Sunday, May 31, 2009

We only hire models who are with an agency

A recent question about self promotion as a model from Youtube messages:

Hello Isobella
When I send thing off to magazines and companies they usually say "We only hire models who are with an agency" and blah blah blah how can I prevent them from saying that having professional pics or should I get an agency and tell my agent to mail my pics off to certain clients or do it myself and tell the businesses to contact my agency if they are interested in hiring me?

Thanks for your time.

This was my reply:

Fashion forward magazines, Vogue, Elle, etc, (those that are very active within the fashion world) will ONLY work through agencies for their models, however more women's lifestyle magazines such as Marie Claire, Glamour, Nylon, Redbook, etc might consider working with a model based on your mailed(postal) mail submission to the photo editor. It is best if you are based, located, live -in the city the magazine is based incase they want to meet you. Sometimes lifestyle women's magazines also feature women with interesting life changing stories so if you have one you should send it to them. Also I have noticed in lifestyle magazines there are models who are not all tall being used. Especially in their fashion styling before and afters. However if you want to be considered I still think you will have a better chance if can show your personality and a good looking face shot and full body shot within your compcard and the photos you send.

However to promote yourself in anyway as a model: You do need to have professional photos, or at least ones that are well produced. That doesn't mean over photoshopping them or going broke making them, but it does mean having a quality headshot, face shot, and a nice lifestyle, friendly commercial looking full body shot. To raise your chances I would submit to the "right editor-the photo editor is usually best, and also submit to the right magazines."

I do think working with an agency helps obviously to book quality modeling works, so I would continue to submit to agencies, and of course you can suggest what you would like to model for, what magazines, etc, but an agency gets phone calls, breakdowns (daily casting requests) from magazines, brands,etc, so if you fit for something they will let you know. (also It is best to freelance with commercial print agencies.)

So you could be hands-on and approach the companies and suggest your agency, this tactic can be harder for an inexperienced model, vs someone who has already shot an ad campaign before...but if you are ambitious about it you could try to approach some brands you would like to work with, try to hustle yourself, but be prepared for the No's, it is a challenge, and don't get discouraged. A new model needs experience to get the job sometimes, and to get the experience you might have to start smaller, work with aspiring brands, hit up smaller print agencies, then hit up the bigger ones once you have some credibility. And remember the agency is not the end-all either, it is just one other marketing tool, towards getting what you want. You still have to be very active within your own pursuits...and trying to build your portfolio.

Being a model means working hard, and creating your own. Especially for a shorter girl. It is not easy to market yourself, manage your goals and stay upbeat along the way, but if you want something, the work is worth it.

Having photos is a big deal, it is your marketing tool you need to focus on getting quality to market yourself at best. Once you have a compcard and some good shots you should of course send agencies, but also don't forget to approach some aspiring brands, this is especially good in smaller cities as well... don't forget In smaller cities you could try sending photos to photo editors at local magazines too-a City magazine. And: Aspiring brands, brands you might see at tradeshows, craft fairs, ect, would be more welcome to work with an aspiring model, than a brand that is already nationally known. I suggest building your portfolio, getting some experience working with more brands,

And of course MAIL your photos to agencies, new photos, a new compcard, every 2-3 months, if you do not hear back yet.

Modeling is about marketing, and improving your own marketing material, compcards, experience and portfolio, and showing you are a good model.

So making one compcard is not the end-all either. You will most likely make dozen's more during your modeling pursuits. :)

I hope this helps!


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Height isn't everything in modeling

So your short and you want to model, but what if you are tall? Too tall? Modeling no matter your height is a challenge, it is a competitive business and it involves on the model's part knowing herself, and what she is good for within the modeling business and how well she markets her self. The way she markets herself, the images she presents, the amount of promotion she does for her self can really make the difference.

In today's world it is less about being discovered and more about finding out "what is interesting" and "sellable" about you as a model.

For the small percent of girls who work with fashion agencies and get contracts and are jetset to fashion week, they might have to think much about the marketing side.
They are discovered by a photographer, a friend who knows someone in the industry, they do a photo submission to the agency, they go to an open call.

Yet for a shorter model the open call does not come into play. Print modeling agencies just do not have these. You have to mail them directly. In the mail, with a stmap.

No matter if you are tall, modeling is still a tough world. The modeling business is really the advertising business and a marketing business. Brands wanting a certain look, and being what that brand is looking for. So the question of "Do you fit the image of this brand, product, magazine editorial" comes into play often.

Having well produced photos, and a good looking compcard that represents the type of modeling you can do is a smart way to start marketing yourself and the more promotion and work you put in, (in the right ways) the better!

Being petite rocks because

Small hands are perfect for hand modeling

Small feet are great for shoe modeling

Small proportions photograph very well.

Commercial print modeling welcomes all heights, sizes, shapes and ethnicities.

You can always wear heels and appear taller- And: If you are proportioned you will always look longer and leaner in photos with some heels.

I wouldn't mind being a few inches taller, but I have become comfortable with being my petite self.

Hints to look taller:
Super Long hair can make a shorter girl appear shorter
Focus on your posture, stand taller and you will look taller
Platform shoes totally help make the legs look longer
Pencil skirts look very good on petite's.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Three things a model needs

It is very easy to give up on yourself and let a few setbacks bother you, but the reward of doing what you want to do, making it happen for yourself, and knowing you can makes the work it takes seem small. Three things I think a model needs to be from day one:

1.She has to have a positive personality and confidence
2.She has to be a good marketer and researcher
3.She has to be willing to accept the difficulty, the No’s, the rejection.

Modeling skincare tips

A girl recently told me she had two-tone skin, and she asked if this would prevent her from booking modeling jobs? This was my honest reply:

Having an even skin tone can help to book modeling jobs for skincare, parts modeling, and some agencies might ask you to use makeup or something to even out your skin. I will admit that having clear and even-toned skin has helped me book modeling jobs. As a shorter girl.

I think a self tanner might help your skin. I also like using Jergens natural glow, or I mix foundation in with lotion before modeling jobs. Especially for body parts modeling jobs.

I do think having an even-skin tone can help you book modeling jobs. Your skin is often looked at as a model.

I hope this helps, -isobella

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Models in Fashion Magazines and Models in Ads

Sure, if you are looking at fashion magazines you might see very few shorter models. But if you look in lifestyle magazines, and commercials on tv and product ads you will notice a difference. Or maybe you will not notice the height of the model at all and THAT is the point. Commercial print is where a shorter girl can get ahead because the jobs are more about her personality or working with a product like a haircare product, handbag or a shoe or a cell phone.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Modeling today

Modeling has changed and today modeling is all about making it happen because beyond the fashion agencies, beyond the runway, there is a demand for people of all types to represent brands and products

Positive thinking for models podcast segment

Isobella shares the importance of staying positive during the pursuits of being a model and how a shorter girl should focus on what she does have to get ahead and to shape her portfolio and compcards in that way.

