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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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LEAH LINTON: FIRST SHOOT AND I’M SIGNED!

Like many models, Leah in the past has struggled to find both a reputable portfolio and modelling agency, however after she attended a casting for Celeb Agents and met UKMF photographers Roy Strutt and Antony Michael she felt very confident that this was the agency she wanted to sign with, and the portfolio company she wanted to use. Since UK Model Folios work closely with Celeb Agents shooting their clients, we offered Leah an exclusive package and now she not only has a fabulous portfolio but moreover has been signed to a management she is very confident will lead her in the direction she wants to go in. As always we like to get some detailed feedback from our clients and report their experience back to you. And so without further ado, please read on for Leah’s experience with UK Model Folios.

For more information on booking a shoot with Roy Strutt or joining an agency like Celeb Agents, please contact us now info@ukmodelfolios.co.uk

Hi Leah! How are you today?

I’m fantastic, thank you!

Tell us a little bit about yourself

Well, I’m a full-time glamour model from Essex. I’ve been off the scene for a while but I’m back with a bang and ready for action! I hope 2011 is my year!

What encouraged you to book a shoot with UK Model Folios?

I attended a casting for Celeb Agents and photographer Roy Strutt was on-hand to take a few snapshots of the girls, I really enjoyed shooting with him and after I was selected by the agency to join their books I saw it as the perfect opportunity to work with Roy again, and decided to book him through UKMF.

How easy was it to book a shoot with UKMF?

I found it very straightforward to book my shoot because just as extremely professional everyone is there, they are also really friendly and easy to talk to.

When your portfolio next needs updating will you use UKMF again?

I will absolutely be using UK Model Folios when my portfolio needs updating. Not only did I really enjoy my shoot with them but also I found myself not wanting it to end!

Why do you feel you got excellent value for money?

In this industry there are a lot of people who want to exploit young models like myself so when you find a great company to work with it’s a blessing as its very frustrating when you have spent a fortune and you’re not happy with the end results. UKMF really impressed me and I was so happy with absolutely everything – from the service to my final images.

How did you find working with our photographer, Roy Strutt?

Because I had previously shot with Roy I found him really easy to work with. Often female models find it a bit intimidating working so closely with a male photographer but with Roy this definitely was not the case! He is such an experienced photographer and extremely professional. This automatically put me at ease and allowed me to love the shoot.

What was your favourite thing about your shoot and why?

I’d say the overall experience combined was the best bit and of course my fabulous new pictures!

How did you decide to have your hair and make-up styled?

I always know how I want to be styled but this time I decided to have three different looks to show my versatility as a model.

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Why did you like your hair and make-up?

I loved my hair and make up because the hair and make-up artist listened to me and created the looks I wanted.

Did you get on with both the photographer and the hair and make-up artist?

I got on extremely well with Eva, which I was really happy about – let me tell you; there’s nothing worse then not getting on with a photographer and hair and make-up artist!

Which is your favourite picture and why?

I love all of pictures but I’d probably say the headshots were my favourite, even though I had really natural make-up (which I’m not used to) I still felt and looked amazing!

Overall, what was your favourite thing about the UK Model Folios service?

I’d have to say the fact that everyone is so friendly, helpful and professional.

Why do you feel it’s important for young models like yourself to have a professional yet friendly service such as UKMF to guide you with your modelling career?

It’s very important! There are too many people in the industry just concerned with making money and how we feel as customers to their service is overlooked but UKMF actually care. They take the time to listen to you and ensure you’re getting what you want for your money. It’s very difficult to know who to trust in the industry but I know I can trust this company and as a result have already gone back to ask for their advice and help on other areas of my career. They are VERY experienced in all areas of the celebrity model market so for young models like myself, you couldn’t hope to find a better company.

If you could describe your experience with UKMF in three words which would they be and why?

Fun, relaxed and professional.

Finally, feel free to add any more comments on your experience with UK Model Folios.

I’d like to thank the whole team for such a wonderful experience. xx

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PHOTOGRAPHERS PICK OF THE MONTH

It’s very difficult to choose between Photographers and their style, particularly when UK Model Folios have such an array of super-talented Photographers to offer, but with the impact of edgy fashion and the need to stand out dictating our motto today, the fabulous Julia Underwood and Yolanda Kingdon come out on top every time.

Take a few minutes to browse these lovely ladies recent photoshoot editions and to book a portfolio shoot with either, or to make general enquiries about the sensational UK Model Folios, please drop us an email at info@ukmodelfolios.co.uk

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