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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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AMY WILLERTON, I’M A CELEBRITY, GET ME OUT OF HERE

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As you may or may not be aware, Amy Willerton is more than just a model to us, she’s part of our UK Model Folios family. We are so proud of how she has conducted herself in the jungle thus far, despite being a victim of some clear mistreatment by other camp Members.

We met Amy through sponsoring the Miss London beauty pageant (regional heat for Miss England and Miss World). We spotted from the offset she had that certain something; the ‘X-Factor’ if you will, and we were right.

Travelling to Thailand with Amy after she won a photoshoot with us and Alan Strutt to shoot there was a real highlight. It was on those stunning beaches we shot her debut calendar and spent time really getting to know the real Amy.

Here’s some of our highlights! #TeamAmy x

STACEY CLARKE, ZOO FRONT COVER

Congratulations to the fabulous Stacey Clarke- our newest addition to the UK Model Folios family, she is one busy bee shooting an array of super hot models and celebs.

Check out her ZOO cover shoot this week of the Queen of Curves, Helen Flanagan!

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WELCOME, STACEY CLARKE

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

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READ ALL ABOUT OUR OUR WONDERFUL NEW TEAM MEMBER HERE!

And check out some of her gorgeous work below x

CHANNEL 4 MAGIC SHOW SERIES CASTING

Zig Zag productions are currently making a brand new Friday night entertainment series for Channel 4. The series is all about magic and will feature a brand new and very talented magician who will perform magic effects on the unsuspecting public in various locations across London.

They are currently looking for glamorous girls and boys aged 18 – 30 who would like to get involved in the programme as background artists.

If you would like to be included, contact us now!

 

SAMANTHA WOMACK, HELLO! MAGAZINE

Always a pleasure, never a chore. That is indeed our motto when it comes to work, particularly when one is fortunate enough to be commissioned to join Alan Strutt and Samantha Womack on a photoshoot for Hello! Magazine in Portugal’s hidden Heaven- Juicy Oasis. Home and baby of the iconic juice master, Jason Vale, take a look at the behind-the-scenes video we shot of the stunning photoshoot and for the full images and interview pick up this week’s Hello!

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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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PLAYBABE

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Playbabe, Stacey Hannant, Glamour, Model, Hot Model, Blonde

Fay L. Hill collaborates with amazing creatives to launch

PLAYBABE


This one-of-a-kind Andorid app featuring the UK’s hottest model, Stacey Hannant will give you hours of entertainment. With top-quality interactive video and two levels of game play, you can feast your eyes on your very own blonde pocket bombshell as she dances for your eyes-only and even demands sensual massages! Reach level two and pop the question, and who knows, your virtual love may become a reality!!

So, where can I download you ask? Visit http://goo.gl/k5Kwy now!

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TOP FEATURES

  • Brand New and Exclusive – Get Stacey’s first mobile app
  • Expert High Quality Video – Enjoy the superb high quality footage shot by one of the industry’s top celebrity photographers, Alan Strutt
  • Highly Interactive  – Feed her, keep her active, give her gifts of sexy lingerie, massage her and even test your luck with a little grope!
  • Super-sexy – See your Playbabe in two jaw-dropping outfits including a thong bikini
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Playbabe, Stacey Hannant, Virtual Babe, UK Model Folios, Celebrity Publicity, Android App

How it works

Download the app from GooglePlay and your PlayBabe is delivered to your screen. You must keep her happy and healthy. Tap on the icons and watch your progress in the ‘Healthiness’ and ‘Happiness’ status bars.

Too many gifts and attention is just plain creepy, but not enough will leave her fed up and grumpy. However, get the balance right and your PlayBabe will perform sexy dances, take a jog on the spot in her teeny hot pants, stretch out those divine legs and even blow you kisses. The ultimate aim however, is to collect enough points to reach level two and watch your Playbabe strip off in to her choice of favourite underwear.

Distribution, compatibility and availability

PlayBabe is now available for £1.50 in the UK and priced accordingly across the rest of the world on GooglePlay

The application is available for all touchscreen Android handsets running 2.1 and above. The current version has not been designed for tablets and these devices are not supported at present.

The PlayBabe apps are developed by Alfmax Ltd, a UK-based application development in collaboration with Celebrity Publicity Ltd

If you would like more information on PlayBabe, please email info@celebritypublicity.co.uk

For updates and new releases follow Playbabe on Twitter @Playbabeapp