So you want to be a Model?
Well, you have picked a competitive business that requires a lot of hard work, patience, and the ability to take rejection.
Here is where you start…
As a commercial model you will need some professional pictures.
Your modeling portfolio is most important; It’s your marketing tool’ It’s how you will show agencies that you have the ability to act and portray characters.
Don’t spend a fortune… ! All an agent will need to see is some good headshots and full length body shots. Then if they are interested they will take care of the rest, you will then naturally build up your portfolio as you work.
Jefferson studios offer Headshots for as little as £40.
Another way to get experience and free photo-shoot’s is to list with on-line websites like Model Mayhem, you can upload your images promote yourself and collaborate with photographers. Working as (time for print) means that you give your time in return for prints. You can also search for casting and paid modeling in your area.
How can you get started in modelling?
There are many different types of modelling and some of them require different approaches, let’s assume that you are interested in being either a fashion model.
Register with agencies, remember everyone else wants to be on their books too, they get many hundreds of applications and accept very few of them. Some agents are likely to have criteria that you simply don’t match, for example height, weight, size and age.
All you usually need to do is to send them a few pictures of your face and your personal details and statistics. If they are interested they will contact you and ask you to attend an interview, If they accept you they may offer you a contract.
They will then arrange for you to be photographed by their photographer. They will then send you on auditions for modelling work. None of this will cost you a penny, like all reputable agencies they make all their money by deducting their commission from your modelling earnings.
The smaller genuine agencies will probably do less to promote you than the industry leaders, and although they won’t ask you to pay them any fees they may ask you to provide them with, photographs and model cards. Model cards are a simple double-side printed card, around A5 size, with 4 of 5 photos of you, your vital statistics and your contact details.
Why do you have to pay for the model cards and photos? Well, there are 2 reasons for this. Firstly, a small agency won’t be making as much commission from you as a larger agency would and really can’t afford to subsidies you and secondly, there are an awful lot of time wasters around. A good way of weeding out timewasters is by making them put their hands in their pockets to prove that they are serious about modelling. At the same time, although they are making you spend your money, none of it is going into their own pockets so you know that they are a genuine agency and not a scam merchant. If, however, the agency suggests that you should use their own photographer you should walk away, it is probably a scam.
Watch out for rogues?
The simple rule is this, If an agent or photographer is asking you for money to start your career (walk away), good agents make money from you not the other way around, If an agency is interested in representing you they will take on all of the initial costs of organizing photos, getting your hair cut, etc. You might have to pay them back later for some of this but a reputable agency will be the one who splashes out – not you.
Want to know more check out these websites:
The association of model agents
National Careers Service website
Links to interesting articles:
How easy is it to make a living as a model?
So you want to be a model
The Supermodel Rich List
School Photographers Bristol
Looking for experienced school photographers to take care of school portraits?
At Jefferson Studios, we specialize in taking care of individual and class photo school portraits. Additionally, we offer a family shoot for parents to jump in the photo with their children if they wish. We make sure that when you attend your kids’ memorable school events, you can save those memories forever through our special school photography packages. To make it more convenient, we offer school shoots on the weekends when parents are off from work.
Recent School Shoot At West Leigh Infant School
Our team led by Malcolm set up a mobile studio in the hall of West Leigh Infant School on a Saturday. Our mobile studio is large enough to accommodate groups of x to 15 people. Each family shoot lasted only about 15 minutes during which we managed to capture a nice selection of images for these families to choose from. The shoots were booked in via the event organizer Ellie, a member of the school PTA.
Important Details About Our School Photography Package
- All images from the shoot will be printed and returned to the organizer in a week’s time.
- We use a proof system to track all orders, so parents can either order online or via phone.
- Orders can also be returned back to the school with packs of prints starting at £12.00.
- We pay a set commission to schools from all orders taken so the school can earn some extra money. It’s a win-win for school, parents and students, and us!
- We offer the event coverage as a one-off service as well so schools are not bound to use us for individual school or class photos, although we would love to cover those as well.
E-Commerce & Product Photography
Product photography is the bread and butter of e-commerce stores. Nice, clean, crisp pictures of products can be the difference between a successful online store and a failed one. With that in mind, Jefferson Studios provides a comprehensive e-commerce and product photography service to its clients in Bristol and surrounding areas.
Here is how it works:
- Clients send us their products.
- We photograph them professionally in a carefully controlled environment with appropriate lighting.
- We enhance the photos by removing the background, tweaking lighting and various other retouching techniques to bring out the best features of the product.
