Archive for June, 2010

June 27, 2010

New Hair

Yup ūüôā

June 24, 2010


So I’ve updated my Wish List, for those looking to bribe me with stuff ūüėČ I added a couple links to stores I shop at, as well as a link to my item-specific WishPot list. ¬†Check it out ūüôā

June 18, 2010

Get The Look: A Breath of Fresh Air

I haven’t done this set in quite some time… largely because I’ve been busy with other stuff. ¬†Bringin’ it back for kicks.

Look 9:
This shot is actually one of my 365 self-portraits, but I thought it would be a good one to do. ¬†Here’s the shot…

Get The Look:
Pair a simple black A-line dress with T-strap high heels. ¬†Though it is hard to see, I wore simple CZ studs and a multichain necklace. ¬†For makeup, I did creme blush on the apples of my cheeks swept up to my temples, smudgy black liner, black mascara, and just a touch of a neutral shimmer (I didn’t use the dark side of the shadow duo). ¬†It’s a pretty simple look that’s elegant without being over the top. ¬†I had actually worn this outfit to work that day.

Check out the full 365 entry here:

June 16, 2010


Here are deal-breakers for me when it comes to photographers.¬† All of the things listed below are either things I’ve seen, or things I’ve dealt with during communications, at a shoot, or after a shoot.¬† Post-shoot deal-breakers mean I won’t work with the person again, nor recommend them to others.

Turnoffs In Profiles:

  • Rants about models
  • Flake lists (extra points if each model’s listing has a rant/reason after it)
  • Equipment lists and itemized cost detail
  • Holier-than-thou attitude

Turnoffs In PMs & Prior To Shooting:

  • Insulting people I’ve worked with and/or images in my portfolio
  • “I’d love to work with you… my rates are…”
  • Hitting on me
  • Insisting we shoot something I’ve no desire to shoot, even after I turn it down
  • Insulting me for turning down something, or for offering to discuss my rates if a trade isn’t beneficial
  • Telling me I’d be prettier if I changed my appearance in one way or another
  • Asking me to email them nude photos they “promise no one else will see”
  • Telling me I’m stupid for modeling, because I’ll never go anywhere with it
  • Telling me I have to shoot X with them because I shot it with someone else
  • Attempting to become my manager in one way or another
  • Changing shoot details at the last minute (i.e. “oh by the way, there are going to be 3 other photographers there, cool?”)
  • Insisting I bring an escort
  • Lecturing me when I opt not to bring an escort
  • Insisting that I should be ok with something I’ve no desire to shoot, because we’ve worked together before
  • Providing no guidance as far as what to bring when it comes to wardrobe

Turnoffs During A Shoot:

  • Insulting people I’ve worked with and/or images in my portfolio
  • Hitting on me
  • Insisting we shoot something I’ve no desire to shoot, even after I turn it down
  • Pressuring me to do something I’m not comfortable with
  • Insulting me for turning down something
  • Telling me I’d be prettier if I changed my appearance in one way or another
  • Telling me I’m stupid for modeling, because I’ll never go anywhere with it
  • Telling me I have to shoot X with them because I shot it with someone else
  • Suddenly requiring me to pay for something not previously agreed upon (i.e. chip in for MUA or studio costs)
  • No feedback at all during shooting
  • Asking me to shoot nude photos they “promise no one else will see”
  • Attempting to become my manager in one way or another
  • Lecturing me for not bringing an escort
  • Insisting that I should be ok with something I’ve no desire to shoot, because we’ve worked together before
  • Touch-posing me, and touching me without asking first
  • Complaining about the wardrobe I brought, after providing no guidance as to what to bring

Turnoffs Post-Shoot:

  • Not sending edited images as agreed upon prior to shoot
  • Complaining if I opt not to upload a photo of theirs to MM (or other modeling sites)
  • Attempting to become my manager in one way or another
  • Hitting on me
  • Insisting that now that we’re “comfortable together” we can shoot something I’ve no interest in shooting/am not comfortable shooting
  • Becoming offended and/or insulting me for turning down a shoot/concept/something I’m not comfortable with
  • Telling me I’d be prettier if I changed my appearance in one way or another
  • Asking me to email them nude photos they “promise no one else will see”
  • Telling me I’m stupid for modeling, because I’ll never go anywhere with it
June 14, 2010

