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What Type of Pictures Do Model Agencies Want?

What Type of Pictures Do Model Agencies Want?

If you are truly passionate about modeling and want to impress a modeling agency, the best way to do it is undoubted to submit the best photos. We reveal some important advice on photos model agencies are looking out for and some guidelines for you to follow.

Simplicity is not dullness

Contrary to what may be your instinctive idea, model agencies are not looking out for extraordinary photos or fancy clothes! This may actually work against you. Firstly, the agency might think you are an inflexible person who is only interested in a particular style of fashion and modeling. They may also perceive your effort as arrogance. Agencies are looking for fresh material they can mold and most importantly a humble person they can cooperate and work with. No agency wants to sign someone who they feel might be difficult to work in harmony with.

Therefore, always submit photos with simple clothes and minimal makeup. Solid, dark colors such as maroon and blue would prevent too much distraction and focus the attention on you, your body and facial features more in the photograph.

Avoid distraction

Avoid too much clutter and photo noise in the background. Your background should be as simple as it can be. Remember that model agencies are looking out for YOU and not anyone else, so only you should be in your photographs, and if all else fails, find a simple white wall, and use it as your background.

No edits

Modeling agencies are filled with staff and personnel who are photoshop gurus because of the nature of the industry. They will spot your edit on a photo from miles away. So don’t try your luck with Photoshop or any other software. No editing should be necessary for you to look good on a photo in any case. Moreover, if you do edit and get called for an interview, imagine the disappointment that you will be giving the agency on your first day itself. The best way is to go natural and be known for your authentic look and confident personality. A credible agency will have the creative brains to imagine you with the makeup and clothes of varying degrees and complexities without you physically wearing them.

Social media

If you are truly interested in modeling and want to dedicate your life to it, how you post on social media matters a lot too. Model agencies are usually online and digitally savvy to keep their agency relevant with the times. They are likely to do some background research on you if they are interested in you. That said; don’t be posting studio quality shots or photos online. Model agencies don’t want you to be portraying your social life like a professional job network. Post casual photographs and selfies that show that you can look good without putting in too much effort. Show that you know how to have a good time and have a vibrant personality.

So there you have it, the top qualities in photographs agencies …

Gentleman Sport Style: 5 Essential Tips

Gentleman Sport Style: 5 Essential Tips

The first step to be respectable is to look respectable. So, whether you are potato couch, a working professional or an athlete, dressing like a pro is important. Even the sporty look can surface the real gentleman within you if you pair the ensemble the right way. Always dress stylish, but keep it simple and the trend shall follow. Wonder how can a sports style look elegant and subtle? Listed below are some of the quickfire tips that can make both the ends of men’s meet effortlessly. Gear yourself with the simple ideas and be a trend-setter instead of following the herd.

Keep it subtle

The sporty look is mostly confused with the funky appearance. This is the reason why people think that the athletic appearance won’t go well on a gentleman. This is not true! You can don a sophisticated appearance even in athleisure attire unless you are dressed up like Kanye West. Instead of going with the baggy and jazzy attire, try the sleek ones. Keep the entire ensemble elegant and try to hit the right note in between being stylish and going over-the-top. The sport-inspired look should not be very boyish. Ditch the slogan t-shirts and try the solid shades or the subtle prints.

Skip the dress shoes

The footwear can single-handedly bring a lot of change in your overall look and is one of the key components of a dapper look. The semi-formal is the best option for the gentleman sports style. If you are in suit and chinos, then, make sure that you don’t wear dress shoes with it. The loafers and sneaker are the ideal options. Even the flip-flops and sandals are in vogue this season. However, make sure that you don’t wear socks with them. While with the sneakers, you can wear a pair of ankle socks.

