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Exposure | Amanda | Mona Vale

Working for exposure is a zero sum game, and this is why I so often no longer accept any requests for any work where the only payment is "exposure".  There is no way this post can come across as anything but vain and assholic, but I'm ok with that. 

Exposure | Amanda | Mona Vale

Throwback Thursday 2 | Kayla at the George | Christchurch | Boudoir

Welcome to Model Citizen Photography's Throwback Thursday Series.  This is number 2 in the series and you can find number 1 here.  The aim of the game, is to clear out the huge backlog of shoots I have not managed to post so here we go.

Throwback Thursday 2 | Kayla at the George | Christchurch | Boudoir

Throwback Thursday Series | 1 | Julia Hope | The George

You know, over the last couple of years there have been so many shoots I havent shared on the blog specifically because each shoot is meant to be accompianied by a blog post and there is only so much writing someone who is not a writer can do lmao. So! Welcome to the Throwback Thursday series where I will choose an old shoot to share and just write a few sentences to back it up instead of an in depth article.

Throwback Thursday  Series | 1 | Julia Hope | The George

Part 2: Exercises for finding inspiration | Shyana

You know, the best thing about inspiration is that it doesn't have to be a big deal.  In this second part blog post that is following on from yesterdays (you can find that here) if you havent read it) Im going to let you know a few of the specific exercises I use to come up with bountiful ideas for photoshoots and creative thinking.

Part 2: Exercises for finding inspiration | Shyana

Finding Inspiration: The myth of motivation | Christiaan

In Brooke Shaden's book Inspiration in Photography she states that “…there are two types of inspiration. There is internal inspiration, which comes to us from our own experiences and perceptions of the world, and there is external inspiration, which comes from other people”[1].  Many artists choose to believe that the only, or best time to work are those very rare times when inspiration hits them, like a light bulb turning on in a dark room- artists who choose to believe this are limiting themselves. Waiting for inspiration as if it comes only from outside of ourselves limits artists to working only when it does come around; when if we know how to find it, inspiration can be found anywhere. Inspiration is not an all elusive concept that dangles like a prize just out of reach, artists are not Tantalus, perpetually reaching and never grasping the golden apple that is inspiration.

Finding Inspiration: The myth of motivation | Christiaan

Will the real Model Citizen Please stand up! Why I do, that thing I do

Why do I do what I do?  One of my greatest beliefs is that there is beauty and perfection in everything.  Even when the world seems broken and sad we can find perfection in the smallest of things! I love working with people who do not seem to think they should be in front of the camera, want to know why? It's because I know withuot a doubt that every single person has something about them that should be explored and celebrated.

Will the real Model Citizen Please stand up! Why I do, that thing I do

Ahhhh Christmas, the time of year when people need to unwrap manners!

It's that time of year isn't it folks!  Everyone goes a little crazy in the lead up to christmas, personally I find myself affected by the chaos that is surrounding me. Just a couple of days ago I found myself in the warehouse, strolling along looking for christmas presents for mr T, when a random woman felt it her right

Ahhhh Christmas, the time of year when people need to unwrap manners!

Why you need a special mentality to be a model | Jasmine | The George Hotel | Christchurch

So you've decided you want to be a model, you've had a few shoots and everyone tells you how awesome you're doing and how amazing you look.  This is great for a short pick-me-up confidence boost isn't it!  And it's great if you only want to be doing it cos you have fun and know people with cameras who can take photos for you.  But thats not what being a model is all about.  We work with a tonne of aspiring models here at Model Citizen so I have a unique perspective on this whole thing.

Why you need a special mentality to be a model | Jasmine | The George Hotel | Christchurch

How Glamour Shoots Boost Confidence | Amanda Marshall | 200 Riccarton

Those of us in the industry are still fighting against those scarily bad glamour images of the 80s!

Honestly, I couldn't fault anyone for not wanting one of those.  But if the internet has anything to teach us about glamour photos it is that they are probably the most misunderstood genres today.  Definitely not helped by those bad photos from the 80s, glamour photography doesnt have to be that way, trust me when I say that glamour can be some of the greatest images for helping you to boost your confidence.

How Glamour Shoots Boost Confidence | Amanda Marshall | 200 Riccarton

Why I started Model Citizen | Nancy- Miss B Blonde Ambition | Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Sometimes I find it tough.  I love photography, but the truth is; it is not a business for the faint-hearted.

Why I started Model Citizen | Nancy- Miss B Blonde Ambition | Christchurch Botanic Gardens