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Modeling Tips:

Your Portfolio
Your portfolio is a personal statement of the work that you want to do, as well as a "bragging book" of work that you have done. Obviously it should show you at your best but it should also show you doing the kinds of work that you want to do.
Your portfolio needs to be constantly updated and revised. Do NOT be led to believe that one photographer can photograph your entire portfolio. It should also show that you can work with different photographers. Today, a web portfolio is almost a must for anyone interested in making any money as a model. That is the whole purpose behind NouveauChic, to help aspiring models to compete with those already established. It is our belief that an enormous amount of really good Talent never gets seen simply because they don't have the resources to compete on the internet. By working with us, you get to focus on your your shoots, learning or perfecting talent, and we do the work of creating digital Comp Cards, Portfolios, and applying to search engines. However, if you do hire someone to help you put your portfolio together he should be able to help with your web site also.

Cost
Cost is usually a concern. Getting started doesn't have to be expensive. TFP, Time for Prints, is a great way to acquire shots that can be used to start you on your way. Generally, if you live in or around North Central Illinois, we can arrange a TFP session by one of our amateur photographers for posting on NouveauChic . There are agencies that can get you bookings that will cost you nothing, and although there are sites that can be set up for free, their results tend to look amateurish and their saturated bandwidth is incapable of presenting high quality images without a long wait for the viewer. A busy client searching for talent will often not wait but just move on to the next model in his/her search.

Goals
Now let's define some goals. Part of the dichotomy of being a model is to accept and engage actively in your own self promotion, while also being able to "get over yourself" so as not to alienate others you deal with (i.e. photographers, other models, clients, your friends, etc.). You are promoting your talent as a product and to sell the product you must maintain professionalism. Look over the information below using it as a guide to determine realistically what direction you want your career to take.

What type of assignments are you available for?

Fashion - Modeling High-fashion clothing, primarily new lines
Runway - Modeling, usually clothing, on a runway in front of a live audience
Sport - Modeling Sports and Outdoor clothing, primarily new lines
Casual - Modeling Casual Attire, primarily new lines
Print - Modeling for photographs that are meant to be in a print medium
Swim wear - Modeling Swim wear, primarily new lines
Lingerie - Modeling Lingerie, primarily new lines
Glamour - A very broad term of modeling where the modelís appearance, rather than the attire or product is the central focus of the photo. There is a misconception that glamour modeling involves nudity. A glamour shot could be nude, but it could also be taken in formal evening attire. It is the presentation of the model, not the wardrobe that makes a shot glamour
Art - Modeling for an artist, photographer, Painter, Sculpt er etc. Emphasis is on 'making a statement'
Artistic Nude - Nude modeling - artistic
Nude - Any modeling that would include any nudity. From Porn to Artistic/Erotic.
Erotic - Modeling that is meant to add a hint of sensuality. Can be nude but not necessarily.
Fetish - Modeling of 'Fetish wear' (typically leather lingerie, latex, and/or PVC) With the advent of the internet, this form of mixing Erotic & Artistic Modeling has exploded. Can be nude but not usually.


Do you want to work in  acting or modeling, or a combination? In terms of setting realistic goals, you must define them! So be honest and determine exactly what you wish to achieve.
Advertising
Magazine
Web
Print
Actor/Actress
Stage
Film
TV
Adult
Dancer


Am I looking to do this full or part time?
Don't quit your day job. It's great advice for anyone who wants to get started in modeling or acting. Start on a part time basis. If you can find a few hours a week to spare from you normal schedule then you can get started.
What should I have in my  wardrobe?
You should have a selection of clothing that:
fits you well,
is clean and pressed,
and is not torn or worn.
Of course there are exceptions for specific assignments. Choose your wardrobe to be specific to the kind of assignments you are looking for. Because it is in your wardrobe it doesn't mean you can't wear it for other occasions but you should keep it ready for work. There will be times when you will be ask to do a job with only a day or two notice or have an opportunity to fill a sudden vacancy.


Tools of the Trade
Just as an Accountant needs pencils, a Mechanic needs a tool box, an Electrician wears a tool belt, and Batman has a utility belt (had to throw that in there!), you too must always have with you the "tools of the trade". As a Model it is your job to look your very best for every assignment! Part of being considered 'professional' (a very high selling point for your resume) is to show up ready to work and prepared for every contingency! Below is an excerpt (presented courtesy of Loranden) that highlights some things to consider when leaving for work as a professional model.
"Ask a model what she carries in her bag and you are bound to hear her include something you have never heard of carrying before. What you need to have in your bag will vary from job to job. Sometimes, the client will request specific items. If you are working with a make-up artist or hair stylist, you generally won't need to carry hair or make-up products, however, they are great to have just in case. The following is a pretty complete list of everything you might need."