This segment is on the power of positive thinking and how for models it is a major asset towards getting ahead.

Makin' the phone ring models

I have believed throughout my modeling pursuits that if I wasn't in a magazine this month, or doing what I was because of my own effort.

It takes a huge amount of try to be a model.

To make the phone ring it does take work, and modeling is what you make it.

Staying ambitious is key. Knowing how to market yourself as a model. Wanting to try, and wanting to do the work, knowing it will be a challenge and accepting that but still fighting for opportunities along the way. The "want factor" is a hug part of doing anything you want in life.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Trying once is not enough for a model

Trying to be a model really involves trying more than once. Mailing agencies should be the goal of an aspiring model. Many girls want to be models but what separate those who book modeling jobs and those who just "call themselves models" has to do with submissions, trying again and not giving up if there is no response the first time around.

It takes many to get working with an agency, and it can also take a model's own hands-on effort to book her own experience in front of the camera, building her portfolio and really knowing how to market her self with the right photos, and learning from observing her own photos on what she needs to improve on.

It is rare to submit once or twice to an agency and get a call back. You might have to work for months or a year before you hear back. So beware of the real work it takes.

Improving and trying are a constant action within the pursuits of being a model.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Model mindset

When you are prepared to do the work you will see that most people that do find success really do work at it.

There is not always an easy road to getting what you want done. But don't be afraid of the work it takes, don't fear making a mistake or hearing someone say you can't do what you want to do.

If you want something bad enough you will find a way to make it happen, sure it might not happen 100 % the way you first perceive but you should still try.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Model Quote

Think about where you want to be. Set your goals with a focus that to be better you have to do better, want more, chase more, try harder and reach further.

Recession Modeling Advice- paying to call yourself a model is a no, no

Spending money on these profile model-sites is not something an aspiring model should do ever. But right now is even more of a time to not use them. The Cost!

Many cheesy model-sites charge you to post your photo and this is a misconception for many reasons.

1. Real casting directors and modeling agents are not searching for models and talent on the web.
2. Paying to put your face on a website doesn't mean you a model
3. The reality is you need a compcard, a headshot and you need to mail by postal mail to agencies to get ahead.

I do feel that model-sites will suffer in the trying times we are in and many people will cancel their accounts. Paying to call yourself a model is never the legit way to do it. Don't get scammed, and do not be mislead, you should make your own compcards and mail them to agencies. Your expectations should be that being a model does involve your own effort, work, and hands-on work.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

New Video The Call Sheet for Models

Isobella shares why you should pick up a Call Sheet at Barnes and Noble in this video.

New Video Modeling compcards vs modeling portfolio

Isobella shares how a compcard should be the first thing an aspiring model focuses on. Isobella makes her compcards at

Being discovered as a over

What are the chances of a model to be discovered?

I think being discovered is over. I do not think models are discovered much anymore and for a print model is all about discovering yourself and actually taking it upon yourself to be who you want to be. If who you want to be has to do with working as a model then you do have to be prepared to WORK hard, and know how to best market yourself. The most common question I get is about photos, and usually girls have the wrong photos, they market themselves the wrong ways. They do not know what agencies to mail their photos to, they work with the wrong photographers, they do not take themselves or modeling seriously and they think that someone will just notice them on a website or something and THAT is not modeling. A girl has to be prepared to mail, by postal mail her photos to print modeling agencies with photos that show her personality and great energy, smile, and that she can model a product because modeling agencies get clients calling not just asking for a pretty girl but for a girl who actually KNOWS how to model something naturally.

Preparing for Modeling basics segment featured:

My recent segment on my podcast was called Preparing for Modeling Basics.

Before Photography you should be thinking about what you can actually model. Being realistic can be the hardest part but also the best thing for a girl to do. The more honest you are with yourself the better.

Also I think a good way to get ahead is by knowing yourself, and what your best features are. Focusing on them and within your photos show your best features in the best way. Knowing what you can offer the industry before you even plan a photo shoot is a good idea. Look at ads, editorials and strive to produce the best photos you can. A big thing is making sure your photography is professional. It is better to show one great image than ten just ok ones that won’t tell an agency or casting director..this girl should be booked for the job.

Gradually enter modeling, do not think it will all happen over night. It is a process, it is work and it can take months and years to start booking great work.

Know how to model. Even practice, look at ads, look at magazines, notice commercials.
Whether you are modeling your shoe for a shoe ad or a beauty product, you should know how to pose naturally ahead of time, before the casting. At castings you are sometimes asked to model products, or you would smile or show your face and you are not given direction. Usually you just have to know or assume what to do.

As alluring as the internet is, professional agencies, and casting directors do not discover talent, models, etc on the web typically. So do not bank on your Myspace or Facebook to be discovered.

Tools: 2 main things.
1. Modeling compcard is the best thing to have. A modeling portfolio is of course professional but many times the casting director, magazine editor, etc might not even look inside it, so focus on making your compcard shine with the best photos possible that relate to the type of modeling you can do. I went to a casting yesterday and no one looked at portfolios, they just wanted your compcards.

2. Aside researching print modeling agencies, Pick up The Call Sheet, it is put out by Backstage. You can find it in Barnes and Noble for about ten bucks, it has a list of modeling agencies, talent agences, casting directors and it is a very handy and helpful tool for mailed submissions.
Of course you need a compcard to mail!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Preparing to Model Basics segment

Isobella shares the basics a girl should know when preparing to model

Listen here:

How much does it cost to Model

I was recently asked:How much money do you consider a young woman needs to promote herself as a model?

An aspiring model, a girl who wants to be a model needs to be prepared to invest in putting together her own compcard and headshot, and photos and portfolio. The investment is about $200 to start. If you have a friend or family member who is photography savvy that can help you save money but I suggest working with a professional photographer to get at least a headshot to start, a nice smiling or close up beauty shot is perfect to start your submissions to modeling agencies. A girl will need to be prepared for the hands on work to be a model. Creating a compcard, mailing it to the right agences (print modeling agencies are best for a shorter girl), and not giving up is the biggest part.

Plastic Surgery and Modeling

Do you think of plastic surgery as a step ahead to win the crown or any other position in modeling industry?