Play with colors and patterns

Play around with colors, patterns and prints, but make sure that the shades that you are choosing match your skin tone. The classic shades like gray, black and white are never going out of style. However, you can even ditch the neutral shades and go with the bolder ones if it suits you. Having said that, dressing in one color is the most recommended and the safest option for the elegant look. Combine different textures of the attire. At the same time, you can go casual in the bottom half. Jeans, chinos and even shorts at times can do the magic for you. You can choose any contrasting color when it comes to bottoms. However, make sure that you don’t compromise with underwear styles. Only go for the snug fit styles of men’s underwear.

Choose interesting layer

Layers can add style along with ample sophistication to your appearance. Pair a t-shirt with a sports coat or a printed tee with a sleek jacket. The lightweight hoodies and cardigans are apt options for the casual summer look. The shade of the top layer should contrast with your shirt. While for the formal …

4 Constructive Personal Leadership Styles

4 Constructive Personal Leadership Styles

Having a feel for your organisational culture, if you’re a CEO or company director, is a great aid in augmenting higher performance outcomes, but these tools also have personal and situational applications too.

Taking the Human Synergistics organisational culture measurement tool, we can customise the twelve styles to make them relevant personally.

There are three core areas: the constructive (blue); the passive/defensive (green); and the aggressive/defensive (red), each of which has four definable characterising features (shown in italics under the three key headings below).

Constructive:

Our learned personal behaviour should be mostly manifested from these styles. We can push for excellence in achievement, yet counter or temper it with the humanistic-encouraging and affiliative styles. This about trying our inclusive bests and taking a team with us, if necessary, in achieving transformational self-actualising goals.

Passive/defensive:

These are the least favoured from an organisational viewpoint, yet from a personal standpoint there are certainly times and places for them. Humility is occasionally shown in approval and being dependent can counteract too much independence toward a sense of interdependence.

Both conventional and avoidant styles, however, are not desirable at all, as personally they add nothing but detract considerably. Consistent avoidant behaviour, for instance, is a sign of rampant denial–a sign of a hopeless life.

Aggressive/defensive:

Not far behind the passive/defensive styles mentioned above, the aggressive/defensive styles need to be kept in check, as they make a person appear ignorant, arrogant and overpowering. Rather than exhibiting our personal power we should hone our influence.

We should occasionally oppose thoughts and ideas, but doing so constructively, not negatively. The oppositional and competitive person is seen as a road-block who wants to win at all costs. We want also to steer clear of perfectionism in our approach to life, as we quickly dispense with trusting people and get too detail-focused.

The Best Styles: Constructive… “achievement | self-actualising | humanistic-encouraging | affiliative”

The constructive styles are the main area for setting goals around, as we don’t want to be overly characterised by any of the other eight defensive styles, barring possibly an appropriate i.e. situational use of the ‘oppositional,’ ‘competitive,’ ‘approval,’ and ‘dependent’ styles. Hence, the remaining ‘conventional,’ ‘avoidance,’ ‘power,’ and ‘perfectionist’ styles should be shunned.

Being predominantly ‘blue,’ or assertive, in style as opposed to being overly ‘red’ (aggressive) or ‘green’ (submissive) is a good way to live a wise life. We should thus seek to very personally achieve and self-actualise ourselves (our goals), and bring this to bear with people-friendly humanistic-encouraging and affiliative methods with others (our methods in achieving our goals).

Copyright © 2009, S. J. Wickham. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

Human Synergistics International – Research and Development by Robert A. Cooke Ph.D and J. Clayton Lafferty Ph.D.

Teenage Fashion History

Teenage Fashion History

The word “teenager” was first coined in the 1950s, a time when teenage fashion had found its place and a niche market was created. Teenagers were now a closed group with their own feelings, style, beliefs, and ways of perceiving life; that is, their own personality.

Malcolm Barnard says in his book Fashion as Communication, “Fashion and clothing have always been explained as forms of communication”. Teenagers have now their own voice to speak their mind and they manage to do it through fashion.

Being teenager is being rebellious. If you check out the decades of teen fashion you might see that they have proven to be a way of rebelling out.

