{December 7, 2010}   How to Get Model Skin


Surprisingly, you don’t have to have perfect skin to become a model but you do have to have good skin, which isn’t impossible if you take the right steps. Photoshop can take care of the rest!

Whether you want to become a model or just look like one, you can start by following a good skin care routine  in order to get model-grade skin. Photoshop is what makes all models look ethereal, so don’t expect to be flawless. These simple steps will get your skin in shape without the need for extensive photo retouching.

First, you need to invest in skin care products that cater to your skin type. It is important to know whether you have dry, normal, oily or combination skin. Once you know that, you’ll be able to shop for items accordingly.
You should make it a habit to do your skin care  routine at least twice a day. Once in the morning and right before going to bed. Only by being consistent will your skin begin to show signs of improvement.
Find a good cleanser that works with your skin type and make sure to gently massage it into your skin to get rid of dirt, surface debris and oils. Always make sure to rinse thoroughly so you don’t have any residue left on your complexion.

Toner isn’t always needed but those with oily skin or combination skin with an oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) will find that a quality toner will help control shine, tighten pores and keep the sebaceous glands from overproducing. Apply toner after you’ve properly cleansed your skin.

Once to twice a week you should exfoliate to rid your skin of layers of dead skin cells. This helps to make way for new, vibrant cells to come through. Make sure to choose a scrub that is gentle enough and won’t irritate your complexion.

Moisturizing is key to not only keeping your skin from getting dry but helps to prevent the onset of premature wrinkles and fine lines. When the skin is dry, it becomes vulnerable to the formation of creases and ultimately, wrinkles. To ward off sun damage from UV rays, choose a moisturizer than contains SPF.
In addition to taking care of the skin, it is important for all models and model hopefuls to watch what they eat and drink as well as what they put on their complexions. Eating the right foods will result in clear and healthy skin. The same holds true for what the state of your skin will be like if you only eat junk. Start incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. Throw in daily multivitamins as well. These provide essential nutrients that you may be lacking in the foods you eat.

Water, water, water! This cannot be stressed more when it comes to achieving and maintaining healthy, glowing skin. Once you cut out the caffeine, carbonated sodas, and alcohol and start drinking water daily, you’ll see a definite difference in your skin. Water not only satiates your thirst, it aids in giving your skin the proper hydration to keep it glowing. Keep a water bottle near you at all times: in your car, at your desk at work, and on hand during photoshoots. Never underestimate the power of water!

Tips & Warnings

  • Models do not have “perfect” skin so don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to have flawless skin. Photoshop is a widely used tool that is even used on models who already have a great complexion.
  • It may take time to see results in a new skin care routine. Be sure to give your skin a few weeks to a month or so to show a difference. It won’t happen overnight.
  • Visit a dermatologist if you aren’t sure how to handle your skin or what products to use.
  • There is no secret way to get model skin…it simply takes a good routine, the right products and foods and most important–sticking to it!
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    Interview Question: Have you already done the best work you are capable of?

    Answer Guide: Candidate should show confidence in regards to past work, believe that the best work is ahead of  her/him, see this position, and the co-workers, as a positive way achieve more. Candidate should be modest, but confident.

    Interview Question: How long will you stay with the company?

    Answer Guide: Candidate should have researched the company and be able to explain how he/she will integrate themselves in the company.

    Interview Question: Who is your role model?

    Answer Guide: Applicant’s role model should contain the qualities and competencies employers would like to see in a successful candidate.

    Interview Question: What would you like to be doing five years from now?

    Answer Guide: Applicant should see themselves well integrated in the company. Candidate should have researched the company and explain their potential skills that could benefit the company.

    Interview Question: How would your friends describe you?

    Answer Guide: Answer should show focused and hard-working qualities and competencies. Descriptions should show the skills needed for this position.

    Interview Question: How would you react if I told you your interview so far was terrible?

    Answer Guide: This is a test to see how well the candidate can hold themselves together. Interviewer is looking for the ability to “think on your feet” and the skills to respond articulately under pressure. Applicant should be diplomatic notice that the interviewer used the word “if”.

    Interview Question: Why should I hire you?

    Answer Guide: Candidate should take the opportunity to sell their skills, knowledge, and abilities. Candidate should try to prove why t hey are perfect for the job, that they will do the job, and that they are manageable.

    Interview Question: What can you do for us that someone else cannot do?

    Answer Guide: Candidate should be eager to show his/her knowledge and interest in the company and eager to show that they have all the necessary skills and competencies to do the job successfully.

    Interview Question: What was the last book you read or the last movie you saw and how did it affect you?

    Answer Guide: Job seeker should emphasize his/her acquired skills, competencies, and interests. Some books or videos could demonstrate that the applicant is trying to improve their skills and knowledge.

    Interview Question: Can you tell me what things really bother you?