- No, I am not a fan of plastic surgery and a girl should not have to change herself to work as a model. Within print modeling what matters more is having clean skin, an even toned Complexion. The type of modeling a shorter girl can do is within modeling lifestyle products that are not so fashion forward. Such as accessories, jewerly, haircare, beauty, and ads for everything from glasses, to even tampon commercials and ads! Modeling is about modeling a product and many people, and girls forget that. Modeling is not about YOU being perfect, it is about you being perfect to modeling the product.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Modeling is what you make it

Modeling is not about someone thinking you can model, a lot of what it takes involves simply being available. Wanting to do it, and showing up.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Petite Models do not need...the runway

Petite models do not need the runway, they do not need to learn how to walk, a petite model needs to use her personality to get modeling work and an agency.

A petite model does not need a modeling school.

A petite model should not dwell on her height.

A petite should use what she does have to get ahead and not focus on what she doesn't.

Modeling is more than fashion but you have to see it that way.

A petite model doesn't need pin-up or glamour photos.

A petite model does need a smile shot, headshot, and close up, and photography that shows her personality.

A shorter model should be prepared for the hands-on work it takes to work in the business.

Modeling is a business so remember it is not just based on being pretty,perfect or a certain height, it is based on how much work you put in, if you know how to market yourself and if you take the time and actually really try.


With so many modeling scams out there it can be tough for a girl to tell the difference between legit and BS. Here is some insight I found through ActorsFirstNY:

New York City modeling/talent agencies must be licensed by the New
York City Department of Consumer Affairs and must be bonded, as well.
A licensed agency is required to prominently display its license. You
should look for the DCA license number on receipts and ask about the
license if you do not see it posted.

Know the difference between modeling/talent agencies and
modeling/talent managers. A modeling/talent agency will attempt to
secure employment for modeling, theater, film, radio, or television
work, but do not manage their client’s business affairs. Fees for the
agency’s services to place jobs are limited to 10% by law, in most
instances. On the other hand, managers advise their clients on
appearance, style, and overall career direction.
Legitimate model and/or talent agents do not require or request upfront fees.

Aspiring models should look for and attend “open calls” at reputable
modeling agencies. Well-known agencies usually have open calls on a
weekly basis. Also avoid agents who require upfront service fees;
require photographs by a specific photographer; and advertise in
newspapers, or on buses and subways.

Upfront fees are illegal. Do not use an agent who requests upfront
fees for photo shoots or any other type of service.

Do not believe promises of work. If a prospective agent tells you he
or she can book you for a particular film, video or modeling
assignment, beware. The most an agent can do is send you on auditions
and put in a good word on your behalf.

Beware of agents who solicit you over the phone or in person. If
someone approaches you on the street, take that person’s business card
and check to see if he or she is licensed. If not, forget it.

Always get references. Before you sign anything, get references from
others whom the agent has represented in the past.

By law, New York City modeling and talent agencies that place jobs
must be licensed by the DCA, and must be bonded.

To file a complaint, check if a business is licensed, or request a
free copy of What You Need to Know About Employment Agencies, call 311
or visit the DCA online at

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Anti-Modeling Short cut-What I have learned

I recently did a segment on my radio podcast based on: Anti-Modeling short cuts. It involved: How what I have learned during the journey of working as a model is that the short-cut doesn’t cut it.

I have also learned that if it sounds too good to be true it usually is and if it doesn’t involve work…really work. It is not the right road.

The road to success as a model if you are short is a road based on your own will to try and the time you invest into yourself and pursuits.

To skip the scams, the jerks, the assholes, it is best to be professional and aim high, not be too desperate and not be in such a rush.

Be picky about what you say Yes to and remember it is ok to say no.

Short cutting yourself is being unrealistic, settling, and expecting a lot without the growth that it takes to become who you want to be.

When I say Short-cut I mean mostly girls who say they want to model but end up on the wrong runway, end up amateur, stuck, showing off, being another tease, and really never modeling a damn thing. They are just entrapped and enticed by the word model…not the work behind the five letters.

I have found that really making it work as a short girl takes a lot of research. It takes a lot of your own hands-on work. It takes trial and error.

Being pretty is not enough to be a model.

It is unprofessional to promote yourself too much on social sites as a model if you have not modeled anything to begin with.

Think of it this way, modeling happened way before the internet and the old fashion way of mailing your photos does still exist.

When I made my first compcard I thought it was great, but then I saw what a person marketing me would see and I realized this card does not show me in the best way for what I can realistically model. I need more smile shots, more shots that show my self modeling a product, more professional looking photography.

During the journey of becoming a model I have hand to re-shoot, make new compcard, mail them out again, keep trying, all the while self promoting myself and building my portfolio. Modeling does involve ALOT of hands-on work. It is not a sit-on-your- ass-someone-will-think-I-am-pretty and -make- it -happen -for-me -pursuit. No way girl.

The opportunities I have found have been from my own self-made effort. My tearsheets, the ad campaigns I have been apart of, all took work, and if you want something bad enough the work is worth it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Short Models and the Anti-Short-cut

Isobella shares how searching for the short-cut within one's pursuits can lead to mistakes. And how a girl can do more with her modeling pursuits.Past segments have been with Steve Erle, Gunnar Peterson, Wet n Wild Cosmetics, Styli-Style Cosmetics, Michael Antonio Shoes, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics are archived.

Parts Modeling Compcard tips

I think your parts compcard can involve a face shot, headshot and this is one of my parts compcards. When you go on a go-see you might want to show a face shot on your compcard because after you show the casting director, art director, etc your hand, foot, leg, back, or whatever part, you want them to also remember what you look like, your face, so they better remember you, incase they can't remember who's foot is whose? So it is ok on a parts card to add a face shot, or close up, or a nice shot of your eyes, lips, smile, etc.

A short models modeling mentality

I get messages daily from girls who tell me they are too short to model, or until they read my blog thought they were. If you are short you should focus on using what you have. This means thinking beyond fashion. Print modeling is what you should focus on and also tv and commercial jobs.

Photography is second, it comes before your mindset is ready. You should have in mind the modeling jobs a shorter girl can do and you will find girls of all heights, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities modeling in the print modeling world.

