Posts tagged ‘networking’

January 22, 2011

Changes For Someone Else In 2011

Good friend and photographer Laura Ann has rebranded herself for 2011.  As she’s the one who’s image is gracing my header here, and I’ve written about her before, I figured I’d share her new website and Facebook fanpage.

Laura has gone from being “Laura Ann Photography” to being “Fleur de Lis Photography”.

Her new website: http://www.fleurdelisphoto.com/
Fan her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fleur-de-Lis-Photography/182458691787869

Laura not only works with models, but does great family and senior portraits, as well as shoots some incredible wedding work.  It’s been a pleasure both working with her as a model, as well as watching her grow as a photographer.  And she’s one helluva a friend too :)

Hey Laura… do you hear that?                                                                              BEEP BEEP!

January 20, 2011

Back To Where It All Began…

Come on out to an old fashioned M&G.  A chance to network with other like-minded folks, all for no charge (unless you decided to order food from the restaurant, and then you’re on your own)!  In the past, these events were a blast… let’s make the first one in well over a year be even better!

RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/chicagomodelphotographyinsiders/calendar/16113156/

Check out our awesome venue here: http://www.mrbeefpizza.com/

January 18, 2011

Changes in 2011.

One step at a time.  But changes nonetheless.

I’m starting with cutting deep fried foods out of my diet.  Largely, this will limit what I eat from fast food chains, and will hopefully result in me going to healthier places, and maybe even making my own lunch every once in awhile.

I’ve also made a decision to not attend any group shoot events in 2011.  I didn’t attend many in 2010, because while fun, I didn’t get much out of the ones I attended in 2009.  I have decided that I am at the level that I do not need to attend TF* group events, and should only work TF* with very limited photographers of my choice.

Which brings me to another change for 2011.  I’m going to be even more selective with the TF* work I do.  No more “only with people I’ve worked with before”.  I need to concentrate on very specific stuff this year, and need to make sure that the people I work with can deliver the quality and type of work I need for my portfolio.

I’m also not going to walk in fashion shows without being paid, regardless of how I feel about the charity.  Last year, I walked in a show that, while fun, was a huge waste of time.  Not only was my entire day tied up waiting for no reason at the show’s venue, but I also had to attend practices and seminars that I didn’t feel were necessary to walk in a charity show.  Plus, much of what I was promised as a model wasn’t delivered, which wasn’t really fair.  So, no more of that.

I may also be re-evaluating using MeetUp to run my group, the Chicago Model Photography Insiders.  MeetUp is a nice tool, but it’s rather expensive, and there are other options out there for both event registration and group management.

Past that, I have other plans in mind for 2011, but I’d prefer to keep them quiet at this point :)

January 4, 2011

Great Opportunity for New Models

Intro to Modeling: Learn the basics from an experienced model while building your modeling portfolio with one of the most talented local photographers.

Workshop Date: Saturday, January 22, 2011
Workshop Length: 3 Hours (12P to 3P)

Limited Space: 6 Models
Cost: $75

Hosted By: Studio 2 Imaging in Lake Zurich, IL
Instructed By: Rachel Jay
Photography By: Walter Bilinski

Details & RSVP: CLICK HERE

What You’ll Get: In addition to learning valuable information from experienced hobbyist model Rachel Jay, you’ll get one-on-one pose coaching from her while you shoot with Walter. You’ll receive 5 to 7 edited photos from Walter on a CD approximately 2 weeks after the workshop. You can use these to start your online portfolio. We’ll also provide you with a list of resources to check out, as well as some articles to read later on.

Photographers, please do not RSVP “Yes” for this workshop. This workshop is for models only!

Feel free to pass along this link, repost the banner, etc!

November 8, 2010

Booking A Model

For whatever reason, some photographers are non-committal when it comes to booking, or think a minimal amount of info sent to a model suddenly means they’ve booked said model.  For models, this is frustrating (especially when the same photographers are seen in the forums complaining about no-show models or not being able to find any models in their area).  Here are some tips and things to avoid doing when booking a model.

“Let’s shoot” doesn’t constitute booking.
Models need, at the very least, a location, date, time and a basic idea of what they’re shooting.  Even better if you can provide information regarding a styling team (HS and MUA), your contact information (phone and email), and more specifics regarding shoot style and wardrobe required for it.  You don’t need to give all that info up front, and can even collaborate on it and discuss it all with individuals as you set stuff up.  But the more into a model has, the better.

Inviting a model to an event doesn’t mean you’ve booked her for that event.
Especially when there are going to be other photographers in attendance.  If you are interested in working with a model at an event, communicate this with her so she knows to set aside time for you.  Giving her details as to what you want to shoot (especially if it’s an open event) is helpful too (see above).

