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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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WELCOME, STACEY CLARKE

We are very excited to welcome on board another fabulous female photographer

STACEY CLARKE

READ ALL ABOUT OUR OUR WONDERFUL NEW TEAM MEMBER HERE!

And check out some of her gorgeous work below x

THE STYLE ICON, VICTORIA BECKHAM

Victoria Beckham- the Spice Girl every mini diva wanted to be, the woman who took the surname of the man every human in their right mind would like to marry (David Beckham, just incase you didn’t know). And now, she is a household fashion icon with her own label adorned by not even your regular celebs, but A+ Listers such as the ultimate of pretty women, Julia Roberts.

I only have three Celebrity ‘would-like-to-meets’ and VB is one of them so you can imagine my excitement when I was lucky enough to work alongside Photographer Alan Strutt on a photoshoot with the lady herself for Hello! Magazine at the British Fashion Awards. Victoria was in very high spirits after just being crowned Designer Brand of the Year, and she even complimented my outfit (a Karl Lagerfeld TK Maxx bargain, but whatever). Needless to say, I walked away a very fulfilled little lady that evening, so much so I threatened early retirement until I realised since I was on a ‘winning streak’, my hopes of working on the next Vogue cover shoot with Adele could still happen… Two years later I’m still chasing that dream.

Anyway, bearing all of the above in mind, I am adult enough to admit I no longer like VB- I do not even love VB- I am actually a little (if not totally) obsessed with VB! Her style, her charisma, her ability not to smile but still look super cool; the way she carries her Mini Me, Harper around on her hip wherever she goes. And if this isn’t enough for me to convince you, I wanted to appear even crazier by creating a montage of the Queen of Fashion.

Mrs Victoria Beckham, your Fashion Bunnies salute you! x

CLIENT TRUST

It is common, particularly for newbie or amateur models to come and visit us at UK MODEL FOLIOS with an established look. The most difficult thing for them is to allow us to take over and create something different that says, ‘model’ and usually means stepping away completely from what they have been used to creating themselves.

Think of it as Tyra Banks in ANTM- everyone loves the makeover episode, right? And the truth is, how many times have you ever looked at the makeovers and thought Tyra was wrong? Exactly, never!

Our favourite recent makeover was for model Claire Leeson AKA Kymberly Fox. Half Mexican, half St Lucian mix, she has stunning natural features but much to Claire’s dismay short hair.

Claire arrived with an array of 18″ plus extensions and wigs convincing us they look great on her because they are natural hair. And don’t get us wrong, from the pictures Claire had sent of her alter-ego Kymberly, Kym does look fab in the wigs- but what about Claire? Claire clearly was missing how beautiful she was and as a result, had been hiding behind the wigs and huge eyelashes. Her icon is Kim Kardashian and though she didn’t want to be seen as a Kim wannabe, she was subconsciously mimicing her and in the process, overriding her own attributes.

Luckily, Claire is one of the sweetest souls and was totally up for us using her natural beauty to create somewhat of a transformation for our lens. It was so great to have her leave not only smiling ear-to-ear because of her fabulous shots but also to hear her say, how much she loves her new look and is going to rock all the different styles we showed her she can create with her gorgeous, edgy fro.

Check out some of our fab shots!

PHOTOGRAPHER UK Model Folios

STYLIST/ ART DIRECTOR Fay Hill

HMU ARTIST Sarah Catherall 

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CONFIDENCE

There is beauty in a woman whose confidence comes from experiences; a woman who knows she can fall, pick herself up, and move on.

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Today’s Message from UK Model Folios

Dream Team

As always it has been a very busy and creative last couple of weeks for UK Model Folios but even by our standards, pure magic was created when we collaborated with celebrity photographer Alan Strutt, celebrity hair and make-up artist, Gary Cockerill and Britain’s Next Top Model Live Stylist, Joey Bevan.

Five females and two male models, together we created a dream team experimenting with a variety of looks including ‘paint box’ style make-up and eighties styling.

Take a look at some of our images…

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Listening to the Client

At UK Model Folios we really take note of what is it our clients are after.

Ruth Deane, Editor of leading fashion mag, Every Model Mag came to visit us for a new editor’s shot. She wanted something natural, approachable and sexy. Here’s what we created.

info@ukmodelfolios.co.uk to book your shoot

Keep Calm and Go To UK Model Folios

Alan Strutt Fashion Trilogy

Rumour has it Alan Strutt is teaming up with celebrity hair and make-up artist Gary Cockerill to shoot fashion and beauty models- judging by his trilogy set of model Saskia, we think you better get in touch NOW if you want to be a part of it! info@ukmodelfolios.co.uk

 

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