If you are not tall, and fashion is not likely then focus on getting great headshots, beauty shots, focus on the parts of you that can translate into the advertising world. Focus on the products that use models that are not always fashion height.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Print Models of all colors- start modeling tips

I do not think ethnicity has anything do to with holding a girl back from modeling. Not today. Not when every ad campaign/commercial, seems to have always a mix of ethnicities involved. Just watch commercials and look at lifestyle print ads you will notice this too. The first thing I suggest is Get a nice smiling shot, headshot, and mail it to print modeling agencies. Agencies that work with models of all heights and sizes. They are out there. The advertising world uses them, so there is a demand for all types of models, just watch TV! and look at ads in Marie Claire, Glamour, Redbook, and others out there. There are women of all ethnicities in ads for lifestyle products from jewelry, to tampons to cell phones, travel ads, to fast foot, to shoes, handbags, notice ads that involve a product or service. To model you have to know how to market yourself to get modeling work in a realistic way and legit way. So notice where models ARE used of all colors ,sizes, shapes. Notice these ads, and create photos that look natural but have an "ad" feel. Looking like you are selling a product, involved modeling one, and naturally showing it off…could a shot of you putting on lipstick, wearing some cute shoes sitting on a couch and smiling natural, laughing like you are having a good time, could b you walking down the street walking a dog, but it is best to look ad for lifestyle products and try to create photos that have the vibe of ads.. So start with getting that smile shot and these types of photos. Honestly your friend could take them to start or mom!.., then get a compcard printed, once you have your marketing tools you can mail, mail, mail print modeling agencies, mail casting directors, mail talent agencies that book models for print, tv and commercial work! It is all about how you market and target yourself and your photos will speak for you so make sure you create the ones that WILL help I mentioned above.

Modeling for a shorter model

Modeling for a shorter model is more about her personality portrayed on the camera and in print, than any of those statisitic things. Modeling is about what you make out of it, how hard to you market and try. Showing off a photo on Myspace or the internet is not modeling. Modeling happens when you get a compcard, mail it to many,many agencies, and keep trying and show that you can model, that you do have something to offer the industry/ The industry (modeling industry) should really be called the Advertising and editorial industry, because modeling is more about being able to tell a story, sell a product, and represent the image of a brand with your look than being perfect.

Let's be realistic though, a girl does have to work really hard to model, get an agency, and built a portfolio. Modeling a business. Being a model really is about not looking for that short-cut, but really working hard.

It is all up to you, how you market yourself, if you try and if you do not give up,-Simply mailing your photos to print modeling agencies is a huge part, trying is a huge, huge part of any success or capturing opportunities. :)


Monday, May 11, 2009

Being a model quote

Modeling is not just about thinking about how pretty or perfect you are, but it is about thinking "what do I have that an agency can market?" What do I have that the advertising industry can use? And this means many times thinking about what products you can realistically model.


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Modeling in catalogs and in magazines

Catalog modeling involves smiles, personality and showing you can model a product. If you go to Sears, Macy's, you can see how the models are wearing the product-jewerly, shoes- clothing, swim, sleepwear, but the expression is really about being "happy" "comfortable" themselves, and positive. Holding a handbag but smiling while you walk down the street. Modeling a product involves looking natural, knowing how to wear it, use it, -model it- in a natural way. As if it is yours. Holding the handbag as if it is yours and you love it.

It is best to look at catalogs that involve modeling products that are accessories. Shorter girls can model accessories products more often than fashio clothing items. Mainly because Catalog modeling involves being the sample size of the clothing and the sample size is usually a 4 or 6 and it is cut for a girl who is 5'7" or so.. which means it is not typical for a shorter model to do much catalog work, but you can still target your photos with a commercial print style and energy to model products such as jewerly,shoes, handbags.

And modeling in magazines is called "editorial modeling." You shoudl craft your photos to involve making them look like they tell a story. If you look in Cosmo, Marie Claire, Redbook, and more lifestyle magazines you will notice that the photos that go with the stories tell a story themselves. So it is best to focus on making your photos look like you are "doing something" sort of telling a story.

It is a good idea to obvious ads, editorials and commercials and craft your photos targeted towards the agencies you want to work with and what you can offer. For a shorter girl it means knowing you have to use your personality, your energy and natural ablity to model products, whether it is a furniture ad, or tampon ad! You have to know how to tell a story with your look, without saying anything and just with the persons you give through being photogenic.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Can you Model a product?

Modeling is about how well you can market yourself. Modeling is also about modeling something, a product. You might wonder if being pretty is enough? Heck no!

Modeling for a shorter girl striving to be a print model is not about being the most beautiful.

It is not about being a certain height. Height isn’t as important as how photogenic you are and if you can actually model. If you know how to model products naturally. Commercial print models model commercial products. Commercial products are every day lifestyle products people use. Think of everything from a pen at Staples, to skincare, to tampons, to cleaning products, furniture, computers & technology, dog food, baby products, glasses, travel ads, shoe ads, jewelry, etc. Items, products that are not so fashion forward but every-day products.

If you can accept that you are short, that you will most likely not be a fashion model and that you will have to work really hard just to call yourself a model and work as one then you should try. Otherwise it is not a business for you. Modeling is truly work, and it is about marketing and knowing yourself and look. The days of someone handing you a modeling career and being discovered are over. Or they never did exist for a short girl.

Print modeling is where a shorter girl can find opportunities but agencies will typically say they want a girl that is 5’7” even in print. And it makes sense. A client, brand, product manager is not going to ask the agency to send them all the short girls for the casting. So the agency is just pleasing the client.

Typically in your mind a girl that is short is not proportioned. Which is why there are height requirements. But the idea for a shorter model is to make her assets stand out beyond her height. Focus on what you do have. Goodskin, energy, personality, and that you can actually model something.

Hot shoe of the week for shorties

I am loving this shoe from Bakers called AMELIA.

It has an artistic element I love. Here is the scoop:

Tasteful and beautiful snake print sandal featuring unique decorative embroidery, revealing open toe, basket-weave wrapped heel and platform with adjustable sling-back closure.

Product Information
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• Material - Synthetic
• Toe - Open Toe
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Friday, May 8, 2009

Runway Model Contract dispute NY Post-Daily News

Did you read this article in the Post about Ford and Next modeling agencies? I am reading that an up and coming runway model Kendra Spears, who "sent Ford a fax last month telling them she was leaving, despite a contract that goes to December 2010 and is now being sued." Leaving her contract early the model is now managed with Next.

Fighting over a model is sort of like copyrght of a product, usage of a person.

Here is some news I've found on the story:

I would be upset at the model most. I mean Ford got her much of her opportunities as a model and there was not enough information on why she went on to be with Next but it does seem a bit fishy. Signing a contract is a serious thing and while many shorter models, working within commercial print, will not have to deal with contracts until they are more established, with a strong portfolio and credits, the fashion modeling world is different. However, you might end up signing a contract for an ad campaign and usage rights.