Missing Model: Mel Vega

Model Melanie “Mel Vega” Munoz has been missing since June 4, 2010.¬† Her friends and family, as well as numerous colleagues in the modeling industry, have been looking frantically for her since then.¬† She was last seen wearing a navy blue V-neck T-shirt and jeans, has numerous tattoos, and drives 1998, dark blue Ford Taurus, license plates TX-TGN-919, with 121,44100 miles on it.¬† Here is her photo and other info, on a missing person poster image (please feel free to both repost and print out and post in public places).¬† Click the flyer to view it full size in a new window.

Melanie Mel Vega Munoz Missing

There is a website dedicted to finding her, which has more info and pics:
Here is a link to a thread about her on Model Mayhem:
You can also join the group on Facebook to receive updates:

If you have any information on Mel Vega, please call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 281.376.2997.¬† Please reference missing persons case number HC10-80798.¬†¬†Deputy Marshall (4P8S) has been working on Mel’s case.

June 10, 2010

fokusfoto (via the art of nude, and other things)

I thought this blog was worth sharing with my readers. It involves a photographer in the Washington DC area who has, for some time now, been scamming models out of money, and quite possibly putting them in danger other ways.

There was recently a post on MM by one model who was stranded in a hotel after being robbed of all her cash, and not paid as promised, leaving her with no money (and no CC, because she doesn’t have one) to pay for the hotel room, and no way to get home to her kids.

Edit: Saw this in the modelmayhem forums tonight, not sure if the thread will stay up or will be locked/hidden so I wanted to post the info here. WARNING…..PLEASE BEWARE OF JIM (FOKUSFOTO@GMAIL.COM) Also know as Jim Hines and Jay Hanes Pretends to work with a female photographer named Jami: Here are some links he may send you with “His Work” No ‚Ķ Read More

via the art of nude, and other things

ETA: London Andrews, a well known nude/glamour model, has also blogged about this guy.  Read her take here:

Update: There are photos of him posted here

June 8, 2010

Deposits & Cancellation Fees

After a string of cancellations, and much thought on the subject, I’ve decided that I’m going to start doing two things I’ve never done before as a model. ¬†I am now going to require a deposit to re-book after a cancellation, and am also going to be instituting a cancellation fee. ¬†For all shoots, even trade. ¬†Even with those I’ve worked with before.

Bottom line is, I’m tired of setting aside a full day for someone and getting canceled on, and during summer, setting aside a full day for a shoot in IL means skipping a weekend with my family up in MI as well. ¬†And that’s not to mention all the time I typically spend planning (finding pose, wardrobe, and hair/makeup ideas at the very least)¬†for a shoot, and (in some cases) the money spent on new items for a shoot.

It’s just not fair to those who’ve be reliable, and I’m sorry, but a handful of folks have tipped the boat far enough where it’s just too frustrating now, and I’m done.

Here’s how it’s going to work.

  • If a shoot is canceled within 3 days, my re-booking deposit will be $25, payable via Paypal only. ¬†Refundable the day of the shoot, or put towards MUA fees, photographer’s choice.
  • If a shoot is canceled within 24 hours, my cancellation fee will be $50, payable via Paypal only. ¬†Non-refundable, and will not be applied to a re-booking deposit.

I’m also going to start being even more selective when it comes to those I book with. ¬†Between upcoming workshops, a fashion show I’m in, and just my life in general, the free time I have is becoming less and less free, and, frankly, I’d rather concentrate on workshops and that stuff than shoot just to shoot. ¬†Paid jobs, tear sheets, and the like will continue to take priority.

June 3, 2010

Prostitute/Former Model Amanda Logue & Boyfriend Commit Murder, Robbery

James of SLE Photography, a friend and colleague of mine over at Model Insider, blogged about this piece of news I felt was fairly relevant on numerous fronts. ¬†It involves prostitute/former model/porn personality Amanda Logue (a.k.a. Sunny Dae, a.k.a. Mandi Kaye) and her boyfriend, who worked together to murder and then rob a Florida man. ¬†James’ blog entry, along with a slew of information is below (reposted with permission). ¬†I’ve also linked a few other news stories after the repost of the blog, that weren’t available when James wrote his blog. ¬†Please note that some of the links James provides may contain NSFW images and/or porn.

