Get Organized: Using Pinterest to share your thoughts

We’re probably all familiar with Pinterest and how it works.  I’ve taken the board to the next level.  My pinterest is chock full of ideas for possible shoots.  I’ve also got ideas on how to make inexpensive wardrobe for a photo shoot.  You don’t have to spend a ton of money to put together a great shoot.  All you need is some forethought and a little creativity.

I’ve noticed that when I send a model to my pinterrest they don’t really look at it for inspiration.  The like the photos, but they don’t really understand what I’m trying to do.  These photos are to suggest ideas for the themes I work with.  It’s not everything, but the genres include a ton of ideas to try and make a photo shoot a lot more fun.

Turn your glamour shoot into something amazing.  Plan you shoot and shot your plan.

You can find my pinterest page at



A glimpse at how I create my ideas and art.

Get organized.
I use Microsoft One Note. If you have an ipad you can download and link between your pc and the ipad. I capture photos and other items of interest.

In the photo below you’ll see a page from my notebook. A photo I found on the internet and my impressions of the photo. Some positive and some negative.

Train your eye.
I look at these photos in a critical way. What’s good, what’s bad? And why? It’s an artistic review of the elements in the photo and what I notice about them. All of the photos are of pretty girls wearing pretty clothes. But if you can’t look beyond that then you’ll never grow as a artist.

Be critical of your own work.
I look at my own photos and try to figure out what works and what doesn’t. You have to consider all aspects. Lighting, pose, setting. Everything. Do the shoes work? Consider it all.

How this applies to Models
Don’t just look at your photos and pat yourself on the back. Train yourself to notice the details. Some questions you should ask
– Is this your best Angle
– Does the angle flatter your figure
– Does the pose look comfortable or awkward
– Do you have the same expression in every photo




Behind the scenes

The quirky but extremely talented Melisa Rodwell.  Love her style

I’d love love love to shoot at this location – or something similar

Another great set


How To Get Yourself on Model Mayhem

How To Get Yourself on Model Mayhem
From A Gatekeeper’s Perspective

So, you’ve uploaded your images and created a profile but you’re rejected and don’t know why.  Here are a few tips to help you get yourself added to the most popular Web site for amateur modeling & photography talent.

First, look at your images.  Are there any selfies?  These are the camera phone photos you take of yourself trying to look sexy.  Some are in front of a mirror.  Others are taken with the camera phone at arms length.  The worst image you could post are what we call duck face.  That’s where you purse your lips at the camera thinking it looks sexy.  It would if you were the AFLAC duck.  The best suggestion I have for selfies is not to use them.  Instead, have a friend take your photos.  Another negative is to not add any of the Instagram filters.  IDK why people add the yellow filter – See Wikipedia for Jaundice.

Next, your profile.  Let me just say that if you think you’re the master of the one liner, you’re not.  You need to include relevant information about what you have done and what your goals are and what you can bring to the table.  Think of the profile as your resume.  Include hobbies that might be relevant to the type of modeling you do.  List any dance or drama experience.

So, how can you improve your chances for approval and also for landing good gigs with photos in your profile?  Well, first get more than 4 different images.  Wear multiple changes of clothes for the shoot.  Don’t apply the cheesy color and tone filters.  Get good headshots made and make that your avatar.

Hey good luck and have FUN!



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Model:  Aleksa
Hair & Makeup: Rachael Keresey
Art Direction: Lexy Page


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Christen 2nd photo shoot

Model: Christen
Makeup: Rachael Keresey
Hair: Donna Latino
Art Direction: Lexy Page

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Stunning photography tutorial

I love everything about this video

The setThe model’s Posing
The wardrobe
The lighting



Short posing videos

These videos are about posing for models rather than behind the scenes videos

These are all video shorts.  Only a couple minutes each but they are great learning tools for models.

The idea is to watch how these models move


Meet Christen Sanderson


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Model: Christen Sanderson
Makeup: Rachael Keresey
Hair: Donna Latino
Art Direction: Lexy Page