No matter what, a contract of any form is serious, and do think ahead, know what you are doing and getting into before you sign on the line.

Remember that TFP Modeling isn't Modeling

I have answered questions about TFP in recent posts, and in my early modeling days I made my mistakes with it, but please do not get sucked into TFP, it can be really risky, and down-right dangerous even. Remember people who do TFP shoots typically do not have any credible work, most of them are clowns! Becareful. To be professional you do have to work with professional.

Musicians, models, photographers,actor, entertainment related pursuits take work, no short cut for success in these fields..sure it might be easy to CALL yourself any of these titles and the internet can make that easy, and reality TV can make it look easy...but it isn't, and for aspiring models the TFP road and social modeling websites, is not the way to go.

There is no test to take to call yourself a model, but real photographers, agents, and models do not use the words TFP in their daily life.

Leonard Nimoy Nude Full Body Project Book

I thought this was interesting and cool.

Now I am not a Star Trek die-hard fan but I saw Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek, on The View today and did you know he has a photography book out? Yup!

The book is called Full Body Project, you can pick it up on Amazon.

From Amazon:
"In his provocative new book, photographer and actor Leonard Nimoy captures images of full-bodied women, some of whom are involved in what is known as the "fat acceptance" movement. "The average American woman," Nimoy writes, "weighs 25 percent more than the models selling the clothes. There is a huge industry built up around selling women ways to get their bodies closer to the fantasy ideal. Pills, diets, surgery, workout programs. . . . The message is 'You don't look right. If you buy our product, you can get there.'"

Leonard Nimoy, best known to the public from his role as Spock on Star Trek, has been a lifelong photographer. His work has been widely exhibited and is in numerous private and public collections. A previous book of his photographs, Shekhina, was published in 2002."

Submitting to the wrong Modeling agencies?

A girl recently sent me a Myspace message that said:
Hello, I came across your youtube account not that long ago. I'm looking to become a model. I sent my pictures to all the top agencies Elite, Ford, etc. I'm not quite sure if they'd take someone with my height...

This was my reply:

Well it sounds like you are submitting to the wrong agencies. It is best to be realistic and understand that modeling is not just fashion and that fashion agencies are the wrong way for a shorter girl to pursue.

It is better to submit photos to commercial print modeling agencies. Agencies that deal with models for product ads, ads for lifestyle products....not fashion agencies. A short girl only will find opportunities working with good agencies and brands if she markets her self to the right agencies with the right photos.

The photos you should send should show your personality, not fashion, stiff, diva poses, they should be natural, full of energy and happiness, showing you can model products. So also think of products a shorter girl can model.

Research in magazines like Glamour, Marie Claire, etc, -NOT high fashion. Notice the ads that involve lifestyle products...commercial products, cell phones, skincare, beauty, tampons, shoes, cars, travel, fitness, etc. Ads that are not for fashion products but lifestyle, every day needs. This is a commercial print modelig job, those are print models.

In NYC, there is FFT Models, Flaunt Models, CESD, Abrams Artists, Rick Miller Agency, and many other agencies which are not as large as FORD and Elite. And these print agencies are what you should submit too- they have good clients and work with models of all heights for commercial print jobs. But you have to show you can model and that you have personality. That is what they want to see.

I would stop by Barnes and Noble and pick up A Ross Reports/ The Call Sheet, booklet put out by it has a list of casting directors, and talent agencies, and these do deal with print models.

I hope this helps, and more can be found daily on my blog:

I also have a radio show on modeling advce here:

Six summer fashion savings

This summer you do not need to buy much of anything, here are six ways to save on fashion this summer.

1.Turn your old jeans,- the ratty ones that you never wear anyways,- into shorts, Capri’s and a new look. It is easy to do. Take a pair of shorts you already own and lay them on top of your old ratty jeans. Then with a sharpie measure by drawing a line across the jeans where you want to cut. Next take a pair of scissors, fabric scissors would be best, and cut. Throw them in the wash to fringe naturally. Or for a clean look you can take them to the tailor to cuff the bottom of the shorts, or do it yourself with a few stitches with a needle and thread.

Paying $50 for shorts? No way! Not this summer,I am making my own. More of my tips on saving for summer fashion click here:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Modeling into a Magazine tips and advice

This segment on Model Talk Radio Thurs May 7th At 11 am EST, is based on Modeling into a Magazine, tune in here:

Isobella shares how to get your own magazine tearsheets and how to produce a photo-shoot that can lead to magazine editorials. Isobella has got herself in magazines such as Women's World, Stuff, Closer, Curve, Mac Directory, and many others. Past segments have been with Steve Erle, Gunnar Peterson, Wet n Wild Cosmetics, Styli-Style Cosmetics, Michael Antonio Shoes, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics are archived.

New Model Video: how to be a Short Model

I just created a new video on modeling as a shorter girl. Check it out here and my other videos on Youtube here.

Do your Modeling Photos sell you?

Models are seen all over in ads and not all of them are tall, but one thing is for sure, they know how to naturally model and make a product look great and be apart of the selling/marketing process.

Your photos are what sell you in this business. Ask yourself “Does this look like a print ad?” And “what am I selling in this photo?”

Even if it is a face shot does it look like a Jewelry ad or skincare ad?

Think about “how will the agency market this photo?” and then think further “how will the magazine editor, client, brand manager, marketing professional…that is hiring models…think of this photo when they look at it?”

No one is perfect but you have to use what you do have to get ahead.

These hair treatments rock

These are two products I suggest for refreshing and awakening your hair. Spring is a perfect time to give your hair a boost! Honestly I have just tried these two products and I will admit they do really work.

Here we go with John Frieda's Root Awakening Conditioner. I love to condition my hair and this product is very good, you will totally notice a "wow this stuff works" difference the first week and after and so on. *Buying more

Also I suggest a beauty stop favorite of mine The Lush Store, pick up the Jasmin and Henna Fluff Ease, this is a hair mositurizer that makes your hair naturally shiny and looking alive. Put on dry hair before your shower. Leave in for 20 minutes and rinse.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Model Photoshoot questions answered

This are questions and my answer to a girl asking about preparing for a shoot.

1. one nice smiling headshot, one in business attire/glasses/holding cell phone, one in either bikini or fitness outfit, one action shot-smiling carrying handbag walking down street, and one close up beauty shot. I watched all your youtube videos and wanted to make sure I got it! Is this a good layout for my comp card??

