Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. That is the one day of the year that we all take the time to get together with family and we are reminded, that no matter what has happened in the last year, there are always things to be thankful for. I am thankful that I have 4 wonderful children and 8 beautiful and healthy Grandchildren. Now, if only they would sign model releases for me, I might be able to get some people pictures into my portfolio. Oh well, until that happens, I will keep creating my illustrations. So, I would like to share a few new ones here. Wishing you all many, many happy and joyous things, (Downloads?) to be thankful for.

I would also be interested in any tips you might have for convincing family members to model for you.

Photo credits: Irisangel.

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Irisangel

Thanks Noonie, Your portfolio is great, nothing wierd about that.

Noonie

Beautiful!! Wish I could do that..........

This is all "wierd" to the rest of my family!

Glad to hear my family isn't the only one who thinks it's weird. They will pose, the little ones love it and help, but the parents don't think I know what I'm doing! No respect.........
My neighbors will usually respond and the friends I play with will, too.

Linqong

Very beautiful design, I like them

Irisangel

Wow, Sue, that's great advice. Thanks a lot! Your portfolio is great, I especially love the 2 basset hounds, the one in the back looks like he's saying, "Oh no, not again" Great shot. Good luck to you also.

Sparkmom

I use my son. He's 7 and he thinks it's fantastic that people buy his pictures to use in their advertisements/ websites.

Basically, I find it MUCH easier to use strangers with modeling aspirations. They easily accept and enjoy the fact that their images will be used commercially. They enjoy being in front of the camera and all the attention it offers. This is all "wierd" to the rest of my family!

To get these strangers to model for us, we had some post cards printed up and placed them in "image concious" areas like beauty and tanning salons. We got and continue to get good results this way. I think this would work for you even if you don't have a studio, too. Our cards reference our web site, which has a page on modeling for us.

We also have a brick and mortar portrait studio, so when we get a client in who we think would do well, we give her one of the cards and direct her to our web site where she can read more about modeling for us. Usually she'll come back for a TFCD "test session."

We're building a list of people we can call when we have some concepts to shoot.

Good luck to you!

edit: Also, try places like model mayhem and One Talent Source online. We've gotten a few models this way; in our experience, these people don't show up 80% of the time, but since our studio is connected to our home, it doesn't really matter much, other than the lost appointment slot for someone else. We just tend to look at the "no shows" as a bonus evening off, and don't book these people during "peak" times of the year. :)

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