About Me

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
I study Applied Fashion as well as Sustainability and have a love of textiles - I spin weave and bobbin lace make. I like to appreciate where things come from how they work and the effort that some people put into them. I also love Art even though I do not always understand it. I have my own business EmmaJane Couture (www.emmajanecouture.com) and am Public Relations for SCAR Creations (www.facebook.com/SCARcreations). I love to read and study, as well as sharing some of the things I learn – if it’s making you think, want to learn more or debate I think that’s positive. I love picture books and Agatha Christie, one day I hope to own a library. I am not an English professor so do not always use the right grammar or spelling, these are my thoughts and feelings. I love vegetarian and vegan food but am neither. I believe in Fair Trade and sustainable living but am no extremist. I think people should be able to afford living without leaving a negative impact on the world. I love pin-up and everything positive it encapsulates. I also like finding businesses which are run by passionate people that are just a little bit out of the norm. I didn’t say I was normal, I never have been

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bill Monk II

A little while ago I got to work with Bill Monk for his upcoming exhibition in March 2012... you can find the whole post here. Well I finally got a few of the photos and Polaroids (the ones with the frames) back... for the actual exhibition images will be drawn and painted... so I cant wait to see the results of that, however for now you can see these! Makeup Myself and Bill Monk

Have a lovely day,
xox Miss EmmaJane

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sandman... Tatts and Tiaras

Tatts and Tiaras shoot thanks to Matt from Sandman Photography Tattoo art by Phengari Art
Wasn't feeling 100% but photos still turned out awesome... been shooting less than I have in the past so photos have more time in between... this is part of a series that Matt is doing and you can find more from the set at the link above... the last two images are side by side pages that will be part of a book and the original idea of what we planned to do :D

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bill Monk

I got to work with Bill Monk yesterday evening, he is an artist that has moved to Australia from the USA where he did the beginnings of his art degree, he is now furthering his study and teaching. I applied to be one of his models for his exhibition earlier this year around May, and the photos below are from the test shoot we did. I didn't end up being part of that exhibition, he only needed one model at the time. These photos below were all taken on the digital camera, however the last photo was also taken with a Polaroid camera.

Bill uses a range of mediums to create his art. This time round I applied for his portraits project (from what I saw predominantly sketches/illustrations), and got accepted we did a whole range of images lying down, using talc powder on my face, and with an iPod. Being the actual shots for his new exhibition they were predominately Polaroids, using various 'cameras' to capture the photo (most of the equipment has been modified to take portraits) as well as some digital images for reference. He also did some filming. His work is very raw, realistic and unlike a lot of photographers, the images are in no way retouched. The models he uses are not the super photogenic models, as he doesn't want classical beauty shots.
I was really excited to work with him again, art is the side of modeling I enjoy most as it has meaning and reason behind the ideas. It was great to know I will be part of the project, and it will be awesome to see the finished results - which will be displayed at a gallery in South Bank, Brisbane in March 2012 (Actual details are to be figured out closer to the time).

I have done a lot of shoots since these images below so they are fairly old, the new ones that I got to see look amazing!

Have a lovely evening,
xox Miss EmmaJane

Friday, September 23, 2011

Saying NO in Modeling

So following on from the blog below (at least read the articles at the top)... shooting for free is pointless! I wanted to come to the next and most important point!

