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FREE Photography Meetups – Texas Photo Shoot Workshops

January 13, 2017

Many photography groups started out on Meetup before Facebook was around.  But we still use it.  The app is even easier to use now.  Yes there’s a fee but many right it off as marketing as we do.

For those that missed our monthly FREE Photography meetup at – Mark Your calendar if you ever want to attend… we meet the second Thursday of every Month from 6-8ish and – it’s SW HOUSTON TEXAS area if your ever in the area.

NOW we have our Sponsor Houston Camera Exchange coming to let us sample new toys that we hope you can test and purchase in their store after learning how it works best for your clients.

I can hear you now say, WHAAAAA!!
Add us to your calendar!

We had a small crowd 20 come have a little fun with some cool lights shooting a few models.  

Any models that want to come join the fun are welcome.  
You can RSPV here and get reminders via email…

Check out Texas Photo Shoot Workshops APP..



February 1, 2016

As a Photographer you should expand your portfolio as wide as you can and go outside the box to see what works for you.  

Photography by Terry Turner

Advertisers already shoot lifestyle photographer and if you want to sell your photos to stock photography sites, you might want to get into lifestyle phoyography more.

Editorial lifestyle is usually an action image or shows the model doing ordinary things such as talking on the phone, playing tennis, having a picnic or walking a dog.

We are being this opportunity to photographers this weekend at Binders Gardens Outdoor Venue.  We set up a Beauty Fashion Lifestyle Photo Shoot Workshop on Feb 6 from 3-6pm close to sunset.

We have new models and some really experienced ones coming to make this an amazing fun shoot.  We will have staged areas as always for your entertainment.  The studio will also be available to shoot models with a white backdrop.

We hope to see lots of models actions with Balloons, skateboard, fishing, boating, badminton, golfing, bike riding, gardening, picnics, running and fruit picking models.  They always surprise us with their talented actions.  And this is the shoot for models to turn into actors.


Photography by Terry Turner

If your a beginning photographer or a veteran photographer, we have Mentors to help and models to work with one on one.

To sign up for this low budget photography shoot of $30 is



January 27, 2016

As a photographer, we hear that once or twice. And yes anyone can be a model for photographer but can they make money. That’s another story. Let us talk about how to get into model fast and furious. 

Spend 30 min a day on your dream by marketing yourself. You choice where to make yourself know at; Meetup Groups for Photographers and Models; Facebook Groups for Photo Shoots with Models; Model Portfolio Sites; Advertisers that need models; Designers that need models; Marketers that need Promotional models; Magazines contests that need contestants or even pageants that fit your niche. 

Make it happen! Meet those that are going to help you get where you are going. Go meet them and see if this is the direction for you. Ask other models for help and makeup artist where they get their jobs. Connect and help each other. Don’t forget to pass the information if ever asked.

New photographers and yes sometime veteran photographers need models for different reasons. I need them for workshops, new faces, advertising, cool concepts, and help build portfolios. Do I need the practice? Yes and No. If I take a long break from photography, you can lose some skills. So posting in groups that I want to update or build my portfolio is the first step. If you want to shoot with Veteran Pros, then you might want to have a great photo already to show potential. And yes, you might want to pay someone to get a few amazing photos. In most cases, this is how it’s done.  

Google is so informative. Make Google alerts for “Model Call in Seattle”; and if you live in Seattle, you will get an alert everytime someone makes a post. You can even now, go to Facebook and type this in on your search all for this and find them. Use your 30 min a day wisely.

 You can practice in the meetup groups on your modeling skills and build that portfolio fast. Make a wish list of different kinds of concept shoots you need and find the ones that suit you. If you already know what your niche is then focus on just that category; there are so many. You might not be a swim suit model but you never know til you try. 

After over 10 years’ experience, I can tell you the average life of a model is 6 months. They find that they aren’t thick skinned enough for the creepers that message them or the bad photos from the amateur photographers with no editing skills. If you can make it past 6 months then you can find it more fun and exciting all the different opportunities that each city holds for you. Once you get some photos, create a stage model name and create your model page. It’s safe and easy.