Hair:
Headband, rubber bands, bobby pins
Brushes, combs
Hair appliances (curling iron, rollers, straighten)
Skin:
Skin cleanser and moisturizer (though you should arrive bare-faced for shoots with make-up artists)
Make-up kit
Body make-up
Cotton balls and cotton swabs
Mirror
Body lotion for dry skin
Clear or nude nail polish, clippers, nail file, polish remover
Clothing:
Shoes in neutral colors (dress and flats - black is a must)
Different colors of sandalfoot nylons (black, nude, tan) and include toe-less if you can find a pair.
Flesh toned undies (one should be a thong)
Body briefer, control undergarments, or padding (be sure you have body briefers in black and nude)
Assortment of bras (black, white, nude, and strapless)
Plain black and white socks
Other:
Safety pins, small sewing kit, clothes pins, clear nail polish (for runs)
Light dressing robe or open front, easy to remove, clothing
Scarf or make-up mask to prevent make-up transfer
Dress shields or clear, non-scented deodorant
Emergency items (Tylenol, antacid, tampons, razor, bandages, etc.)
Music, books or magazines for downtime


Preparation for The Shoot
The more of these things you do, the better your skin and hair will look and the better you will look in photos! 72 hours before your photo shoot avoid the following items (these items can give you oily skin):
Red meat
Alcohol
Caffeine
Spicy foods
Retin A and Alpha Hydroxy creams
In addition:
Drink lots of water, carry it with you everywhere you go, and keep sipping.
Exfoliate your skin at least once a week and on the morning of the shoot.
It is a good idea to carry your own mascara to the shoot with you.
Refresh your hair color a few days before your shoot. If you do not color your hair try shades or a toner just a shade lighter then your hair to make it shine.
Fingernails and toenails should be one length, well manicured.
Do not over condition your hair before a shoot. Do use your regular styling products to make your hair behave.
Avoid dry lips by putting Vaseline on your lips before bed and the morning of your shoot.


Let's Be Careful Out There!
There are dangers, be careful when dealing with someone on the Internet.
Never give your address, phone number, or even your true name to anyone who initiates contact with you, until after you have checked him or her out
There are people out there who seek models for the sole purpose of taking advantage of them. There are also people out there who are going to offer you a job doing one thing, then once you show up ask you to do something else.
If an opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Use the buddy system. Ask if you can bring a friend. If the answer is no then walk away.
If the offer is vague, pass it up; a legitimate offer will be very descriptive of the type of work you are being offered. Be aware that an offer of a 'glamour' assignment may include some nudity. Be sure to clarify this.
If you ever feel uncomfortable, or have second thoughts, pass on the job. If you've already begun work leave, but be aware that you could be held financially responsible for leaving.
Donít send photos to anyone until you have first talked with them.
Not all photographers have a permanent studio. But when you call, a real person should answer the phone.
Remember:
Modeling isnít all glamour it can be hard work too.
Most models donít earn enough money solely modeling.
Involve your friends and family and talk to them about your plans.
Always let someone know where you are and when you are likely to be back.






Professional Points to remember:

