Top Internet Modeling Site Myths And The Real Answers To Set You Straight

The photographer owns the copyright and can do whatever he/she wants with the images. Obviously, blanket statements like this are seldom correct. First of all, the photographer does not always own the copyright. There are many cases where the photographer will not own the copyright even if he/she shot the picture. If the photographer is under a work for hire contract, the copyright may have been assigned to the client.

The photographer owns the copyright and can do whatever he/she wants with the images. Obviously, blanket statements like this are seldom correct. First of all, the photographer does not always own the copyright. There are many cases where the photographer will not own the copyright even if he/she shot the picture. If the photographer is under a work for hire contract, the copyright may have been assigned to the client. In Canada, copyright belongs the a client who commissions and pays for a shoot unless there is a contract stating otherwise. Now let’s assume the photographer does own the copyright. Can he do whatever he wants with the images? Of course not. If he shoots a picture of a rock in his garden, he can do almost whatever he wants with the picture assuming the rock is not in the exact shape and color of a trademarked Coca Cola logo. But if he shoots a picture of a person, that person has very strong rights to the use of his/her likeness for publicity. Every State has some laws regulating a model’s right to privacy and publicity. Those laws govern what the images can be used for. In general, limited art prints and use in a printed portfolio does not require a model release. Basically all commercial use for advertising requires a model release. Editorial use, depending on content and who the subject is, may or may not require a model release. Just because you call it editorial use does not make it editorial use. Just as a side note, all those celebrity sex videos of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, and the latest from Kendra Wilkinson, they were all signed off by the subjects of the video. They can protest all they want in the press and make all kinds of claims and threats of lawsuits. The fact remains that without a model release, those videos will never make it to the market. They may get released in the black market, but you’ll never see them distributed by the millions without a model release. Learn more about copyright and model releases.

All professionals reply to all emails regardless of interest level. I hear complaints often from photographers or models about someone they contacted about a shoot who does not respond. No response means they are not interested. It’s a myth that professionals reply to say not interested. Casting agents don’t do it, modeling agencies don’t do it, and for the most part, employers don’t do it. Only those selected are contacted. You can call it rude, you can bitch about it but it’s not unprofessional. Why? Because people much more professional than you don’t do it. So if professionalism is defined by actions taken by professionals, then no, it’s not unprofessional. Just accept the fact that they were not interested and move on.

Photographers charge deposits but don’t pay deposits. The person in the power position can charge a deposit. If there is a deposit in play, the person who wants the other person more pays the deposit. It has nothing to do with title or policy. Photographers and models who are in high demand and fully booked can charge a deposit. Other factors which may also affect a deposit are expenses and risk. Traveling models are much more likely to charge a deposit because experience traveling models know most photographers are blowing smoke out of their ass when they talk about shooting when the model is in the area. The majority of them will never come through so the smart traveling models book ahead of time and charge a deposit to make sure their travel expenses are covered. Stupid and inexperience traveling models pay out of their own pocket in hopes of a pay-day. They learn their lesson pretty quickly. Likewise, a photograph who is about to incur considerable expenses may charge a deposit for things like studio time, permits, etc. Deposits don’t work in trade shoots because no money is changing hands and the person being asked to pay is much less likely to part way with money in a shoot that does not involve money. If you are afraid the other person will flake, do better research and don’t agree to shoot if you don’t trust the person to show up.

Exclusive interview with One Model Place’s David Mondrus that never happened

I thought great, what a novel idea. A CEO of one of the top internet modeling sites willing to be have an open discussion. So of course, I promptly replied back accepting the opportunity.

Back on May 20th, 2010, I wrote this little blurb about the acquisition of iStudio.com by OneModelPlace.com. Five days later, I received this email from Elias Stimac, press contact for One Model Place:

My name is Elias Stimac, I am the news editor and press contact forOneModelPlace.com. We saw your blog post and wanted to offer you more information on the recent acquisition. If you would like to get more details straight from the source, David Mondrus would be happy to speak with you on the phone at a mutually convenient time. Please let me know if you are interested in speaking with David. Thank you!

