is paying me.” Paying an appropriate model for a client’s shoot is a good reason to pay a model, but it isn’t the only reason.

Photographers who are just beginning or who want to improve their portfolios also very often hire a model that fits the style of shoot they are looking to do. Maybe the photographer wants to get into shooting fashion. It would certainly make sense for them to find a model with the appropriate stats who knows how to pose for fashion. However, it is very likely that a model with these characteristics is not going to offer a trade shoot to a photographer who isn’t likely to be able to give them any photos they can use from the shoot. Therefore, the photographer will mostly likely have to hire the model.

Similarly, perhaps a photographer would like to work with a model who has an extensive wardrobe of some sort, let’s say latex. Latex wardrobe is expensive so that model, once again, is likely to expect compensation. She has invested in the wardrobe, hopefully learned how to put it on and take care of it, and know how to pose in it, etc.

What about nude models? Nude models are this really cool, really simple example of supply and demand (although the others are examples too). Nude models apparently represent a very small portion of all the models available. Small supply. However, a lot of photographers want to shoot nudes (of varying styles and levels). Relatively high demand. Therefore, nude models often charge. There are other reasons (real/experienced/serious) nude models charge as well, but in general it is still supply and demand. Obviously, the really talented, skilled nude models will charge more and some nude models will offer trade, of course.

When can a model expect to be paid?

The simple answer to this question is: When the model can offer something a photographer cannot get via trade (TF).

Unfortunately, a lot of models enter into modeling expecting to be paid almost instantly. The truth is that if you are a freelance (non-agency represented) model who doesn’t shoot nudes or fetish and just want photographers to pay you because you are pretty, you may never get paid.

The best way to increase your chances to get paid are to offer as many benefits to shoot with you as possible. Here are a few common ones that are likely to increase your chances of being paid:
– being able to do your own hair and/or make-up
– having a collection of unique wardrobe (latex, Gothic lolita, costumes, Victorian, vintage clothing, etc)
– having excellent references
– having a strong portfolio showing that you can shoot the styles you want to be paid for a.k.a. experience
– having a look that fits the styles you want to shoot (for example, being 5’10” and slender if you want to shoot fashion)
You don’t have to have all of these things. You may only need one or two. And there are other things, these are just examples.

Notice that I did not mention shooting nudes on this list. Simply shooting nudes is in no way a reason for you to expect to be paid. You still need to be able to pose and have a look that is suitable for the type of nude modeling you’d like to do.

Getting paid also depends on what other models are available in your area and what they can offer. If you’re in an area with a lot of models, you may find it more difficult to find paid work just because photographers have so many options. Similarly, if you live in an area where photographers aren’t really looking to pay models of your type, even if you are really good, you may have a hard time finding paid work.

I won’t go into detail here about exactly how you decide on what your rates should be, but I do recommend you read my article called: Rates & TF.

Being paid isn’t really so much a matter of time as a matter of skill, experience, look, and/or what you can offer.

Having a Professional Attitude

2 Aug

I don’t care if you plan to model once in your life, you just picked up a camera, or you just randomly decided five minutes ago to get into this, you can (and should) be professional in how you act.

The word professional in the model photography “industry” has two general meanings:
1. Professional as in someone who does this as their job and usually they’re fairly good at it.
2. Professional as in acting like a mature, responsible person, in other words having a professional attitude.
I’m talking about #2 in this article.

I’d like you to think about all those times you were out at a store or at work or where ever and you thought “Gee, that person is so unprofessional” or “Wow, that person must really just not care what people about their work/their business/etc.” You don’t want to be that person, particularly since model photography tends to be a very networked, social field. It’s okay if this is a hobby for you, it is for me too, and it’s great if you’re lucky enough to model or photograph for a living. We’re all into the same thing, maybe different styles and aspects, but it’s the same nonetheless.

Now, let’s look at some basic ideas to help us on our way to being professional.

1. Everybody starts somewhere. Don’t look down on others or trash talk about them just because they’re not as “good” as you. Photography (and modeling) are forms of art and we are all entitled to our own opinions. Some of us are slower to learn. Some of us simply like different styles. Some of us can afford better equipment or wardrobe or whatever else.

2. People talk. As I said before, model photography is a very social field. If you do something unkind, or irresponsible, or just plain out of line, people are going to hear about it. The same goes for if you do a fantastic job and you’re great to work with.

3. You aren’t going to work well or “click” with everyone. It happens. Not everybody’s personalities are compatible and that’s okay. You don’t have to work with anyone you don’t want to. However, if and when you are around people you don’t click with, the professional thing to do is to remain civil and simply avoid any tension if at all possible.

4. We all like different styles. Some of us shoot nudes, some wouldn’t dream of it. Some of us shoot for publication, some don’t. Some of us shoot weddings or portraits or animals or whatever else. Some of us shoot glamour, or fashion, or fetish, or casual, or whatever else. You won’t like everything I shoot, and I won’t like everything you shoot. We must agree to disagree sometimes.

