I have not updated this blog, or website for over 12 months, in line with having retired from model photography and model promotion, except for some select models and genuine aspiring models,
2 years ago.
HOWEVER THE WEBSITE IS SET FOR A COMPLETE OVERHAUL AND RENEWAL WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.
I will be incorporating this non-economic "pastime" into the more lucrative Stock Photography and Stock Video Footage, which has long been my core activity.
I will still be needing models, but no longer of the glamorous potential fashion, beauty or "covergirl" kind: I want to hear from everyday types of people- women, men, all ages, families and relatives, especially if they have interesting or unusual jobs, hobbies or pastimes which would make good photo/video
Stay tuned for more information and developments, and if you would like to appear in stock photos or video clips - ordinary people doing everyday things - then send me a message detailing your interest through the contact page, and keep checking on the new and improved website, as it devekops
PHOTOSHOOT AUDITIONS FOR NEW FACES AND BEGINNER MODELS
After a short break, I am again looking for new and beginner models for portfolio, illustration and art photography.
I am currently holding introductory photoshoots as an audition for further work.
Introductory shoots are designed to show new models how to pose and successfully present themselves in front of a camera, and also give instruction in suitable makeup and clothing, so no experience is necessary.
Models/actors...new faces wanted.
For photographic illustrations and artwork
Any age to 35, but at least 15 years, but over 18 preferred.
Little evidence of tattoos or metal.
Must be located within easy distance of NSW Central coast: Wyong/Gosford region.
Feel free to share this post, or refer it to friends you feel could be interested.
Also previous or current models, and others who have scouted models for me in the past, please share this post and refer anyone you know who could be interested.
Don't spoil your self promotion or business marketing with amateur, or low quality photography, or allow your website, business cards, brochures or printed promotions be marred by "near enough is good enough" phone pics when the high quality and vast experience of a Professional and skilled photographer is available to fulfill your needs, and solve your photographic problems.
You or your business can so easily have the air of professionalism you need in today's highly competitive marketplace to stand out from the competition, and leave the also-rans floundering in your wake.
For model portfolios, beginner and experienced, to the strict (and too often ignored or unknown by other "professional photographers") requirements of the legitimate industry
Actor headshots: both personal promotion, and 'in character' shots
Showreels: effective sequencing, editing, and production
Personal Portraiture, including beauty makeover, and intimate 'boudoir' style, in home or on location
Corporate headshots and business promotion shots
Website and social media photography
Advertising, promotional, staff, and product photography for small and medium sized businesses
Self promotion photography for makeup artists, hairdressers, nail artists, crafts people,
Fashion, jewelry, accessories designers and makers
(Model your own creations if you wish, or suitable models are available)
At prices negotiated to suit your budget.
Must be located Central Coast region (Wyong/Gosford Shire) of NSW
You may either answer through the Contact page, or direct with details of your current needs to;
Stephen Bennett Photography and Video has over 40 years experience in editorial, and magazine photography, as well as model scouting, career development and promotion, and has helped several very successful models establish their careers.
I have been contacted three times over the past 12 months by 13 year old girls wanting to become models...not asking for advice, but wanting to step immediately in front of the camera so they can 'be a model', seemingly for no other reason than to impress their girl mates, or 'boys'.
Three too many!
In the current photography climate there is very little...and I mean a minuscule...amount of work available for the 'difficult' ages of 12 to 14 year old models...usually with fashion work this age group either model clothing meant for younger ages, or are basically limited to catalogue work.
All this work is for AGENCY LISTED models only. There are literally hundreds of 'agencies' catering to this age group, but almost all these agencies with the exception of only a few, are scam artists in different guises.
Most importantly for you: NO LEGITIMATE freelance photographer wants to hear from you, especially if you contact that photographer YOURSELF, and include pictures of yourself in makeup and dress which try to emulate glamour models or magazine covers. You are simply asking to be exploited, or inviting disaster.
If you genuinely interested in modelling as a career, and you wish to ask for advice, no photographer who values his good name will answer you unless the inquiry comes from a parent.
If you at first want to locate a responsible photographer through an already established model, (perhaps already a friend) be ready and willing to have your parents follow up with that photographer soon after contact.
Needless to say the usual and best advice your parents will receive, will be to register with a legitimate agency...and some may give your a name or two of the very rare good ones.
If any photographer tries to tell you he/she:
or exposing yourself to danger (there have always been 'photographers' around who will take advantage of any girl, no matter what her age, but nowadays far more than ever before...
After 42 years of photographing beautiful models and would-be models, and some of not quite model material (especially in recent years) I am calling it a day.
Now that modelling "careers" seemingly exist nowhere except in girls' heads and on Facebook pages, "photoshoots" consist of nothing more than a mobile phone selfie in front of a bathroom mirror, and random "advice" from the internet and narcissistic "boyfriends" is valued more highly than that from decades of industry experience, it is time to leave it all to the scam artists, pimps and pretenders, who seem to have the controlling interest on model photography today, and considering the public perception of photography and photographers is at an all time low, they are welcome to it.