Back in the fifties, when teen fashion firs appeared, it would follow the famous look of James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause”. Although, their clothes did not differ too much from the general trend in fashion, girls could be seen wearing dresses fluffed out with petticoats and crinolines under the skirt. Boys wore tight Levis, Chinos, white or black tight shirts, as well as loafers or Converse shoes with leather jackets.

Fashion is totally influenced and “manipulated” by history. The historical events put a hallmark on fashion decades, as the clothes reveal people’s lifestyle, conceptions, and even prejudices.

In the 1960s, fashion and music started to go hand in hand. Pop and rock music began to influence fashion in a way like never before. Fashion icons, like The Beatles, or rebellious rock stars, like Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger, were speaking on behalf of the younger generation and they represented the main force.

In the 1970s, the disco era was loud and colorful. The fabrics of the decade were polyester, acrylic and lycra. Woman’s dresses were getting to their knees and men wore bell bottoms, jackets and gold chains. Platform shoes were big on the dance floor and shirt patterns were dizzying.

The 1980s came with the aerobic craze. The ultimate combination was tight, shiny stretch leggings paired with an over-sized, off-the-shoulder sweatshirt. The pop singer, Madonna was at her peak at that time and she influenced teenagers sense of style very much.

The 1990s, in terms of teen fashion, represented a mixture of a whole lot of different styles. Boy bands and girl bands of pop music were pretty eclectic in terms of clothes and they were admired by the young generation. It was the time of the platform shoe again which shows up in many shoes from sandals to tennis shoes. The colors are dramatic or pastel, while the classic color black was still used for dramatic effects in fashion.

Nowadays, teen clothing is very comfortable in all ways. The basic trends are vintage blue jeans with a trendy. Teenagers clothes need to be accessible in terms of prices, as young people’s expenditure is pretty limited within the amounts of money collected in their piggy banks.…

Buying Jewelry For Your Girlfriend – A Practical Guide

Buying Jewelry For Your Girlfriend – A Practical Guide

If you’re a man, you’re probably not much into jewelry. Most men, by and large, aren’t. Nevertheless, maybe it’s your girlfriend’s birthday or it’s Christmas or (heaven forbid!) it’s Valentine’s Day and you’ve decided you want to give your special girl the gift of jewelry. Good for you! It’s a wonderful choice, assuming, of course, that you already know that your girlfriend loves and appreciates nice jewelry. Okay, so now what?

Step One: Decide how much you can comfortably spend. Or, if you’re rolling in money, decide how much you’re willing to spend. If you’re barely scraping by, don’t beat yourself over a lack of funds or get the idea that unless you put yourself into dire financial straights over this purchase, you aren’t loving her enough. That’s nonsense, and any woman worth her salt will tell you so. When it comes to jewelry, we gals know that it’s not a guy’s cup of tea, that they are out of their depth and probably afraid they’ve made the wrong choice. We get it. And we appreciate the fact that you’re willing to try.

Step Two: Once you’ve got an idea of your budget, decide what form this jewelry gift will take. Will it be earrings? A necklace? A bracelet? A ring? If money’s a concern, earrings or a pendant necklace, especially if we’re talking about fine jewelry, are probably the most affordable pieces of jewelry. For the uninitiated, you can translate ‘fine jewelry’ to mean anything that has a K in it – as in 10k gold, 12k gold, 14k gold, etc. Earrings are pretty self-explanatory. A pendant necklace usually means a precious or semi-precious stone or two in a gold or silver setting, suspended by a chain of the same metal.

By the way, there is absolutely nothing wrong with opting for a piece of fine jewelry that’s 12k gold or even 10k. The gold content is distributed throughout the jewelry piece, so put aside any fears you may have that the gold will ‘wear off.’ If it’s all you can comfortably afford, it’s fine. And it will look good, too. This is supposed to be a token of affection and thoughtfulness, not a test of how much you care nor a measure of how much she’s valued. We’ve got to lose this notion that someone who receives an 18k gold ring is more loved than someone who receives a 10k ring. It’s ridiculous.

