Internet Models & Photographers Explained Part 2

Internet models tend to be very distrustful of photographers. This is mostly likely based on experiences they’ve had with “internet photographers” and initially groups all photographers she deals with into this same category, until proven otherwise. These experiences with internet photographers include inappropriate or unprofessional behaviour, not receiving their photos, and more.

Internet models tend to think that they are in demand and making a career out of modeling because they are getting paid jobs with “internet photographers”. Not true. This is a dead end street and should not be considered “professional” modeling nor anything you can make a career out of. True professional modeling most commonly involves working on projects which are used to bring in money (advertisements, brochures, catalogs, web sites, and more).

Photographers that pay models to work with them can only afford to do so if they are working on projects in which actual photos of the model are intended for some purpose that will generate money. (Wrtitten by Zero Dean)

Part 3 will be posted tomorrow

Internet Models & Photographers Explained Part 1

Internet models are models whose sole experience with modeling is by working through the internet via such sites as OneModelPlace. Many internet models often claim to be “professional” or “semi-professional”, yet their only source of modeling income is through “internet photographers”. They rarely work on project specific ventures which are intended to make money and instead make money from internet photographers.

Internet photographers are photographers whose soul experience with model photography is by working through the internet via sites such as OneModelPlace. Many internet photographers often claim to be “professional” or “semi-professional” yet are rarely paid for their work. In fact, many internet photographers either offer their services for free or pay models to work with them. Many times they have no intention of making money from photography and simply use the fact that they have a camera as an opportunity to take pictures of “pretty girls”.

Internet photographers, more often than not, are simply hobbyists, not professionals and often lack the skills necessary to take professional level photographs.

Internet models often work with internet photographers because they find the idea of getting paid for having their picture taken appealing. Internet models often have little concern over the actual quality of the photographs taken during these sessions.

A common mistake made my internet models is to work with photographers who provide poorly shot and unprofessional photos. Photos from these photographers are of very little value, often a complete waste of time, or can actually be detrimental to anyone serious about a career in modeling. Models should always select photographers based on their skill level. (written by Zero Dean)

What Makes a Good Photograph & What to Look For

A good photograph is intended to convey a message, theme, impression, or an emotion. This is done by drawing the viewer’s attention to the subject, a clear, distinct center of interest or emphasis without distractions.

It is generally by introducing or including a second element in a photograph that creates a “context” by which a message, impression, or emotion is conveyed. It is how these two elements work together and their relationship that creates impact. A good photograph is more than just the sum of its parts. An exceptional photograph will draw you in and capture your attention.

Just as important as knowing what to include in a photograph is knowing what to exclude. The message conveyed by a photograph can be ruined or lessened by unecessary distractions. When looking at a photographer’s work, do you find yourself regularly drawn away from the subjects by unnecessary elements?

In model photography & portraiture, attention should be very clearly drawn to the subject. The subject of the photograph should be sharp & clearly focused (unless otherwise intended). There is no excuse for fuzzy photography unless it is deliberately done.

The lighting in a scene or on a subject in a photograph has a tremendous impact. Lighting is used to draw attention to or away from elements in a photograph. (written by Zero Dean)

tips to be a paid fashion model

It is the dream of many young ones to be a fashion model and enjoy the glitz and glamour that come with the job description. The problem is that trying to get ahead in this career line is a path you will likely have to tread on your own. People who offer any sort of guidance usually require payment and they may not always be genuine guides to the realization of this dream.

But there are tips one can use in order to be technique model without having to pay for it. First, it is important to recognize that the kind of work that modeling websites offer to perform at a fee can actually be done without their help.

If one really wants to be fashion exemplary, it will not be too hard for them to go out and look for auditioning opportunities personally. Many modeling agencies are actually willing to get a sample of what talented people have to offer therefore, get in touch with them. You may be required to send in photos, so get a professional to carry out a mini-shoot and do so immediately.

Many think that to be custom model is strictly limited to runway performances but there are other options as well. One who lacks the height or any other requirement that it takes to be fashion model could do well to focus attention on the areas where he/she is likely to be noticed and appreciated.