Point 3: It is ok to say no. Lots of models think that its good to say yes to everyone, its more publicity and more photos. A) please read the bit in the last blog about if its actually a free shoot or TFP, consider time like getting too and from the shoot location (I had a photographer try justify me shooting with him because it was an hour to get there... oh and an hour back... and an hour to get ready... and the few days before planning and gathering all the things I needed?!?), B) it can actually limit who shoots with you... bit of a backfire really! If you say yes to everyone then people expect its easy to get you to work with them, and other people who like to feel 'exclusive' don't want to shoot with you. I wanted to make this point clear because you will get abused. There is no point explaining why you don't want to work with someone, they will just try to justify what they want to do with you. It will probably also come with abuse, I have been abused because I don't want to shoot nude. I have been abused because I didn't want to model for a workshop where the photographers paid the organised but not the models. It happens to everyone. A short answer saying sorry but no in a polite way is the best thing to do rather than justify your decision as much as you want to, and it actually normally works better and makes the person less defensive. Be clear about what your willing to do and what your not willing to do, if they try and be pushy online then they will be pushy when you shoot with them, so say no. There needs to be a common level of respect, can you respect the photographer? Is the photographer willing to respect you? Remember I am predominately talking about TFP here but respect is across the board. Understanding is also a key thing, where is the person coming from are they really a GWC (Guy with Camera) or is it just your own personal issues getting in the way. Why do they think the way they do and can you respect that everyone is different and while you may not agree with them take the things they can teach you from it. This is the secondary payment you can get from shooting, whether or not you choose to take it, the lessons and knowledge the other person has. Everyone shoots differently and everyone's personalities are different. What did you learn at the shoot? Furthermore on saying no, listen first and foremost to your instincts. That even gets to be blue and bold its that important. If someone says the photographer is amazing, but you feel weird when talking online, say no to the shoot or agree to meet beforehand. Make sure you know they are not going to pressure you during the shoot. You will not get goof photos if you feel pressured. I do not understand why people do it! Your safety is the highest priority! If you do not have a gut instinct develop one, or if your really unsure about your decision get a second opinion from a model or photographer you trust that has worked with them or can read their profile before you say no. Chatting it out with a trusted friend can help you identify what is making you feel weird, and 90% of the time I will still go back and say no to the person after chatting it out. No payment or promises should make you go against your instincts.
So you didn't listen to your instincts and you went and shot with them anyway or in the rare case they didn't turn out to be like you thought they would be. I catch public transport, I never get into a photographers car unless I have met them first or know the area very well. What is your escape route? It might sound like a major precaution but you need to be able to leave a shoot. Have your phone with you and charged. If the photographer wants to take you to a place where you cant get there by bus/train can you find a friend who is a mua to go with you? You cannot run faster than a car. It sounds stupid, but its true, if you are at a shoot and it gets too touch-y feel-y then you need to get out of there, as soon as your personal bubble is compromised, you feel unsafe, or the photographer keeps pushing you to shoot something and you have said no a 100 times then it may be time to leave. They have a 'good' excuse for everything they ask of you but you don't want to do it. It wasn't something you said you would do and your not getting paid, don't do it, if you feel uncomfortable the photos will turn out bad. This is why you need to have a way out, you cant ask the photographer to drop you home or to the bus stop - they have not got what they want because you said no to them. I know it sounds scary, but if you don't listen to your instincts and don't have an escape route you can start to feel trapped. Yes it happens, yes photographers can forget that you are not a lump of clay but a real person with feelings. Yes, some photographers are Guys with Cameras. No, not every photographer is like that. There are lots of amazing people out there, I have had the privilege to work with many talented photographers. I have also turned down people I feel unsafe/unsure about, I have also worked with a photographer that was to touch-y feel-y and pushy. Many amazing photographers, a few dodgy ones. Its precautionary but its also important as you don't want to get hurt. First port of call is listen to your instincts and 99% of the time you wont end up in a bad situation. Talk to other models you trust for references, and ask questions.
Oh and if you plan to say no, say no. Do not pull a no show, its unprofessional and reflects on you, its worse than the abuse you may have got. Do not let them know the night before, or even the day before, let them know asap as soon as you have decided that you no longer feel comfortable or something has come up. I cancelled my shoots when I was in hospital with gastro because I had a drip in my arm and didn't know when I was going to get out of hospital. I got out a few hours later, but was on bed rest, it was better for me to have cancelled then when at the hospital a few days before, then the day before the shoot because I was still feeling unwell. I have shot on 50% its not great, and it doesn't work well if you can make a new time - I am my own worst critique. I kicked myself afterwards for not preforming well.