If the budget can’t accommodate a gift of fine jewelry, then consider Sterling silver jewelry. There are many beautiful Sterling silver pieces available, many with gorgeous semiprecious gemstones. Or you can stick with straight Sterling, no gemstones, and find your dollar will go quite far. For the same amount of money you’ll pay for a pair of, say, diamond stud earrings, you can probably buy your girl a completely new wardrobe of Sterling silver jewelry.

When you deciding on what kind of jewelry to buy, please take your girlfriend’s style into consideration. If …

Valuable Benefits of Professional Wedding Photography

Valuable Benefits of Professional Wedding Photography

Wedding day is the most auspicious and important day of one’s life and its beautiful snapshots are one of the most valuable items in the most valuable treasure box of memories. Weddings are an altogether collection of the special ceremonies and capturing its every single flavor is a complex job which needs proper mechanism and precision.

Professional wedding photography services came into the picture with the drastic growth in demand for capturing the wedding snapshots in a perfect way. This arena of photography depends on certain essential factors like the photography devices, artistic approach and the relevant experience to capture graceful and beautiful wedding moments. Hiring a professional wedding photographer enables one to get more incredible pictures thereby raising the charm of the memories.

Style

One of the vital components which one should seek for is an efficacious sense of style. By hiring a competent wedding photography professional whose style matches up to the specific requirements and preferences enables the wedding couple to get the a perfect look. One can do a brief research about the distinctive forms of wedding photography and thereby hire a wedding photographer who is well experienced in that particular form.

Accustomed with High-End Devices

Professional wedding photographers are familiar with the advanced camera and other advanced devices which capture of the pictures in a precise way. Moreover, they use certain backup equipments also to avoid the failures and uncertainties during the event. Ranging from the camera stand to battery chargers to other needed tools they enjoy proper access to many extra accessories, lenses and lights which may need at the time of capturing photos.

Standard Works and Flow of Time

With relevant experience, the experts can deal with all the noted possibilities of the wedding day and in comparison to the other non-professional photographers, they can deal with any kind of situation and deliver standard work. Moreover, these keen professionals are efficient in making best use of timing and flow for image capturing. They capture beautiful pictures in a systematic way which can feature various human emotions with spontaneity and laughter.

Reliability and Communication

One should hire a professional wedding photographer who can communicate well with the entire bridal ceremony members. In general, they are able to capture the real emotions of the members of the wedding party by interacting with them in a relaxing and compassionate way.

Professional wedding photographers provide photography services with a perfect blend of quality and creativity. The main benefit of capturing the most treasured pictures of wedding ceremony by a professional wedding photographer is that they can make the people look in a natural and elegant way thereby raising the overall charm and beauty of them.…

5 Types of Mesh Fabrics Used for Making Clothes

5 Types of Mesh Fabrics Used for Making Clothes

A versatile piece of fabric, Mesh is used in different types of clothing items, crafts and utility items. Mesh is actually an open-hole fabric which is weaved to a grid-shaped style. The fabric can be styled into a skirt or a top. It can also be used to make vibrant tote bags of different colors or hair-nets. If you have set up an apparel and accessories store, it can be a good idea to keep some outfits and accessories made of mesh. Read and know all about the 5 different kinds of mesh that are available in the market, and commonly used by 3D Spacer Mesh Fabric manufacturers to make clothing and accessories.

Polyester mesh fabric

It is used commonly as side panel inserts in athletic outfits. This kind of fabric is breathable in form and can wick away moisture easily from the skin while carrying out various sporting and athletic activities. The sheer fabric is also used by fashion clothing designers in the form of overlays to add dimension and texture to tricot and other materials with a flat weave. The delicate parts of the body can be camouflaged by making use of two mesh layers.