Elias Stimac

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New information in Jason Andrews arrest warrant reveals he handled the murder weapon

More details are emerging about how Jason Andrews and Amanda Logue planned the murder of Dennis Abrahamsen via text messages as he laid just a few feet away awaiting a massage. Much of the details had already been released in the warrant for Amanda Logue but this warrant for Andrews includes a few new details as the two haphazardly planned the robbery and killing of Abrahamsen.

Update: Jason Andrews was arrested on July 15th, 2010 in Chattanooga, TN by U.S. Marshals and the Chattanooga Police.

More details are emerging about how Jason Andrews and Amanda Logue planned the murder of Dennis Abrahamsen via text messages as he laid just a few feet away awaiting a massage. Much of the details had already been released in the warrant for Amanda Logue but this warrant for Andrews includes a few new details as the two haphazardly planned the robbery and killing of Abrahamsen.

First there is the poor attempt at an alibi as Amanda Logue told Maynard and Lisa Bindscheattel that her boyfriend Jason Andrews was in Miami and she was communicating with him. The Bindschaettels were the couple participating in the video tapped sex party with Logue and Abrahamsen. According to Logue’s own statement to police, she is a prostitute. The attempt at the alibi is consistent with a Tweet Logue posted about going to Exxxotica Miami several hours before the murder when both she and Andrews were 5 hours away in New Port Richey, Fl.

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Android tablet clone+DSLR liveview = WIN!

For photographers, there may be a niche segment where the combination of a cheap Android tablet and a DSLR capable of liveview can be very useful. I’m not talking about tethering in the traditional sense where you would send the images to the tablet.

If you have been following tablet market, you’ll undoubtedly know there’s been an influx of iPad clones coming out of Shenzhen, China. While the number of models may seem endless, many are just rebadged versions of other models. Not much is known about these clone tablets other than specs released on the web but they generally run Google Android OS, sized from 4″-10″, includes some kind of external storage like usb or sd card slots, with prices starting around $150. I doubt any of these will put any kind of dent on iPad sales as they generally use inferior touch screens and lack the coveted Apple iOS. Continue reading “Android tablet clone+DSLR liveview = WIN!”

Model Mayhem’s ‘no outing’ policy

Lately, there’s been some uproar over at Model Mayhem about a photographer using the handle FokusFoto. He is reported to use several names including Jim Hines or Jay Hanes. Apparently, he’s been ripping off models all over the DC area and have been doing this for years

Lately, there’s been some uproar over at Model Mayhem about a photographer using the handle FokusFoto. He is reported to use several names including Jim Hines or Jay Hanes. Apparently, he’s been ripping off models all over the DC area and have been doing this for years. There’s a lot of information on this blog post. I’m not really here to discuss him on this post. This post is more about how Model Mayhem handles situations like this by preventing any dissemination of information under the no outing policy. In short, the ‘no outing’ policy states: Continue reading “Model Mayhem’s ‘no outing’ policy”

Miley Cyrus upskirt pic is much ado about nothing


First things first. This is the picture in question. It’s been blurred out just in case. I’ve seen the original and you can’t tell what’s happening. She could be commando, she could be wearing nude panties, or she could be wearing a g-string.

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David Whitinger, former owner of Davesgarden.com, sues Internet Brands for defamation

David Whitinger
David Whitinger

This came to me in a kind of round about way. Back on May 29, I started noticing incoming links to this post about Tyler’s suit against Internet Brands. I was receiving a lot of incoming links from DavesGarden.com. This got me curious because Dave’s Garden is a forum for gardeners. Why in the world would I be getting incoming links from them to a post about Internet Brands? Then I noticed at the bottom that Dave’s Garden is owned by Internet Brands. After a bit of digging, I found out why there was so much interested. It appears IB is in another legal dispute with the founder  of DavesGarden.com. The original thread on cubits.org was removed so here’s the archive of the thread (PDF). On June 2, 2010, David Whitinger filed a lawsuit against Internet Brands.  I’ll let the complaint tell the story. Keep in mind this is just the complaint from the plaintiff’s side and they are merely allegations. My comments are in bold italics. Continue reading “David Whitinger, former owner of Davesgarden.com, sues Internet Brands for defamation”