    Answer Guide: This question is similar to others in this section. The want to see if your answers maintain a reasonable level of consistency or if they are merely a façade. They are looking out for candidates with chips on their shoulder and repressed anger. The employer is seeking those who dislike under-performance and sloppy work practice.

    Interview Question: Do you feel you could have done a better job than your previous boss?

    Answer Guide: Candidates should not strongly criticize their old bosses. Their answers need to show diplomacy and tact with reasonable arguments. An enterprising attitude could be a positive option.

    Interview Question: What are some of the things about your boss that you disliked?

    Answer Guide: Candidate should remain calm and poised. They should not have strong, unreasonable emotions.

    Interview Question: As we still have some time left, can you tell me a story?

    Answer Guide: Candidate should maintain his/her composure and use the question to sell his/her abilities and skills to the employer.

    Interview Question: Could I ask you, how do you rate me as an interviewer?

    Answer Guide: This is a test looking for the candidate’s composure and ability to think on his/her feet. Applicant should be able to respond articulately under pressure.

    Interview Question: What is the worst thing you have heard about our company?

    Answer Guide: This question is designed to shock the applicant and test their composure and ability to think on their feet.

    Did you know that when the job market was BOOMING it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer? Now it takes 17… WOW! When you finally land the job INTERVIEW of your dreams will you have what it takes to land the job OFFER? You must stand out DURING the job interview or you might as well be playing the lottery.

    {December 6, 2010}   Model Interview Questions


    Modeling is a career which is definitely gaining popularity as the time is passing by.  Many peoples are willing to start a career as a model. However, not all are selected for this post. You need to be either a famous personality or a person with a very good body. If you want to become a model then let me tell you that you will have to think since childhood. You will really have to look after your body and make sure that you are able to shape it up properly. However you will have to pass an interview as well. The interview is quite tough and you will have to prepare hard for the interview.

    Some of the questions being asked in the interview are as follows:

    1. What is your career objective?
    This is one of the questions which will be definitely asked from you. The perfect answer to this question is that you let them know that you are quite serious about your modeling career. You can say that: “your career objective is to become a successful model.” Don’t try to prove that you want to carry your modeling career as a part time job.”

    2. Why do you want to become a model?
    You can say that you want to become a model because you have passion for modeling. There can be multiple answers to this question. I really feel that you will be asked this question and hence you should be well prepared. This is a type of question which cannot be answered if you are not well prepared. Let me tell you that you should prepare yourself for this kind of questions. Only then you will be able to give your hundred percent.

    3. What are the basic requirements of modeling?
    This is definitely one of the questions which are related to the basics. You should definitely know that what is required from you as a model. The perfect answer can be like this: “a little bit of intelligence and lots of smartness, this is what is required from a model.” However you can give some another answers as well. But you should be hundred percent sure that it is correct. I would advice you to talk with the experts and make sure that your ideas are right.

    4. What will you do if you find any disturbance from the seniors?
    This can happen many times. But let me tell you that you are required to give respect to the seniors. In the field of modeling you will definitely be tested by the seniors. Hence the recruiters want to confirm that how capable you are to tackle with such problems.

    These are some of the questions which can be asked from you when you will go out to give the interview for the post of a model.

    {December 4, 2010}   Modeling Scams


    There is a whole industry that has developed to take advantage of those who would like to become models. They are far removed from the world of actual professional modeling. This modeling scam and rip-off industry makes its money by alluding to or promising great careers in modeling, but first you have to pay them up front. Of course your modeling career never comes about and your money is long gone. These enterprises prey upon your hopes and dreams of becoming a star and they are betting on your lack of knowledge about how the modeling industry really works. This leach industry seems to be getting bigger everyday.

    These enterprises fall into three categories: the scam, the rip-off, and those that just run bad businesses. All will take your money and give little or nothing in return.

    The scam operation conducts fraudulent and illegal activities. This type of enterprise has no intention of delivering on what it promises. They make big promises and guarantees and usually ask for a substantial sum of money up front, and then they vanish in the night.

    The rip-off is a big category, and it’s not illegal. Companies operating rip-off schemes make vague promises or they tout one or two models (out of thousands whose money they’ve taken) that actually succeeded in a career. They will work with anyone who pays money up front, and they tell everyone they have some type of talent, whether or not they really do. The rip-off companies can include modeling agencies that charge up front for signing fees and photo shoots, or that require you take their class before they will work with you. Also in this category are some of the modeling conventions, searches, and competitions. Many virtual modeling sites are springing up all over the web. New rip-off enterprises are starting up every day.

    The bad business category includes enterprises that are trying to conduct a legitimate business, but just don’t know what they are doing. They do not have the essential knowledge of the industry they need or they may be poorly located. These businesses might include someone who sets up a modeling agency in a too-small market area, or a photographer offering to shoot professional modeling portfolios but does not have the skill level to carry it off, or it might be a modeling school that should really be called a finishing school (offering classes in image enhancement, or using outdated teaching materials). I think these businesses mean well but they still cost money for classes or photos that are ultimately useless.