Reply: Yes it can be, I think those shots would be good, but remember everyone's compcard looks different and there is no real rules. The idea is to focus on showing the best of you and to think of the modeling jobs you want to get and target your photos in that direction. If you want to model shoes, show that you can in your photos. If you have a young look then a suit and serious attire is not needed as much because you will mostly not be booked for that, so in that case just jeans, basic, casual wear is best, perhaps you can wear fitness clothing or a dress, you could do a shot that shows you in a more formal dress like prom since younger girls have that. If you are more mature, 22 and older then you want to show your diversity in shots but you want to make sure you do look like all the shots and that you are not over doing it with makeup, or trying to hard in the photos to look mature or something, you want to always look like yourself. Looking at ads ahead of time helps, it is best to shoot from an example, something you have seen and liked and thought of as something "that could have been me."

Work from examples of ads you see in magazines.

Not fashion ads but ads that show lifestyle products, and notice the personality and translate that into your shoot. You do not need to stress over shooting 4 different looks, that might have been how models shot years ago but today the point is to get the shots to show the best of you, it is nice to show yourself in different atmospheres and energy,and style, but you don't need to stress over the 4 outfits, and changing your look 4 times. Just get the point, the basic, look attractive but not over doing it with makeup, and mostly look real, a real smile, a real laugh, really walk down the street, look natural.

2. I also want to do parts modeling... my hands, legs, hair, and eyes ( maybe feet, but only if it's closed toe ) How should be comp card be for this layout? And it does have to be another comp card with my face still in front and 3-4 images of my body parts in back?

Reply:A parts compcard is all about showing the parts you want to most in an advertising way. So for hands you could show your hand by putting on nail polish for the shot, holding a nail polish bottle in a pretty way, holding a glass, or just laying your hand on a table with nice lighting to show your full hand simply. It again, like commercial print photos, helps if you look at ads that involve hands. Same for legs,look at ads that involve shoes because legs and shoes go to together for modeling. If I have a casting for feet I always make sure my legs also look nice, and vice versa. The layout of the card should be to show your main"part" that you think suits you best on the front, or some girls put a headshot on the front so when they go to castings their face, who they are, can be remembered, compared to the casting director just remembering...which hand and whose! So it can be good to put a headshot or beauty shot on your parts card too on the front of back. You basically want to show your best in the best way you cna. Ways that look like ads or an editorial in a magazine. Look at ads for food products, cleaning products, jewerly,etc. So look at magazines like Allure, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Glamour, Fitness you might see "parts" shots in ads or the magazine editorials/stories. The more your photos look like an ad the more an agent will think you can be in one. Parts modeling is about making your parts have a personality, and whether you are holding a fork, wearing a shoe, or wearing a peice of jewerly you want to make the product look great as well as your hand, leg, foot, etc modeling it.

3. How many images should I receive in getting lightly retouch and cropped?

Reply:To start for your commercial print compcard you should ask for 5-7 touched up, but YOU should pick these and keep in mind the examples of what other models have as photos at the agencies you want to work with. You want to create a card that the agenct you are marketing yourself to would like but you also want to make it a card you can submit to more than one agency, so be picky about the photos, and about which photos show your energy personality, good skin, smile, and that you can model something, a product.

4. How many looks should I ask?

Reply: Instead of looks ask to get certain shots acomplished. "I want a nice headshot" I want to get a shot walking down a street." This could really be the same outfit, just one shot will be more about face and one will be more about personality. And say "I need a shot in fitness clothing." - Have your goals based around the shots you want to get. Not just the outfits. I do not like the 4 look thing because sometimes in one or two looks you can get the shots you need. Think about it this way. You might even get some parts shots out of it if you know how to crop photos, in the dress if you have sandals on you could be walking down the stress with your handbag and smiling and then at some point stop and fix your shot or stand pretty against a wall or fence or sit on some steps or something and when the shot is cropped (you do this yourself later) it could become a parts shot of your legs and feet,-get it.) I would focus more on the shots you want to acomplish than how many looks, outfits. It might only take the fitness outfit, and the other outfit to get the shots you need. Especially if the shot on the cell phone or whatever is more of a waist up shot and you are sitting on the phone in the same outfit as the one that you walked down the street in. The idea is there. That is the goal, not how many outfits you wear. Plan creatively and with your budget in mind.

5. How many shots should be taken?

Reply: Expect a total of 100 shots or so. Honestly if the photographer is any good at all he can get the basics of what you need for your first compcard in like 100 shots. You do NOT need a 100 of each look but to better prepare I would look in front of the mirror and practice for 30 minutes or so BEFORE you do the shoot. Be prepared, know what you want, and be confident about getting what you need. Don't be nervous, the photographer is just taking your picture of yourself doing what you want to do. It is not about impressing the photographer it is about you getting the shots you need.

6. Hopefully I will be using these images for my comp card but is there a model release form that states otherwise?

Reply: For TFCD ( a situation when a model doesn't get paid, the photographer doesn't as well but is more common among amatuers), the release should involve that you get all the photos, and that you can use them for your compcard and if either party uses them for print they must get the permission from both party.

Speak about ALL of this usage ahead of time. If shots are planned to be for your compard then each time the camera clicks, you should get that shot. Or discuss ahead of time what will receive. Don't be mislead by Photoshopped or touched-up image promises, YOU DO NOT want overly touched up images for creating a commercial print modeling compcard. You want a natural look.

When it comes to getting the images: You should get the CD the day of your shoot. I mean come on it is digital just ask for it to be burned on a CD or bring your own USB drive device and ask to copy the images on it. You want the images also be large files. 300dpi, print size. It is important learn the size of the images you need so that you can print them. Otherwise you didn't acomplish anything today. :) So remember, 300 dpi! And big enough to be printed at 15 inches. Then say to the photographer that you will review the shots and "I will be picking 25 of the best shots", or "I would like all of the shots on a CD and then I will go over them and pick the ones for re-touching." Do not let the photographer pick the ones for re-touching. You, as the model, pick them, you need to take control over what shots you want re-touched, so look over the shots and then ask to have 5 or so re-touched or you can easily adjust somethings yourself in Photoshop. Also at they do light retouching for free by the way when you make your compard state "can you remove that shadow on my cheak" or whatever. Take control of what you need. Don't get scammed. Know what to expect ahead of time, talk it through ahead of time.

7. I told the photographers....I only sign a model release form only if he agrees not to sell them unless he has my written agreement to do so or I get a cut of the profits. My friends had the worst incident that made their images be on a website that was not what they bargained for.

8. Is this too strict? My friends told me I will miss out on some great photographers that don't agree to this, but some say it's the only way to protect yourself.

