Thursday, July 30, 2009

stay away of amateur photographers

With the Internet comes The Amateurs. This means a girl has to do her homework to not be misled into a mistake and end up working with an amateur photographer. Stay aware and away of amateur photographers. Those people who are not really photographers, but these “guys with cameras.” Working with an amateur will bring you straight to amateur-ville. Stay out that place.

Strive to work with professionalism. You will get ahead. Getting ahead means investing in your goals and the more you strive to get the professionalism the better for your pursuits.

Professional photographers and agencies are NOT looking for models on the internet; they simply do not have time. Also it is un-rely-able to find aspiring models online because also you do not know how professional they are and many girls who use internet sites are just "showing off photos". Or that is the way it comes off. Anyways in my memoir Almost 5'4" I share my transformation between amateur and professional, between the internet and agencies and the ad campaign in my book and I think you will like it and could relate.


Anonymous said...

How do you find professionals?

Unknown said...

You want to work with someone with a photography business, not just a camera. To get something for "free" is another story and many girls do, and it is harder when you only use the web to find photographers on social sites. So skip that. You will typically only find amateur photographers instead.

It is better to approach a headshot photographer, a photographer that has a full time photography business and these days even the yellow pages are more legit than the crap on the Internet. Or you could call the print agency you want to work with an ask if they can refer to a photographer. Or you could call an acting school as well. The first shots an aspiring model needs for print modeling is:
1. headshot
2. a full body shot that shows your personality/smile, like an ad for a cell phone co.

A professional photographer typically will also have “photo packages” listed on their website as well.

No one said finding quality was easy or cheap. Finding quality and professional’s takes time, and work, and the easy route, the short-cut can lead to a mess in amateur-land. In modeling your photos are your life line so aim high. Don’t settle just for “any old amateur with a camera” you will mostly get crap from it. I have had my bad experiences and I am sharing the ‘safer and quickest route” because you could spend “years” dealing with amateurs, and bad photography. These days in a world where so many girls want to be models you have to strive to create the best photography you can, and you have to cerate shots that WILL help you. Not just make you “another chick with her photo taken.”

A cheaper option: You could also go to a photography school or college and strive to work with students as well. A person who “knows the craft of photography” and “knows lighting” is best.

An actor leans about the important of a headshot in acting school; a girl who wants to model on the other hand tends to go to the Internet sign up for a model-site to show off her random pics but then never finds quality because all there is to mingle with is amateurs on the web. It is best to focus on getting in front of a professional photographer’s lens. Shooting “just for the heck of it, or for the “amateur” photographers pleasure is a waste of time as well. Many girls fall trap to these unfortunately.

The higher you aim to work with someone who “knows the craft of photography” the better. You wouldn’t want any random person giving you a gynecologist exam, so have the same standards with the photography you do and the photographer you choose. I am serious.

I hopes this helps.