    If your goal is to become a professional model, remember that all of the scams, rip-offs, and bad businesses that promise to take you to that goal are, in fact, barriers to it. Watch for the warning signs.

    Warning Signs
    Warning signs of a scam, or a less than legitimate, or a poorly run agency. If you find any of these warning signs, it does not necessarily mean the business is a scam operation but be sure to ask a lot of questions, and be sure the business gives good answers. Always check references! New York City is the exception to many of these warning signs.

    1) Newspaper classified ads or display ads looking for any kind of model or talent (other than nude glamour modeling, i.e. models for the adult entertainment industry). Reputable modeling agencies receive plenty of would-be model inquiries so they don’t need to advertise for models. If they are short of talent they will send their scouts out to public places to look for potential talent.

    2) Pictures of famous New York supermodels on the walls of their offices, or these models’ comp cards on a wall rack. Top New York fashion models do not need a modeling agency in small town USA.

    3) Up-front fees. These could be signing fees, new account fees, evaluation fees, etc. If an agency has to charge money at the front end it means that there is not enough money at the back end. It also means that the agency probably does not have enough modeling work to be able to survive on commissions, and therefore, not enough work for a model to survive on either.

    4) “We are interested in you but you need to test shoot with our photographer and it’s going to cost you.” Legitimate agencies will provide you with a list of photographers that you may go to on your own. Many will have a place by the front door for photographers’ business cards that you can take on your way out. You should be free to go to any photographer you choose. If the agency tells you that you must use their photographer, watch out. A twist on this theme is when the agency provides the photo session at no charge, then charges you a high fee(example, $700) for a “professional” makeup artist. You will need photos at some point but you should be free to shop around and find your own photographer and makeup artist.

    5) “We are interested in you but you need to go through our classes first and it is going to cost you.” Again money at the front end means not enough modeling work at the back end. A combination school/modeling agency has a conflict of interest. For example, SAG (Screen Actors Guild) member agencies cannot offer both.

    6) “We guarantee you work.” Modeling agencies are not employers. They represent you and try to get work for you. Most of the time they don’t know for sure what type of job will come in or what ‘look’ may be needed, thus there is no way a legitimate agency can guarantee you work. The best they can do is to give you an idea of their track record on placements. But remember that past performance is no guarantee of future performance.

    7) “As it says in our ad in the local newspaper we guarantee you work, just like the famous models on our walls, just as soon as you go through our modeling classes, shoot with our photographer, and pay our agency fees.” RUN, do not walk, to the nearest exit.

    A Modeling Scam
    One scam operation targeted a small town in Oregon. A Los Angeles company looking for models for TV commercials ran ads in the local newspaper. Applicants were told to send in some personal information and a couple of snapshots. After that the company would contact the applicants and let them know whether or not they had the look that was needed. Then the would-be models were signed up for a commercial that paid big bucks and told that a test shoot was needed before shooting the actual commercial. Contracts, airline vouchers, and lots of official looking paperwork were sent to the would-be models. The company would pay all the expenses except for the makeup artist, for which they required $500 up front. Having a contract in hand and not understanding how the modeling industry worked, the small-town would-be models sent in their $500. Once the checks were cashed, the scam company vanished. The commercial, contracts, airline vouchers, and guarantees were all bogus. It is easy to con someone who is not educated about the industry. As the song says, “The lure of easy money has a very strong appeal.”

    Classic Rip-off
    Modeling Advice received the following letter telling a story that is not uncommon. It shows what can happen when you are not prepared for the shysters that are out there. It began with a newspaper ad, a request for payment on photos, and a promise of immediate work (after only the barest of interviews and without photo testing). The operation is not illegal, just a rip-off. The sender agreed to let me share it with others. She writes:

    Hello. I read your section on modeling scams. I know this e-mail may be long, but please hear me out. I really need your advice on this one. I feel really stupid now. I went to a modeling/talent agency so that I could get my singing career started. I found this agency in the newspaper (one thing you wrote about). I didn’t even go there for modeling I went there for the agent to listen to a demo tape I had done. He told me he could not do much for me in that field, but asked if I would consider modeling or doing commercials, etc. He told me I would have to take pictures and gave me a chart to look at. Three pictures cost $475. I had taken a friend with me who advised me to do it, because through this I could always meet people and start my singing career. There were many other people in the office – for example, teenagers and babies. He asked me how I would feel about doing a fashion show this weekend and also said he got called for a video. Now, anyone who has met me knows that I am a bit shy and have low self-esteem, so why would you want me for this job? He even told my friend that I had to break out of that and be more aggressive.