I was contacted today & notified that fairly well known model Amanda Logue, who did adult work under the name Sunny Dae, has been arrested in Georgia on charges of prostitution & murder, and is pending extradition to Florida.

For reasons unknown, Amanda took all her profiles down from Model Mayhem (, unfortunately MM blocks spiders so there’s no archive available), (a sort of Model Insider/MM/OMP site for porn work), OMP, and other sites a few months ago.¬† Her profile (cited in some news stories) is still up at¬†, where it oddly says she won’t do porn, even tho she’s still listed on several adult company sites under her working name:¬† &¬† for instance (both 18+).

UPDATE/EDIT: Amanda had new profiles up under the name “Mandi Kaye” and was actively soliciting work.¬† For example:¬†

UPDATE/EDIT:  I missed it, she never removed her profile here:

One of the concerns often expressed in debates about escorts is the safety of the photographer, especially with the infamous “boyfriend escort.”¬† While Amanda was never militant about escorts & was willing to be reasonable in discussions about it and advocate things like checking references or taking another model, she often stated that her PREFERENCE, especially when traveling, was to take her boyfriend as her escort.¬† While this doesn’t play directly in to what happened here (since this was not a case of an escorted model booking with a photographer thru a site like this), it makes something she said on the topic once particularly ironic:

Its a simple solution…If the photographer does not allow your escort then move on there are others that will…If the photographer does allow a escort make sure you bring someone who knows how to conduct themselves in a professional manner…If your scared don’t bring someone for protection just don’t shoot…It does not matter if you have a escort if your scared you will still be uncomfortable and then the photographer will be uncomfortable also and the results will be less quality work…A escort such as a BF can be a ok experience if they allow the photographer to do his job and if the BF does not have the mind set that he is there for protection…A mature model that is serious about their work should have the intelligence to not bring a gang member or drug dealer or mofia or anyone that will interfere…Also references !!! both model and photographers should take a little time to check out who they will be working with…If they have a reputation of being unprofessional then that should be your first and biggest qlue not to shoot…

(Emphasis added.)

Altho Amanda had removed many of her profiles, she was still actively in touch with a number of models & photographers, including me and my girlfriend.¬† My girlfriend was scheduled to shoot with Amanda & Amanda’s boyfriend (with him operating the camera) at FetCon.

Apparently, according to that WeSelect profile & the news stories, Amanda’s been running a lingerie shop & hosting lingerie parties and offering herself for sex in addition to her modeling.¬† This must not have been bringing in enough money, as she scheduled a “sex party” with a Tampa area man and then proceeded, with her boyfriend’s assistance, to murder & rob the man.

As described in the story, she went in to “work” while her boyfriend waited outside.¬† While in the house, Amanda texted her boyfriend, including one text that said she wanted to have sex in the house AFTER they committed the murder, clearly showing it was planned.¬† She wore the man out with sex, then while she was giving him a massage her boyfriend came in (according to her), crushed the man’s head with a sledgehammer, then they stabbed him repeatedly before emptying his house of cash & valuables.

This is clearly a fairly rare case, JUST as rare as those of prostitutes who’re occasionally killed by guys who the media reports as being “photographers,” and certainly can’t reflect ALL models who demand escorts, or all boyfriend escorts, but it DOES show that the risk CAN exist for photographers.¬† Does that mean I think photographers should base their behaviors & choices on it?¬† No, of course not… because it’s EXCEEDINGLY RARE and outside the boundaries of normal interactions on sites like this.¬† That’s exactly what the point about this sort of thing on the other side of the coin has always been… it’s irrational to base broad assumptions or poor logic on isolated incidents.