1. Always try to be on time, if you cannot be let the Photographer know. Punctuality is very important."safety tip": If you are not taking anyone with you to the shoot, let someone know where you are and with whom. And be sure to tell the photographer that someone knows where you are.
2. Always go prepared : ie...clothing changes that you know will fit you. Don't always think that he/she will have everything that is needed for the shoot.
3. Always take your own make-up; even if he/she has told you there will be a make-up artist there. Always think of the could be's.
4. Get references as many as you can. That would include other models and/or assignments that the photographer has had. Check and double check. And be sure that a legitimate photographer is doing the same with you. Never take anything for granted.
5. Get phone numbers and addresses if possible, if he/she is hesitant. You might want to rethink the shoot.
6. Make sure that you know exactly what the shoot consist of, and never feel pressured to do anything that you do not feel comfortable doing. If nothing else go by your gut feeling.
7. Always take along enough "cash" for cab fare etc. In case the photographer cannot provide adequate transportation. Most will, but always be prepared for the "just in case".
8. There should always be a modeling agreement"release" signed before the shoot, some might prefer after. As long as you get one it should be ok. Make sure in the agreement that you have knowledge of where and how your images are going to be displayed. Try to have full say in this.... If at all possible.
9. Don't ever do anything that you might be sorry for later. What you do today can affect your carreer later down the road. "If you pose for a photo that you cannot show your family and friends, and be proud of it, it wasn't worth doing". Mainly YOU should be proud of it.
10. If you have a verbal or signed agreement on traveling expenses etc. Make sure that it is followed up on. Written is sometimes the best.
11. Home studios are fine, just make sure that there is a separate changing area, with a lock. Always check your surroundings. Check for exits etc.
12. Remember your body is yours, and if anyone comes within your safety zone, be sure to let them know. I have found that more reputable photographer's will NOT touch you. If you feel uncomfortable as stated before, tell them so. That is your right.
13. Always try to be rested before a shoot, especially if alot of travel is involved. The best shoots are ones where you feel rested and fresh.
14. Time for Prints is just that, your time in exchange for prints.
15. Always remember you are not considered a professional after one or two shoots. It takes alot of work to get to that point. Nothing comes easy, most of the time.
16. Always present yourself in a very professional manner whether it be your first or 100th shoot.
17. Never assume that one image is going make a career. Try to keep up with styles, clothing trends etc.
18. Keep your portfolio updated with new looks etc. We all change from time to time, never present yourself as something that you are not.
19. Remember there are modeling opportunities for almost everyone. Make sure that you fit into the one that best suits you and your goals. Marketing today is very diversified, different looks, shapes, sizes, ages, etc.
20. Be you, and be the best you can be. You will have times when this business will get you down and that is ok, if this is what you really want....reach for your goals.
21. Communicate, with the photographer, as much as possible. If he/she writes to you answer as quickly as possible. Communication is very important.
22. Ambition. A model goes after her goals. You won't become a model by sitting at home and waiting for agents to come to you! (Note: Never sign with the first agency you visit. Always go to at least five before making a Decision!)
23. Confidence. Clients are looking for someone who is self-assured and whom they think can sell their product. A model must be able to sell herself before she can sell a product. It is also important to be able to handle the rejection that every model must face. No model could meet the expectations of every possible client. It is always best to go into a casting not caring whether or not you get it. That way it's a pleasant surprise if you get the job but you aren't let down if you don't get it.
24. Independence. Because models must sometimes travel away from their Friends and family for a job, or move to a big city to pursue a full time career, it is important to have a great deal of independence. You must be comfortable being by yourself for long periods of time.
25. Organization. A model must be organized in order to keep track of the different dates, times and locations of appointments so that she can show up at appointments and go-sees on time.
26. Stamina. A model is sometimes on her feet all day in the freezing cold or the hot sun. She must be healthy and in shape to be able to work all day and still look good. Eating healthy, going for walks/jogs and working out at a gym three times a week is a must.
27. Will-Power. Unfortunately, the international modeling scene does often involve drugs and partying. A model must have strength of character and will-power in order to stay away from drugs and too much partying. An agency will drop a model very quickly if it becomes known that she takes drugs or parties a lot.

The following was contributed by a Photographer.
28. HAVE YOUR NAILS DONE BEFORE YOU ARRIVE FOR SHOOT, NORMALLY A "FRENCH MANICURE" WILL GO WITH MOST OUTFITS. UNLESS OTHERWISE DISCUSSED, ASSUME THIS
29. KEEP TAN LINES TO A MINIMUM. NOTHING WORSE THAN A DARK TAN LINE SHOWING ON THE EDGE OF AN EXPENSIVE OUTFIT.
30. IF YOU ARE ON A SPECIAL DIET, DON'T EXPECT THE PHOTOGRAPHER TO KNOW, OR PROVIDE THIS. BRING YOUR OWN.
31. IF YOU DO BRING A FRIEND, MAKE SURE THEY KNOW TO STAY OUT OF THE MAIN SHOOTING AREA. NOTHING MORE IRRITATING TO A PHOTOGRAPHER THAN SOME MODEL'S FRIEND TALKING TO HER ON THE SET. AND NEW MODELS HAVE A TENDENCY TO LOOK AT THEIR FRIEND FOR APPROVAL. TOTAL "NO NO"
32. NEVER STARVE YOURSELF BEFORE A SHOOT. SOME SHOOT'S TAKE ALL DAY, AND IF YOU DROP ON THE SET, THE WHOLE DAY IS SCRAPPED. NOT TO MENTION THE MONEY LOST.
33. DON'T ASSUME, JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL, THAT ALL PHOTOGRAPHER'S ARE WANTING TO SLEEP WITH YOU. ANY 'REAL PRO' IS MUCH MORE INTERESTED IN HIS F-STOP, LENSES, FILM, YOUR MAKE-UP, AND THE POSITION OF THE SUN TO WORRY ABOUT GETTING PERSONAL. AS I SAID BEFORE, TIME IS MONEY !!!!
34. ALWAYS CARRY 2 FORMS OF I.D......OR BETTER YET, PHOTO COPIES OF THEM. A MUST IN ANY MAJOR PHOTO SHOOT.
35. IF A PHOTOGRAPHER SAY'S HE SHOOTS FOR A CERTAIN MAGAZINE......LOOK IN THE MAG AND SEE IF HIS NAME IS IN THE MAST- HEAD.. IF IT ISN'T, CALL THE EDITOR TO VERIFY HIM. IF THEY DON'T KNOW HIM, DROP HIM/HER IMMEDIATELY.
36. If you're unwilling to model nude, then don't post nude images of yourself (even with all "sweet spots" concealed) on photographers forums, and don't say on your website that you're "open to just about anything." Your website and any forum posts you make should send a consistent message of the kind of work you are willing to do.




PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
Be prepared for the photoshoot. Prior to the shoot select outfits that look good in photographs. Some outfits photograph better than others.
Check current magazines for fashionable looks for your photoshoot.
Select a professional fashion photographer for your photoshoot.
Ask you photographer which colors work best for the photographs.
Practice posing in front of a mirror. Practice smiling (not too toothy).
When posing for photos, actually talk to the camera (without moving mouth). Say and think of great things.
Have test snapshots taken in the outfits that you chose for your photo shoot at home by a family member or friend. This will give you an idea of how you will look in an outfit.
A professional photo shoot or test shoot costs may range between $300 - $500.
It is advisable to use a professional make-up artist and stylist for your photoshoot. One person may be both artist and stylist.
Check garments for tags. Tags should never be shown.
Your personal glasses should not be worn during a photo shoot or fashion show. Contacts may be worn.
Eyebrows should be arched.
False eyelashes may be worn.




Be self-confident. Take as many pictures as possible. No one looks great in every picture.  Choose the right scene or background. Choose the right posture. Take pictures that are big enough for people to see you clearly. For our style contests, you need to take pictures in which the most part of or the most important part of your clothing can be seen.




1. Always try to be on time, if you cannot be let the Photographer know. Punctuality is very important."Safety tip": If you are not taking anyone with you to the shoot, let someone know where you are and with whom. And be sure to tell the photographer that someone knows where you are.

2. Always go prepared : ie...clothing changes that you know will fit you. Don't always think that the photographer will have everything that is needed for the shoot.

3. Always take your own make-up, even if the photographer has told you there will be a make-up artist there. Always think of the what . If

4. Get references, as many as you can. That would include other models and/or assignments that the photographer has had. Check and double check. And be sure that you check the photographer's reference . Never take anything for granted.

5. Get names an number phone and addresses if possible, for reference the photographer . You might want to rethink whether you should accept the shoot. .

6. Make sure that you know exactly what the shoot consist of, and never feel pressured to do anything that you do not feel comfortable doing. If nothing else go by your gut feeling.

7. Always take along enough "cash" for cab fare etc. In case the photographer cannot provide adequate transportation. Most will, but always be prepared for the "just in case".

8. There should always be a modeling agreement "release" signed before the shoot, some might prefer after. As long as you get one it should be OK. Make sure in the agreement that you have knowledge of where and how your images are going to be displayed. Try to have full say in this....if at all possible.

9. Don't ever do anything that you might be sorry for later. What you do today can affect your career later down the road. "If you pose for a photo that you cannot show your family and friends, and be proud of it, it wasn't worth doing". Mainly YOU should be proud of it.

10. If you have a verbal or signed agreement on traveling expenses etc. Make sure that it is followed up on. Written is always the best. Ask how to submit you expenses.

11. Home studios are fine, just make sure that there is a separate changing area, with a lock. Always check your surroundings. Check for exits, window, etc..

12. Remember your body is yours, and if anyone comes within your safety zone, be sure to let them know. I have found that more reputable photographer's will NOT touch you. If you feel uncomfortable as stated before, tell them so. That is your right.

13. Always try to be rested before a shoot, especially if a lot of travel is involved. The best shoots are ones where you feel rested and fresh.

14. Time for Prints is just that, your time in exchange for prints.

15. Always remember you are not considered a professional after one or two shoots. It takes a lot of work to get to that point. Nothing comes easy, most of the time.