Every modeling gig should come with a warning, so do your research. Read when starting out to know the language and how to prepare.


  The possibilities are endless. Soon you will be building your Tear sheets with Magazines, Advertisements, Gigs, amazing trips, Fashion shows and new friends.

Soon you will have a model bag with things ready to go. Each city has its own groups and clichés that do different things and concepts. 

Find one that you fit in and make it a step into the Fun and Exciting World of Modeling. If Fashion Week is something you want to model in, I know one model that just drove there and walked in and walked for a designer and modeled in New York and Milan. Anyone can make their dreams come true. Just don’t give up.

Now take 30 min and make it count!

All photos are of Model Claudia Lara within a year of modeling.

TEEN MODEL WISH LIST BOARD featuring Texas Teen Model Cheyenne Bush

May 31, 2015


 Every teen model should have a wish list of example photos you want to still shoot.  If a model asks a professional photographer for a photo shoot and they get to pick the concept, what would they say?   All Models should have a wish list and if they don’t, then they should make one and always add to it.  Models must have a few simple specific wish lists available and a few crazy ones.  The best way to do this in on an app called PINTEREST.   This is the best thing since Facebook.  If they are set up on Pinterest then they should have account as a Business Account, so they can start making money before long.


Everyone uses the Pinterest.  The hover buttons allows users in Google to pin them back to your account without being on Pinterest searching.   For those that are not familiar, Pinterest allows us to make board of collected photos, videos and websites.  Pinterest lets us make separate boards and name them each accordingly to match our Interest.  That way when someone names their Boards for example “BOHO MODEL IDEAS”, it can be made public or secret so they can add images to them when they see a cool image on other sites.  That way, when the professional photographers asks them to give them some ideas that the model want to shoot, they are able to send them one or two concept boards with images that they want to shoot.


There are so many ideas, but let’s name a few that should be in every Teens Models Wish List.   The top one should be BRIDAL, thou many moms don’t want to see their daughter in a white wedding dress until they are married.  In their case, they are a model and if they want to be hired for a Bridal Promotional Event, it’s a must that should be in their portfolio.  They should have some non-traditional Bridal photos like Trash the Dress Photos or Goth-Dark Beauty Bridals Photos.



Next on their list should be Fashion Photos that are editorial.  It is every teens dream to be published on a Magazine Cover.  The only way you are going to be seen is to take photos in Unique Haute Couture Designs.  Every model should have Haute Couture Images and they can put together something unique or find a local designer that can help too.  So in their model wish list they should have Haute Couture with unique poses.  Once they get these type photos in your portfolio, they can start marketing for those Runway Fashion Shows.


Next on their list should be Sport Action Photos.  These type photos should be done with correctly lighting like a shoe commercial.  Another cool sporting shoot is banging two fists together and hit the white powder dust as it spreads out.  These photos could also help them get work at the local sporting stores that need fit models. 


A must on their list should be a Head Shot but not just a no makeup headshot, a crazy makeup photo.  They should make a wish list on makeup and/or add Sugar Skulls or bald head or Warrior Paint or Goth Dark Beauty.  I could go on with the list.  This will show how the model can look different every time they shoot and can give a client a different unique look to hire them.


The key in Pinterest is to make Boards of Portfolios of your own work along with a wish list Boards for Bridal, Couture, Sports and Makeup.  Teen Models should also have many other Wish Lists that pertain to their field or niche in modeling.  Not all models are alike and some will grow into Swimsuit, Runway, Fashion Print, Commercial Editorial, Pinup, Traveling, Actors and Owners of their own TV show.  But before that is set in stone, they should keep that wish list handy, because it will look better if they have their board ready to share.



Written by: Robin Binder

Author Bio: Known as a Houston based Photographer and owner of Texas Photo Shoot Workshops, she is geared to helping others build their portfolios.   Mother of four, Lifetime Girl Scout, Owner of ThePhotoBinder, Robin was also the editor in chief with OneTalentSource Magazine.  




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