About This Site
Modeling Advice is an information, advice, and resource site
for those interested in learning about a career in modeling.
Although the site provides helpful information to would-be models,
it is not meant to be the final authority on the modeling business.
This is not a big moneymaking website but a site I put together
in hopes that it will be useful to anyone starting out in modeling.
Through basic educational information I have tried to provide
a source that will help would-be models avoid the scam artists
and the rip-offs and have a positive experience following their
dream to where ever it may lead.
History of this site
Some years ago I started a website for my photography business,
Van Rossen PhotoGraphics.
Surprisingly, although it was directed toward my clients, it
also drew a number of inquires from would-be models wanting to
know if I did free test shoots (not anymore) and asking for career
advice. Ultimately, it led to the development of this website.
When I launched the first version of Modeling Advice.com, I was
amazed at the interest it generated. The Modeling Advice site
now attracts more than 40,000 visitors
I continuously add content, links, and resources to keep the
site current and useful to visitors. When I get recurring questions,
I also add them to the site. The information is free of charge.
I do sell some portfolio cases,
which helps offset the cost of maintaining the site. Your purchase
will help to keep the site up and running.
For more than 25 years I have been creating fashion and glamour
photographs and have worked with modeling schools and a modeling
agency. We did test shoots to build portfolios, develop composites,
and to give new models experience in front of the camera. Much
of my time was spent learning about the fashion industry, the
modeling business, makeup, hair styling, posing, wardrobe, and
how to bring it all together with camera and lighting to create
a great photo. Today my specialty has migrated to product and
fashion accessories photography. But what was important when
I was working with models then is still good to know today.
Other web sites and books on modeling are written from the
perspective of a modeling agency or a working model. My perspective
is that of a working photographer in a mid-sized metropolitan
area, Portland, Oregon. This is different from working in New
York City, the heart of the fashion industry, or in Hollywood,
the glamour capital of the country. However, I know from my own
experience what skills and qualities other photographers want
to see in a model.
For giving this site direction, I would like to thank everyone
who emailed me with great questions. For proofreading the various
drafts I would like to thank Dorie, Jane, and my brother, Charlie.
My mother, a former schoolteacher, became the final authority
on what was correct and I thank her for that. A special thanks
to Linda for her hard work of editing the site one more time.