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Thursday, December 2, 2010
I purchased a new portfolio case recently, since my old one was getting pretty dingy and now that I am looking at some of my images I know that I want to step it up a notch. So it's time to do an overhaul and set up test shoots with photographers to expand my book.
Because of the bridal shows I've been doing this year, I'm hoping to track down some pictures of me on the runway to include in my portfolio--I really enjoy this type of work and want to have a strong bridal look section for my book. I just did a bridal beauty shoot with a fabulous local photographer on Tuesday morning and after previewing some of the images, I know these are going to be my strongest pictures yet.
Because it was a beauty shoot, the majority of the images were taken from the shoulders up. The great thing about this particular shoot is that the photos will also work well for a commercial/print headshot. Instead of wearing my hair down and curled, she actually did my hair in tiny, spiral curls, which I've never had before--it makes for a really cool alternate look for me.
Being a model of color, having curly, more "natural" looking hair is very in demand right now so with these images I'll be able to show clients that I can pull off that look, which could get me more gigs. It's all about knowing your market and who the competition is.
Other test shoots I'm working on include swimwear and I'm also trying to coordinate a shoot for me and my latest model-partner-in-crime, Cameron Clark, to update your couple lifestyle shots. He mainly does fashion and runway but realized that he was missing lifestyle/commercial images in his portfolio and since that's one of my specialties it only made sense for us to team up!
We've got some great concepts and know that with the right photographer, both of our portfolios will benefit. I first met Cameron doing the bridal shows and he actually ended up being my "groom" so we've been "married" about 3 or 4 times this Fall season LOL. He's a great model and very talented so I can't wait to see what lifestyle images we come up with.
Aside from the test shoot phase, I am also waiting to hear back about a possible opportunity to travel to New York to do some modeling for a designer who is launching his petite line. As exciting as the prospect of such a gig is, I am staying fairly neutral about it because in this industry great ideas come and go, projects are offered and then fall apart, and basically anything can happen. So until I get my plane ticket and/or a contract stating that it's official, I'm going to not think about it too much and instead focus on the other aspects of my career.
Don't worry, I've still got more great topics to come and I'll be sure to keep you posted about how my shoots go and all that other fun stuff! Stay tuned...