Glamour Photography by Jay Kilgore

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I see many photographers reverse engineering images and I feel bad for them. The reason I feel bad for them is the fact that I was one of those guys. I would sit for HOURS looking at images trying to figure out how they lit them.

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The Flake Factor

For the most part, “flaking out” is part of the online modeling world as most serious models will never flake. For some models this is their job, or what they want to be a job or income earner. If you want to make money you can’t develop the reputation of not showing up to work. Online models are those who see photos and want pretty pictures on their Facebook or what not.

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Difficulties saying “No”?

I’ve noticed lots of people don’t like hearing the word “No”. “NO” is often most difficult to hear from the wannabe or new model. if it weren’t for Tyra, VS wouldn’t be what it is today.

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My contributions to the photographic world!

It makes me proud to see students, current and past, display works of mine taken at one on ones, workshops or group settings. If I may say with out ego, it makes me equally thrilled to see images obtained at my workshop have the most comments, likes and lists.

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June 3, 2013 6:36 pm
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Abercrombie & Fitch fiasco

If you’ve lived in a hole in the wall over the past week, you may have missed out on the…controversy that Mike Jeffries C.E.O. Of Abercrombie & Fitch has caused. There is a LOT to review and learn of this situation

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The sad truth about tattoos II

As long as you’re realistic with what you do, you will always be successful. Success isn’t always money, fame, publications, it also includes accomplishing things that make YOU feel good about yourself. Depending on where your tattoos are you can find work. Modeling is about selling yourself,

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So you want to be a model photographer part I

To be a Professional photographer it takes a LOT more than a desire. It takes countless hours of promotion, self promotion, education and willingness to learn via bumps, bruises and scrapes. Much like my “So you want to be a model?” series, this will be broken down into several different groups; starting out, halfway there, there and what next. Let’s get right to it.

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May 2, 2013 2:37 pm
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The sad truth about tattoos and modeling

The dirty on tattoos and modeling. I know this is a touchy subject, but it’s one I want to discuss. Tattoos are a form of self expression, but this blog post will discuss if there’s room for self expression in an industry that sells looks.

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Bye bye Sears and Walmart photo studios

At the end of the day making money is what keeps us in business. For photographers, discussing money is a touchy subject since no one likes to talk about it, yet we work to master our craft and should be paid. CPI owed lenders $98.5 million, including $76.1 million in unpaid principal, as of March 13, according to published reports. This is in part, due to them charging .99 for a sheet of photos. Cheap isn’t always good and as CPI has shown, cheap puts you further into debt.

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The state of photographic workshops?

Everywhere I look now I see people teaching photography workshops. I see good photographers, great photographers and really terrible photographers teaching. I am asked if the large mix bothers me and to that I say “NO!” Each photographer serves a purpose and teaches each and everyone of us something.

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March 4, 2013 3:23 pm
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Sometimes when we touch…

One of the questions I get asked by models and photographers alike is “What do you think of X’s work?” Back in my younger days I had no problem saying if I thought the person was good or not. As the years have gone by, I’ve shied away from such comments as I personally find it more of reflection on myself, than the person who’s work I am critiquing.

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How do you stay inspired?

At this point in my career, I’m faced with “Writers Block” and it’s something that happens about once every two years. I think the biggest thing we need to realize is what causes this? Once we realize what the cause is, then we can start to put together the fix solution. For me, it’s constant shooting and being a photographer in demand.

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January 28, 2013 9:00 am
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“I’ve been shooting for X years!”

With this economy being in the toilet and crops and crops of new photographers popping up, every established photographer I know is looking for a “hook” to get by. I’ve seen some far fetched things from original and pretty cool, to originally crappy and “things that make you go hmmm”. One of the things I

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What’s in the bag?

I tend to jump into a lot of things head first and pass by the smaller, more important things. Today, we’re going to do a whats in the bag. If you’ve attended one of my workshops or one on ones, then you know I say; “A photographer is worse than a doctor. When a doctor

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5 mistakes every new photographer makes

Today we talk about the top five mistakes every new photographer makes. Some of us still make these mistakes every now and then even if it’s at a lessor value than the new guy. Let’s jump in and figure out what some of the more common mistakes are from my experience as an educator and

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Confident? or Cocky?

So if you don’t know I’m going to tell you; I LOVE MMA or Mixed Martial Arts. Hopefully you’ve seen in my photography, I love the technical side of life as much as I do the connection side. MMA and BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) is often referred to human chess. This is because it can

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Which of my posts have you gotten something out of?

Hello friends! First and foremost I want to thank you for continually coming to my blog. I realize my blog isn’t the happy go lucky lets cuddle blog, but more of the I’m telling you my mistakes so you don’t make them. As a result, some people’s feelings get hurt. That being said, I from

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It’s not the equipment….right?

One of the reasons I love my job is for the fact I get to talk to photographers of all levels from across the world. Being we’re photographers, we’re ALL gear heads-only some have more control over it than others and we always get around to discussing the latest and greatest gear which of course

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December 3, 2012 2:10 pm
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Technical Tuesday Drops

I preach about knowing, finding and developing your “Style” but never really speak to how to do it. Let’s discuss a simple and perhaps the most important step to developing your own style; backdrop or scene. I’ve been shooting professionally for some time, shooting even longer. One of the things that I’ve struggled with is

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Just talking!

A week or so ago, I was at Starbucks and from a general count, I saw a total of six photographers there. Some were with clients or perspective clients, others were there with their drink and their camera out on display. The barista asked what I had planned and I said I had a shoot

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