Mesh Netting Fabric

It is used for making dresses that need the body to be air-dried fast. It can protect the skin and belongings from the bites of insects. Naturally, it is used for the construction of camping equipment and gear and numerous items like totes and backpacks that need the use of breathable fabric.

Tulle

This is a fine mesh net fabric which is most commonly used for manufacturing wedding veils. It is also used in decorating wedding gowns, floral arrangements, wedding favors, evening gowns, lingerie, costumes, window treatments, hats and gifts. This is a versatile type of fabric which has been in use for over 300 years.

Power Mesh

It is used by 3D Spacer Mesh Fabric companies for making outfits designed to smoothen the body, such as long-line panties, long-line bras, control slips and control-top pantyhose. These are used more often in making undergarments for women although shape-wear and abdomen reducing undershirts for men are also made of this fabric. The fabric lets the skin breathe and helps the body preserve its own shape. As compared to spandex and other stretchable fabrics, it offers more comfort. It is available in various types of colors, such as red, cream, black, white, pink and blue and even skin tones ranging from deep brown to pale peach.

Nylon Mesh

This is a porous, lightweight material which is used for making outfits as well as for the production of beekeeping veils, birdcage covers, laundry bags, screens in campers and tents and lots of other items. This is a long-lasting fabric and can get be retained for a long time, although even these may get torn and worn-down. Sticky nylon mesh patches can be used to repair these fabrics. Nylon mesh dresses are usually sensuous in nature, and body hugging in form, although more conservative …

Kobudo: Weapons and Styles

Kobudo: Weapons and Styles

Kobudo

Kobudo is a weapons-based form of martial arts originating in the Southern Japanese islands of Okinawa. The term Kobudo itself translates from the Japanese as “the old martial of Okinawa”, although the translation is modern as the people of Okinawa did not give names to their martial arts until after the 19th century.

The popular myth surrounding Okinawan Kobudo is that it was developed from farmers using their farm tools as weapons, as they were forbidden from having actual weapons by the Japanese Samurai class for fear of popular insurrection. This myth has gained traction due to the nature of the martial arts weapons employed in Okinawan Kobudo, all of which are related to common farm implements and will be discussed below. However, there are many links between Okinawan Kobudo and similar Chinese forms of weapons-based martial arts which predate Japanese occupation of the island, casting doubts upon such founding myths. It’s possible that the varying martial arts originated before Japanese occupation, but gained popularity in response to the general ban on weapons.

As Okinawan Kobudo is primarily weapons-based, the specific martial arts weapons involved are outlined below.

Martial Arts Weapons of Kobudo

Kobudo Bo: The most important weapon of Kobudo, the Kobudo Bo is typically a 6 ft long staff (although some Kobudo Bos are longer, and some shorter), made of either hard material like red or white oak, or more flexible material such as bamboo, pine, or rattan, ranging in weight from heavy to light. The Japanese art of using the Kobudo Bo is called Bojutsu. A Kobudo Bo is often tapered, thicker at the center than at the ends. Some Bos are ornately decorated, while others are merely simple staffs. For competition purposes, a Kobudo Bo may have stripes of metal along its sides, or specialized grips in the center.

Combat with the Kobudo Bo involves different thrusting, striking, and swinging techniques, along with a number of blocks, sweeps, and entrapments. Many movements with the Kobudo Bo resemble empty-handed fighting styles like Kobudo Karate, as the philosophy behind the Kobudo Bo holds it as merely an extension of one’s limbs. The back hand is used to generate power, while the forward hand is used to guide the martial arts weapon.

The Kobudo Bo may well have been based off the tenpin, the traditional staff rested on one’s back while carrying buckets during farm work, as well as on the handles of shovels, rakes, and walking sticks, used by monks. It may have been from these practical instruments that the martial art developed, in response to the Japanese ban on weapons in Okinawa in the 17th century. The Japanese could not confiscate simple staffs, and so people may have trained with them in order to defend themselves against the often brutal Samurai.