    Of course it was after I paid him that these questions ran through my head. I had never done anything so stupid and rash in my whole life. I think it was the rush of thinking I might finally go out there and sing. He didn’t tell me that I needed to change anything about myself, which I personally thought was odd. He had the secretary come in and take one of the photos I brought in to FedEx it to the people making the video. Personally I think it was all a big act. He also said it was good that I lived in a particular area. He took pictures of me (I don’t even know if there was film in the camera) and said I could come back in another day to take the other pictures. I was going back today, but got stuck on the highway and did not make it on time. I called and said I would be there in 10 minutes and the secretary told me that I would have to reschedule because the agent was going to a meeting, so I rescheduled for Thursday. When I had called to cancel the initial appointment she jumped down my throat saying that they are a professional agency and that she didn’t think I was serious about this. But this time she most easily rescheduled, after they got my money. The contract he gave me said that they would get 10% of what I make. I paid with a credit card and called the company and froze my account, but it will probably go through anyway. I’m not sure if they are for real or not, because I just did this on Saturday, 4/1/00. I probably won’t be able to do anything about it now, but I still want people to know about this and to be more aware. What can I do as far as that goes? Maybe you can let the people know since you have a web site. What can I do to protect myself as far as this matter goes? I was also thinking about the fact that if he is not legitimate and he does have pictures of me would he use them for other purposes? I also called the Better Business Bureau and they said that this company has been around since 1993 and they have had 14 complaints in the last 36 months and they had responded to all of these complaints. Please e-mail me and let me know how much of a scam this sounds like if it is. I appreciate your time. Thank you.


    In average, those who are just starting out can expect to receive around $500 – $5,000 per modeling engagement. Well-established fashion model professionals will of course earn higher rate of around $10,000/engagement or even more.

    Fashion runway model professionals as well as commercial fashion model professionals vary greatly and are hard to determine. Basically their salary rates are dependent on the type of modeling engagement, their modeling experience, and popularity of the model.

    Models must pose for television cameras, artists, or photographers. They also may display accessories or clothing for stores or designers. There are a number of different types of models. A photographic model is hired by freelance photographers or advertising agencies and then appears in advertisements and may appear on covers of magazines or in feature stories. This type of model should be attractive, able to pose and portray different moods, and be very photogenic. Photographic models are typically very young and stay in business for only around seven years. Fashion models typically work for clothing manufacturers, retail stores, or fashion designers and will display fashions at a fashion show. These models are often referred to as runway models. Fashion models need to be able to wear clothing well and be able to walk well. Fitting models are models that put on garments so that designers or manufacturers can tell what a design will look like on a real person. Television commercial models usually work for advertisers and show different products. Models who also have acting experience are usually the first to get a job on a television spot. Artists’ models often work for photographers, sculptors, painters, or schools and often wear little clothing or none at all. These models must also be able to hold their poses for extensive periods of time.

    A high school diploma is not necessary to become a model, although it is preferred. Requirements for models require a particular look and ability to pose. Models need to be physically attractive and are usually tall. Most female fashion models are around five feet and ten inches tall, while male models are typically six feet tall or taller. It is helpful for a model to study fashion design, drama, dance, and speech while in high school. Models should be able to dress well and apply makeup. Good posture and movement is necessary, so some models will attend school to learn these skills.

    Wages for models vary. Many work through free-lancers or agencies, and so the exact salaries are unknown. Artists’ models tend to make about $10 to $12 an hour in art classes and $12 to $15 an hour for high fashion as well as nude modeling in painting and drawing courses. Models who are professional photographic models may make between $150 and $250 each day, and those at the top of the modeling industry may make $500,000 a year or more. The career of a photographic model often doesn’t last long, as they usually work in this field for around six to eight years. When working through an agency, fashion models who are steadily employed may make between $30,000 and $60,000 a year.

    There are several different types of models. The salary of a model will vary greatly depending on what type of model the person is as well as whether they are a top model in the industry or not. There is opportunity to make a great deal of money, but this is generally only the case for those models who are extremely successful and well-known. Modeling requires very little education, but a model must be physically attractive and usually tall and slender. The job of a model usually does not last long.
    estimate of their annual salary earnings:
    •Professional Photographic Fashion Model: $500,000 or more yearly
    •Typical Fashion Runway Model: $30,000 – $60,000/year

    As a fashion runway model or a commercial fashion model is a very fulfilling career since you will have a taste of the glamorous world of fashion. Therefore, start building your portfolio and jumpstart a worthwhile career as a professional fashion model!

    Popular Industries Hourly Rate

    Clothing $7.44 – $11.19
    Retail $7.65 – $12.14
    Fashion $7.49 – $11.35
    Talent Agency $7.85 – $14.41
    Retail, Apparel $7.50 – $11.49

    Popular Employers Hourly Rate

    Abercrombie & Fitch Co $7.09 – $8.10
    Hollister Co. $7.08 – $7.50

    Years of Experience

    Less than 1 year
    1-4 years
    5-9 years
    10-19 years
    20 years or more

    63% Male

    Definition and Nature of the Work
    Models pose for still photographers, television cameras, and artists. They also display clothes and accessories for clothing manufacturers and stores.

