Saturday, July 31, 2010

weekend Pinkberry, Central Park, Inception

Had Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt before walking through Central Park, stopped off at the boat house in the park, with my friend and her niece, and we stopped at the American Girl Store, WHOA! That store is crazy! Those $95 dolls are pretty cute, I liked the horse riding girl and the camp girl. You can even get your doll's hair done in the store for $20, and give your doll a pedicure or manicure kit for $10.

I dream in color. I remember my dreams, I sometimes can wake & then go back to sleep & continue my dream, loved watching "Inception" 2nite with my man, smart film. Leo & Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt rocked, wasn't expecting Ellen Page but she fit in quite well and did a great job with her role. And loved Mal, Marion Cotillard is so amazing, one of my favorite actresses, I love how they played in the film a french song that I am pretty sure she actually sang in the film "La vie en rose"--you should see this film, it is one of my favorites, it is about the life of Edith Piaf. netflicks.

Go get it.

Friday, July 30, 2010

5 posing tips for brides to look natural, pretty and photogenic

No stains on my dress, no busting my butt in my white heels, no drama.

I am so happy about my wedding photos. We had a New York state of Mind when it came to our photos, when we got married on July 15, 2010. We wanted an eloping in our own city feeling. I started thinking about why I am so happy with the photos, and I wanted to share some insight on how brides can pose naturally and quickly, and in a pretty flattering way, and prepare for their photos-to look their best! Even if they have zero experience in front of the camera.

1. Pick a photographer who understands your personality, vibe as a couple, and photo-goals.
Wedding photography is a business for the photographer, but if the energy between the photographer and the bride and groom is stiff and only about how many shots you will get and how much it will cost, then the photos will look frigid. I feel lucky because I think the reason I liked our photos so much is because I did know the photographer beforehand. He is a friend, he understood the carefree eloping in the city vibe we wanted and had that day. However even if you are working with a person you've only met a couple times, I think you should look for more than the photography you like, but a photographer's personality you like as well. You want to mesh well with the photographer, have the same understanding, to get the shots you want.

Your photographer is more than a payment to make, make sure you communicate about the shots you want and already have seen something similar in their portfolio. Or if not, discuss in detail the shots you want, your goals for the day, your favorite ten-twenty shots that you really want to have despite the others, and see if the photographer understands and has the mindset for your photo-goals. Talk about the vibe of the shoot (are these shots conventional, are they more creative? What is the vibe of the wedding? Is it more anything goes, we are up for anything? Or do you have certain shots you have to have?) Make a list of the locations and ideas you have. Share this list with the photographer and bring it with you on your wedding day, along with giving it to the photographer. (We were in a limo and driving around the city, so we had our list of favorite places to stop at, we had our top ones and then the "if there is time" shots. It helped to keep the day moving smoothly.) Also, show the photographer examples of what you are talking about, show examples you rip out of a bride magazine or bring a similar photo. If you don't have experience in front of the camera, you will pose better and feel more natural if you look at some images before your wedding day.

By communicating well with the photographer ALOT of your stress will disappear. Many brides have never been in-front of the camera before this day, and your real smile comes out when you feel comfortable around the person who is taking your photo and feel like you are on the same page. Also real smiles come out when you and your groom are comfortable with each other. Not to forget, you also have more fun!

2. Kissable lipstick and touch-up powder, worry-free hair.
It is a must for brides. I wore Revlon's Colorstay Liquid Lipstick. Your groom will thank you because you won't be smudging makeup all over him and you can relax and be yourself with each other. You can kiss each other whenever you want without having to reapply 800 times. And you should kiss a lot! You don't want to spend the day worrying about your faces. Beyond lips, I had the long lasting foundation and mascara, still, each time in the limo I had a compact of CoverGirl powder that I would dab lightly on my forehead and under my eyes, and down my nose, since it was such a hot day. Also I love Bare Minerals, it lasts well.Even though I had my makeup professionally done, I kept a seperate "touch-up bag" in the limo with all my beauty supplies. If you are only shooting at a few locations or one, I suggest having a friend or bridesmaid carry in their bag some back-up-bride-beauty-touch-up items. Those beautiful but small bride clutches can only hold a lipstick and mascara-that's it! (And sometimes you will need a few more items to stay picture perfect.)  For me my hair wasn't a big deal, just hair way up, it had been curled to create a wave, which didn't last, so I suggest sticking to a hairstyle that can handle a lot of movement, like dancing, for us we were running around the city for hours and I didn't have time or want to care about my hair so I kept it simple. Bring a travel size hairspray in your "tuoch up bag."