Point 4: This really gets me, Read the casting call, understand the casting call. If you don't ask questions. I constantly read a casting call that asks for blonde models but has brown and black haired models apply. They don't say they have a wig, so there is no way they could meet the brief. If it asks for a B cup model and you have double D's, are you willing to get a reduction for the one shoot? probably not, then don't reply. They are just wasting the photographers time. If you do plan to dye your hair, let ALL your photographers know who you will be working with, DO NOT turn up with something different to what your photos on your profile show, unless you have said. You will not get re-booked. You will piss the photographer off. Lets be honest here, if you don't have a photographer wanting to re-book you, you probably screwed something up regardless if its paid, TFP or otherwise. Take criticism well, take it as constructive. It will make you better as long as its from people you respect and who are not just wanting to put you down. Listen to your photographers and take their advise, they can see you in the camera, you cannot. There is always something to learn and some way to improve as long as you model. You will never learn everything, you will just stop being willing to learn. Its about being a professional and communicating. Lets be honest, communication and respect are on a similar standing.

Now to something a little different: There is, what I call, a professional level of touch, this is when the photographer say don't move but you have this one strand of hair across your face, it is then ok for the photographer to come over and move it, or the mua, stylist or whoever - why because it would ruin the pose for you to move. Generally the photographer tries as hard as possible not to touch you in any way shape or form. You may need something readjusted on your back, the photographer can see it, you cant, they can fix that. Firstly, the photographer identifies the issue. Then you discuss how to fix it, is it best for you to fix it or them. Then you fix it. The photographer should never touch you without asking first. If they do, that is not a professional level of touch, its not respectful either! If it keeps happening, remember you are able to leave.

Point 5: I get told often that the only way to make money as a model is to shoot nude. Lets be truthful here, there are hundreds of models and photographers and not very many jobs. The truth is there is no money in the industry really, you should presume two things
1) You will never make it in the industry.
2) You will make it in the industry.
These are the two rules I shoot by, they are contradictory but make a lot of sense. You should understand there are not a lot of jobs in the industry and its very difficult to ever make it or make money. Therefore you will never make it BUT you need to act like you will make it. You need to act professional and that every shoot will reflect on your future work. You need to read castings, and read release forms and act professionally. Shooting nude doesn't make money, unless you do Zoo, Penthouse or the like... Art nude doesn't make money as most models I know shoot nude TFP, rarely they will be paid but never enough to pay the bills or do it as a permanent thing. So don't feel forced into shooting nude - yet again you will be uncomfortable, the photos wont turn out well, and you wont get portfolio photos. Shoot nude because you want to, or don't shoot nude because you don't want to. Think about your reasons. I often here this line from photographers that shoot nude... there aim is not to give you advise about making money but instead to get you to shoot nude, but don't want to pay you for it, which is a little contradictory really! There are some amazing nude photographers that do shoot clothed models, but they are predominately nude photographers, that is their passion and their artform, and its probably better to find someone whose passions line up with yours!

Well I was going to write on release forms, but it seems that will be next... the fact that a contract is within the walls of the 4 sides of paper and doesnt include anything else outside of it thanks judge judy for that one!... and a few other things that you need to ask before a shoot!!!

Have a good evening, and I hope this encourages you to research more and to not feel bad about saying no, or leaving when you feel uncomfortable or unsafe!

xox Miss EmmaJane

TFP... is it really?

So In lights of what I am about to write about I recommend you read these two articles by Model Mayhem's Education Blog

I started out modeling in March of this year thinking that TFP (Time for Print or more commonly these days Time For Portfolio) meant it was a collaboration between a model and photographer then both parties would get portfolio quality photos, and any makeup artists and stylists would also get portfolio quality photos. However, the more I modeled the more I found this is not actually the case. It turns out you either need to do a lot of research fast and understand the way people play the game and the legal aspects of it all or stop being part of it all! So this is what I have figured out in my research! (From a modeling perspective rather than a general industry perspective) Know this stuff, do more research, and ask all these questions BEFORE you shoot!

Point One: What is a portfolio worthy photo? From what I have read you should have an A4 printed portfolio without watermarks in it. Watermarks are unprofessional. Unless, in the rare case, the watermark could get you booked, say your photographers work is constantly featured on Vogue or any other Fashion Bible (but even then their personal style should be easily identifiable unless it was a test shoot for something new and unique). Watermarks are distracting, I have had watermarks planted on my face in photos, and other places where they draw the eye away from the overall photo and too the watermark. The purpose of a portfolio is to book you a job (paid or TFP). It shows what you can do not who you have worked with, and it needs to look professional.