- Once ready, photos can be collected from our studio in Bristol or couriered back to the customer.
In addition to this, we also provide a product photography and image retouching service package that covers the following:
- Mannequin Photography
- Mannequin Retouching
- Flatshot Photography
- Image Manipulation
- Re-naming and re-sizing of images as required
Our Latest Project
We can cover products from a variety of categories. From fashion to beauty, garden to housekeeping, electronics to furniture, food and so on. In our latest project, we worked with www.frenchhouse.net to cover their unique range of home products.
Looking for a reliable, experienced and professional product photography solution for your e-commerce store? Give us a call today! or visit www.jeffersonstudios.co.uk/product-photography for more information.
Jefferson Studios Covers Bethany & Olivia’s Big Day
Bethany and Olivia recently tied the knot at the beautiful Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales. Friends and family were invited to stay at the location with breathtakingly stunning views. The venue is a perfectly relaxing and peaceful setting in the Dales for a wedding celebration with one’s nearest and dearest. It spreads 55 acres in the pristine countryside of Swaledale and although rurally located, is only a short walk from the beautiful town of Richmond.
Our photographers Jeff and Malcolm were asked by the brides to cover the wedding. They were hosted in a beautiful lodge at the same location. Luckily for us and the brides, the wedding day fell on a mild October day, providing the Jefferson photography team with the perfect combination of beautiful location and a complimenting weather.
Jeff and Malcolm were able to capture the beautiful brides throughout the day starting from morning preparation shots right up to the main ceremony, food and drinks and some post-wedding shots. All lodges on the Natural Retreats of Yorkshire Dales are located close by which allowed our team to manage the logistics easily.
All in all, it was a fantastic event that presented us countless opportunities to capture the nature and scenic beauty of the venue as well as the joy, festivity, smiles and bliss of a beautiful wedding.
Best wishes to Bethany and Olivia for their new journey!
Roddy & Andrew their story…
They met at St Silas church in Glasgow. Or first few weeks together involved eating lots, gyming together and trying to study for our final year at university.
Andrew proposed on a cold winters day in the midst of the beautiful sanctity of the Kensington roof gardens (complete with real flamingos).
We had the most amazing wedding day, which was captured beautifully by our photographer Jeff (Jefferson Studios Bristol).We got married in our church, Oasis church, Waterloo, London, which we decorated with bunting made by Andrew’s fair hands. Andrew’s brother John made our awesome ‘naked’ wedding cake of four tiers… tiffin, chocolate cake, carrot cake and lemon drizzle. We made all our own table arrangements that were scattered with cacti favours on rustic wooden benches.The day was a celebration of our love for each other and our love for God, and was perfect surrounded by all or friends and family.
Photo booths are a great way to get some memorable photos with your loved ones, friends or colleagues. Whether it’s a wedding, birthday, graduation party or a corporate annual dinner, having a photo booth at the event is always a plus.
At Jefferson Studios, we provide a full-length photo booth for hire in Bristol with all-inclusive features:
- High-end Nikon DSLR
- Professional lighting
- A wide variety of props to let you take as many fun shots as you want
- Dye Sub printer for photo quality finish
- Attendant to help with the smooth running of the Photo Booth
Jefferson Studios Photo Booth is unique from regular Photo Booths because it lets you take full-length shots as well as shoot large groups. No more squeezing and crushing toes! There’s enough room for large groups to wear the fun props and try out as many shots as you want until you find the perfect one. All images taken from the event are available for print almost instantly after you shoot them.
3 Hours Photo Booth Hire, with unlimited prints £350
4 Hours Photo Booth Hire, with unlimited prints £400
Book Your Photo Booth Today!
So, if you are looking for a professional photo studio environment within a 30-mile radius of Bristol without physically going to one, Jefferson Studio Photo Booth is the perfect answer. Call us today to book your event!
The wedding day is one of the most special days in our lives. It is a day to celebrate the next phase of our life with the person that we love the most. The best way to forever store the amazing memories of this day and make it all the more special is to capture it by using the services of a professional wedding photographer.
This is exactly what Bride and Groom, Kelly and Steve chose to do by hiring Jefferson Studio to cover their big day in style. The event took place at St. Mary’s Church in Clevedon and the reception was held at the Best Western Walton Park Hotel. It was the perfect choice of location for the couple as well as for our wedding photography team. The location offers breathtaking views of the Bristol Channel with the cliff-side gardens and panoramic views across the Severn Estuary adding to the appeal. The Victorian architecture of the hotel was the cherry on top of the cake as it provided our team some amazing opportunities to work our magic.
