I had the honour to work with Banke, one of Nigeria’s top make up artist. Banke’s work is all about precision , Glam, that totally enhances the faces of these already beautiful models. Hair was done by Jthe one and only Jimmy campbell
Few people have asked about copyright law as this is important I thought I would comply
I found this very good and well worded document by Models uk it should help
What Is a Model Release Form?
Typically the form (signed by a professional model) offers written permission for the photographer to use images taken during a photoshoot, for commercial purposes. If the model is under 18 years of age then the form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Child models need their parents consent to take part in any kind of modelling.
The form offers protection to models and photographers and it is essential that both are aware of the legal document whilst working in the industry.
When Are They Used?
Such forms are generally used when the images feature a clearly identifiable subject (model) who is featured in part, or all, of the main image. They are less likely to be used if the images are not being created for commercial use.
Do not feel intimidated or nervous to ask for a model release form if the organisers or professional photographer in charge does not present the legal contract. It is up to you as a model and your parent/guardian to act savvy and speak up for what you are entitled to.
What Is Commercial Use?
This can be a grey area but usually relates to photos that are used to promote, advertise or otherwise support a product or service. The term commercial might suggest that it only applies to images that are sold, but that is not always the case.
Whilst photographers often sell their work, an image could be given away for free and still require your signed consent. Even if a free image is used in an advertising campaign then it becomes commercial.
Make sure you are clued up on the usage of the photos. Once the document is signed you are releasing the images for commercial use, which spans a wide umbrella. Ask as many questions as you feel necessary to feel reassured and confident.
What Are the Advantages?
The commercial purpose of any photographs you appear in is usually made clear when you are booked for a modelling job. However, you might want to use the form to add specific restrictions to the use of your image. You may not want your identity to be associated with a particular product, subject or service. For example, to avoid association with sex, drugs or violence you can state it on the form.
The official document gives you a sense of control over your modelling career. It protects you from scam artists who may use the image in an inappropriate way that cannot be challenged if the contract is left unsigned. Always ask for your own copy for your own protection.
Should I Sign One or Not?
Ultimately, whether or not you wish to sign the release is entirely your decision. Some photographers will insist on it whilst others will be more relaxed. Signing the form could reduce the likelihood of your image being used in a way you might not be happy about. Not signing one does not guarantee that your image will stay out of the public domain. It could still be passed on to magazines, websites and other third parties for editorial use without your consent.
The document is intended to offer legal protection for both you and the photographer. Therefore, it is important to fully understand the consequences. Young models can sometimes act in a naive way that puts them at risk. They are afraid to speak up in case the opportunity is taken away. However, models need to be business minded to navigate the industry successfully. Carry out research and take your career into your own hands.
What Does a Model Release Form Look Like?
Many aspiring models are new to the industry and are most likely unfamiliar of what the document looks like. Depending on the company that you are working with each form will look slightly different. However, the intention is the same to hand over permission of the images that you feature in.
Expect to find:
A paragraph (or two) written at the top of the page stating the photographers name and what you are giving permission to. For example, where the photo can be used, how the image can be altered and handing over the rights of the shot to the photographer.
The rest is left blank for the model to fill in with prompts of what should be written in each space. It is usually your personal data e.g. name of model, telephone number etc
Photoshoot information – date and location.
Print your name for legibility.
State your date of birth.
Declare your current address.
Provide your email address.
State the current date.
If under 18, there is an option for your legal guardian to sign the document and print their name.
2 witness are usually required to sign the form and to write their address.
Please find a model release form template here. There are many free templates online to gauge what the document should look like if you are unsure.
UK Models Can Help
Modelling industry experts such as UK Models can offer further advice on completing the paperwork required when working as a model. However, you may also want to seek professional legal advice if you have specific questions or concerns. The same goes for any client contracts that you need looking over. It is better to address these queries prior to the shoot. Leaving it until later may lead to some legal issues.
Always make sure that you fully understand every detail of the form and that you are happy to proceed. Never feel pressured or obliged to sign the document as you need to feel confident in your decision. Ask a friend or relative for advice also for a second opinion. A fresh pair of eyes may spot something that you missed.
Here is an experiment using different paintbrush methods in photoshop , really like the result .
thanks for the use of our beautiful BAME models
It was a pleasure shooting with Yasmin from BAME . The shoot was for cool creative Kings rd , Soft gentle curls , Golden bronze makeup and a dreamy beautiful model , great hairdressing , colour buy L’OREAL
Well It's a long time since I have been up here, December was hectic and I'm in the calm before the storm now before the Loreal colour trophy shoots. Its real been all hands on deck trying to fin suitable models for hair work, Done some nice shoots in this period mainly with BAME models , This Shoot was with Yasmin from BAME Heres a few images , Hair and make up Clare Pinkney
This is a great location for those of you that want a multi locational venue that offer a unique feel.