Your attitude, both in text and in person or on the phone, can play a fairly large part in your modeling or photography. It’s very, very easy, particularly in forums on modeling sites, to get carried away and make a very poor impression. The important thing to remember is that people do remember, they do notice and they do talk to each other.

For example, if you post on a forum and you act like a diva or you’re rude or otherwise unsavory, you may lose potential shoots. ‘Well, nobody in my area uses the forums’ you may say. And while that may be true, never discount those that don’t live near you. I’ve had several photographers from other states/cities contact me for work after having seen some forum post I made that they liked or found insightful.

If you come across as fun to work with or as having a really good attitude, photographers may be much more inclined to find a way to shoot with you. This might be via them traveling to you, offering you paid work in their area, etc.

But forums always carry a certain amount of drama, right? No kidding. However, you as a mature, professional model (or photographer or whatever for that matter) are there to network, share ideas, and talk about relevant things. You are not there for petty arguments over where tattoos are good or bad, whether so and so should or shouldn’t be there, or anything else. You should offer your insight if you feel so inclined, but don’t get in arguments if you can help it. If something is starting to irk you, walk away. Go comment some photos, practice your poses, or find another topic to discuss.

And what about interactions in person? Those are important too. I’m not going to go too deep into how you should act while shooting right now, but I will say that your attitude during a shoot can be so much more than just a one time, in the moment thing. Photographers and models talk to each other. I have gotten a fair amount of paid and solid trade work just by being a good model, having a good personality and being fun to work with. Photographers I worked with talked to others and there is no local photographer I’ve worked with recently who hasn’t said they’ve heard great things about me. I’ve even worked with photographers from out of state who have friend here who knew about me. And it wasn’t hard at all. I just did what I’m supposed to do. I’ve had my share of issues as well, but I handled them to the best of my ability and moved on.

A good attitude can be a powerful thing. A bad attitude can ruin your reputation. Besides, you’ll feel better and be more confident if you’re honest, friendly, and professional. You’ll probably have setbacks, we’re all human, but try to keep the drama to a minimum.

Nail It Down

26 Apr

When you’re planning a shoot there are certain things everyone should be aware of before the shoot is really confirmed. There are few things more frustrating than someone showing up to a shoot unprepared or having someone expect you to  have brought or done something that you didn’t know they were expecting. One of the best ways to avoid this is to make sure you have nailed down the details of the shoot in advance.

As the model or photographer it is part of your responsibility to be sure you are both (or all) on the same page about what is being shot and who is responsible for what. I cover this a little in my articles about communication, but I’d like to give a little more detailed checklist.

1. The Basics
Make sure you know the date, time and location of the shoot. Not only should you have this information, but make sure you understand the location. Are you shooting in a hotel? Outdoor location? Home studio? This actually becomes really relevant particularly when you consider wardrobe and make-up changes. If you won’t have access to a rest room or another place to change, the model may be expected to change in the car, etc.

2. Style & Concepts
Everyone should be on the same page as far as what styles and/or concepts will be shot. Everything else really hinges on this, so it’s important to nail it down early on. You might not get to everything, but in order to be prepared, everyone needs to know what the plan is. I know I prepare totally differently for a fine art shoot versus a glamour shoot. I pack different basics, I do my nails differently, etc. I know many photographers use different equipment based on the style they will be shooting as well.

3. Hair & Make-Up
First, it needs to be clear as to whether you are having artists and stylists coming in to do this or whether the model will be responsible for their own hair and make-up. If the model is doing their own, they need to know what styles are going to be expected. Not all girls are make-up and hair experts. I know I’m not. Examples of what is expected are really good here as it can be hard to explain in words.

4. Wardrobe & Props
Similar to hair and make-up you should clarify what each person is responsible for bringing. Will you have a stylist? If you will have a stylist, you need to make sure that person has the relevant measurements for the model. I don’t have a lot of personal experience with stylists, but I do recommend you ask them what information they will need and make sure they have it well in advance of the shoot. If the model is supplying the wardrobe, then it should be clear exactly what is needed. Props should be handled similarly.

5. Other Concerns
There is a variety of other concerns that come up dependent upon the type of shoot. Here are a few examples:
– limits for posing, especially with nudes, fetish, erotic, lingerie, etc
– hiking to outdoor locations (models will probably need to bring walking shoes, etc)
– allergies, important if you are shooting body paint especially, also possibly if shooting outdoors

And I know a lot of you probably don’t like to do this much planning or maybe you really just like to shoot whatever comes to you, and that’s okay as long as everyone is on the same page. But for most shoots, you probably do want to have things planned out, particularly if you have a specific goal in mind.

My Very First Photo Shoot

10 Mar

My very first photo shoot was in March of 2009 with John Wilson. I went in thinking I just wanted to shoot goth and darker stuff, but I didn’t realize how pretty I could look until I saw some of the photos. John was great at directing me and helping me with my expressions (which I am still working on to this day).

