Controversey and Plus Size Modeling

Until recently, the typical 5’9” / 100 lbs model was the only consideration for any major swimsuit campaign. However, the demand for plus size models rises every day. With major magazine companies like Sports Illustrated showcasing plus sized models such as Robyn Lawley, society loves the body-positive statement Sports Illustrated and Robyn are making. What society doesn’t love is that Sports Illustrated labels Robyn as plus size.

(Image credit: Sports Illustrated)

Robyn is a plus size model signed to Wilhelmina, Milk Management and Bella Models. She is 6’2” and a size 12. Although many may believe how wonderful it is of Sports Illustrated to have finally included a plus size model in their magazine, a huge majority of the population is criticizing Sports Illustrated for calling Robyn “plus size”. Robyn’s 6’2″ / size 12 frame is actually very healthy for her height. Her size to height ratio is average among women in the U.S. Labeling Robyn as a plus size model has sparked much outrage. We imagine that had Robyn been 5’5″ and a size 12, she wouldn’t be gracing the cover of SI. Despite her clothing size, Robyn’s height makes her size proportional. Since the average American woman is a size 14, stating Robyn as a plus size model insinuates that the average American woman is either plus size or overweight.

Despite the controversy surrounding Sports Illustrated, Robyn has still been able to use her celebrity and grace to relay a positive message. Robyn has launched her own plus size swimwear line in sizes 8-18 (U.S). She is giving girls and women all over the world the confidence they need to be comfortable with their bodies. Robyn is redefining beauty. She promotes body positivity on her social media: “Why are we so focused on having the girl fit the clothes rather than the clothes fit the girl?” She has been nominated for rookie of the year for Sports Illustrated, and they refuse to label her as a plus sized model after all of the backlash received after introducing her as the first “plus size” model. Her title now is simply, model. Robyn does not consider herself a plus size model; “I just consider myself a model because I’m trying to help women in general accept their bodies” the model told Time. Not only has the model created swimwear for larger women, but also has requested certain designers to change their samples to bigger sizes.

(Image credit: Cosmopolitan Australia)

Robyn’s body positive outlook and focus on health will hopefully break the industry standard of the extremely skinny model. More importantly, we hope that she can inspire young girls and women to love themselves in the skin they’re in.

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Grunge Fashion: The Attitude

Written by – Stephan Pisko, M.mpL. – Metaphysical Photographic Life- OMP#25261

Grunge Image #1The grunge look is a little more difficult to pull off if you don’t possess the ‘honest attitude’ it’s harder to do than it visually seems and some personalities’ are just more suited to execute the ‘grunge look’ than most. It is not about protesting anti-fashion it’s about ‘who you are’ do you know yourself honestly ‘are you that attitude ?’ same is true in casting a film: ‘Is that the right role for that particular character and personality ‘. Everything must click personally and honestly or it just looks like some person wearing used ratty grungy type clothing so ‘out of place’ that it looks feels absurdly stupid.

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana notoriety pushed the grunge phenomenon to full fruition he was the correct personality and character for this ‘uncreated look’ it just developed on it’s own Kurt did not place (or) force any intent in creating this fashion movement he usually slept over at his friends’ places’ with his clothes on which I feel aided in the unknowing development of the grunge look blended with his stamped lifestyle of ‘come as you are’ not ‘as you aren’t’.

Grunge Fashion Image 2

Grunge is ‘normal working class’ creativity. It birthed out of the small working hero town of Aberdeen, Washington, Kurt Cobain’s hometown, not 5th Avenue New York (or) Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills, but you will see it visually in these places. No doubt it’s just too easy not to. Grunge is, “I’m comfortable with the way I am too bad you’re not”. It is a positive depression …. a general laziness …. a used fabricated attire and was given blissful birth through painful Aberdeenish greys. Cobain was the catalyst that effortlessly smudged neurotic attitudes into the grimy crude that is Grunge fashion.

Grunge Fashion Image 3

Model – Noella Nykyforuk – OMP #1005109
Photographer – Stephan Pisko, M.mpL. -Metaphysical Photographic Life- OMP#25261

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The Amazing Dani Silva – The Naked Truth Interview


STC: Thank your joining us for another round of STC excitement. We did not get enough of you last time.

Dani: Yeah, last year I was hijacked from behind the desk by attending photographers and not prepared at all to do any shooting. I was a late bloomer; all the models were already chosen for the seminar, so I became the welcoming committee for the arriving attendees. It was fun but this time things are different and I am ready to set the Temple House ablaze!

STC: Your career has exploded as a result of your recent discovery, especially in Latin America. Do you consider yourself the next Colombian sensation?

Dani: [laughs] Well, thank you. I admit that I love when my grandmother calls me from Colombia, all proud that she saw me on E!, Univision, or in Toyota and KFC commercials (even if I don’t eat chicken). She keeps track of everything I’m in. I don’t remember all of it.

STC: What turns you on?

dani-beach-568Dani: Oh, wow! It’s a little early in the afternoon to answer those types of questions. [laughs] I guess that for me, I’d say there is nothing like a highly confident man. There’s something incredibly sexy about a calm, collected, confident man who just knows he is about to rock your world and doesn’t need to oversell himself. I can’t believe I just said that! What did you put in my coffee? [laughs] And of course, if you know how to take good pictures, I will adore you for life [winks]

STC: What turns you off?

Dani: I totally get turned off if anybody tries too hard to impress or thinks that they can buy me. I like people who treat others with respect and dignity. I don’t “dig-that-gold”! Men sometimes think that everything is for sale but the best things in life are free!

