Life is a story and I truly believe- "Imagination takes you where your body cannot go." With that in mind, my goal is to tell your story in the best way I know how!
Booking: When you book an appointment with me we first discuss the type of images you want and the location or locations (depending on the package you select) that match the look you are going for.
_Outfits: We spend the first hour putting together an outfit to match your size, personality and the story you want to tell. I have a variety of outfits, costumes, accessories, jewelry and props to match a wide genre of styles. *Some outfits may be a little loose or tight but we can pin or adjust to fit you better. I can edit those adjustments in Photoshop.
Make-up & Styling: Once we have the outfit(s) put together we talk about the poses and "actions" to match the look. Make-up and hair styling is next. Make-up may be darker than you are used to and we may add false eyelashes, rhinestones, pearls, glitter and other items to your face depending on the look we are going for. I prefer a clean canvas to work with so only wear the facial foundation you normally use and do not wash your hair before you come. Hair styles better if you wash it the night before but not the day of.
Location(s): Depending on the outfit(s) you choose and the story you want to tell will determine where we go. If you want to travel beyond the 25 miles of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, I add $1.00 per mile to your photo shoot fee.
Payment: There are a number of accepted methods of payment for photo shoots. Unfortunately personal bank checks are no longer accepted. I will take a cashier's check from a bank or post office. I do have a paypal account for anything over $100.00. On packages under $100.00, cash is preferred.
Photo Packages: Not all packages have outfit, hair and make-up options. Family Photo packages require you to wear your own outfits but I offer accessories, hats and props. For those who want specialty or themed family shoots we can arrange some other items to include outfits and or costumes for the theme for an added price. You may also bring your own costumes, outfits, shoes and accessories to a shoot to mix and match with what I have in stock.
Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful.
Q: What type of styles (genres) are you able to do?
A: I like to create looks that stand out for each individual by mixing genres and styles. Avant-garde, Couture, Vintage, Pin-up, Victorian, Renaissance, Steampunk, Gothic, Cyberpunk, Anime, Lolita, Burlesque, Boudoir, Bohemian Chic, Faerie Fantasy and more! Always excited to try something new.
Q: Who do you prefer to shoot photos of?
A: I prefer adventurous clients who come into the shoot ready to have fun and is comfortable trying something new. I love taking photos of all ages; men, women, children and even some pets!
Q: I'm not sure what theme or style I want to do. Can you help me?
A: Sometimes a person wants to do something different but not sure what. Once I know your sizes, I can take out outfits and costumes in those sizes so you can try them on till you find the look that most inspires you.
Q: Are you able to fix lazy eye, bumps, bulges and scars?
A: Yes and so much more! I can edit out flaws, take in body parts, change eye, hair and skin color as well as blemishes, backgrounds and whatever else is needed. I will let you know if something cannot be done to look believable.
Q: How does the photo shoot process work beginning to end? When do I pay?
A: When we meet you try on outfits. Once we find the right look for you, I match it with hair, make-up, accessories and props. We then go to a location or photograph here. Once all the photos are taken I upload for your review. You pay me the full amount at that time.
If you have brought a memory card or stick (8 GB or higher) I place all the original images on the stick or card for you to take home. You email me a list of image numbers you would like edited (depending on your photo package) and I email you a zipped folder of the completed images from a file share program. You may also pay in advance through pay pal.
Q: Do you have gift certificates?
A: Yes I do! You give me the name of the photo package you want and the name of the person you want to give the certificate to and I send you the completed certificate via email for you to print out (at no extra cost) or I can print and mail out your certificate for and extra $3.50.
I get requests for Information all the time and thought I should post a blog of all the questions I receive.
Q: I can't afford to pay you. How can I trade work for images?
A: Not everyone can be a muse. I have to be inspired by someone to create a work of art. If you have the look, personality and drive I am looking for, I am more than willing to exchange work for images. I do expect you to sign an image release form so I can use the images exposure for the both of us.
Q: I have an idea for a project and want to share it with you, what can I expect in return?
A: If this is a fun shoot I will photograph your idea for a fee and if I like the way it turns out I will get written permission to post your credited idea online. If this is a project to make money for the both of us and love the idea I will sign a partnership media contract with the agreed boundaries written out and do my fair share of the work to see your idea come alive!
Q: How do I submit for a trade?
A: If you are genuinely interested in working with me, look at all the images on my site to see the type of models I have worked with and what they were expected to do (poses). If you still think you can perform, work an entire day traveling, changing clothes, change make-up and hair styles as needed then email me with your name, your contact information, any modeling or networking links and a photograph. Your photograph does not have to be professional, it just has to show your face, figure, and personality.
Q: Do you have any requirements?
A: I have some general rules or requirements for being a model for trade of images.
Q: Who has the rights to the images?