3. Get comfortable.
Practice kissing, even if you have been together for four years, and look at photos you already have of each other together. Notice what shots look best, how were you sitting, standing, how were your bodies angled, what expression are your faces? Then I would practice your posing, not forcing it, but for example: the next time he is brushing his teeth before bed, after he spits and cleans the foam off his face, give him a hug and stand together in-front of the bathroom mirror, kiss, hug, snuggle, notice how you look together in the reflection of the mirror. Lean against him, stand facing each other, put your arms on each other, watch what happens to your arms, your body, your chin, and his, as you move and change poses. The point is: you want to be able to quickly get into a comfortable, natural pose together and look stunning.

If you are naturally comfortable with each other the photos will show it. You want to be natural and yourself during your wedding day, and also knowing your faces and getting that natural real smile will make you happier with the results. And being comfortable with kissing in front of people, holding hands, looking at each other, are natural motions of love, - but having a camera in your face all day is tiring, so the more comfortable you are around each other, the better. I suggest brides practice their smiles in front of the mirror. I am serious. How we "think" we look when we smile can be different than the result.

4. Angle your body for your body type.
I am really short, however my photographer has experience shooting brides, celebrities, and people of all sizes, sometimes he was even sitting on the ground shooting up at us, to make the shot look more proportioned. Here are some easy changes you can make with your arms and body to look leaner, longer and more proportioned:

Here, in front of the Empire State Building with my groom, we took this shot while we crossed 23rd street, we didn't have much time to prepare the shot, we stopped to kiss as we walked, and looked at each other, this one stands out for me as the best one. I am slightly standing on my toes, and notice how I am slightly stretching my arm away from my body too, my arms look long and whole body looks longer. If I had put my arms straight down the shot may have been more about my arms than the great landmark.

Below, we are in Little Italy, in the shot I slightly pulled back my elbow, which created space between my arm and torso, and this space makes me look leaner and longer and more proportioned in the photo.

Here we are at Grand Central, my arm has a 90 degree angle, and I do this pose often in our photos, (at the Flatiron Building below as well) it is easy to remember and can prevent your arm from taking over the photo. First, I suggest keeping alittle space between your torso and upper arm, (squeezing your upper arm against your body can make your arm look bigger than it is), while you do this, I suggest slightly pulling back your elbow and keep your arm stretch towards your groom with it being as close to level to your waist as you can.

In front of the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street.

5. My favorite pose for brides is you facing your groom, but your faces are looking at the camera. However, this is an easy pose that can make your arms and body look larger than it is, so I suggest a few things for nailing this pose: Watch your posture and your shoulders. By slightly pushing your shoulders back you will also reveal more of the front of your gown. You photographer should know, but if not, suggest that the shot be taken from the camera looking up at you and your groom. Face each other, but slightly turn your body at an angle towards the camera, this could make your legs look longer. Also, I often stand with one knee bent which can create length as well for you when standing. Or you can put your weight on one leg as you stand, this will also create length.

When facing each other, your posture and where you position your arms really matter. You can also get good results by simply standing with your heels together, parallel, and while the shot is being taken inhale to get some length to your body and arch your back a little, as you look at your groom. If you are standing by yourself for a bride portrait, and are unsure about what to do with your hands, I suggest always creating space between your arms and your dress; place your hands on your thighs, or place one hand on your thigh and one behind you, and as you do slightly create space between your arms and your waist and torso. Mostly, I like his hands on your waist, and I think the 90 degree angle arm looks great when standing together, I think you will too!
(Yes, of course we stopped by the Apple store, since I wrote my modeling memoir Almost 5'4" there on the display computers.)
(My husband proposed at our favorite Italian spot called Carmines, at the seaport, we loved that hole in the wall but only months after we were engaged the place closed! We still went back for a photo outside of where it was location.)

(I love how this litle girl ironically in the shot adds to the story of the photo.)

Extra's to bring or have stored somewhere nearby:
travel size deodorant, (it was 90 degrees out so I used it many times)
extra bobby-pins
bottle of seltzer water, cleans up white well if you get any stains
travel size brush or comb
lotion, for hands, feet, legs, whole body.