Reply to 7 and 8: Your friend doesn't realize that getting professional photographer quality is best, TFP can be a true waste, it isn't about just shooting something it is about shoot something great. I am imagining your friend doesn't work with agencies..., she might mingle with photographers on the internet but this is not the way a girl should go about working with amatuer photographers. The TFP thing over all is typically a waste of time. Too much drama, mistakes, etc. Honestly if you work with a professional or someone who understands the craft of photography and get some good compcard shots and mail them to agencies and keep trying to mail, mail, mail the right agencies,..that is how you will get an agent and get legit modeling work. It is not hard for a person to buy a camera, call themselves a photographer and use the internet to mingle with girls who want to be models, but this is not modeling at all and is not professional nor respected in the real modeling and advertising business. If you happen to get into a TFP situation, you always do want to becareful of who you work with an their intentions, will not miss out on photographers by not signing an amatuer release and you should more importantly protect your image, because once a photo is taken of you...if you give the TFP amatuer photographer the right to post them anywhere, you might regret it if the photo taken is a bad photo or something that doesn't flatter you well. The freedom to use the images in a TFP situation should be equal. If you are being forced to sign a release, you might very well want to have your own release created as well or create a contract, release you can agree upon BEFORE the shoot. Basically stay away from TFP.

9. When submitting to agencies.... what do I send.. one comp card 8"x12"?? one body parts comp card 8"x12"?? cover letter??? is this the same format as any cover letter? a resume?? how should this be printed.. on paper or like a comp card?

When you submit to a print modeling agency submit one compcard. Write your phone number on it.

Things not to write on the compcard:
Your myspace, your home address, or any social site or website. Agents do not want to look at that, they want to see you, who you are, what you can offer as a model on your compcard, they do not have the time to typically visit all your sites, so do NOT put those.

Send your photo to first time is to introduce yourself and see if you and the agency are a good fit. It isn't only about the agency thinking you two can work together but you also feeling this is a good fit, so don't be in a rush, or fall for a scam. Don't be too desperate to get an agency, you want to work with a good one, a credible one.
The cover letter should be quick and to the point.

I am an aspiring model and I have a background as an athlete in track and cross country and I would be good for print modeling opportunities involving fitness, or ads for beauty care or skincare products. I have a lot of personality and I would also like ot be apart of your commercial and TV projects as well. Enclosed is my compcard and I am working on more commercial print photos as well to share. My contact number is :

Sincerely, ______

If you have modeling credits be sure to mention them. For modeling you do not need a resume printed, you do not put a resume printing on the compcard, and typically your compcard is suppose to speak for itself on what you have acomplished, so if you have tearsheets, modeling experience, you put those images on your card as proof. And inside your modeling portfolio you would put prints from your modeling jobs, or your tearsheets. proof of your experience to show at castings and go-sees. ( for modeling portfolios I suggest 12.5 by 9.5 inches by Pratt. Usually they are under $100. I have two different portfolios currently. One for commercial print work which is based on more smiles and personality and more editorial style, and then I have a parts modeling portfolio for parts modeling castings that show legs, hands, body shots, etc.

When it comes to resumes:

If you have a headshot you can have the headshot printed with your resume printed on the back. You can see a sample of this here:

Or you can print out on usual printing paper your resume, staple it to your headshot and trim the edges since printing paper is larger than headshot standard 8 by 10 inches.

10. When sending it through mail... what kind of envelope do you use? The regular yellow that folds on top?

Reply: I use a yellow envelope for my compards and headshots. The type you can get at Staples. I get the 6" by 9" for my compcard mailings and for the headshot mailings you can get I think 12 by 14 or something like that. They have many sizes at Staples, if you need to bring your headshot or compcard with you and measure. I live at Staples and the Post office! :)

11. I recently talked to a photographer... He told me he can do 4 looks + 7 digital retouch plus have a makeup artist/hairstylist for $500. Is that a good deal?

Reply: I don't think so. First. You can get your makeup done at a makeup counter, at least your eyes and lips, then purchase a couple items for touch ups. I do not think you need major hair and makeup. I hate it when photographers suggest you spend massive on this stuff. Stupid really because agencies do not want to see you dolled up. In print modeling they want to see you as you. So no over-doing the makeup. Here is a blog I recently wrote on makeup and styling tips for photo shoots when you can't afford the makeup artist

I do not think you should go overboard with styling, makeup and hair. It is not needed. Just good foundation and nice makeup, nothing too crazy or fashion-y. Simple.

12. What makeup do you use for a photoshoot? I read MAC, Shu Uemura, Make Up Forever are all good but pricey.

Reply: I use all types of brands. Drug-store brands are great I use Covergirl matte foundation right now on my face, I use Rimmel, I use Revlon lipgloss, stick, and I like Wet n Wild too for lipsticks for a dollar! I do not wear much eye-shadow but when I do it is simple colors, tans, browns, dark greens, dark blue, I like Styli-Style. I get do my whole face for under $25 usually. I love the lotions at Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, very good quality for under $20. I do not think you should have to spend 30 bucks on mascara, my boyfriend bought me one vibrating mascara thing and I do like it but I will not be spending on it myself. I think eye-shadows should be bought for under $10 always, and the drug-store brand is not bad. I like Sephora brand makeup.

Also a tip for hair is curl your hair in hot curlers, no hair spray, and then brush out the curls, it will give you volume that looks very alive, and fresh, for free! :)

I hope this helps,

TFP Photography Shoot and TFCD ?'s answered

TFP is an abbreviation that means Time for Print, it is used among amateur models and photographers mostly. It means that a model does not work for a fee and the photographer does not get paid either, but the photos are for each’s use. Sometimes this involves getting the photos touched up, sometimes you just get a CD after the shoot. So TFCD is more common. Time for CD. Today in a digital world unfortunately not many people shoot film, well amateurs don’t, but professionals do or at least most likely probably have,-that is the difference. Anyways, today the Print aspect of Time for Print is basically gone. But the buzz word still stays around. Sometimes professional photographers test aspiring models or new agency models but many are just too busy with photography jobs with ad campaigns, magazines, and real photography shoots to test models. However recently a girl asked me some TFP questions.

So the next couple of posts will be based on my reply to her 12! questions. It took me about a week to get back to her but I finally did, and I think you might also find this insight on TFP/CD helpful.

First, I think an aspiring model should be extremely careful with TFP/CD, do not just shoot randomly and without thought. Plan your shots and shoots and aim to work with the best photographers possible. There are way to many jerks out there with bad intentions so be careful and know the difference between someone who understands the craft of photography, and some Jack with a camera.