16. Always present yourself in a very professional manner whether it be your first of 100th shoot.

17. Never assume that one image is gonna make a career. Try to keep up with styles, clothing trends etc.

18. Keep your portfolio updated with new looks etc. We all change from time to time, never present yourself as something that you are not.

19. Remember there are modeling opportunities for almost everyone. Make sure that you fit into the one that best suits you and your goals. Marketing today is very diversified, different looks, shapes, sizes, ages, etc.

20. Be you, and be the best you can be. You will have times when this business will get you down and that is OK, if this is what you really want....reach for your goals.

21. Communicate, with the photographer, as much as possible. If the photographer writes to you answer as quickly as possible. Communication is very important.

22. Ambition. A model goes after her goals. You won't become a model by sitting at home and waiting for agents to come to you! (Note: Never sign with the first agency you visit. Always go to at least five before making a decision!)

23. Confidence. Clients are looking for someone who is self-assured and whom they think can sell their product. A model must be able to sell herself before she can sell a product. It is also important to be able to handle the rejection that every model must face. No model could meet the expectations of every possible client. It is always best to go into a casting not caring whether or not you get it. That way it's a pleasant surprise

if you get the job but you aren't let down if you don't get it.

24. Independence. Because models must sometimes travel away from their friends and family for a job, or move to a big city to pursue a full time career, it is important to have a great deal of independence. You must be comfortable being by yourself for long periods of time.

25. Organization. A model must be organized in order to keep track of the different dates, times and locations of appointments so that she can show up at appointments and go-sees on time.

26. Stamina. A model is sometimes on her feet all day in the freezing cold or the hot sun. She must be healthy and in shape to be able to work all day and still look good. Eating healthy, going for walks/jogs and working out at a gym three times a week is a must.

27. Will-Power. Unfortunately, the international modeling scene does often involve drugs and partying. A model must have strength of character and will-power in order to stay away from drugs and too much partying. An agency will drop a model very quickly if it becomes known that she takes drugs or parties a lot.

The following was contributed by a Photographer.

28. HAVE YOUR NAILS DONE BEFORE YOU ARRIVE FOR SHOOT, NORMALLY A "FRENCH MANICURE" WILL GO WITH MOST OUTFITS. UNLESS OTHERWISE DISCUSSED, ASSUME THIS

29. KEEP TAN LINES TO A MINIMUM. NOTHING WORSE THAN A DARK TAN LINE SHOWING ON THE EDGE OF AN EXPENSIVE OUTFIT.

30. IF YOU ARE ON A SPECIAL DIET, DON'T EXPECT THE PHOTOGRAPHER TO KNOW, OR PROVIDE THIS. BRING YOUR OWN.

31. IF YOU DO BRING A FRIEND, MAKE SURE THEY KNOW TO STAY OUT OF THE MAIN SHOOTING AREA. NOTHING MORE IRRITATING TO A PHOTOGRAPHER THAN SOME MODEL'S FRIEND TALKING TO HER ON THE SET. AND NEW MODELS HAVE A TENDENCY TO LOOK AT THEY'RE FRIEND FOR APPROVAL. TOTAL "NO NO"

32. NEVER STARVE YOURSELF BEFORE A SHOOT. SOME SHOOT'S TAKE ALL DAY, AND IF YOU DROP ON THE SET, THE WHOLE DAY IS SCRAPPED. NOT TO MENTION THE MONEY LOST.

33. DON'T ASSUME, JUST BECAUSE YOUR BEAUTIFUL, THAT ALL PHOTOGRAPHER'S ARE WANTING TO SLEEP WITH YOU. ANY 'REAL PRO' IS MUCH MORE INTERESTED IN HIS F-STOP, LENSES, FILM, YOUR MAKE-UP, AND THE POSITION OF THE SUN TO WORRY ABOUT GETTING PERSONAL. AS I SAID BEFORE, TIME IS MONEY !!!!

34. ALWAYS CARRY 2 FORMS OF I.D......OR BETTER YET, PHOTO COPIES OF THEM. A MUST IN ANY MAJOR PHOTO SHOOT.

35. IF A PHOTOGRAPHER SAY'S HE SHOOTS FOR A CERTAIN MAGAZINE......LOOK IN THE MAG AND SEE IF HIS NAME IS IN THE MAST- HEAD.. IF IT ISN'T, CALL THE EDITOR TO VERIFY HIM. IF THEY DON'T KNOW HIM, DROP HIM/HER IMMEDIATELY.