    There are several different kinds of models. Artists’ models typically work for individual painters, sculptors, and photographers, but most also work for art schools on a part-time basis. They must be comfortable working nude or wearing very little clothing, since the contours and fine lines of their bodies must be visible to the artists. Artists’ models also need the ability to hold poses for long periods of time.

    Photographic models, also known as print models, are hired by advertising agencies and freelance photographers. They may appear in a print advertisement for clothing, accessories, or makeup. Photographic models also appear on magazine covers and in feature stories. These models must be attractive, photogenic, and able to portray different moods by changing their expressions or poses. Photographic models are usually very young, and they stay in the business an average of only seven years.

    Fashion models generally work for clothing manufacturers, fashion magazines, retail stores, or dress designers. They display the latest in clothing designs at fashion shows and are sometimes referred to as runway models. Other fashion models work in showrooms, small designer shops, and department stores.

    Models help manufacturers sell products. This model is advertising a new car design at an automobile show. (© Rebecca Cook/Reuters/Corbis.)
    Fashion models must be able to wear clothing and accessories well. They must walk and move to bring out the best in the clothes they wear. Except for an elite few, fashion models are not as highly paid as photographic models, but they can have longer careers. Some can model more mature styles of clothing as they grow older.

    Fitting, or fit, models are called in by garment manufacturers when an outfit is almost complete. Only then can designers see how their fashions will look on a real person. Although fit models do not command the high salaries of fashion models, they tend to have more work, and their careers can last as long as their figures meet the needs of the clothing manufacturer. Large-sized models can also find work in this field.


    Creating an Awesome Model Portfolio.
    From fashion to glamour, male to female, teenagers through mature, people are constantly confused about how to get started with an entertainment career. What’s one of the first things you need to do?

    You will need to create your portfolio but how do you get gong? All you have to do is contact your local photographer, set up a photo session, have prints made and put them in a book, right? WRONG!!!

    You want your modeling photos to be professional, complete, and impressive when you show them. This is one of the single most important steps you’ll take other than promotion so get it right!

    What are the model portfolio Requirements?

    There are many requirements you need to consider depending upon the type style you are shooting for but here are a few basics. Your model portfolio book will be made up of an album with anywhere between 8 and 25 photos normally consisting of 9×12 prints or, if you are strapped for cash, 8×10 will do but no smaller.

    You will want a good selection of different types of “looks” in your portfolio. For example; have some photos created indoors in a home setting, some in the studio, some outdoors in different locations.

    Also include shots which may be considered commercial, fashion, casual, and editorial content. Ask the photographer to help you with choosing looks that best fit your personality and the type modeling you wish to pursue.

    You’ll also want to include a good headshot (without makeup) and a good body shot (swimwear or tight-fitting clothing) especially if you plan to apply to the larger model markets. These larger markets such as the top NY agencies like to see exactly what they are getting when they view your photos. They don’t want to see fancy posing or clutter, just you so keep this in mind when creating pictures for them to view.

    Do not think that “more is better”. It’s much more effective to have 8 absolutely beautiful, perfectly shot photos in your portfolio than 100 mediocre ones.

    Please keep this in mind when putting your work together because it’s very important! If you have to really pine over whether or not an image makes the grade for quality or belongs in your modeling book, it most likely doesn’t.

    A professional photographer or agent can help you decide when it comes to quality of photos so ask for advice if you’re not sure. Also, you can view model images on agency websites or on my on site at to see if the quality of your image is up to standard.

    Let’s get started…

    Model Portfolio Photo Session

    If you are working on a tight budget, the initial cost may be a little painful to you but worth it if you are trying to build a killer portfolio.

    Finding a photographer for your first model session

    Although your local portrait photography company may be terrific in doing family portraits or weddings, he or she may not know all the ins and outs of creating a model portfolio. You may want to check to see if they offer this service but I would suggest doing a search for photographers who are well experienced in portfolios.

    To start your search for a professional model portfolio photographer just go to Google or another good search engine and type in …

    Professional model portfolio photographers in (your state)

    Be sure and include your state in the search so that you don’t get modeling photographers from all over the world. You want to limit your search to your state and maybe a couple of surrounding states. If you live near a major city like L.A., Atlanta or NYC then you might want to enter the city instead of locating a model portfolio photographer by state.

    Cost of a Model Portfolio Photographer

    You should be able to hire a really good photographer for anywhere between $300. to $1,000. with the latter being the extreme in a high-end market area. I would think the average would be around $600.

    When choosing your photographer, don’t just base your decision on price. If the photographer can’t deliver those perfect images for your modeling portfolio, it doesn’t matter how cheap the price!

    What you should ask the photographer

    Below are some questions to ask your photographer before agreeing to hire him/her for the job of creating your model portfolio.

