Glamour Photography by Jay Kilgore

Category archive: Business of Modeling

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You never forget your first

You never forget your first.   Although you may want to, desperately badly. Jodi was my first “real” and legit shoot. I was living in Duluth, MN and met Jodi on OMP. Being Duluth, Minnesota was two hours north of Minneapolis, my model selection was limited. I found the big money paysite niche and wanted

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What the??

What the?? I’ve noticed of late, many people are demanding things that aren’t really theirs. What am I talking about? I’ve noticed things such as Retouchers claiming that they are owed 50% to 100% credit and copyright of an image they retouch! They are saying because they retouched it, the image is theirs and photographers

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I wish I were taller

I wish I were taller! I come from a family of tall people; mom and dad excluded.  My oldest brother is 6’4″, next brother is 6’0″ and my baby brother is 6’3″. Me? I’m an amazing 5’6″.5 tall. “Almost a full grown man” according to my brothers. When I was young, I was one of the

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Money and model photography

Money and model photography, some would say that’s an oxymoron, others would say they are rolling in the dough. Yet others would say the latter are liars.

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Can you not use my pics anymore…

I stress quite often my displeasure with TF* or Free shoots. A large part of why displeasure? the email “…can you not use my pics anymore…”

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Lies

Every professional must tell a small lie from time to time. We all tell lies from time to time

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Paying gigs?

Hello friends! Been a while, eh? Sorry about that! As you know, I’ve been preparing my move to Los Angeles so that has been taking up a LOT of my time. I want to talk about paying gigs and the ignorance surrounding them, as well as my feelings on CO.

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Model release

In our profession, the one thing we must make certain we have is a model release. A model release isn’t needed but it is depending what you want to do with the photos you’ve taken. There are many pros and cons to having a release and how you benefit is totally up to you. One of

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Rules to a shoot

Everyone has their own rules for a shoot and these rules compliment their business motto. The one thing I’ve found is they are all different and often times the extreme of most others. In keeping tradition of my wannabe model post, I’m going to discuss how in my experience, the wannabe model affects the shoot

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The risk of working with wannabe models.

There are risks in everything we do. A cognitive decision I’ve made was to work primarily with “wannabe”  models vs the professional, established model. This is a choice late in to my career, I’m starting to regret. Note not all the “wannabe” models I’ve worked with have been disastrous, but a good chunk/majority of them are. The

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I’m the best photographer in the state

As you may or may not know, I’ve stopped my workshops. I’ve lost my love of teaching them, so I’ve been the student. I’ve not found any workshops worth attending here, but I’m on the look out. Either way, I’ve noticed a new trend amongst photographers that is silly, sickening and stupid. What’s the trend?

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I’m going to put my state on the map!

Being a Glamour Model photographer I hear many people saying “I’m going to put my state on the map!” Great thought! But unrealistic.

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The power of music

I posted a question a few years ago; What’s the single most important thing at your shoot? I got a wide variety of answers such as camera, good lens, back up bodies and lens. Many great things. For me, I answered it simply; Music.

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Let’s talk fashion…honestly

Let’s cut through the B.S. and talk about something that annoys me; Fashion photography in a non fashion state. As the days go by, I find myself shying away from model photography more and more. Why? Simple; I live in a glamour state! It is NOT my job to educate people on their career choices,

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The Flake Factor

For the most part, “flaking out” is part of the online modeling world as most serious models will never flake. For some models this is their job, or what they want to be a job or income earner. If you want to make money you can’t develop the reputation of not showing up to work. Online models are those who see photos and want pretty pictures on their Facebook or what not.

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Difficulties saying “No”?

I’ve noticed lots of people don’t like hearing the word “No”. “NO” is often most difficult to hear from the wannabe or new model. if it weren’t for Tyra, VS wouldn’t be what it is today.

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Abercrombie & Fitch fiasco

If you’ve lived in a hole in the wall over the past week, you may have missed out on the…controversy that Mike Jeffries C.E.O. Of Abercrombie & Fitch has caused. There is a LOT to review and learn of this situation

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The sad truth about tattoos II

As long as you’re realistic with what you do, you will always be successful. Success isn’t always money, fame, publications, it also includes accomplishing things that make YOU feel good about yourself. Depending on where your tattoos are you can find work. Modeling is about selling yourself,

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The sad truth about tattoos and modeling

The dirty on tattoos and modeling. I know this is a touchy subject, but it’s one I want to discuss. Tattoos are a form of self expression, but this blog post will discuss if there’s room for self expression in an industry that sells looks.

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So you want to be a model part V

lets talk about model preparedness. So far this series has been about what you need to do to get ready for a career in modeling, but the one area I’ve stayed away from is shoot preparedness. I’ve held this off until now for the simple fact this is one of the most important aspects of being a model.

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