For "Photographers":
For "Photographers":

1. Always respect a model and she will respect you.

2. Make sure that the objective of the shoot is explained in detail,so that there are no questions later.

3. Always get references from other photographer's that the model has worked with, if at all possible.

4. Try to keep some extra make-up on hand just in case he/she has forgotten some.

5. Always provide a separate changing area.

6. Try not to enter the "model's safe zone"....meaning not touching he/she if it can in any way be avoided. Feeling safe to a model can mean the difference in a good or bad shoot.

7. Send references yourself, and contact information such as phone, number, address, fax, etc.

8. Try to have as much communication with the model as possible. Whether it be via e-mail and or phone.

9. If for some reason the shoot is delayed or postponed let the model know as soon as you can.

10. Never put a model down unless it is warranted, this could hinder he/she from obtaining work in the future.

11. Always make sure that the model is exactly what you wanted for the specified shoot. Don't wait for he/she to get there and then decide they weren't.

12. Always act in a professional manner.

13. If the model did a good job in your eyes, tell them.

14. Never present yourself as something that you are not.

15. Always have a release for the model to sign.

16. Try to always let the model know where the images are going to be displayed.

17. Make sure that the model has what they will need for the shoot, changes etc. If you have the right clothing etc. let them know ahead of time, and make sure that the sizes are appropriate for the model.

18. Try to be as clear as possible on every aspect of the shoot as you can be.

19. If the shoot is time for prints tell them ahead of time. And make sure that they understand this.

20. A good photographer will be as professional as they can be. And this will come through to a model.

21. If you have a home studio let the model know this.

22. If the model has worked hard and produced some good images, why not treat them to a lunch/dinner, or a tour of the town.

23. If you promise a model "prints" "slides" etc. on a specific date, be sure to deliver. Never say you are going to do something and not do it.

24. Credibility is a valuable commodity, strive to achieve this, and maintain it.

25. If a model e-mails you about a business matter and/or a prior shoot do not take days/weeks to respond. You would expect the same courtesy from the model.







Photo Shoot Instruction
Casting Directors, Ad Agencies and clients base their decisions to interview you after looking at your photos. That's why your photo shoot is such an important element of your success. Remember that your appointment has been reserved for you and can not be rescheduled unless there is a medical emergency. Please read the following instructions very carefully to ensure that you'll end up with the best photos possible. There are three variables that determine the quality of your photographs.
1. Your ability to pose in front of the camera. It is essential that you have received training in modeling and/or acting prior to doing your photo shoot. If you've convinced your manager to accept you for a photo shoot although you haven't received any training, you should at the very least practice on your own in the following ways. Get a shoot practice daily in front of a mirror. Try different poses wearing the outfits that you plan to wear in your photo shoot. Get a friend to shoot a couple of rolls of film to see how you can improve your poses.

If you have a good figure, make sure to include poses in a bathing suit (preferably one piece in a solid color.), exercise hear, lingerie and/or body conscious wear that will show your figure off. Use props such as ladders, boxes, bikes, pets, cars, furs, tools and anything that will add energy and excitement to your photographs. Develop these test shoots prior to your professional photo shoot to see your strengths, your flows, what to do and what to avoid. If there are any imperfections on your teeth, practice smiling in front of a mirror in a way that looks natural, yet conceals the flaws of your teeth.
2. Make up. Professionally done hair and make up will make an ordinary person look like a glamorous star. Make up artist are always present at every professional photo shoot. Children should never put on excessive make up or overdo their hair because they will stop looking like children and defeat the purpose of the photo shoot. Children should only have make up applications to conceal pimples or temporary blemishes.
3. The photographer. The photographer has to be specialized in the business and to know what the casting directors and/or the ad agencies are looking for in modeling shoots. Using an "experienced" photographer that "has shot some models before" will be a total waste of your money We have seen this happen over and over again. We have accountable photographers because we only hire well known specialists that come in or the whole day and shoot just our talent at reduced rates. If their photography doesn't turn out as it should, they have to answer to us and their reputation is at stake. If we find it necessary, they will re shoot the photos at no extra cost to you.
The week before your shoot, make sure that you have planned all your outfits, if necessary, take them to the cleaners. For each roll of film that you have arranged to have, the photographer will get two looks. In the long run it will be most economical to do at least three to four rolls at once. Plan to bring four outfits for each roll of film so you can have a lot of different choices just in case something doesn't look good on the set. Make sure that you know the types and colors of clothing that you should be wearing.