#1 thing to never do in front of the camera:

Put your chin down too much. The lower your chin the bigger your eyes can look, but you can create an unflattering chin this way. You may hear the photographer saying "lift your chin," this is a good photographer.

Overall, you want to feel beautiful and have fun, you want to laugh and enjoy the moment, and you want to create memorable photos that you look great in, and sometimes the "slightest" change in how you position your body can make a huge difference,

Long Live Love!


Photographers, Alex Kroke and Robert Milazzo
Dress: Alfred Angelo
Shoes: Badgley Miscka, rosiel
Bag: Aqua
Flowers: City Blossoms
Hair/makeup: Ion Studio, SoHo
Happy hour: Bourbon Street, Hell's Kitchen

time goes so fast

"there is no question, you gotta work hard, spend time on what matters, invest yourself, and not wait. There is so much time to capture, but time also goes so fast." ~isobella jade

Does a short girl have a chance in modeling?

A girl on facebook recently wrote me: "I'm 18 years old still in high school and I would love nothing more then to be a model. I'm taking modeling classes. I'm 4'9 and I wear the kids size shoe 13, so just recently I found some high heels like the ones that regular sized people wear and I'm so happy because it just boosted myself esteem a whole lot more. But being that I'm the shortest in the class I have curves and a big bottom so I don't know if thats what they are looking for now a days on top of that i have to me bad hair n black heads on my nose so I'm very self conscious because when ever they want to have meetings they end up picking the tallest girls so that gives me no hopes . I would love your advice. thank you !"

my reply might also inspire your own pursuits:

Hi hun, well first of all I am do not support modeling schools. I think of them are a waste. Mostly they just talk about fashion which is unrealistic for shorter girls, so I hope your doing ok with it. Modeling is ALOT more than fashion.

Only you can get your goals and dreams in motion. Being ambitiously realistic is best, and keep in mind that not all models are tall but you do have to focus on your assets, know what you have to offer, and focus on capturing that in your photos and putting together a comp card and portfolio. Modeling when you are shorter is alot more hands on than a fashion model's life. A shorter model typically will work within print modeling and she will work non-exclusive with agencies. Before you get infront of the camera I would focus on learning by example before you create photos that bring forward your personality, your smile, your energy, look at lifestyle print ads that show girls smiling and using their personality in the ad, and start to see, and understand what "print models" look like. They are holding cell phones, modeling accessories, modeling in travel ads, ads for technology, fitness, hair, beauty, nail care, and while the industry can cater towards lean and more proportioned models, if you want to do something, you have to take a realistic approach. Shorter models may not work ALL the time, they might not have a FULL time career modeling, but you can find opportunities. Also if your complexion is on your mind you should strive to keep your skin clear and clean because you might not be able to be hired for your height in modeling but shorter models can work within beauty model for skincare, hair, accessories, jewelry, and you will want to make sure your face is clear, ---there is opportunity for girls of all sizes with beauty and accessories modeling.

Also I suggest getting a nice smiling headshot made that looks very fresh, natural (ever see the girls on the hair-color boxes at drugstores?Fresh like that is awesome!) And get a close up beauty shot not smiling as well and more about your skin, eyes and facial features. Of course working with a professional photographer is best to get professional results.

Here are some posts from my blog that should help and inspire you.

The type of photos you need:

Differences of print and fashion modeling:

Does your photographer know what YOU need for print modeling?

How to find a photographer:

Why a comp card comes before the agency:

These should help get you moving, keep me posted on if you have questions about this, and if you need tips on anything else,

(you can email me at with modeling questions, concerns, or thoughts, and also submit for Petite of the Week, send a headshot with a smile to the email above and a few sentences on how you are making strides in modeling despite your height.)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

day in the life

got manicure, went to casting, finished my editing for "Short Stuff", had a beauty chat with Monae Everett (see wall), ran around town checking off my to-do-list, CVS, Papyrus, J&R music, post box, laundry, playing with the template for my cover, and about to fold laundry, kiss my man, and since I am really a night owl I am going to write a bit tonight on a teen novel I am working on.

However that won't be something to share until a few more months.

When the mascara on my eyelashes start to feel heavy I know it's time to get ready for bed, until then....

Today tune in, Monaé Everett breaks down beauty modeling

Here are some examples of Monaé Everett's beauty work, I like how she works so well with different skin tones, different ethnicities, and makes each beauty shot's makeup special for that model's needs and helps to bring forward their best assets.