Here is one of the first photos we shot:

7 - John Wilson Mar 09 - My First Shoot

I love my hair and I really loved the way this shot highlights it. I don’t think anyone else up to this point has ever gotten it to blow around that well. I also love that jacket. I still wear it all the time.

And here are three photos from the prettier set I mentioned above. I was so amazed at how lovely they turned out.
5 - John Wilson Mar 09 - My First Shoot

4 - John Wilson Mar 09 - My First Shoot

6 - John Wilson Mar 09 - My First Shoot

And finally here are a couple from the darker sets we shot:

2 - John Wilson Mar 09 - My First Shoot

I did the make-up on that one, kind of on the fly since I hadn’t ever really done make-up at all at that point. I don’t know if I could do it again, but I think it turned out awesome.

And finally the one that is possibly my favorite from the shoot:

1 - John Wilson Mar 09 - My First Shoot

I so wish I could shoot more of that style but I simply do not have the wardrobe at this point. But I can say that if I’m only going to have one really good goth shot, this is the one I want🙂

I was so lucky to have such a great first shoot. I think that shoot really gave me the confidence to really jump in to modeling and I will always be thankful to John for taking a chance and shooting with me.🙂

A Taste of 2011

6 Mar

I thought I would share with you a few of my most recent photos taken during my first two photo shoots of 2011.

January Shoot

This shoot was a bit of a test, you could say, for me. It was my first shoot after much personal and modeling related drama, and was done to help me decide whether I wanted to continue modeling or not. My good friend Ted Vallejos of aglet photography agreed to shoot with me. Here is the lovely first “fruit” of that shoot:

Photographer: aglet photography (Ted Vallejos), Jan 2011

With that result (and that only being one of many photos we both liked), I did of course decide I should probably give modeling another chance.

February Shoot

My second shoot was once again with Ted, but also with Bob Cassady as a sort of workshop to shot how Ted and I shoot. Perhaps not the best representation of a shoot as we are close friends and pretty much goof off while shooting, but always fun nonetheless and I think Bob enjoyed both watching us and shooting.

Here are three of the images Bob Cassady shot:

 

Photographer: Bob Cassady, Feb 2011

I think I may actually be most fond of the first image with the glasses, but it would be hard to say. Bob is great to work with. I spun around in that crinoline skirt so many times I think I almost ended up being dizzy. Lots of fun!

And of course Ted didn’t disappoint with this test shot of a concept I think he mentioned he had been wanting to try.

Photographer: aglet photography (Ted Vallejos), Feb 2011

I don’t believe I need to say much. Although I will tell you that I love those shoes!

I look forward to sharing more from further shoots and I hope some of you will take these as incentive to book something with me soon. I am just itching to model again soon!

Quality vs. Quantity

5 Mar

Quality vs. quantity seems to be a concern that comes up in plenty of aspects in life and modeling and model photography certainly have their share of this concern. Many people would say the answer, at least in this case, would be quality over quantity any day of the week. However, what I think most people fail to consider is that we are all in a different place in our modeling and photography, so I’d like to cover why you might choose one over the other based on where you are at in your modeling or photography.

Quality

Ideally, we would like all of our shoots to be higher quality shoots. Of course this means different things for those of us in different genres and at different levels, but most of us prefer to shoot things that of equal or higher quality to our previous work, especially in terms of material we will be using in our portfolios. Paid work can be another story as many people will shoot paid work that produces images of varying lesser quality than what they would use in their portfolios. I believe that is another topic for another article.

So just what is a higher quality shoot? In my opinion this is a shoot that showcases your skill and/or talent in the best or very close to the best way possible. If you are a photographer, this may mean stunning lighting in an appropriate setting (backdrop or location) with a model suited to the genre and possibly including work with appropriate hair, make-up and wardrobe people. For a model you might be looking for the same end result, but you’ll be wanting a photographer who capture you in the best way possible for your genre.

And of course, quality can be somewhat subjective and can also vary greatly from person to person. For example, I live in East Tennessee. It can be a challenge for me to find people who can shoot the quality I have previously been capable of shooting to work with. If I lived in, say, New York or even Nashville, this wouldn’t likely be as much of an issue. And while my little predicament doesn’t make lower quality work any better, it does limit the quality I can expect to achieve in my current location. I think that is very important to note. It would be foolish for me to expect to have a top quality portfolio when I am not always able to work with top quality people.

Quantity

Now why on earth would shooting for quantity ever be a good thing? I believe people who need experience can benefit from shooting for quantity as long as they are careful in what photos they use and as long as they gaining something from the experience of the shoot. Basically, if you need practice, quantity might benefit you.

For example, as a photographer you might be wanting to shoot fashion. However, you probably need a little experience before you can just jump right in, so you might use models who don’t fit the usual fashion stats just to practice your lighting, composition, etc. As a model, I’ve shot with numerous people just to work on poses or to try a new genre.

I don’t recommend shooting for quantity on a consistent basis. I believe it is most useful only at times when you need practice and then with some discretion.

Therefore, in general, I generally recommend quality over quantity.

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