Models need to shoot “digital polaroids” every few months to show clients how they really look. They’re also the type of pics to snap when submitting to agencies for representation.

It’s important not to retouch, to have a clean no-makeup face and show all angles of your face. Agencies post these online for clients to reference how the model looks in person. You’d better look exactly like your digis when you walk through the door!

Here are my new digi polas, requested for a job in Paris. What do you think?

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I won’t name the retailer using this image on their homepage, but YEEGADS

The most important advice for clients is this: 

If you’re spending all that money on a photoshoot, make sure you spend as generously on the post-production.

A lot can be done in post-production Photoshop to save an image if the color is off, the lighting went wrong, or the clothes are wrinkled. A good retoucher with retail experience knows how far to take an image while maintaining the integrity. But there are bad retouchers who can destroy all the hard work that goes into a shoot with a few clicks. 

As seen here:

Lady In Red is sitting… on thin air. They removed her stool.

There must’ve been a shadow to the left. It’s blue, white, and ghostly. WTH?

Lady In Blue has a pointed shoulder blade and abnormal waist. Somebody went all Barbie on her.

We won’t even discuss Lady In Red’s expression. Caught at the wrong moment by the camera… Really, there wasn’t a better shot to choose from?

Every model’s nightmare. How did this get approved??? Epic Fail!

Truth:
When I model on location and know there won’t be anywhere open that early to get coffee before the photoshoot…
I pack a little container of fresh coffee grounds to sniff when I wake up.

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You’re made into a My Little Pony!  

Or in this case, My Little Lagerfeld created by artist Mari Kasurinen.

Loves it!  Next up… a Lagerfeld Chia Pet?

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A hilarious parody!!!  Working with rent-a-babies is no laughing matter though, it’s tough!

We’re starting to see some photos from the new Steven Meisel for Louis Vuitton campaign in the UK Vogue & Harpers August issues, and in Vanity Fair and W Mag in the USA. Stay tuned… 

 

Shoot Vogue all ya want, but this is the work that most Americans relate to.
Paula Patrice on the Miracle Grow bag

Surprised a few Kmart shoppers when I swung by to pose with my bag of Miracle-Gro! The guy taking the photo was like sure… wait, are you on the BAG???

This was a job from 5 years ago, originally I was modeling for roses, but I guess the client decided I was more of a “trees & shrubs” kinda chick. HA

This baby romper is so clever, I totally Fancy’d it.

Not sure where Fancy is headed… but I’m discovering fun stuff!

In “The Devil Wears Prada“, one of my favorite movie scenes ever gives truthful insight into the “creative flow” of trends. It’s harsh, but true.

Meryl Streep (loosely based on Anna Wintour) ends her rant with “…then trickled on down to some Casual Corner where you no doubt fished it out of a clearance bin…”

Ummm what’s wrong with Casual Corner? HA

There’s an unspoken-about gap between high fashion and consumer fashion, as if high fashion wants to pretend that it could exist without consumerism, but it couldn’t, at least not in the economic materialism sense. There is no superior value to a $4000 limited-edition designer coat than a $300 private-label department store coat, provided both are made of quality materials that will keep the wearer warm.

The material value is set by our individual values: softness, uniqueness in the market, innovation of design. The more unique an item is, the less it will sell to the masses, which means a designer needs to mark up the price to maintain a high profit margin and stay in business, since they won’t be selling high volume. The craftsmanship of these garments meets the standards of certain consumers’ values, thereby validating the price, at least in their minds. They want to acquire something people don’t have yet and they’re willing to pay for that item that “controls” the market.

The trickle down effect is that the unique item, now quantified by sales in the marketplace, will be copied, though in a generic style, to be sold to the masses. And therein lies the symbiosis.

If you’re interested in modeling, fashion, styling, magazines, Vogue, and/or runway GET THIS MOVIE for its educational value!!!

 

So cute! They also have buck teeth pacifiers, mustaches… I’ve never seen these before but I’ll be buying them as gifts!
Poor Carly Rae Jepson, all psyched up to throw out the first pitch of the ball game… and then this. A 7 foot toss… how mortifying! Teehee
Sunglasses w/ swag. Shorts w/ style. Sandals w/ socks? No playa Nooo #fashion #fail