The mistake most people make is that they assume that to be fashion model, one only has to have the physical description outlined by an agency or other modeling authority. But that is not all there is to it and a serious potential model will take time to research.

Such research includes finding out about the career, what it is all about, the different career paths within it, what to look for in an agency and so on. Research on how to be custom model also involves keeping oneself updated on trends in the industry. An employer will look for these kinds of features in the applicants.

In order to be custom model it is also mandatory for one to create and manage a portfolio effectively. The investment that one makes into this simple item really pays but remember that it should not stop at getting it prepared.

The fashion industry changes so fast that this portfolio might need to be updated monthly. It is also important to ensure that it reflects exactly what you are capable of doing and what you have done in the past on the path to be fashion model. (

2012 Victoria’s Secret Swimwear

“The new 2012 swimwear catalogue of Victoria’s Secret is titled “Girls just wanna have sun” and includes more than 425 different styles, showed off by supermodels such as Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Magdalena Frackowiak, Maryna Linchuk, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Lily Aldridge. The Victoria’s Secret beauties look stunning as always, portraying the type of self-confidence women should feel as they were dressed in a flattering style that suits their body and makes them feel comfortable.”

a models reputation

Just as it is important to consider who you work with, it is also important to take every aspect of your reputation seriously. Every time you work with someone, you are building onto your reputation. The impression you leave those you work with can have a potentially significant impact on your career. You will typically get much farther and progress much faster if you have a reputation that works for you, rather than have one that may be questionable.

Don’t be flaky. If you schedule a shoot with a photographer, don’t cancel at the last minute. Last minute cancellations are often done at great expense to the photographer who gave up valuable time to schedule working with you. When you cancel unexpectedly, it means that regardless of whether the photographer was paying you or getting paid, productivity is lost and that time is wasted. Photographers will often not work with a model again if she cancels a shoot without sufficient notice. (Written by Los Angeles photographer, Zero Dean.)

Posing Tips for Models

Here are some general tips on posing for the camera. During a photo shoot, the photographer will usually direct the model for any specific poses that the photographer is trying to capture, but it helps if the model knows what to do without a lot of direction.

Some General Posing Tips:

Don’t hold your breath for a pose. The concentration usually shows in the picture.
Hold in your stomach to give a more toned appearance to the abdomen (even if you are in great shape).
Most people, including models, do not have very good posture. Unless you’re going for a casual look, keep your back straight and your shoulders up.

Don’t keep both arms entirely straight unless directed to do so for a specific pose. Bend one or both arms, even if only a little, to make the pose look less artificial. Likewise, don’t keep both legs entirely straight.

Don’t always look straight at the camera. Instead, use a variety of head and eye positions: Try turning your head, tilting your neck to one side or the other, or looking off to the side for some poses.

Don’t use a big smile for every pose. Sometimes try a small smile, a pout, a laugh, a scowl, or even a frown, to give some variety to your facial expressions.

Listen to what the photographer tells you. He can see you through the camera. You can’t.
Additional Posing Tips for Plus-Size Models:

Rest most of your weight on one foot or the other instead of evenly on both feet. Doing so makes poses look less artificial and gives a slight slimming effect in most positions.

When sitting or reclining, roll one hip up slightly from the resting surface so that most of your weight is on the back of one thigh or the other instead of evenly on both thighs. This gives a slight slimming effect and makes the pose look less artificial.

Avoid having your arms hanging flat against your sides. Instead, bend your arms slightly, place your hands on your hips, or try other poses that involve alternate placements of the arms.

Keep your chin up to avoid chin wrinkles or double chins.
Posing Tips For Emphasizing Cleavage:

Lean forward.
Bring arms together at the waist.
Clasp hands together below the waist, keeping arms straight at the elbows.
Cross arms.
Posing Tips for Minimizing Cleavage:

Lean backward.
Keep arms apart.
Raise arms above shoulders or above head.

NYC Fashion Week, world of luxury fashion

Luxury fashion still caters to movie stars, high-powered businesswomen and ladies who lunch, but designers are starting to show interest in that generation’s daughters.