The couple also went to the nearby Clevedon pier to take some pictures themselves and who can blame them – after all, it was named as “The most beautiful pier in England” by none other than Sir John Betjeman and makes for the perfect wedding photography spot in Bristol area.
First impressions are vital to the success of every business and choosing the perfect business headshot can go a long way to achieving this. A business headshot gives you and your business a professional look by bringing the best image of yourself forward. This is the image that will become a part of all your marketing materials – whether it’s your website or blog, brochures, magazines, billboards, business cards or your social media profiles like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ – so it’s essential to get it right.
Here’s why a professional headshot is important:
- It builds trust amongst your customers. They are more likely to give you their business when they have a clear picture of the ‘person’ behind the business.
- It builds your personal brand, allowing you to instantly click with your customers whenever they come across your unique headshot.
- A professionally done headshot establishes credibility amongst your customers or clients. They recognize that you are someone who doesn’t compromise on quality and professionalism on anything business related.
In short, the return on investment on a professional headshot photographer is simply too big to ignore. So, don’t wait any longer and get yourself a business headshot. For more information call Jefferson Studios on 0117 983 0335 or see http://www.jeffersonstudios.co.uk/headshots-photographer-bristol/
Wedding Day Photography Services
A wedding is viewed by many as one of the most important days in one’s life and the bride and groom pull out their best in everything concerning this particular day. It is a day to reckon and those getting married expect everything to run seamlessly as they look forward to this unforgettable experience.
Memories of this particular day will be etched in their minds and the minds of those who will be in attendance especially if everything goes as planned and everyone gets to enjoy their time at the event. For the bride and the groom, this is a day they wish to reckon for a long time coming and this can only be possible if such moments are captured in photographs.
In the course of time, memories of how a wedding event was, fade away and as a result it is hard to event narrate the whole experience to future generations. This is not the case when shots of some of the memorable moments of a wedding are captured and preserved in a photo album. It will be easy to relive such moments this way for the couple, as they also share with generations to come how the event turned out.
That is how important photography services are in such an occasion and professional photographer do not just take shots of such occasions. Best shots are captured and looking at the photo album when the work is finally done, brings the day back to life naturally and that is what professional photography services are expected to deliver.
Where the event is held also plays a big role as far as the quality of photographs is concerned and those who have experience in this area will identify stunning areas within the venue, where they can take several shots of the new couple, as well as those in attendance. That means that it will be inappropriate to take shots just anywhere and of anyone who happens to be in the event.
Money has been spent to pay for this service just like any other and substandard work will be a disappointment to the groom as well as the bride. Therefore, the end result should bring satisfaction to both of them and that is why when planning your big day, you should not just go for anyone who claims to offer photography services, lest you get disappointed.
Professional photographers also do their work with pride and they will spare absolutely nothing to deliver as expected when engaged in a wedding event. This is the kind of passion you need with reference to those who will be providing the service on during that special occasion and none is better placed to offer the service than experts in this area.
That said and done, we put all these into consideration and the end result for all wedding events we cover is satisfied customers, which is what we pursue for all seeking our services. You can expect nothing less than this if you opt to engage us on that big day.
The team at Jefferson Studios were presented with an interesting opportunity this month, to create a unique Art Work series titled ‘New Beginnings ‘. The most unusual aspect of this commission was the request that we incorporate the use of a different medium….paint!
Despite taking much longer than a traditional Photo Shoot, in addition to costing significantly more, it proved to be a fantastic opportunity to create something fabulous and extra special.
Good preparation was essential , the use of appropriate disposable sheeting throughout allowed for creativity to flow without the worry of paint damage to the Studio. The correct choice of paint was also an important factor, we found water based non toxic paints to be most suitable as they are safe to apply to skin and easy to wash off. We were sure to offer the model a pre shoot allergy test ,however, to ensure safety on the day.
As always we took a number of test shots, experimenting with a variety of lighting and pose options before getting creative with the paint.
It was a fantastic experience , lots of fun and the results were amazing!
If this blog has inspired you to create your own multi medium masterpiece, Jefferson studios , Bedminster is available for hire.
Conversely, if your artistic vision involves a self portrait,the Jefferson studios team welcome the opportunity to work with you to create a beautiful, unique piece or series at your request.
Please see our website link below for prices or contact the team directly.
Recommended paint options :-
Mont Marte body paint.
Take a look at some of our other work
Studio hire link