Coming up next is TFP questions answered. These posts might inspire my next radio show segment as well on Blogtalkradio:

Monday, May 4, 2009

How did you start modeling- modeling roots

A girl recently asked me how did you start modeling, where did you go.

When it comes to how I started and where I went... I didn't go anywhere.. I mean it helped that I was a student in college in NYC and that allowed for a certain amount of freedom,time, and no bills at the time living in a dorm room, so I could make a compcard with the money I was suppose to use for food and mail, mail, mail them to agencies.

I did a lot of research of print modeling agencies, first mailed all the wrong ones, Fashion, then I learned I needed to focus on where I could get print modeling, commercial print. So over time I got a better comp card that was targeted for commercial print and worked hard to perfect my photos and tried really hard to work with professional photographers and tried to get a good headshot, beauty shots, smile shots, etc. This is how I got my first tear sheet in Women's World Magazine,-a photographer I approached shot for that magazine and thought of me for a makeover editorial on hair and beauty and I shot it and got my first tear sheet. Getting this tear-sheet in a magazine helped me pitch agencies because I had some experience and could prove it with the tear- sheet.

It took years to now work with the great brands I do today, and it took nothing but my self. My energy, time, research, and trying.

There is no where to go, except being near a larger city can help because where there are brands, business, magazines, newspapers, ad agencies, networks, production companies, etc. there will be a need for models and actors. However sometimes in smaller cities, locally you can find opportunities if you are ambitious because there is less likely to be many girls who know how to market themselves and who want to model seriously.

I have also always been realistic. I am petite, so when I was first starting out I got over fashion fast, I stuck to what I could do. Print modeling, parts modeling, tv, commercial work and targeted my photos in the style that these types of agencies, agents and people like to see.

I have mailed photo editors and really gone far and beyond what many girls have because I want this, I know I might have had to make it happen, I was not afraid of being told No, or no thanks a million times..because in life…no matter the pursuit, if you want something if a realistic and ambitious approach you can find opportunity.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

I do not believe in Beauty Pageants-modeling tips

Here is why I do not believe in beauty pageants, or modeling contests or schools. This might have been a thing of the past but these days winning a contest will not mean you will then book a ton of modeling work. Winning a contest also can actually prevent you from getting a modeling agency.

Most of the time Pageants leave a girl in a very niche circle and modeling agencies do not typically pick up beauty pageant girls. Not for print modeling, which is what shorter girls can do. Mainly because the "illusion of being perfection thing" that showcases a person for not who she really is, but who she is with all this cakey makeup covering who she is. I did go to Miss America this year n Vegas to watch, but I am NOT a person to promote beauty pageants, I think they are really rude and give a bad persona to girls of what beauty is, and I just hate it. I also do not think winning a contest will mean you will get a modeling agency or work, and it can sometimes limit you actually because it puts you in a certain category that doesn't have enough to do with using your personality to model, modeling products and knowing how to just would show you know how to be pretty...but in modeling that is not enough.

If you look at ads for products from jewelry, to cell phones, to tampons, you will see the models are all different but they do not have a "beauty pageant look."

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Do you need perfect teeth to model?

Perfect teeth, perfect everything for that matter is not something you should dwell on. Lauren Hutton, a famous model of the 60s has a gap between her teeth, Kate Moss does not have perfect teeth and many models are not perfect. I have a gap between my teeth and although a smile is nice to show for commercial print modeling (the area of modeling a shorter model should focus on), having perfect teeth should not be your goal. Perfect teeth or not it doesn't mean an agency will book you, want to work with you, and promise anything. Modeling is unstable and you can not bank on anything, it is all about what you make of it.

It is better to be you, be yourself and not to try tooo hard. Modeling is about modeling a product -that is why models are needed. So knowing how to model something casually and naturally is best. Such as a handbag, shoes, etc.

Marketing yourself with the right photos to the right agencies is how you will get ahead. By being realistic and also not giving up. It is easy to quit, give up, settle or fall for amatuer modeling land.

If you know that modeling is more than being perfect you will see more opportunities out there for you. You have to chase them and be prepared for the grit, the work, the time to invest to market yourself the right way.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Create smart Modeling Photos-not mistakes

A lot of girls wonder what type of photos they need to market themselves as a model to agencies and also which photographers are legit or a waste of amateur time.

Here are my thoughts:

Mainly what you need or strive to find a photographer who understands commercial prints and what print modeling agencies want to see...because as a shorter girl that is your way into modeling...there is no other way. Glamour modeling is unrealistic, and is not modeling most of the time...just showing off your body doesn't mean you will model for brands or magazines or with good agencies...and being too posed is not what an agency wants to see...they want to see you..your personality.. If you understand what YOU need for photography it is easier to find a photographer. I would not do it on model-sites...there is ALOT of crap out there.. you would have a better chance having your mom take some photos of you with her digital of you smiling and being real than work with some guy who does not know what models really need to get ahead...

Photographers to avoid- picking a photographer

Here are some things to avoid and ask yourself when picking a photographer:

1. Are the photographer's photos way too Photoshopped? You do not want your photos to have massive touch-up because as a shorter girl you should aim to create commercial print photos and commercial print modeling agencies do not want to see a ton of airbrush like photos of you hiding who you really are.

2. Are the photographer's photos only nude or glamour-ish? This is a bad thing for a girl who want to be a model that works with agencies. A real model, a girl booking modeling work with real brands have photos that have advertising, editorial and commercial, glamour, and tasteless nudes can lead to trouble, mistakes, and regrets for a new, naive girl who is curious about modeling so skip that crap.

3. Does the photographer have experience working with magazines, brands, and has tearsheets to prove it? You should want to work with a professional, a person who understands the craft of photography but also someone who has an established portfolio and real photography goals, not just a random guy with a camera with Photoshop skills.

4. Avoid TFP shoots that do not give you the photos the day of the shoot. Avoid photo shoots that are not well planned and you should meet the photographer ahead of time to discuss what YOU are looking for.

5. Approach a photographer with ideas, be more than a girl who says "ummm" a lot. Be a smart model, know what you need a head of time and don't just joke around with the word and work with photographers who really are photographers not just a person who owns a fancy camera.

I strongly feel you will have to basically art direct the shoot to get what YOU need for a modeling agency submission.

I would visit the websites of print modeling agencies...and show examples before you shoot, meet this photographer ahead of time. Stress what YOU need...commercial shots are about personality and show you doing something...walking a dog, smiling while putting on shoes, happy photos. Sitting in a cafe with coffee and laughing...real personality.