Tune into our beauty chat. Listen to the live show July 29th at 2 PM EST here:

Today, a beauty modeling chat with Monaé Everett

Today! on my Model Talk Radio podcast I will be chatting with makeup artist and hair stylist, Monaé Everett!

We will be chatting about how aspiring models can best prepare for beauty shots...even if you are doing your own makeup.

Listen to the live show July 29th at 2 PM EST here:

The scoop on the show:
Petite model, author Isobella Jade chats with Monaé Everett about beauty modeling and the perfect makeup for creating a beauty shot, which is something girls of all sizes need and can use for their modeling pursuits. If you are not tall enough to rock the runway you have to use what you do have. As an innovative hair stylist and makeup artist, Monaé Everett has a strong portfolio of editorial work in magazines and commercial work. She will share tips on beauty modeling makeup tips and also share her own beauty routine with us, and Isobella will share insight on posing the face for your beauty shots and getting comfortable with your facial expressions in front of the camera. "I love how clean and fresh her work looks, how much the shot is about the model's unique beauty, that comes out with Monaé Everett's touch." !~isobella jade


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

life of a writer, model, advocate, wife

laying over cover art for my new book "Short Stuff", and got a "hand" casting tomorrow for a "female" product. Gotta do some domestic crap, dry-cleaning, dish washer, fill the water up in the jug, make it to the post office by 9pm, life of a writer, model, advocate, wife :)

tune in tomorrow, Thursday at 2pm EST to Model Talk Radio, an interview on beauty and beauty modeling with make up artist and hair stylist, Monae Everett.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Important of Being Natural at Castings

So far, at castings this week, I showed my bootie for a jeans project and touched my boob for a breast cancer awareness ad casting.

As a body part model and print model, castings involve holding, using, modeling many different things. Being comfortable with yourself, and knowing quickly what the job involves and how to use the product, how to hold it, or whatever,- is important at a casting. Before a casting your agency should give you the breakdown of what the casting involves and if it seems confusing, ask. If you are unsure, practice putting on shoes, smiling, modeling jewelry, or whatever the casting might involve before the casting.

For this casting, it was about touching my boob.
I was reminded of the importance of being comfortable with yourself and knowing what the casting is for ahead of time. Here is what I observed.


She looks the part, but she has no clue what she is doing.

In the room is the casting director, the photographer (male) and another woman, maybe the art director. I am standing against the wall, waiting for my turn, another girl is aside me also waiting. A handful of others are outside the door.

The girl on set is obviously nervous, I can tell when she unbuttons her shirt ALL the way down when the photographer just asks her to unbutton a few.

She is told to put her hand in her shirt and cover her boob/aka, put her hand on her breast.

She is having trouble with this.

The casting director says to her, “touch your breast." "No. Like this!"
The casting director touches her own boob and then says, "Not like you are cupping it or grabbing it."

"Like this."


"No lower."

"Not grabbing."

"Touch it. OK. Now relax your arm, your elbow."

The casting director is obviously annoyed at her. The girl waiting next to me is giggling a little. I feel kinda bad for the girl on set. She is basically getting ripped to shreds. I unbutton my shirt while I wait and practice touching my boob. The casting director notices I am practicing and gives me a nod.

A few things come to mind about the girl on set.
She really COULD USE this campaign as awareness for herself. She is acting like she never gave herself a breast exam in her life. She has no idea what she is doing, what the casting is for, or why she has to touch her boob. She isn't going to get this job.

Casting directors like it when "You know what you are doing." Like agents in print modeling, casting directors don't like to "teach the models," or "repeat themselves 1000's or times."

When the casting director says, "Ok Jade!" "Let's do this." I do.
I am comfortable with my body, have done many "body part modeling jobs" and as a model I am used to being in situations where you have to do things that would be un-normal for most people. Like show my legs, my hands, my feet, my butt, my torso, everything basically for castings and on the job for magazine editorial and campaigns.

The reason I am sharing this is because it is important for a model to "know what the casting involves." For this casting above my agency sent me a VERY detailed email about what it involved ahead of time. Maybe the girl on set hadn't fully read it or understood? However, whatever you are holding, touching, using, wearing, or modeling, you need t know how to relax, how to become natural, and especially when it comes to your hands...never be stiff.

Who knows if I will get the job, but I know that if I don't it won't be because I was tense.