    Ask if he is experienced in model portfolio development – Be sure to choose a photographer who is used to creating model portfolios so that there is less chance of confusion about what you need and desire in your portfolio
    Ask where the photographer is located (This really seems silly but I have received hundreds of contacts from across the US just because models brought up my website when they did a search on photographers in their areas)
    Ask for references of recent model shoots (contact at least two models)
    Ask for the price range for portfolio packages, how many photos, etc.
    Tell the photographer the type 0f model images you need and ask if she has the ability to create them
    Ask who will provide the hair and makeup artist(s), you or the photographer. This varies greatly and I would suggest having these services no matter who provides them
    Ask if he provides retouching or airbrushing services and whether this is included in the original fee given
    Ask how the photos are delivered – This also depends on the photographer’s way of doing business so is very important. For instance, we deliver all our images on cd but in printable and web formats so that the model can have copies made whenever she needs them. Also, this means she does not have to print every photo to get what she needs.
    Ask about usage rights – This question relates to the previous one. It’s very important that you receive usage and reprint rights for your promotions. If the photographer does not offer reprint rights, ask about usage of the prints. You may be able to work something out with him
    Ask how long it takes to receive your images after the shoot. You don’t want to wait for an eternity or until you are six months older before receiving your portfolio photos.
    Ask about clothing and props – What should you furnish and does the photographer have any props and/or outfits on hand
    Ask if she will assist you in your posing – Tell her that you are new and ask for posing suggestions
    Ask if you can bring a friend or parent (If the photographer refuses this request, I would suggest looking for a different photographer)
    Ask if the photographer will help in your promotion,Not the usual job of the photographer but some will. Ask if they offer an online comp card album online for six months with each model portfolio session.
    Ask the model photographer if he or she offers a guarantee. You should be well satisfied with your photos. After all, it’s your model portfolio you will be showing to the world so you’ll want it done right!

    Whew!!! You may say, “That’s a fountain of questions!! A geyser!!” but all these questions are essential to choosing your photographer wisely and will help you to have a better chance of working with someone you can trust to create your all-important model portfolio.

    {November 29, 2010}   Properly posing for the camera


    An inexperienced photographer and an untrained model may set out with the best of intentions to capture well-posed images only to discover that their combined inexperience leads to static, uninteresting poses simply because neither one knows what to do next or how to get to where they want to be. It’s not uncommon. Many photographers face it with their first experience photographing a model. It is perhaps the photographer’s equivalent of writer’s block, which occurs when an author is faced with a white sheet of paper and doesn’t know what to write on it.

    The photographer may have little concept of how to properly direct a model for effective poses that provide variety, enhance the model’s presentation, best show her face and figure, and successfully convey the photographer’s message. The model may simply stand there before the camera or perhaps be directed by the photographer to turn sideways or place her hands behind her head, but not much more. If you are inexperienced, it can be difficult knowing how to direct a model, and frustrating for the model who hasn’t successfully posed before and expects to be given helpful
    The learning process really begins later, when looking at the images and realizing their short-comings. Both photographer and model may comment that they could have done this or that to improve the pictures, but at the time, they simply blanked out and couldn’t come up with posing ideas.
    By referring to the smaller thumbnail images, a photographer, a model or both together can select poses that they feel will be suited to the images they would like to produce. Clicking on an individual thumbnail will bring up a larger version that clearly demonstrates all aspects of the pose, and shows smaller details like the positioning of hands and feet, or the turn of the model’s head. In all but a few poses, expressions by the model were intentionally suppressed to ensure mannequin-like neutrality.
    Some poses may look similar to others, but when you look closely, you will see subtle differences – sometimes just a turn of a hand or the positioning of an arm or leg.

    {November 24, 2010}   underweight models


    •The fashion industry has been criticized for glamorizing stick-thin figures. By regulating the look of models, the fashion industry can promote a healthier ideal.
    •Eating disorders are fueled by an intense demand for thinness. The non-profit group Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders Inc. targets certain professions as being highly susceptible to eating disorders and one of these is modeling.
    •Images influence our perception of body ideals, so by shifting the focus away from skeletal runway models it is assumed that body image ideals will become more realistic for women and girls.
    •The runway is just a small part of what shapes body image ideals: without the ban extending to magazines and other media, who frequently feature editorial (not runway) photos of ultra-thin models and celebrities, the runway rules won’t be effective.
    •The average model is 5’9″ with a weight of 110 lbs, which results in a BMI of 16, according to
    •Although Milan is threatening to ban designers who don’t hold to its size regulations for underweight models and Madrid spelled out specifics (under an 18 body mass index is unacceptable), the U.S. has produced fuzzy guidelines (More sleep? Healthy snacks?) without any enforceable numbers or penalties to designers or models.
    •Ultimately, it will be up to designers — who choose the models for advertising — and consumers — who buy the magazines and clothes — to impact the industry. Designers would need to shun the waifs and consumers would need to boycott labels and media that use images of unrealistically thin models.