Why have a printed portfolio? I went to a hair casting the other day, they looked at my hair and had a play around, then asked if I had any photos of myself to show them. I could give them my model mayhem profile but I didn't have any photos on me, I don't have any on my phone (and they are tiny anyway) and I don't have an iPad. I should have had a printed portfolio, those photos would have shown what I could do and what I cant/have not done. Its also something to hold if your waiting for a casting with a whole bunch of people you don't know.
Will you ever go to a casting, thing is you may never go to an actual casting since a lot are online and look at your profile there first. Hard thing is if they then want you to go to a casting, they may not remember your portfolio and you may not have a lot of time to pull one together. How to put one together that's the next thing I am looking at!

High Resolution photos verses Prints. A common thing these days is photographers to give high resolution photos, legally and technically speaking you are not allowed to create any copy of that image as that would be creating another image which goes against what most releases say. However its generally acceptable for you to print that image and put it into your portfolio in A4 (its best to use high quality printing places so the image doesn't fade), that's why they give it to you - you pay for the ones you want printed, and the photographer doesn't have to. You get high res images in A4 size. Don't expect its large enough to make into a banner or anything like that - if you needed that you would discuss it with the photographer. You CANNOT alter, change, edit the photo!!! I do on occasions watermark images with a tag down the bottom when I am not given a watermarked image, as I prefer to use watermarked images online. If the photographer has a watermark you CANNOT put an un-watermarked image online! Its a piece of artwork in its own right, you do not want someone else to take it and call it their own. I do not want to associate myself/my photos with someone I have not worked with. Not because I don't want to work with them but because I can't give a reference to a new model and they may not be someone I want to work with. You CANNOT sell the photo to someone, the photo belongs to the photographer. As a model you cannot release a photo to a business to use on their website, and you probably don't want to as you could be making money out of it. If you do get prints remember to keep the photographers details in case the print gets ruined (remember the floods!) that's why high res is preferable as well. However, lots of photographers have had their images changed and edited, so no longer give high res only prints. That's a legit, saves you printing costs, and really you cant use high res for anything but a printed portfolio anyway.

What wont you get: Raw files you can edit yourself, all the photos the photographer took because they don't want bad photos they took ruining their reputation like you don't want bad photos of you in your portfolio (you may ask to see them to view your poses and what works on occasions just ask), remember its quality not quantity. You may have done 100s of photo shoots but you may only have a 20 photo portfolio.

Recap: For your portfolio you should get web size images with watermarks for online if the photographer has a watermark, you should get A4 size prints or high res images without watermarks for your portfolio. If you forgot to ask these questions at the start, and don't get portfolio worthy photos, and they are worth it for your portfolio either ask or just don't shoot with them again. This is all Time for Portfolio stuff. If you are paid don't expect to get portfolio worthy photos or any images at all, in TFP for your payment is portfolio worthy photos if your paid in cash or product or something else that's your payment. Tear sheets are also portfolio worthy, they are 'torn out' of magazines you are featured in and can get you booked. Being published doesn't make you a better model, it just means someone liked your photo AND they happen to think its worth showing people, AND they have an ability to show people, like they are an editor of a magazine or something. But again that normally goes through the photographer.

Point two: Who owns the photo? From what I gather you own your face, the photographer owns the photo. You have to sign a release to say the photographer can show your face (like on TV where they blur it out because they have not had a release signed) then the photographer can actually use the photo he or she owns in their portfolio. For any payment based deal there needs to be a release form, for any business wanting to show the photos their also needs to be a release form. Especially if they want to claim they own the photos.

