When I first began my career as a professional photographer, I undervalued the necessity of getting the subjects of my portraits to sign releases; I was solely focused on crafting incredible pictures to build-up my portfolio. As industry figures began to take note of my images, I quickly realized the error of my past ways: One of my first ‘big breaks’ occurred when Adobe asked to feature several of my photographs and I joyfully agreed. Finally, I thought, I will finally begin to receive the recognition for which I’ve worked so hard.
Unfortunately, no legitimate company would dare print or publish images that aren’t backed-up with a model- or property-release. It was with a heavy heart that I had to turn down Adobe’s offer–without model releases, none of the images in my portfolio were commercially valid. What a huge let-down…but also a hard-won lesson: Credible photographers take care of the details.
Top Model Release was born from this experience. The user-friendly app lets photographers quickly and easily create unlimited model and property releases on-the-go, rather than having to cart-around unwieldy stacks of paper that can get lost en route. It lets photographers electronically stamp their business’ logo on PDF versions of the release for total customization. And, in order to simplify storage and cataloguing, photographers can embed the corresponding image directly into the release. What’s more, Top Model Release is approved by one of America’s leading photography copyright lawyers, Bert Krages, and also approved by Getty Images.
Get yours today! But, before you do so, be sure your iPhone is upgraded to iOS5 here –it’s free and easy to upload. Check out Top Model Release and share your feedback here! I’d love to hear from you.
*iPhone Native / iPad Compatible available now for $8.99*
*Universal version for iPad Coming Soon – Current iTunes Store policy is complimentary upgrade for all owners of the iPhone Version*
Often emerging portrait photographers lack confidence in their ideas. If that is you, don’t let it show! Your subject will pick up on your insecurities and loose faith. Learn to trust your gut and believe in your vision for a shot – radiate that confidence and dedicate yourself to making it a success.
When shooting this model, I had the idea of putting her out in the middle of moving traffic. I suggested it with a big grin and guided her out into the street.. My enthusiasm transferred to her and out to the street she walked. If I had been even the slightest bit hesitant, she would have picked up on my doubt and probably said no. It was confidence and assuming success that made the shot.
Thank you to Jenefer Taylor for being such a great model and check out her beautiful music and photos.
Photo/Video Credit: The sensational, uber-talented Petra Cross
I had so much fun last week with the G+/Scott Kelby Conference! It was such an honor to be a moderator & panelist, contribute to the portfolio reviews of so many talented photographers, and attempt to master the bathroom selfie.
While Petra’s above stop motion says it all, I figured I should also share my 2-cents.
Here are the Top 10 Reasons the conference was a must-attend-event:
10. Portfolio Reviews
9. Project Glass
8. Wine and Cheese Reception – I am a sucker for red
7. SmugMug’s incredible cookies
6. Learning about Brian Matiash’s woodworking hobby
5. Spending time with all the Photographers on the Fisherman’s Wharf Photowalk
4. Trey Ratcliff’s amazing Closing Remarks - especially his opening slideshow (where can we get the soundtrack?)
3. Opening Keynote Video and Remarks
2. The opportunity to be in Petra Cross’s awesome stopmotion video
1. Learning a ton and being inspired beyond belief
Below are some highlights of our Photowalk:
Honorable Mention goes to Robin Leworthy Wilson
The winner of the Scavenger Hunt goes to Richard Hay
Thank you to the amazing group of people who came out on the walk, you made it fun for all of us.
And thank you Google and Scott Kelby for producing such an incredible event – can’t wait for next year!
This afternoon I will be hosting a Photowalk on Fisherman’s Wharf. We are almost a full house and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone. Below is my schedule; if you are at the conference come by and say “hello”!
- Mon 3 PM – Photowalk at Fisherman’s Wharf – Meeting Location is at the cable car turnaround near Ghiradelli Square
- Tues 10:15 – 11:15 AM – Moderator for How to Stay Fresh on Google with Colby Brown and Brian Matiash
- Tues 3:00 – 4:00 PM – One on One Portfolio Reviews with Erik Valind, Matt Kloskowski, Peter Hurley
- Wed 10:15 – 11:15 AM – Moderator for Circling Strategies with Mike Wiacek and Brian Matiash
- Wed 3:00 – 4:00 PM – One on One Portfolio Reviews with Colby Brown, Alex Koloskov and Erik Valind
While the sessions for the portfolio reviews have filled up, if you are attending the conference and wish to be put on the waiting list, head over to the Super 8 Lounge to put your name down on the list.
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