~ isobella

P.s: Tune in this Thursday for a special show "Getting the beauty modeling face with Monaé Everett," -it is all about makeup and hair for beauty shots for aspiring models, tune in here Thursday 2pm EST:

Monday, July 26, 2010

Victoria's Secret plans tricks and treats

Did you hear Victoria's Secret might have a hot Halloween get-up for you?
I read in the Columbus Dispatch that Victoria's Secret will be rolling out a Halloween costume line this fall. The scoop:

Victoria's Secret plans tricks and treats
By Tim Feran

Trick-or-treat might be positively angelic this year.

Victoria's Secret - whose runway supermodels wear lingerie and angel wings - plans to offer a small range of costume items for Halloween this fall.

Officials at Columbus-based Limited Brands, the parent company of Victoria's Secret, had little comment on the merchandise other than to confirm that it is in the works and to say it will be available through the company's website and catalog business, and in its mall stores.

In offering the theme items, Victoria's Secret will join such retailers as Frederick's of Hollywood - which has offered sexy Halloween merchandise for years - Playboy and a growing number of costume shops.

The popularity of Halloween among older teens and adults began surging in 2005, according to statistics from the National Retail Federation. That surge continued until the recession caused a drop in spending for all ages, including big-spending young adults who spent slightly less than $70 on the holiday in 2009 versus more than $80 in 2008.

Even so, in every year, the biggest chunk of the budget for the holiday went to costume purchases, the National Retail Federation reports. Last year, consumers spent an average of $20.75 per person on costumes, for a total of $1.75 billion nationally.

"Halloween has become much more of a grown-up activity and there are all sorts of merchandise product opportunities," said retail consultant Chuck Palmer, owner of Consumer X Retail. "I'm not surprised Victoria's Secret would want a piece of that."

While details remain sketchy, Palmer expected that Victoria's Secret items would continue to walk a careful line between tame and too sexy.

"I would imagine they'll be doing it in a tasteful and sophisticated way," he said. "Frederick's has had a bit of a raunch factor that Victoria's has avoided."

Palmer's prediction for the still-secret Victoria's Halloween treats: "They'll probably be more fantasy-oriented, like you see in the runway show, and maybe play off the angel wings."

Nylon magazine plugs more here:

Favorite Little Thing: Crude Respect Yourself

Recently via Daily Candy I discovered this new favorite little thing: Crude lip balms made with natural products and hand-blended. I love that they all involve thoughts we can live by. ~isobella

Respect Yourself.

Find the Power.

models taking photography into their own hands

A girl on facebook wrote me recently and asked "I desire more than anything to be a model. I love the flashing lights and the attention and feeling beautiful. So many people say I am beautiful and should model, but there's one problem. I'm only 4"9. I'm grotesquely short! But finding your blog has helped me realize that it is possible, and I'm going to my first modeling agency this year (I'm sixteen). I need to work on my appearance a little bit before I go, (get my skin clear, grow out my nails, tone my abs, etc.) and now I'm not going to be as nervous. Thank you so much, you're an inspiration."

My reply might also inspire your own pursuits:

Hi hun, I hope all is well and I am glad my blog inspires you. No matter your height I wanted to let you know that to get the attention of an agency and (prevent scams) and have a better experience as a new model, it is best to get a headshot created ahead of time,--that is the first thing to focus on. Below is a list of links on how to create a comp card, the photography you need and submitting to agency tips.

Getting a headshot and prepare to make a comp card with commercial print photos is important for a shorter girl. The right photos matter. Once you have commercial print photos, (examples here of what types of shots you need: ( ), then make the comp card and mail it to print agencies. Print agencies are best to pursue as a shorter girl. Also please be aware of the scams out there. There are many wonderful agencies out there, but also be aware of so-called agencies that rip off the models by charging them crazy amounts for photos and fees to work with them.

You and your parent should focus on finding a professional photographer in your area to hire for a headshot, and get some nice headshots, beauty shots, smiling shots, close-ups, shots that look like the Alloy catalog, like you are modeling shoes, handbags, accessories, or like something you'd see in Teen Vogue. Which show energy and personality.

Focus on getting photos that bring out the best in you in a natural way and make sure your photographer knows what print modeling is.

With these photos create a marketable comp card which can be sent to professional print agencies. (in print modeling there are not open calls, so beaware that you do have to mail your comp card to agencies). Print modeling agencies do not invest in their models like fashion agencies do and here is a list of some of the differences of print and fashion. It is a good idea to already be prepared with photos, a comp card, portfolio (you can get a nice Pratt portfolio at an art store, here is insight on portfolios, when you approach an agency, and you can pervent photo scams from agencies by being prepared with your marketing tools.