So, is it really a TFP deal for you? What are your aims as a model? where do you want to go? I have never done a swimwear shoot and its not something I would probably do as I don't believe it will contribute to my portfolio. I do a lot of lingerie, I enjoy doing those shoots as their is a lot of posing you can do. Is someone being paid or will someone make money from these photos? If the photos are to be used for a companies advertising its only fair you get some payment. If the photographer is running a workshop its also fair you get paid some of the profits. They need to do a cost sheet figure out how many people are needed to make it a cost effective event - do they need a minimum of 5 photographers to make a profit then that's something they should let you know, its not something that you have to figure out but! If someone makes a profit out of the shoot then everyone should make a profit out of the shoot. The only exception is if its not portfolio worthy for them, is their makeup portfolio full of pin-up and so doing your pin-up makeup isn't worth it for them, then they may want to get paid. You may also have to pay someone to be able to work with someone else, there are models that if you have worked with them, I will generally say yes to working with you. It happens a lot!
There is a difference between gaining clients and being a profitable shoot. A photographer or model will use the photos in their portfolio and gain clients but not be making money directly off that photo, its a form of advertising but its not product advertising. Product advertising is their to make money from a product, and its very profitable. So when a business wants product photos for their website/lookbook they are making a profit directly from those photos, so payment to both the model and photographer is generally a good thing. Business' try and tell you you will get exposure. Think about it like this, when you go shopping for food you buy food. When you go shopping for clothing you go to buy clothing. Very rarely will a person buying clothing want to know the name of the model in the photo, unless they already know it, then they identify with them. They are there to buy clothing not going shopping for a model for their next campaign, plus no one can find out what your name is anyways. However, if a person is looking at a modeling portfolio they are predominately looking for: facial expressions, do you have a range; poses: are you flexible, can you pose, do you know what works well; colour scheming: can you understand colourways, do you know what doesn't work well together, do you know what does work and in what quantities colours should be together in (to be honest this is a major thing I look at when looking for a photographer after skills of course!)... and then you might look at the outfit, the outfit does help make the photo! And then you want to know the designer! To be honest, its more beneficial for the designer/label then for the photographer or model to be in their portfolio and potentially gain their fans then for the other way around. If they tell you it may lead to paid work in the future. Unless its in the contract it doesn't mean a thing, its just a promise that may never happen. Is this strictly and always the case? I have modeled for a company in the past TFP and would willingly do again because I believe in what the company stands for! I would like to show that I support that company! Its ethics, its like the models that pose for PETA - you would hope they don't do it because of the pay they do it because they believe it in. Some businesses don't give away free products to famous people because they believe if the celebrity does like the product they will buy it themselves and to be honest they do. Lady Gaga bought a piece of a fashion student at QUT because she saw it on youtube. Globalization is making the world smaller!

Shooting for free is pointless, its a waist of your time, effort and money. Modeling does cost, I spend a good $75 a month on my face: toner, day and night moisturizer plus exfoliation (should be done once a week) and face wash, eye cream and lip moisturizer - find what works for you and stick to it, go into a place like the body shop and get them to talk to you about your face. Get your makeup colour matched properly, understand the base colours (yellow is preferable for shooting) tell them its for photoshoots and dont just stick to the one colour - if its summer and your getting more tanned go recheck your foundation colour, when it runs out get it rechecked. Healthy eating: 2 fruit 5 veg, vegetation at least one night a week, three meals a day. Sleep and exercise, as well as keeping your brain active by reading or studying. Make sure you have everything needed for a shoot, all clothing and make sure everything is in good condition, get pieces you can mix and match well to make several outfits with. All the daily things that need to be done cost, so its pointless wasting your time and effort doing makeup and putting together an outfit to get nothing for your portfolio out of it...

Now I was going to write on releases, but that is going in my second post tonight that will follow this one!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Zuri - Troy Hansen

Troy, being insane, edited another batch of photos with me in it from the Girls Bathroom at Zuri (to be honest the bathroom doesn't look as good as it does in these photos) yet again you can find them at his blog link below along with all the other photos from Fetigraphy Platinum
So Credits are as follows
Photographer: Troy Hansen, Makeup Artist: Fiona Day and Dress: Azzaro Couture

Have a lovely evening,

xox Miss EmmaJane

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fetigraphy Platinum - Zuri

Here are some of the photos from the Fetigraphy Platinum shoot at Zuri Bar in the Valley CBD
The photographers were: Fetigraphy Shoot (Behind the scenes), Cam Attree, Mark Greenmantle and Troy Hansen
The makeup artists were: Fiona Day and Susanna Snobohm
More photos can be found at these links:
and there are still a few more to come :)

Fetigraphy Shoot - Behind the Scenes

Cam Attree - I am wearing a 1930s silk/lame coat/dress

Mark Greenmantle Photography

My Makeup thanks to Fiona Day

Troy Hansen

'I cant find my nipples'

Have a lovely evening,
Holidays and coming soon and blogging will then be caught up to date!
xox Miss EmmaJane