Your clothes should bring out your strong points and de-emphasize your flaws. Have a variety of casual, sporty, formal and business outfits as well as swim suits, exercise wear and lingerie (if applicable). Don't forget to match the shoes, panty hose and accessories. For black and white photo shoots avoid reds. If you have had no formal training, do the above mentioned practice exercises daily and have your pre-test shots done and developed.
The night before your photo shoot, clean, file and polish you nails in a neutral color. Smokers should make sure that there are no nicotine stains on their fingers. Please make sure eyebrows are properly tweezed. Bring with you false eyelashes. Use a whitener to remove stains from your teeth. If you exercise regularly, exercise the day before your photo shoot. Wash your hair, enjoy a relaxing evening and go to bed early but don't
Sleep well the day prior to your photo shoot please be on time. Be prepared to stay in the photo shoot for 12 or more hours. since you are having you're hair and make up done by a professional make-up artist, please come to the shoot with your face clean without any make-up or mascara. Don't wash your hair this morning. Men should be clean shaven. Upon your arrival, let the stylist know that you are in. Ask them to take your photograph and proceed to organize your outfits that should be neat, clean, ironed and on hangers with accessories.

Please don't wear your shoes on the backdrop. Shoes used in shoots should be canned to the set and taped on bottom and heel. Before your session make sure that there are no wrinkles on your clothes, no flying hairs, no food on your teeth and no irregularities. Now is the time to correct these problems. Look at all the details very closely in the mirror before each session. Remember that after your prints come out, all the irregularities will be emphasized by the camera. During your photo shoot relax, fell beautiful and enjoy yourself in front of the camera.

Eating and exercise Overcome eating

Eating is fun, but overeating will spoil your enjoyment.
Overcome eating The uncomfortable feeling experienced after eating too much is something that most of us recognize, but the guilt that goes with it, and the reasons why we do it, are often more difficult to understand.

Regular overeating, or out-of-control eating, is eating too much of too often without the prompts of hunger or taste. Boredom, stress and depression are among the reasons why people habitually overeat-food acts as a source of comfort. Ironically, these "comfort foods" can actually lead to both physical and mental discomfort.

The pattern is the same: You react to an emotional prompt or need by turning to food, but because eating provides only temporary relief, you continue to eat. Having overeaten, you feel bloated, uncomfortable and guilty about your lack of self-control. These feelings of distress only add to your original stress and, in search of comfort, you end up overeating again !.

The key to overcoming overeating is to develop a positive self-image. The first step in this process is to take a good look at your eating patterns so that you can adopt strategies to cope with your overeating and boost your self-esteem on a daily basis. Only then will you
begin to develop a better relationship with your body, your food and your health.

Eat your way out of the diet trap. By their very nature, diets "deprive"
you of certain foods. But when you feel deprived, you may be tempted
to over-compensate, eating more than you should and possibly even
overeating.
As your weight creeps up again, you feel as though you have failed, and
so set even tougher diet goals. Unable to meet them, you set others,
and the cycle of failure continues. Get out of the diet trap by "letting
yourself go": Stop depriving yourself and allow yourself to eat. The first step is to adopt as regular meal pattern, with healthy
snacks in between.