Halfway through New York Fashion Week, familiar runway themes like military tailoring, old-school rock ‘n’ roll, and Hollywood Golden Age glam are showing tweaks designed to appeal to younger eyes: the double-breasted coat in shiny patent leather, tweed suits infused with metallics and leather substituted in silhouettes that used to be silk.

And while designers hope their new collections will inspire spending by shoppers young and old, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Fashion Week is an increasingly profitable enterprise for the city. At an appearance with Diane von Furstenberg Monday, Bloomberg announced that the twice-yearly shows are expected to generate an economic impact of $865 million for the city in 2012.

The number, calculated by the city’s Economic Development Corporation, is up from an estimated $773 million in 2007.

“We are the fashion capital of the world. The buzz it creates helps underscore our city’s reputation as a cutting-edge capital of fashion, home to more than double the number of fashion companies in Paris,” Bloomberg said.

New York fashion week 2012

With the first presentations for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York kicking off February 9, here is a roundup of the latest beauty news from New York City.

It looks as though fingers on the runways are set to get even more stylish as MAC senior artist Keri Blair recently revealed the beauty brand will be doing nails for New York Fashion Week for the very first time. Blair will be custom designing nail art creations for shows including Zac Posen, Nicholas K., Ohne Titel, and ICB by Prabal Gurung.

“For me, as a make-up artist with an intense passion for all things nails, I think it seems like an obvious choice,” Blair was quoted as saying in Refinery29, before offering her tips on what trends to keep eyes peeled for.

“We’re known for color, so be on the lookout for some great shades ranging from nudes to deep jewel tones to even some of our most beloved lip colors that will soon be available in polish form,” added the beauty expert.

Blair and other MAC pro artists will be revealing backstage news from Fashion Week via Twitter accounts @MAC_Keri_B and @MACCosmetics.

Other New York Fashion Week beauty favorites such as Bobbi Brown and Maybelline will also be keeping fans up-to-date via Twitter, while a behind-the-scenes video from BCBGMax Azria, whose show was one of the first presentations to take place February 9, has also gone online and can be seen here:

Maybelline’s global make-up artist Charlotte Willer worked on the make-up looks and told Fashionologie about the low-key concept.

“It’s about beautiful skin; a soft, dewy look. Then, it’s a lightly filled-in eyebrow, a simple smudge of eyeliner on the top eyelid, and a little bit of brown-gray shadow smudged on top of that. Then lip balm, and that’s it,” said Willer.

Questions to Ask Photographers

Knowledge is power and your safety is important. Below are a number of questions to ask photographers and things to be aware of prior to working with a photographer…

Ask where the photographer shoots. If he works in a studio, is it a dedicated studio or is it a home studio? What is the environment like? Is there easy access to a changing room, mirror, and bathroom? Is there easy access to parking?

If not previously arranged, how long is the shoot expected to last?

Can the photographer provide at least 3 references?

Does the photographer work with an assistant? Will other people be present during the shoot? Is it ok for you to bring an escort?

If you are shooting on location or plan to travel from one location to the next, how will this be accomplished? Does the photographer have a portable changing room of some kind for wardrobe changes while on location?

Ask for a copy of their model release prior to working with them. Review this contract carefully and ask questions about anything you don’t understand. Never sign anything you are not comfortable with. How will the photographer use the photos he takes of you?

How many photographs can you expect from a shoot? Does the photographer provide prints?

How many different looks & outfit changes are you allowed?

Is a make-up artist provided?

When can you expect your photos (or proofs or CD) to be delivered?

If you are paying a photographer, what forms of payments do they accept and when do they expect payment? Also be sure to determine exactly how much you are expected to pay prior to shooting.

If you are getting paid by a photographer, determine when you are going to get paid and how. Be sure that you are clear about exactly how much you are to be paid as well.


In most cases, a photographer should rarely have any reason to make physical contact with a model. In the event some type of contact is necessary, it should be clear how this is to be communicated to the model. I personally make it a point to announce & ask permission to make any kind of contact with a model prior to doing so. This leaves very little room for mis-interpretation and makes it very clear that all contact is necessary & purely professional. (written by Zero Dean)