I have shot at this location on a number of different shoots now and each time that i shoot I find some element that is new . This time we were making two short films over a Saturday and Sunday. here are a few images from the shoot Plus one of the videos. Lets start withe the video If your interested in shooting at this location , either for yourself or with me , contact me on 08001701747 or contact Dave and Andy Direct on 07583 261813
For the last couple of weeks I have been teaching a class of 10 people , who have never used a camera in a creative way . The class is amazing and its such an amazing thing to see these guys go from 0-60 in a 6 week course . The use of any sort of program mode has been prohibited and they can all now shoot in manual mode. Today we will be painting with light
Had a really interesting day today , selecting images for the new KUNAT LONDON website
Although these images were shot a short time ago it was nice to see them again I decided to do a few update edits and play with some light .
Really like the final looks. Monika has a beautiful outlook on style for for all aspects of design. It’s worth checking her website out .
Really Great shoot today with the Brit Diva girl
Now that Salon is over and you have the build up to Christmas upon us , its time to start thinking about your entry to the L’Oreal Colour TROPHY . Last year we got 11 people through to the Semi finals. If you are interested in entering give us a call . We have some great that can help you and your salons enter without braking the bank , call upon 08001701747. hers a little vid of a few of our entries last year. Packages include mentoring , make up artist , short video and stunning pictures .
This interesting new show keeps crossing my path , once again i was asked to shoot some portraits for a few of the Girls, this one is of Maurisa Colman
I really like the idea of creating facial art , as posed to just make up ,
this blank canvas was really nice to work with Make up artist Clare Pinkney created a soft natural base then i created a brow overlay looking a bit like a fine tattoo . The over lay is a shot that i took of the west wing of Lincoln Cathedral
These two are amazing model , stunning set of images with fantastic makeup by Clare pinkney
It was great to meet up with old and new friends at Salon this year , I was was shooting for Nano Keratin on the stand, got to be one of the best products i have ever you. Smoothing and conditioning hair to a fantastic condition . This product is set to transform the face of hairdressing Here is one lucky stand visitor who won a free treatment.
New TV Show that i was asked to capture stills for , The shoot took place at PRICE Studio on York way Battersea, The driving force behind the show is Elsie Nemlin, Director May FilmWorks ltd. The show is Directed by Linda McDonal Cairns
The show is something like lose women , Except the the host are much more diverse and representative of our UK population . The team have an open discussion op popular and sometimes controversial subjects , live infant of a TV audience, Subjects such sex religion , gender and transgender> One of the hosts Maurisa S Colman , is a business consultant and brand manager but also a very talent model as show below.
The words ‘you should be so lucky’ came to mind when shooting Ingvild and Awissi lakou
With Clare Pinkney doing Makeup and Hair. Caleb PG Media on camera ) video and myself on still .These girls are smooch fun to work with. The objective was to find a model for The Nano Keratin shoot on the 10th october. I really hope that these two are selected. Here are a few pictures and video : Models Ingvild and Awissi lakou Turning heads
West Lodge Shoot Photo Shoot
Amazing shoot at one of my favourite studio Location west Lodge
Models Sansya, Daisy and Juan , Cloth Stylist The stylist London , Hair By Martin Pinkney Make up by Clare Pinkney . Videography By Boris Vajda
Here is a Link the the video
Its always challenging working in low light but when your main light source is LED of the control desk and small amount of downlights then it becomes really hard. However with the right balance of ISO, shutter, and aperture amazing, it's amazing what can be achieved , here is few examples
Interesting challenges with close up beauty photography. The power of Macro photography is simply beautiful. working simply with a beauty dish and tri reflectors is very refreshing. Although the freckles were not real this did present a slight problem with lighting. Never the less I found a solution using clam lighting, that seems to work. I will leave you to think up your own solution as the saying goes, " one man's ceiling is another man floor". Natural freckles are not too hard to deal with but painted freckles are a little more tricky. The key to it is to use reflective light source rather than a direct light source., we at least that's what worked for me.
Heres an example. The image to the right is light direct with a beauty dish, the image to the left is reflective light.
Fine art shoot with Charlotte, The beauty of the body is always fascinating. Telling the story just enough to be sensual without being overtly sexual. These images for me do just that, Last week i visited the Watts Galery in Surrey, I fascinated how Watts experimented with textures, color and light. His Pre Raphaelite style is just so emotional it almost overwhelming. I found myself extremely emotional.I wanted to experiment with photography to see how some of the stylings would commute. So with the aid of my very beautiful model Charlotte. we set ourselves the chalenge