OT: Perusing Model Mayhem

Walt ldotters at gmail.com
Sat Aug 3 11:14:08 EDT 2013

Finished? Hell, I'm not sure my portfolio is even started! ;)

My biggest difficulty has been deciding which of my images are 
appropriate to the context. The vast majority of my portraiture is 
casual/unposed, environmental stuff -- hardly any of which is geared 
toward accentuating beauty. Unfortunately, some of my best work reflects 
some ugly aspects of humanity.

-- Walt

On 8/3/2013 9:59 AM, John wrote:
> Your portfolio is never finished. It shows what you think best
> represents your work TO DATE.
> Start thinking now about which ones you're going to replace when you do
> something better.
> On 8/3/2013 10:32 AM, Walt Gilbert wrote:
>> Just spotted the email, Bruce. Many thanks!
>> I had a tough time finding photos that I thought were reasonably
>> representative of my best work and germane to doing model shoots.
>> Hopefully, the ones I chose will create a decent impression.
>> Thanks again for the tip sheet. I do appreciate it!
>> -- Walt
>> On 8/3/2013 8:05 AM, Bruce Walker wrote:
>>> Walt my friend, watch your email for that makeup tip-sheet.
>>> Believe me, experienced models will be able to tell your level
>>> based on your portfolio. You'll have the "Some Experience" checkbox
>>> ticked in the profile too. You don't need to elaborate about the
>>> clockwork stuff. That's why you're there on Mayhem anyway -- to
>>> improve on your technique.
>>> On Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM, Walt <ldotters at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Thanks, Bruce.
>>>> You wouldn't happen to have a copy of that makeup tip-sheet I
>>>> could mooch from you, would you?
>>>> One thing I'm a little iffy on is how much to stress the fact
>>>> that I'm fairly new to this and looking to gain experience. I
>>>> figure the images I post in my profile should allay some
>>>> concerns, but I don't want to leave the impression that I'm an
>>>> old hand who runs a shoot like clockwork when I'm not. I still
>>>> fidget and experiment quite a bit when I'm shooting, and I don't
>>>> want to have to deal with a lot of eye-rolling sighs from someone
>>>> who expected to be working with an experienced studio
>>>> photographer.
>>>> Thanks for the tips. I'll be sure to look you up as soon as I get
>>>> in the mix over there.
>>>> -- Walt
>>>> On 8/2/2013 9:24 AM, Bruce Walker wrote:
>>>>> Bill pretty much said it all, and I agree with him. I'll add a
>>>>> few words.
>>>>> Re approaching models. I often read advice to meet models
>>>>> beforehand but I've yet to do that. When I initially approach a
>>>>> model I have a complete shoot design, we discuss that and
>>>>> arrange a time and location and then we meet there. Always
>>>>> bring food/snacks and drink for the model(s), MUA, hair
>>>>> stylist.
>>>>> As Bill said, leave the makeup to the professionals. If it's a
>>>>> small shoot, just you and the model, give the model
>>>>> instructions on her own makeup. I have a sheet I scanned from a
>>>>> book that I send them if they are without clue. It suggests
>>>>> stuff like more makeup than they'd normally wear, use
>>>>> foundation, blend well, and avoid sunscreen based products.
>>>>> As for finding models on MM, you can either do targeted
>>>>> searches and contact models directly through their profiles, or
>>>>> post a casting call. I've used both and some combination will
>>>>> get you useful responses.
>>>>> Ruthlessly edit your profile pics. Only put up your best work,
>>>>> keep it current, and don't pad it with near-misses and maybes.
>>>>> A few great shots is way better than 15 so-so's. Potential
>>>>> models will judge you based on what they see there.
>>>>> Look me up when you're installed, Walt. MM# 1440574.
>>>>> On Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 10:29 PM, Walt <ldotters at gmail.com>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> I decided to go ahead and sign up for an account (currently
>>>>>> awaiting approval) over there to see if I might be able to
>>>>>> find a local model or two to pose for me. As it happens,
>>>>>> there seems to be quite a few lovely ladies looking for
>>>>>> photographers to pose for in order to build up portfolios.
>>>>>> Then, after reviewing a few models, I decided to see what
>>>>>> kind of photographers I'd be competing with. Not that there
>>>>>> aren't any good ones to be found; there is some real talent
>>>>>> in the area. But, on the whole, the experience left me
>>>>>> feeling much, much better about my own work.
>>>>>> So, once I get my account approved by the gatekeepers, I
>>>>>> think I'll start contacting potential models to see who might
>>>>>> be willing to pose in exchange for pictures.
>>>>>> Any suggestions on how to approach potential models? I figure
>>>>>> it would be best to arrange to meet them in person in a
>>>>>> public place before the shoot to discuss any ideas they may
>>>>>> have and what they're looking for.
>>>>>> Also, are there any basic cosmetics or other beauty supplies
>>>>>> I ought to keep on hand just in case?
>>>>>> -- Walt

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