A: We share the rights on the images. If this project is for financial gain or media exposure we agree what images will be posted or what will be kept private till the project has been published an/or sold for profit. You will receive a CD of the original images for your own personal use. Please do not post any originals till the project is completed.
Q: If this is a trade and I come up with the idea for a project am I credited and can I use the images to make me money or advertise my skills?
A: Yes! I believe in equal collaborations and credit. You do equal work you get equal credit and we can decide how this project can make both us a little extra cash!
This was sent to me by a photographer friend so not sure of it's original blog:
"Make me look skinny". I hear that all the time at all types of photo shoots. I hear it from brides at their weddings, from girls doing a boudoir session and even during family picture sessions from grandma. Of course we all want to look our best. Photographs are reflections of us and are meant for others to see.
So, here are some tips and tricks to make sure you look like your best (and skinniest) self in snapshots. These tips should be helpful when you are left to pose yourself, hopefully any professional photographer taking your picture will know these things.
1. Watch your posture. Whether you are standing or sitting you should straighten up a bit. Try it right now while reading this, sit up taller, don't you feel more slender? Just remember to relax your shoulders; you don't want to appear tense.
2. Turn a little bit. Don't face the camera straight on. It isn't very flattering. In fact, that's why designers like such thin runway models. They are photographed straight on and need to appear thin at that angle. The rest of us have the luxury of turning a little bit. A 45-degree angle is just about perfect.
3. Find the light source. If the light is coming from a flash on the camera there isn't much you can do. However, if you are outdoors or somewhere where a flash isn't needed find where the main light source is coming from and turn toward it. Photographers call this "short lighting". It's the most flattering and will make your face appear narrower. The broad side of your face that is toward the camera (remember we turned you 45 degrees) will be in shadow and the front of your face will be lighter. It's an optical illusion.
4. Put your weight on your back foot. If you are standing put your weight on your back foot and bend the knee of your front foot slightly. It will slim your hips and make your legs appear longer. In fact, do this if you ever have to stand in front of other people. Miss America contestants do it.
5. Smile convincingly. Real smiles look differently than fake ones. If possible have the person taking the picture countdown before they shoot and smile just before they do. Smiles fade and start looking more fake the longer they are held.
6. Position yourself below the camera. It is best if the camera is just above eye level. This is the most flattering angle. You will be looking up just slightly which will improve your neck line and make your eyes more open.
If you need a laugh and feeling a bit fluffy go to: Girls Guide To Fat Girl Posing It has some good advice that is also funny to read.
What an exciting time to work with the very talented Joseph Corsentino and his wonderful wife/manager and Costumer- Donny! We have worked on a couple of projects for the last couple of years and was delighted to see several of our local (New Mexico) beauties make it in several of TOTF projects!
Getting to do hair, make-up and costuming with Donny was just a real experience! We went to the Transformer movie, had some great mixed drinks, watched Repo! The Genetic Opera then did shoots all over my house!
The photos taken in the slide show were used for the TOTF new book coming soon, a calendar and a couple of magazine covers to include Beyond Fantasy Magazine. Even my son Matt made it inside!
I found this site one day and thought it was a really good read: Common Dangers of Modeling
5 Things to Do Before and During Shoots:
if you are an inspiring model and are still working your way up to the top—you may need to practice some poses in the field you wish to model. If you are not sure what field or style to go into I suggest going through some Vogue, or related magazines and try the poses with a mirror in front of you.
Live show models, promo models, photographic models, and runway models all rely on professional model poses to succeed. Whether you aspire to appear in print magazines or fashion shows and Hollywood movies; if you want to be a model, pay special attention to this insider guide to modeling poses.
1. Listen to your photographer! If you photographer gives you direction, follow them. We know what you need to do to get amazing final images so let us help you when needed. The only time you do not listen to the photographer is when they say or do something that makes you uncomfortable.
Although sometimes concentration enhances a good photograph, obvious concentration can distract and often ruin a good photograph as well. Do not hold your breath for a modeling pose; always remember to breathe and appear at ease.
Bad posture is an unrecognized flaw in many people. However, for models, posture is a harmful flaw. Always remember to keep your back straight and your shoulders up. Unless you are doing an extreme avant-garde or couture pose- slouching is not acceptable and will affect the mood of the photograph and enlarges the appearances of your stomach. In addition to your back and shoulders, always remember to flex your stomach muscles. Despite your weight or state of shape, your abdomen will appear more toned if you flex.
Symmetry is officially out in the modeling world. When posing, make sure to differentiate your arms and legs with asymmetrical poses. If you have one arm long and straight by your side, make sure the other arm is bent. Whether a big or small angle, the bend will make the modeling pose look more real, less artificial. Continue the asymmetry to your legs. If one leg is locked straight, give the other leg a casual bend.
