I wanted to clear up some issues we are having with model submissions. The photos above are of me. The first two are with a professional photographer, Ron Mayes. The other is a collage I made from cell phone pictures. Although I like all the photos and everything is in place and seemingly good photos, only one is submission worthy. Submissions No’s can be the following:
- Camera Phone Photo
- Cloudy or fuzzy
- Background distractions ( club scenes, friends & family, etc )
- Contain logos or watermarks
When you submit a photo to a magazine for print , they *SHOULD* require that your photos are the following:
- at least 300 dpi
- at least 1200 x 1200
- Unpublished ( meaning social media or other publications) UNLESS specifically stated.
- Seasonal ( meaning don’t send a swimsuit photo in the dead of winter)
- a variety of head and full body shots
Remember that your photos are your first impression. Yes, you may be a beautiful person and your make up and hair may be flawless, however, the pictures that you submit tell the viewer more about you than you may know you are revealing. For instance, if you send fuzzy or cloudy photos, it lets them know that you are not serious about your craft because you have not invested in a professional photographer. If you send the same photos over and over again, especially if you have been given constructive criticism on those photos, it shows them that you are not one who can be coached or mentored. The quickest way to end your career before it starts is to assume that you know it all. That’s impossible because this industry, like most, are ever changing. If you send photos that they have seen on social media, they are more likely to disregard them because they want their publication to stay fresh. There are exceptions to this rule depending on the publication, article etc. But as a rule of thumb, send unpublished photos. If you send photos in the club, in your car, at work etc, it lets them know that you aren’t serious or your don’t believe that THEY are serious about what they are doing.
If you are serious about your career, take the necessary steps to convey that to others. Professional photos are a MUST, no exceptions. Go to workshops and learn from those who have been in the industry. STUDY! It’s all about your presentation.. Check out this video from the Cosby show..
Do not present yourself to magazines, websites or to the public on a garbage can lid. Take your craft seriously. I hope this information has helped a little in your submission process. Please remember to read all information requested carefully and follow the directions to the letter.
NOTE: When someone asks you why you want to be a plus model, please do not say because someone ELSE told you you were pretty. That shows a lack of knowledge, confidence and they will not take you seriously.