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PHOTOGRAPHY INDUSTRY; BUSINESS OR CHARITY?

In an industry full of egos, it’s vital one is always aware of the way they portray themselves.

Lately I have noticed a significant increase of arrogant Models and Photographers that openly rant on social networking sites about competitors in the industry. Personally, I find it not only unprofessional, but also cringe worthy. If people feel the need to take to a public domain to criticise someone else it almost reflects some sort of insecurity. For more on this subject though, read my blog https://ukmodelfolios.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/imitation-is-the-sincerest-form-of-flattery/

My otherwise main purpose for this post is to reinstate that, the photography industry is a business, not a charity. I’m becoming increasingly tired of receiving ‘stuck-up’ emails from models who despite asking US to shoot their portfolios, take umbrage to receiving a price list. There is apparently a false rumour going around that since a model is paid to do a photoshoot, they shouldn’t have to pay for a photoshoot. WRONG! If a client books a model for a job, they should pay; the terms of payment can be negotiated by the Model’s Agent or by the model directly.  However, if a model wants to shoot with a specific Photographer because they want to have that Photographer’s images in their book, then expect to pay. Excluding even the Photographer’s time, there are basic costs involved with any photoshoot such as hair and make-up, for example. If a Photographer chooses to cover these costs that’s their prerogative but if they ask the model to pay and contribute towards these cost then so be it. Personally I feel if a model is offended by this then they need to get back down to Earth, and quickly.

From my perspective, UK Model Folios is an agency offering some of the finest photography services the model portfolio industry has to offer. I am therefore offended that models do not understand why they should have to pay our Photographers for their work.

When models and photographers are starting out they may arrange a test shoot to benefit both their books, for example and if pre-agreed then both may say neither has to actually pay any money.

Briefly, the same message has to go out to agencies who for some reason assume because they are a top agency, Photographers should work for cheap. Again, unless it is of any benefit for Photographers to photograph an agency’s models, agencies should be expected to pay the going rate for that Photographer and any additional crew.

And for those who still don’t get it- maybe this picture will help you understand?

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FASHION AND LINGERIE PORTFOLIO, ALIZE MOUNTER

Previous Miss England 2011 Alize Mounter came to the right place for lingerie and fashion portfolio updates, check out some of the stunning images we shot for her and watch this space_____ as MAXIM think they’re very cool too and will be publishing an exclusive set soon!!

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GHETTO FABULOUS IMOGEN DONNELL

One of the most important things about a portfolio shoot is for the client to have fun

Take a look at our latest shoot with the stunning Model/ Actress Imogen Donnell

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HAPPY FRIDAY: LET’S REFLECT…

Happy Friday…

It’s always good to reflect upon what you’ve been doing with your time

Here’s what we’ve been getting up to over the past week…

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Keep It Versatile

At UK Model Folios we want to give all our clients value for money and versatility in the portfolio we shoot

From the beginning we establish the type of modelling you would like to pursue and then based on our experience advise you if this is possible or other modelling genres you maybe better suited to

Get in contact now to start building your model portfolio info@ukmodelfolios.co.uk

Check out model Holly May who visited UK Model Folios to perfect her portfolio. Holly wasn’t entirely sure of the direction she wanted to go down with modelling, although had a keen interest in lingerie modelling. After a short time shooting, we realised she had potential for lingerie and commercial; she left extremely satisfied and happy with her fresh and diverse images that ultimately demostrate her versatility as a model

Anna Fowler Phenomenon

Anna Fowler came on board the UK Model Folios ship in July 2010- after spotting her images of the actress Emma Rigby we knew she could bring something different to our table. Back then she was reinventing a style, which had lost its way- making women look beautiful for them, as oppose to what others find beautiful. Her biggest transformations have been that of glamour models, whereby she has stripped away the typical ‘Nuts’ poses and styling to produce classic beauties with a high-end fashion look.

It’s been great to watch Anna grow as a photographer in both style and adventure. She has found her niche and creates the most beautiful images time and time again, having that true photographer nack that enables you to make the client look the best that she can in a photograph.

The thing people may miss, unless obviously indicated in a photograph is a story behind it- the following images are of those UK Model Folios clients shot by Anna that really stand out to me as falling in to that category. The sweet, shy pageant girl wanting to break in to modelling but not too sure whether she has what it takes, the heroine that escaped a life of domestic abuse, the fiesty Russian hotty with an insecure interior and the glamour model wanting to say it’s not just my body that is beautiful. Looking at the pictures I wonder if you’ll be able to decipher which story applies to which picture? The beauty is probably not and that’s what makes a great portfolio image.

To book a shoot with Anna Fowler contact us now info@ukmodelfolios.co.uk

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Behind-the-Scenes At Miss England 2011, Birmingham NEC

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The Miss England 2011 finals are almost here, just one day away. Today sixty stunning finalists gathered at the Birmingham NEC to rehearse for what is the biggest event in the pageant world and UK Model Folios were there to capture it all exclusively to share with you.

This year UK Model Folios have been offered the opportunity to offer their services independently at the Miss England finals capturing those ‘what really goes on behind-the-scenes?’ shots and professional portraits of the ladies in That infamous evening gown. We advance our thanks to our amazing photographers Roy Strutt, Costas Constantinou and Antony Michael for their photography skills and support of UK Model Folios, and of course this event.

Today we wanted to share with you a quick glimpse of what happened at the rehearsals for the Eco Round- the opportunity for finalists to showcase their bespoke creations from recyclable materials. The rehearsals give them an opportunity to learn choreography and strut their stuff on the catwalk to a panel of highly credible judges who tomorrow evening will have the extremely difficult task of choosing the lady who will represent England for the year ahead and at Miss World 2011, which even more exciting for us Brits will be held in London.

Check out just a few of our shots below snapped by the fabulous photographer Roy Strutt and come back tomorrow for the result and first-hand shots of what happened at Miss England 2011!

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Miss England Beach Babe Finalists Hit MAXIM and BabeMag.com

Yes, it’s That shoot again. UK Model Folios teamed up with Miss England two weeks ago to shoot their top ten finalists for the Best Beach Body award sponsored by Sandstorm Boutique. As the finalists await the news of who has the most coveted bikini bod, the men’s mag circuit has gone crazy for the Miss England hopefuls. Check them out here on MAXIM and BabeMag.com.

Have a great weekend!

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…Press Go Mad for UK Model Folios and Miss England Press Call

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To add to yesterday’s madness in one of our London studios, OK! magazine and The Metro, as well as local press from across the country have joined the fandango and even, in OK! magazine’s case started their own online voting poll for who has the best beachwear body out of the Miss England top ten beach wear finalists…

Check out the articles below by clicking the links!

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CALENDAR SEASON HAS BEGUN

The temperatures are rising in London Town and our gorgeous ladies and gents cannot wait to whack their hard-earned abs and pecks out, and on to the front of their very own 2012 calendar.

We know you probably think it’s rather early to be working on your calendar already but if we were to remind you that we are half way through the year (where has the time gone?) with less than three months until calendars hit the shelves you may think twice. And so without further ado, please get in contact now if you would like to book or seek further info in on shooting your calendar in the UK, sunny Ibiza or Thailand???!!! info@ukmodelfolios.co.uk

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