Links to the news stories:

UPDATE: As more info has come to light about this case, it’s clear that this guy was NOT the bf/husband who so many of us in the community have met & known, and sometimes had present when Amanda was working, or at social events.¬† Turns out she was stepping out on her husband with this guy.¬† Friends of the family describe him as a “devil” who lured her in to a bunch of bad things. Also of interest is that the “sex party” was apparently videoed, with the police IDing her from the footage, which she left behind.¬† This makes me wonder about how the victim found her, as some adult models will offer “extra” services or try to skirt prostitution laws by saying that if it’s filmed it’s porn, not prostitution.¬† I’ll be curious to see how this all came about.¬† This also shows a major hole in references, since anyone asking about Amanda would have been told that she & her husband were great folks & perfectly safe when, in reality, she would have shown up with this guy and no one would have been the wiser.¬† This shows trhat even with references you need to keep your wits about you & take reasonabel safety precautions when meeting people.

As usual, Pat Yuen’s also on top of this:¬†

James’ original blog can be viewed at:

More links:

June 2, 2010

Do’s & Don’ts of Group Shoots

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts of planning group shoots. ¬†All of this comes from either my experience as an attendee or a planner myself. ¬†I suppose I’ll state right off that bat that some of these might work for others, whereas some might not… it all depends largely on your audience, your event, and who’s planning the event.


  • Be willing to pay for hair and makeup services to entice models to come to your event.¬† Pay for top-quality people and use them to help draw people in.
  • Create a schedule for your hair/makeup services and expect them to stick to it.¬† It will help things run more smoothly, as well as prevent models who’ve been waiting for hours and get cut in front of by someone who just got there from being pissed off.
  • Supply food and drinks to those attending.¬† Make sure you have a variety of drinks, including lots of water.¬† Straws are a plus, so models have to worry less about messing up lips.
  • Have 1-2 other people (depending on the size of your event) to help you run things the day of your event.¬† Make sure you communicate what’s expected of them, in advance.
  • Show up to your event¬†early, and make sure everything that needs to be set up is done or near done when people start arriving.
  • Promote the hell out of your event.¬† Don’t just start a thread and expect people to know about it.¬† Email, tag, PM, post bulletins, etc.¬† Take the time to do the work when it comes to promoting.
  • Communicate with all attending so they understand location rules, timing, who’s to get photos to whom and when, etc.
  • Make sure you have ample space for models to store wardrobe and change, so that there’s less likelihood of something getting mixed up or going missing. ¬†Remember that often, models bring large suitcases and/or multiple bags of wardrobe with them to events like this (especially when wardrobe isn’t provided).
  • Make sure bathrooms are on-site, are in working order, and are stocked with an extra supply of toilet paper, paper towels and hand soap.
  • Consider nametags for photographers and stylists.
  • Keep a list of who’s attending, with links to profiles if possible.¬† This will help people coordinate amongst themselves if they choose.
  • Decide early on if your event with be a TF* Group Shoot Event or a Workshop. ¬†If the former, make sure all participants are aware of the TF* part and understand that they will need to coordinate getting photos to/from those they’ve worked with. ¬†If the latter, consider hiring¬†desirable¬†models from your area (or reliable traveling models) to entice photographers to pay for your event… and make sure you have a gameplan when it comes to hosting your workshop.


  • Combine a M&G event with a Group Shoot.¬† It’s hard to network if you’re shooting, and it’s hard to shoot if you’re networking.¬† Try to keep it one or the other if possible.
  • Over-use a location too fast by planning too many events too close together.¬† Doing so can kill your event quickly, as a lot of people don’t like to shoot in the same easily-recognizable location 50 others have shot in.
  • Allow your events to become cliquey.¬† It’s great to have a core group that always comes to an event, but a clique can be hugely intimidating for newbs and a major turnoff for others who might not come so regularly.
  • Brush off complaints or suggestions from people who have attended.¬† Thank them for their feedback and let them know you’ll look into the issue.
  • Plan on making money, or even breaking even, the first few times you plan something.
  • Be afraid to charge both photographers and models a minimal fee to attend, even if it’s just to help offset the costs of stylists.
  • Plan on being able to shoot a lot during the course of the event.¬† You need to be available for questions, to make sure folks are following the rules, and to make sure things are running smoothly.
  • Allow every single person coming to bring someone who’s not related to the industry.¬† There are going to be enough people there without boyfriends, parents, or other random people causing distractions.
  • Allow random people to come in and out of the location if they’re not involved with the shoot.¬† If you wish there to be some time for being social, end the event at a specific time and set aside specific time after for socializing, notifying your attendees accordingly.
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