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?
We are very excited to welcome on board another fabulous female photographer
READ ALL ABOUT OUR OUR WONDERFUL NEW TEAM MEMBER HERE!
And check out some of her gorgeous work below x
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
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…
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! firstname.lastname@example.org