Discussing an upcoming shoot or event with a model on a forum doesn’t mean you’ve booked her for the shoot/event.
Even if the date, time and location are discussed in the forum, many models need a confirmation, contact details, and a few other bits of info to be sent privately (via PM or email).  Discussing something in a forum isn’t really the best way to book a model, and many models won’t consider themselves booked for the shoot/event without a PM to show the photographer was serious about working together.

“Bring whatever you want” isn’t a good idea when discussing wardrobe.
In fact, it generally leads to frustration for models.  Not only do we stress over what to bring, nut undoubtedly the photographer says “too bad you don’t have [something else]… I had a great idea involving [that item]” and it’s a piece of clothing or an accessory the model has sitting at home in her closet.  Had the photographer been open with his ideas in the first place, the model could have coordinated what she was bringing, and there’d be know “too bad” BS.

Dropping communication is lame.
This applies to everyone, really, because it’s not just a photographer issue.  But ceasing communication at any point during the planning process is a no no.  Believe me, I get that things get forgotten and stuff, however, if you’re super interested in shooting with someone, “forgetting” him or her isn’t going to score you any points.  If, for whatever reason, your circumstances change or you’re not interested in what they have to offer (like rates), say so. We’re human, we understand, and in many cases, we might even be willing to negotiate if money is an issue.  So don’t drop communication because you think our rates are too high, the concept discussion isn’t going the way you wanted, or whatever.  See if you can resolve the issues first!

Confirm, confirm, confirm!
Once you’set a date, idea, location, time, and everything else, confirm it all with the model in one, easy to read message (lists are good).  It doesn’t have to be long, but confirm everything to make sure you’re both still on the same page.  It’ll save a variety of headaches later on.

 

October 13, 2010

Hey, that’s me!

Robert Tolchin, who was one of the very first photographers I worked with back when I started modeling, recently launched a new website at www.chicagoportraitphotographer.com.  He sent me over a link and told me to check it out.  Not only is it a great-looking, clean website, but there are a couple of pictures of me!  I most certainly didn’t expect to see myself both featured twice, and as photo number one! :) Thanks Robert!

Also, Walter Belinski of Studio B Photography also recently launched a redesigned site, where I’m featured in numerous sections.  Walter and I work together a lot, and have a great time doing so.  Walter also works with Studio 2, one of the places that has hosted workshops for my MeetUp Group (Walter’s instructed numerous times as well).  Take a look… see how many different looks I’ve had and how much variety Walter and I have shot ;) www.studiobphoto.net Thanks to you too, Walter! :)

Chicago models, I highly recommend both Walter and Robert.  Both are great photographers to work with!  They definitely know what they’re doing and are genuinely nice guys, easy to work with, and super professional.

September 27, 2010

Saturday!!

The event is coming up FAST!  And boy do we have a lot going on!  Here are some of our most notable updates:

  • We’ve opened up 3 more all day spots for photographers!  Hurry up and register now to secure one of these coveted spots!
  • Stiletto Squad is bringing their Pink Label out to shoot with some of our models!  Exciting! :)
  • Videographer Steven Hiller will be donating his time and expertise to video the entire day’s events!
  • We have raised over $900 at this point, and with 17 spots available at $30 each and 3 at $45 each, that’s an extra $645 (minus Eventbrite and Paypal fees) to be made!  Even if we just fill half of those spots, we’ll easily hit our $1000 goal!

So please, continue to help spread the word and help us book up these last 20 model and photographer spots for Saturday!

September 23, 2010

8 days to go!

8 days out.  $876.22 raised so far. Before paying for food and drinks for the day, of course.

Goal is $1000 donated.  We are so close!  SO CLOSE!!

We have the following spaces still available for models and photographers:

  • Photographer Shift 1: 9A-12P — 6 tickets
  • Photographer Shift 2: 12:30P-3:30P  — 5 tickets
  • Photographer Shift 3: 4P-7P — 4 tickets
  • Model Shift 1: 9A-12P — 1 ticket
  • Model Shift 2: 12:30P-3:30P — 3 tickets
  • Model Shift 3: 4P-7P — 3 tickets
  • Stylist – All Day — 8 tickets
  • Stylist – Partial Day — 2 tickets
  • Designer – Partial Day — 5 tickets

Sign up now at http://shoot4awareness.eventbrite.com and help spread the word by blogging, tweeting and posting on facebook!

Thank you all for the incredible support!

September 16, 2010

“Pink for October” Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Group Shoot

For more information, or to register, visit
http://shoot4awareness.eventbrite.com

If you have questions about the event, feel free to email me at shoot4awareness@gmail.com :)

August 5, 2010

Check out my first Examiner article!

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-62802-Chicago-Modeling-Examiner~y2010m8d5-Local-Networking-Groups–Events#

It’s about local modeling and photography networking groups, and how to go about joining one.  It also highlights a few of my favorite local groups on MeetUp.  Check it out, share it with your friends, and then let me know what you think!

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