A professional agency will at least work with your compcard and suggest ways to improve but a professional will not ever ask you for money to work with them or force you to pay them to work with them.

I always suggest shorter model take their photography into their own hands and find the right photographer to work with, and then submit your compcard to the right agencies.

Research professional photographers, and remember getting the materials you need takes time, self investment, and an ambitious realistic mindset.

Here are some posts on photography for teens your age, preparing for photos, and working with a photographer, and some other tips as well:

Examples of teen modeling photos:

Does your photographer know what print modeling is?

Modeling Agency Height Requirements and Teens:

Differences between exclusive and non-exclusive modeling:

Why a comp card comes before the agency in print modeling:

~ Isobella

Sunday, July 25, 2010

model fresh face contest online realities

A girl on facebook recently asked me. "My friends have come across a modeling myspace thing. I think its for the next fresh face. well they want to enter but I feel a little wary of it. it seems legit but I'm just not sure, so I wanted to know if you think it is legit or not. I would love an answer soon, because they are already taking photos for it and it ends soon."

My reply:

I think most online model searches are not worth it. You could submit a photo but don't bank on it. Scams often lerk from online searches. An aspiring model will go further with a comp card and mailing it to print modeling agencies by postal mail. In print modeling there are not any open calls, so you gotta get some stamps girl! :) Also having a comp card is being more prepared and ready to work as a model, so I'd focus on getting the real tools you need to pursue, ~isobella

Friday, July 23, 2010

This week's favorite little things that made a big impression

This guy lives in an 89-square-foot house LITTLE HOUSE, awesome! Worth watching the short cheerios commercial:

Givenchy Waterproof mascara, I wore this on my wedding day and also in the ocean in the Bahamas and it only came off in the shower when I pinched at my lashes. Nice stuff.

The Face and Voice of the Real American Woman in 2010:>1=32001

These $60 earrings are pretty awesome and would match everything you wear, check out Kendra Scott's jewelry line here:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Getting the beauty face with Monaé Everett

Soon! on my Model Talk Radio podcast I will be chatting with makeup artist and hair stylist, Monaé Everett!

Beauty modeling is something girls of all sizes can pursue, however having the right makeup for the shots is important and Monaé will be chatting about how to best prepare for your beauty shots...even if you are doing your own makeup.

Tune into the live show July 29th at 2 PM EST here:

The scoop on the show:
Petite model, author Isobella Jade chats with Monaé Everett about beauty modeling and the perfect makeup for creating a beauty shot, which is something girls of all sizes need and can use for their modeling pursuits. If you are not tall enough to rock the runway you have to use what you do have. As an innovative hair stylist and makeup artist, Monaé Everett has a strong portfolio of editorial work in magazines and commercial work. She will share tips on beauty modeling makeup tips and also share her own beauty routine with us, and Isobella will share insight on posing the face for your beauty shots and getting comfortable with your facial expressions in front of the camera. "I love how clean and fresh her work looks, how much the shot is about the model's unique beauty, that comes out with Monaé Everett's touch." !~isobella jade


DEX New York Cosmetics casting beauty models 35-55!

DEX New York Cosmetics is casting beauty models 35-55. Models are all ages, so never think you are not good enough. The commercial print and advertising world use models of all ages and types. I noticed this casting DEX Cosmetics is holding and the scoop is below. If you want something strive on and notice your assets, work what you've got!

You go to their Minerals Facebook page and upload your photo and email.
Details are here on how to submit.

And also here on Facebook.

Our Eloping in New York City Wedding Photo Tour

Enjoy our eloping in NYC style photos from our wedding day July 15, 2010! (soon I will have some tips on my blog for brides (and girls) on how to get a perfect shot when you are running around in 90 degree weather!)

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What if you haven't heard of the agency? Modeling Scams and moving on

A girl recently wrote me about some agency trouble saying: Hi Isobella,

First I would like to say congratulations on getting married! I'm also married and it is really a joy to have a life partner. :) Well, I have a question for you. I recently went an orientation at a talent agency and they offered me a contract. I reviewed the contract carefully and decided to sign with them. That was about 3 or 4 weeks ago. I called about a week later after not hearing from them, and the lady in charge of talent told me she would call me when everything had been processed. I still haven't heard from her after all of these weeks. Do you think I should contact her again just to see what is going on? I just don't want to her to feel like I'm bugging her because I'm sure she is pretty busy.