I will continue to photograph, nurture, and promote carefully selected models for as long as they demonstrate real commitment; and offer model portfolio services for those few who value their career highly enough to invest time, effort, and money: (portraiture, including intimate portraiture - known in amateur circles by the subverted and malodorous name "boudoir"- will remain unaffected) but at least for the immediate future, I will no longer photograph, train, mentor, or be available for advice to would be models for FREE.
Just a couple of shots from the Berry Love jewelry shoot from two weeks ago.
Berry Love has a range of jewelry, candles, sunnies and giftware at very reasonable prices, and can easily be found on the top floor of Wyong Plaza, the major shopping centre in Wyong, NSW. Allison Berry and her family team are always attentive and very helpful.
Client: Berry love jewelry - Allison Berry
Model: Loula bae
Photography: Stephen Bennett
Makeup and Stylist: LucyLou Elizabeth Scott
Stephen Bennett Photography is always eager to hear from potential and beginner models, who have dreams to make it big one day, but prepared to work hard at achieving their dream...after all, despite the fauxfotography claim that modelling is just 'a bit of a laugh', determined girls and experienced photographers know that it is actually very hard work.
So please keep contacting us girls if you are genuine, and ready to take the first steps on a legitimate modelling career.
However if you fall into one of the following categories, there are literally hundreds of pretend photographers out there for you, who claim they will make you an overnight sensation, but we are not interested in hearing from you either before, or especially after you have been misinformed by these pretenders.
a) girls who are just after some pretty pictures for free
b) those who believe that standing in front of a camera once or twice transforms them into a model or public figure instantly
c) those covered in tattoos, and piercings, those who can't find clothes to fit them properly, or are grossly under or overweight...there are strict requirements for a plus size model, and the real opportunities for alternative models are close to nonexistent.
d) those who are prepared to offer to "get naked" for us in exchange for a free portrait session...there may be plenty of desperadoes with cameras out there, but when you work around absolutely gorgeous women in various states of undress, day after day, some cheap tart getting her gear off isn't going to impress.
e) girls whose entire character is made up of fake nails, orange tans, dying over bleached hair complete with ratty extensions, and dresses which don't quite contain your assets.
No, you are entirely right: Not everyone can be a model.
However, if you live within easy traveling distance of the NSW Central Coast...
if you believe deeply within yourself that you have what it takes, especially self respect and the strong will to succeed, we want to hear from you, so we can help you establish yourself on a genuine path towards success.
Stephen Bennett Photography and Video would like to welcome Ms. LUCY SCOTT to the newly created position of Creative Director.
Lucy is an accomplished model, make up and hair tech, with a flair for management and organization, and her ongoing role is to help recruit new models, and assist them through their first shoots with us, with makeup, hair styles, clothing choice, posing advice, hair, nail and skin care, and in general making certain that every girl who is following her dream has the best, most relaxing, enjoyable, but most importantly useful introduction to modelling possible.
She will also be playing the vital role of meeting with, scheduling and organizing trouble free INDIVIDUAL and FAMILY PORTRAIT sessions, putting everyone, including children and pets, at ease to make for the best photographic memories possible.
Stephen, will of course be the principle photographer, providing the high quality photographic services that both the modelling industry and discerning portrait customers demand.
Ongoing support, and up to date, accurate information for models wishing to build their career, without wasting time and effort on false hopes, pretenders and dead-ends will always be available as usual.
STEPHEN BENNETT PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO
has released the 2017 range of Australian Birdlife Calendars, each featuring twelve quality, images in stunning colour of iconic Australian birds photographed in the wild in various locations, plus an equally impressive cover portrait.
Three very different Calendars in a choice of Three sizes:
BIRDS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH
AUSTRALIAN WATER BIRDS
Large = 11 X 14.25in (or 28 x 36cms)
Medium = 8.5 x 11in (or 22 x 28 cms)
Small= 5.5 x 7 in (or 14 x 18cms)
AVAILABLE NOW FROM:
Stephen Bennett Photography and Video
Is currently auditioning female models…either beginner or with a little experience for stock photography, glamour and fashion style work.
Preferably over 18 years of age, although younger will be considered with full written parental approval.
Location: NSW Central Coast area, (roughly from Umina in the south to Morisset in the north)
Full instruction in posing, makeup, appearance, and dress will be given for suitable applicants, and guidance with assembling an industry standard portfolio of pictures, and developing a modelling career is also available.
No nudity is required, but swimsuit is a must.
First series of shoots with inexperienced and beginners is on a tfp (exchange your time and efforts for resulting photos and instruction) basis, so no cost is involved.
A realistic and mature attitude is required, so if you only wish to “play” at being a model with no intention of ever being in front of a camera, please apply elsewhere.
Checkout my website for the type of work I do, and for further information about the realities of modelling in general: http://thedefinitearticlephotography.weebly.com/
Please contact me and express your interest by including details of your age, location, and a face pic of yourself