The Kobudo Bo is the primary weapon in the martial art, but a number of others are employed as well.

Sai: The Sai is three-pronged truncheon with a blunt end. The two short ends are …

Why Shop at Online Stores?

Why Shop at Online Stores?

As the season changes, everyone wants to get out and buy cool clothes and dresses. Some prefer to go shopping with friends at all the trendy stores. A new season means a new wardrobe and a whole new line up clothes. While nothing beats the fun of hunting for a dress or the perfect pair of shoes with a friend, you can now do this more comfortably. I am, of course, talking about the vast array of online stores that have cropped up to cater to your every need.

Reason 1: Online stores come in all shapes and sizes, virtually speaking. They may cater to a particular type of shopper, or they may sell a wide variety of clothes and accessories. That is not the only purpose of online stores. At these websites you can find a lot of useful information about the latest trends. What is in this season? And what is out? You can find the answers to all these questions and more at these stores.

Reason 2: Online stores are not just places for women shoppers. Most stores have a separate section for men. The kid’s section is also worth taking a peek at if you are looking for some new clothes for your toddler. In fact, the wide range of selections available often makes decisions a lot harder, but no less fun. Online stores make the shopping experience much easier and hassle-free. If you are not comfortable with the price tag of an item, you can simply look elsewhere. The World Wide Web is a big place, which means that there are countless places to shop. However, the best stores offer high quality dresses and accessories at affordable prices. Once you find a good online store, you should stick with it.

Reason 3: Do you know what is in style this season? You are sure to find all the trendiest clothes online. You can buy dresses online, and have them shipped right to your home. Many online stores even offer free shipping within the United States. The important thing to remember when shopping online is to keep an open mind and lots of available time on your hands. Most online stores stock more items than any of your local clothing stores. It is easy to get lost in a mire of fashionable clothes, accessories, and shoes. If you want to save time, then stick to the items you absolutely need and leave random browsing for a later time.…

Rap Beats – How To Find Your Style With The Right Rap Instrumentals

Rap Beats – How To Find Your Style With The Right Rap Instrumentals

One of the reasons that new and experienced rappers have trouble finding the right rap beats is because they really don’t know their style of rapping. A lot of rappers think that they know, but they really don’t. This is because they spend so much time listening to their favorite rap artists, and as a result they can get wrapped up in that artist’s style, which may or may not be comfortable.

If you want to stand out as a unique rap artist, then you must have your own unique style. The way to find and develop your style is to take a break from listening to other rappers, and flow. Record yourself, and listen to only yourself for a period of time that allows you to really zero in and notice the unique styles and projections of your voice.

Once you start to get an idea and a comfort level with your flow, then you can begin listening to rap beats and rap instrumentals that match what your hear yourself recording. This may sound like a funny or weird task, but the results will surprise you. You will now be able to pick beats that will not only fit your style, but they will make you sound even better than ever, and the right rap beats will give you that ‘platinum’ sound, almost overnight!

Once you pick a few rap instrumentals that you think will fit your style, record over them, and spend some time listening to the recordings over and over again. You will hear things that you didn’t hear before, and with this you will be able to develop and perfect your style even more. You may find that some of the beats that you though fit your style don’t, so you can change them.

For this reason, it is probably better that you start off leasing non-exclusive beats, this way, you can work on your style with the beats without spending a lot of money. So if you find that a beat doesn’t fit your style, then it’s no big deal because you didn’t have to spend thousands of dollars on it.

There are many sites popping up all over the internet that will allow you to lease non-exclusive or exclusive rap beats and rap instrumentals, so check around until you find the beats that you believe fit you, after doing the exercise that i talked about earlier.

This is a very simple technique for improvement, but if you try it out, I would bet that the results you will see will be much worth it. Try It!…