    Want to break into the petite modeling industry but wondering if you have what it takes to succeed? There are lots of magazine and commercial modeling opportunities for good modeling jobs. Take this quiz to find out if you qualify to be the next top face in the petite modeling industry. Answer honestly. These 15 questions will tell you what your chances are of being able to make it as a top paid petite model.

    1. Are you between 4 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall?

    2. Do people often tell you you’re pretty or cute?

    3. Do you have nice eyes, are they almond shaped?

    4. Do you have a really nice smile and straight white teeth?

    5. Do you sit and stand in a straight manner with correct posture?

    6. Are you friendly and work well with others?

    7. Are you a size 9/10 or smaller?

    8. Would you accept a modeling job in a magazine but with no pay?

    9. Is your hair well cared for and does it have style?

    10. If called, could you get the right clothing for a modeling job?

    11. Do you wear the latest fashion styles? Do you give others fashion advice?

    12. Are you willing to travel to get started in your modeling career?

    13. Have you dreamed of being a model for more than 3 years?

    14. Do you like wearing make-up and having someone style your hair?

    15. Do you wear makeup everyday?

    Answers to the quiz:

    1. This is the big one most models dread. Are you under 5’9″? If so score yourself 5 points. If you are 5’9″ and taller,

    but less than 6’2″, then score yourself 5 additional bonus points. Being short does not mean you cannot model. Your
    chances to do high fashion runway are out, but there are thousands of modeling jobs you can do even if you are under the modeling agency 5’9″ limit! So don’t sweat it if you are short.

    2. If you hear this often, then give yourself 10 points. If people say that, then you likely have a good model look!

    3. If you answered “YES” then give yourself 5 points. The eyes are one of your most important features and counts double in your score as a model. If your eyes are nicely almond shaped, give yourself 5 bonus points!

    4. If you answered “YES” to a really nice smile, give yourself 5 points. Do you wear braces? If you do give
    yourself 5 bonus points!

    First, you are in the process of straightening your teeth. Second, your braces won’t be on forever. Braces aren’t a problem in the modeling business like it used to be. In fact it can be a bit of a fashion statement depending on the client and the job.

    5. Believe it or not your posture is a major part of your overall look. If you don’t stand or sit straight, you will lack
    potential to become a good model. If you answered “YES”, then score yourself 5 points. If you have the ability to arch
    your back in a reverse curve, score yourself 5 bonus points.

    6. Clients love to work with people who have a great personality. If you are friendly, out- going and not afraid to talk,
    score yourself 5 points! If you are the type of person who never met a stranger and can talk to just about anyone, score
    yourself 5 bonus points

    7. Here’s a really tough one! If you are over dress size 9/10, then TAKE OFF 25 points from your score. This may sound
    harsh and unfair but remember this is the petite modeling industry and clients want a figure this size or smaller. If you
    are a size 9/10 or smaller, score yourself 10 points.

    8. If a client calls wanting you to model for no pay but excellent experience, would you answer “YES or “NO”? If you
    said “YES”, give yourself 10 bonus points for being anxious to model no matter what the pay is.

    Getting your foot in the door by showing you have experience is one of the best ways to launch your career. The competition is so stiff in the industry that without this valuable experience a client may very likey pass you on for a different model.

    9. If you have a great hairstyle and it has been trimmed or cut in the past month give yourself 10 points. If you have
    roots which are grown out and are visible, take off 20 points! If your hair is clean and manageable without any strange

    “special effects”, give yourself 5 additional bonus points for taking good care of your hair and keeping the look mainstream
    so you can work with the largest number of clients possible!

    10. If you said “YES” I can get a required wardrobe together easily, give yourself 10 points. If you said, “hey I’m the

    model, aren’t you supposed to provide my clothes?”, then take off 20 points. If on the other hand you said “Gosh, I don’t
    have all that stuff, but if I have to I’ll call all my friends to see if I can borrow theirs, or if I have to I’ll run to

    the store and get it!” Give yourself 10 points for going the extra mile to do whatever it takes to succeed! This shows a
    client you are great to work with and can boost your career.

    11. Keeping current with the latest fashion trends is very important in being prepared as a model. If you have excellent

    fashion sense and wear up to the minute clothing styles, give yourself 5 points. If you give others fashion advice add
    another 5 points.

    12. If you would travel over 200 miles to do a modeling assignment, give yourself 10 points. Modeling nearly always
    involves some type of travel.

    13. If modeling is what you have dreamed of for more than 3 years give yourself 10 points. Desire makes all the difference
    in the world.

    14. Give yourself 5 points if you said “YES”.

    15. If you wear make-up everyday, you are very comfortable wearing make-up and would have no problem during a modeling assignment. Give yourself 5 points if your wear make-up daily!