Improves self-image Prevents feelings of guilt and depression Allows you to eat without feeling deprived Adopt the "letting go" philosophy and food will become less important. Find other ways to reward yourself. Eat together. Solo eating offers opportunities to eat without control. Regular family meal times are a good tactic to try.
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How can you be a better judge of which shots should be made into prints? Are there any guidelines for how to choose the most attractive and marketable photos?
1. Always sleep on it. Never decide on the spur of the moment. Your first impression is rarely a lasting one when it comes to your own face.
2. If possible, always consult with an agent when choosing which shots to print. An agent will be more objective. They are professionals who know the market better than anyone else possible.
3. View the contact sheet several times a day for at least two or three days. Each time you look at it, use a grease pen to indicate the ones that catch your eye and to help you narrow the field. Mark the ones that others have liked, as well. (Use different marks for yourself, your agent,
your friends, and so on.) If you change your mind, you can scrape the marks off with your fingernail.
4. Buy a magnifying loupe, a glass that makes prints seem bigger to the eye and can help you get a better idea of what the final print will look like. A loupe may draw your attention to the details that seem inconsequential to the naked eye. Glare, a shadow, a stray hair in the eyes, a missing button, or slightly droopy eyelids may make the difference between a good and bad shot.
5. Cut a square out of the center of a blank piece of paper or cardboard approximately 1"x 1 1/4" in size. This is proportionate to the dimensions of an 8"x 10" print, and it will help you get a better idea of what the composition of the photos will be like once it's blown up. It can also help you decide whether a certain photo needs special cropping.
6. If you have trouble imagining what the shot will look like from the sliding the cut over it, try sampling blocking in the cropping that you prefer with a china marker or grease pencil.
7. Ask for feedback from your mother, spouse, friends, and others, but take it with a grain of salt. Everyone to whom you are important has different ideas and expectations about how they want you to look, and they probably don't have any idea what kind of looks are marketable in your city. However, listening to their ideas about the positive and negative things they see in each photo may help you look at the shots with a fresh perspective.
8. Try to put yourself in the shoes of the clients, those you hope
will offer you modeling or acting work on the basis of your photos. If
you owned a company that sold casual clothing, how would you want
a model to look in one of your advertisements? What if you owned a
company that sold medical supplies or wallpaper?
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Sometimes the difference between a good photo seems totally intangible.
There are, however some very concrete elements you should look for when choosing which photos to have printed for your Portfolio and Composites.
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1. A comfortable and logical pose that fits the wardrobe, facial expression, lighting, and overall mood of the shoot. whether a pose is additional or catalog style it should never look forced
2. A facial expression that seems natural not as though you're trying too hard, but not too understand either.
3. Visual interest, good contrast, good line or movement in the composition, and some texture.
4. The energy level should be high, even in pensive or moody shots.
5. For shots in which the model is looking into the camera there must be excellent eye contact. The eyes should not look dreamy, unfocused, or vague. For shots in which the model is looking away from the lens, her eye must be positioned so that her iris is sufficiently apparent or her eyeball will look entirely white, a kind of "exorcist" effect. In order to achieve good eye position, sometimes the model has to "fudge" and focus her eyes on a spot that is closer to the camera than she would if she were really looking in the direction that her head position indicates.
6. The camera emphasizes all imperfections. If a flaw is apparent on the contact sheet, you can bet it will look three times as bad on the final print. There should be no stains, sweater snags, missing buttons, wild hairs, unnatural or overt wrinkles in the clothing, or smudged makeup. Resist the urge to print up a shot that contains this type of imperfection, even if the pose, lighting, and facial expression are excellent. The eye will be drawn to the out of place detail first.
7. When choosing which pictures to have blown up into prints, always juxtapose them with the shots you've already got, if any. For instance, if you already have a smiling, pretty middle of the road head shot, you may want to choose a different expression from your next contact sheet, perhaps a shot with a more serious or sultry mood. If you already have an active body shot, say one that shows you through water in a bathing suit or playing tennis in a tank top and shorts, you may want to go for a more sedate and sophisticated pose from your next batch of shots, perhaps a pose in an evening dress.
If It's financially feasible for you, it can be beneficial to narrow your choices down to two favorite shots per setup and have them both printed before you decide which of them to use on your composite or in your portfolio. Even after having made thousands of prints, I'm still surprised occasionally by the way an 8" x 10" can look very different from its contact print. Keep in mind that the negatives remain the property of Baron DaParre / Baron's Visual Images.
What should you do if you and your agent disagree on which shot or shots to print? We recommend using the agent's choice for your portfolio and getting a print of the one that you like for personal use. Some models have the attitude, "Well, it's my print, my portfolio, and my money. I have to live with it, so I'll pick the one I want." This may be true, but it's no that simple an issue. If you allow your agent to choose your promotional material for you, you may have a more lucrative modeling career. And there's one more good reason to let your agent have the final say in choosing your prints for you. Your promotional material reflects on the agency. If they are not happy with the prints you choose to include in your composite and portfolio, they'll be less likely to send them out to clients. But if they're happy with your photos, which is more likely if you let them choose them, they'll probably promote you much harder.
Male's Model's Bag
Your Model's Bag List: In addition to what is discussed at your consultation, your should prepare a model's bag containing the following essential items.
Shoes:
Dress shoes - Black, brown, etc.
Casual shoes
Sneakers
Proper shoes to match each of your outfits.
Belts:
Matching belts for your shoes (Black, brown, etc.)
Belts for Jeans
Socks:
Black, brown, white dress socks
White tube socks
Colored socks to match your outfits
Ties: Several conservative and casual ties.
Make-up for Touch-ups:
Base (make sure it matches your skin tone exactly)
Loose translucent powder and big brush
Concealers
Lip gloss
Eyeliner
Mascara
Blushes (for contouring)
Sharpener
Hair Accessories:
Ponytail holders (for long hair)
Gel
Hair spray
Water sprayer bottle
Blow drier
Bandannas
Hats and/or caps
Miscellaneous Necessities:
Underwear (white, black, etc)
Swimsuit/trunks
Shorts
Bodysuits
Masking tape
Safety pins
Q-tips and cotton balls
Small sewing kit