Although the camera is the ultimate focal point of a modeling photo shoot, great models do not look directly into the camera. To enhance the quality of your photo shoot, look away from the camera with a mix of head and eye poses. Looking off to the right or left side, or tiling your neck to either side can help you avoid direct eye contact with the camera. In many cases, your head and neck can remain stationary in your modeling pose—and your eyes can do all the work. Head and eye positions, coupled with personable facial expressions make for great model poses.
6. Sitting Poses
If you are sitting down during your photo shoot—don’t think it’s ok to slack off. In fact, sitting photo shoots require a lot of extra work. If you are sitting down or reclining, it’s important to put your weight on the back of one thigh, rather than distributing your weight equally on both thighs. If you roll one hip up from the ground or surface, shifting your weight will be simple. This pose results in a slimming effect that you don’t want to miss out on.
To make sure your best assets shine, there are a few basic guidelines to follow. Based on two distinct poses, a forward lean and a backward lean, any model with any breast size can maximize cleavage. When leaning forward, either bring your arms together at your waist, keep your arms straight at the elbows and clasp your hands together below your waist, or simply cross your arms. When leaning backward, raise your arms about your shoulders and head, keep your arms apart, and always slouch for the best cleavage results.
If you have a naturally beautiful smile—show your pearly whites with pride, just not every time. If you smile in each modeling pose, modeling agents will notice your lack of versatility, not your smile. To add variety to your modeling poses, try switching up your smile with a cute frown, a bratty bout, a friendly laugh, or even an edgy scowl. Your facial expressions can make or break your modeling poses. Let your smile show, but make sure to show what else you can do.
In addition to these personalized tips for modeling poses, every model should be aware of the basics of posing. There are 4 main types of model poses: lifestyle pose, movement pose, portrait pose, and body pose.
The lifestyle pose evokes a sense of everyday living with common body movements and facial expressions. Throughout the day, moments of happiness, love, anger, and hope arise. To succeed at the lifestyle pose, each model must be able to recreate these everyday emotions.
The movement pose captures a specific action, such as running or jumping. Because this pose is most often used for a marketing photo shoot—the model is used to promote a product. Each model must be able to smile and laugh when using the products in the photo shoot.
This modeling pose emphasizes the face of the model—and relies purely on facial features. The model will be in modest makeup and relaxed hair and should pose with a casual, genuine smile. Many portrait photographs are close up and emphasize details of the model’s face. If you are scheduled for a portrait photo shoot, make sure to pay extra attention to your skin and drink at least 8-12 glasses of water a day.
Full-length photographs require body poses. Models are encouraged to shift weight between hips and make arms and lengths into asymmetrical stances. Although many body poses do not require specific facial expressions, putting your entire body into character during full-length poses helps your body find a natural balance.
Hints: Preparation is important. The best shoots are ones where you feel rested and fresh. Tan lines should be kept to a minimum. Remember that it can take a fresh haircut a week or more to grow out. Fingernails should be painted in a neutral color that doesn’t detract from clothing.
A relaxed environment is key A relaxing environment is essential to a good photo session. Feel free to bring your own music for our outdoor photo experience. Some people like to bring a trusted friend along for support. Bring anything that makes you feel comfortable and at ease. Make your your friend can keep themselves entertained while we work and keep any comments to a minimum.
Every good look you can come up with improves your marketability Multiple clothing changes show your versatility. Consider simple clothing for close-up headshots that doesn’t distract from your face. For full-length shots, try to vary your look. Consider evening wear, business-attire, casual outfits, and swimsuits. Try to bring some clothes that are classic, timeless, and simple in addition to outfits that reflect current fashion trends. Simple jewelry is preferred, such as diamond or pearl studs. My studio host a number of outfits and costumes but limited by sizes so any shoes, boots and fitted clothing will be helpful.
Among the different types of photos I can do are:
Avant-Garde or Fantasy - These are highly creative and experimental images that have an abstract appeal and tell a story. This genre of photography is not restricted for commercial purposes but could be used for creative pursuits as well.
Beauty - Close-up full face shots or head and shoulders. These photos require meticulous make-up and retouching. This is what you typically see on fashion magazine covers.
Commercial - These images are used by advertisers to sell clothing, cosmetics, or other products. Swimsuit - I can shoot swimsuit photos in the studio against a backdrop, or, weather permitting, at the waterfalls, White Sands Park, or other outdoor locations.
Fashion - Fashion photography is used by designers in advertising. For this type of photo, think of current fashion trends or looks that capture a particular moment in time, such as a 60s look. Clean, solid colors are best. Avoid aggressive prints.
Editorial - In editorial photos, we can push the edges and feel free to be more creative. This is where your imagination really comes into play, so choose clothing that shows your versatility.
Fine Art - is all about visuals that resemble a work of art. Therefore, these photographs can be equivalent to an artist's expression on canvas.
Rhonda R. Napoleon