My reply might help you prevent scams:

mmmm. Even though right now it can be a slow time in modeling as a whole, hun, I am sorry to say this, but it might be worth it to accept that you lost 95 dollars and move on and start over. It sounds fishy to me.

If the agency is already ignoring you totally, then it sounds like trouble. You could give it a couple more weeks, and as a shorter model, you might not be get sent on as many castings or hear from your agency as often, but in this case with a contrat involved, you should ask about it. In the future I would work non-exclusive with agencies because you will want to be able to freelance with other agencies, which is called working non-exclusive with many agencies, and then you may not feel so stuck.

In NYC I worked with many agencies at the start of my pursuits to build my portfolio and it is best to ALWAYS work non-exclusive, or ask the agency for a test run of a few months if possible. Just because you sign up doesn't mean you will book anything and waiting doesn't bring in results you might seek. I would also look into commercial print agencies. If you are shorter than 5'9" it is also unlikely that an agency would even sign a shorter girl. For print modeling there is not exclusive contract typically. I know this from my experience. Print agencies typically work non-exclusive with their models. Because for the shorter ones they know they won't book as much and expect a non-exclusive relationship… For print modeling it is always a scam to be signed and pay. Beware! I would check the contract with the agency, ask how long the contract is for? And what is the process for getting out of it? A contract might sound all great and special, but if it isn't something you feel good about in your gut, then I would speak up to the agency about it.

Do know to work in print modeling and to prevent scams, that you DO have to make your own marketing materials, be prepared you DO have to manage your pursuits, but paying an agency to work with them, even to put your photos on the website is fishy, if these fees plus the 20% the agency gets comes out of your paycheck ok, well then at least you booked something, but to pay ahead of time…..smells fishy. We all make mistakes, you can overcome it. I would strive to get out of the contract, and start over anew, a fresh, without scams. You can do it if you want it and believe in yourself, there are legit agencies out there, keep trying. ~ Isobella

For more tips on modeling, agencies, making comp cards, and self promotion as a shorter model, tune in to my podcast radio show Model Talk Radio here:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

petite's can rock the riding pants

I just ordered 2 pairs of riding pants here: --they have extra small and size 24, which is pretty small. I don't plan to become a pro rider, but they will be really fun to wear this fall! Warm and I like the equestrian look, I think petite's can rock the riding pants with cute flat boots, browns, blacks, grays. hot hot hot to wear this fall. :)

These are the brands I purchased: Devon-Aire All Pro Hipster Riding Breech, in beige.

And TuffRider Ladies Ribb Lowrise Pull On Riding Breeches in Dark Charcoal.

I hope I look as cute as the models in the pictures above. I think I can rock it. :)

2 pair for under $100 is happiness, and now all I need is a belt, prob stop off at H&M, or check out the belts on the site next week.


Short Stuff is a little collection of short modeling stories

Coming soon is my new book: "Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model" I wrote it as an aftermath of the modeling memoir "Almost 5'4"", this lil collection of short stories features modeling jobs with Marshalls, VSecret, Bon Appetit, Time Magazine, TLC, Easy Spirit and others, that are based on using what you do have to get ahead, and there are modeling tips entwined as well as some photos. Sometimes it feel like forever to get to the end of a chapter of a book, so this collection is a fast pace read, you could prob read it in an afternoon on the beach. :)

Stay tuned for the book launch and NYC signings and events.

Today I am doing a reading of Short Stuff on my podcast radio show at 1 PM EST.
Tune in here for the live show or catch the archive anytime:

~ isobella

Apple store reception: brides in mac stores could become a trend mmm

Yup, I tied the knot! At City Hall. With my man of 4 years. I met him actually a couple months after I wrote my memoir Almost 5'4" at the Apple store. When I met him I confessed my ragamuffin life and of course told him about using the Apple store as my office, and he has been there with me through a lot, and we have many great, laugh out loud, and cherished memories. So the Apple store was on the list of places to visit during our eloping in NYC style photo tour -of -the- city on July 15, 2010. Here are some of my favorite shots. Enjoy! More pics from around the city coming soon, and also I will share some petite bride tips for shopping and getting high heels that are able to handle all the excitement! ~ Isobella
P.s: read more about this experience shooting this at the Apple store here. (click the pics to see larger)

More pics here.