    Your score:

    If you scored between 125 to 155 points your chances of becoming a successful petite model are very high!

    If you scored between 100 to 124 points you need some help but could still make it as a model.

    If you scored below 100 points you may have some trouble becoming a successful model and should consider another career.

    {November 22, 2010}   Modeling Posing Tips
    Model QuallityIt’s a common misconception that naturally beautiful models take naturally beautiful photographs. The truth is—without modeling poses and modeling tips, perfect photographs are harder than you think.

    If you are a professional model, a photographer will most likely guide you through a variety of model poses throughout the photo shoot. But if you are an inspiring model and are still working your way up to the top—you may have to control your poses to ensure great headshots and sample modeling photographs.

    Live show models, promo models, photographic models, and runway models all rely on professional model poses to succeed. Whether you aspire to appear in print magazines or fashion shows and Hollywood movies; if you want to be a model, pay special attention to this insider guide to modeling poses.

    Although sometimes concentration enhances a good photograph, obvious concentration can distract and often ruin a good photograph as well. Do not hold your breath for a modeling pose; always remember to breathe and appear at ease.

    Bad posture is an unrecognized flaw in many people. However, for models, posture is a harmful flaw. Always remember to keep your back straight and your shoulders up. Slouching affects the mood of the photograph and enlarges the appearances of your stomach. In addition to your back and shoulders, always remember to flex your stomach muscles. Despite your weight or state of shape, your abdomen will appear more toned if you flex.

    Symmetry is officially out in the modeling world. When posing, make sure to differentiate your arms and legs with asymmetrical poses. If you have one arm long and straight by your side, make sure the other arm is bent. Whether a big or small angle, the bend will make the modeling pose look more real, less artificial. Continue the asymmetry to your legs. If one leg is locked straight, give the other leg a casual bend.

    Although the camera is the ultimate focal point of a modeling photo shoot, great models do not look directly into the camera. To enhance the quality of your photo shoot, look away from the camera with a mix of head and eye poses. Looking off to the right or left side, or tiling your neck to either side can help you avoid direct eye contact with the camera. In many cases, your head and neck can remain stationary in your modeling pose—and your eyes can do all the work. Head and eye positions, coupled with personable facial expressions make for great model poses.

    Sitting Poses
    If you are sitting down during your photo shoot—don’t think it’s ok to slack off. In fact, sitting photo shoots require a lot of extra work. If you are sitting down or reclining, it’s important to put your eight on the back of one thigh, rather than distributing your weight equally on both thighs. If you roll one hip up from the ground or surface, shifting your weight will be simple. This pose results in a slimming effect that you don’t want to miss out on.

    To make sure your best assets shine, there are a few basic guidelines to follow. Based on two distinct poses, a forward lean and a backward lean, any model with any breast size can maximize cleavage. When leaning forward, either bring your arms together at your waist, keep your arms straight at the elbows and clasp your hands together below your waist, or simply cross your arms. When leaning backward, raise your arms about your shoulders and head, keep your arms apart, and always slouch for the best cleavage results.

    If you have a naturally beautiful smile—show your pearly whites with pride, just not every time. If you smile in each modeling pose, modeling agents will notice your lack of versatility, not your smile. To add variety to your modeling poses, try switching up your smile with a cute frown, a bratty bout, a friendly laugh, or even an edgy scowl. Your facial expressions can make or break your modeling poses. Let your smile show, but make sure to show what else you can do.

    In addition to these personalized tips for modeling poses, every model should be aware of the basics of posing. There are 4 main types of model poses: lifestyle pose, movement pose, portrait pose, and body pose.

    The lifestyle pose evokes a sense of everyday living with common body movements and facial expressions. Throughout the day, moments of happiness, love, anger, and hope arise. To succeed at the lifestyle pose, each model must be able to recreate these everyday emotions.

    The movement pose captures a specific action, such as running or jumping. Because this pose is most often used for a marketing photo shoot—the model is used to promote a product. Each model must be able to smile and laugh when using the products in the photo shoot.

    This modeling pose emphasizes the face of the model—and relies purely on facial features. The model will be in modest makeup and relaxed hair and should pose with a casual, genuine smile. Many portrait photographs are close up and emphasize details of the model’s face. If you are scheduled for a portrait photo shoot, make sure to pay extra attention to your skin and drink at least 8-12 glasses of water a day.

    Full-length photographs require body poses. Models are encouraged to shift weight between hips and make arms and lengths into asymmetrical stances. Although many body poses do not require specific facial expressions, putting your entire body into character during full-length poses helps your body find a natural balance.

    Keep these insider model posing tips in mind during your next professional model photo shoot to ensure you blow the photographer away. Whether you’re a trained expert or an ambitious beginner, all models have the ability to excel in photo shoots. Focus on your posture, attitude, and facial expressions to succeed beyond your wildest expectations.


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