STC: The most “sexcellent” experience on camera?

Dani: [laughs] “Sexcellent”? Is that another “Jarmoism”? Well, besides shooting with STC lately? [laughs] The most “sexcellent” moment, right? I had this shoot not long ago with a photographer from New York who rented this house with a cool swimming pool. It was all very professional but I just felt that the moment was right for a few innocent “topless” images. I think I shocked the photographer since he was not expecting such a sensual moment. But, what can I say, I’m a very passionate woman and I was feeling it at the time. Yeah, that was quite sexy. I felt that a bit of sensuality was needed at that point to make the shot work.


STC: Would you like to give any direction to our March seminar attendees?

Dani: Yes! Arrive ready to work! Don’t party the night before because I am a volcano on set. You’ll need all the energy you can muster to handle me [laughs]. If you expect a lot from a model, guess what, I expect the same from a photographer. I get plenty of opportunities to shoot with top photographers and I’ve learned that those who come in with a clear vision and lots of energy find success in this industry.

STC: You are an agency model and get to shoot with lots of pros in the commercial and fashion industries. What does your heart say? Fashion or glamour?

Dani: I am a passionate, sensual, nerdy Colombian [laughs]! So my heart says, “Glamour.” Let’s face it, if you want to do modeling professionally and have an agency behind you, then obviously commercial and fashion has to be in your heart as well. What girl does not like fashion, right? But I love glamour because it comes so naturally to me. Mind you, fashion houses have also adopted glamour these days. Look at Victoria’s Secret, for example. So now, I can get the best of both worlds.


dani-makeup-568STC: You are the most free-spirited, open-minded Colombian I have ever met.

Dani: Thank you, you’ll make me blush now. I believe in not holding anything back. I live my live to the fullest every day. Unlike most girls nowadays, I believe in living drama-free and enjoying the many wonderful things life has to offer before it’s too late. We all have the same humble beginnings, but it’s up to you how you roll your dice. You are the master of your faith and destiny.

STC: Friend or a lover?

Dani: [laughs] Lover . . . for life! I fall in love with something every day.

STC: If there was a place you would die to go for a shoot, where would it be?

Dani: Greece, just Greece, anywhere in Greece will do. Hint, hint! I think STC will need to go back soon, no? Santorini is written in my destiny and my bags are packed!


STC: If you were not a model, what would you be doing?

Dani: I would open a small, super-charming coffee shop on an island on a beach. Greece would work! I’d make fresh juices and coffees for locals and whoever wants to come and visit would be welcomed. I am very simple and easy going. I love falling in love with nature and the simple things! I’m a beach bum. I don’t need much, just love and happiness and the beach. Ah, and I almost forgot, my Yamaha bike, named “She-Wolf” would come with me wherever I go.

STC: Would you ever consider being a Playmate?

Dani: Maybe. I’m not sure what my agency would say though. Why don’t you convince me [laughs]?


STC: If you could go back and start all over again, what would you do differently?

Dani: Nah, are you kidding? Absolutely nothing! I am loving life and looking forward to the future and what it will bring. I live with no regrets, ever!

STC: Any imperfections?

Dani: I’m extremely nice with everyone. I strongly believe in karma. But if you cross me, watch out. I can be very vengeful! I’m Colombian and very fiery, after all! I’ve been told that gasoline runs in my veins instead of blood and that I can ignite at any given moment; mostly in the mornings [laughs]! But don’t tell anybody!

STC: What is a perfect photographer to you?

Dani: I have to think about this for a second. I like when someone shows up with a clear vision for the shoot and knows how to push me to get the best out of me. Why don’t you guys come and show me what a perfect photographer is all about at the March seminar? I promise to show you what this Colombian is all about.

To find out more about Shoot The Centerfold or to register for their upcoming seminar (March 21-22), please go to

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The Best Makeup Artist Tools for OMP Members

By: Natalia Zurawska

Hi Everyone,

My name is Natalia Zurawska. I have been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years. There are so many amazing products on the market today. Here are just a few I could not live without. If you are a professional makeup artist, try these out – true time and money savers as well as great quality! I have included some great tips as well.


Dermalogica’s Pre Cleanse Wipes

These amazing wipes are perfect for removing environmental pollutants, sunscreen, waterproof mascara and more. I like to use them on myself as well as on set. Infused with aloe, apricot oil, rice bran and Vitamin E , they nourish the skin and don’t clog pores. Use alone or add a little water to create a cleansing milk before fully washing your face. No artificial fragrance, colour or parabens. Comes in a package of 20 for $18.

The Zuca Artist Backpack

The Zuca Artist Backpack is perfect for the artist on the go. The innovative design features 4 clear vinyl-lined pockets on the door panel to store small items. A very clever strap is perfect for storing alligator clips.

This amazing backpack also features 2 clear vinyl-lined Utility Pouches – (can accommodate up to 4) used for organizing all tools and products.

It includes a thermal pocket for a flat and curling iron so there is no need to wait for cool down. Built in straps secure the backpack to your Zuca rolling case. Even the straps are ergonomically designed and the back is padded.

The backpack is perfect to set up anywhere and transforms into a sleek workstation. The convenient strap holds the door open for easy access.


Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage

I love the Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier. It comes in a variety of tones perfect for every complexion. I also love that you can customize your colour because of the two-hue pans. It is perfect if you or talent get a bit of a tan or lose a little colour without having to get a new product. A little goes a long way and stays put all day with no creasing, drying or discoloration. Infused with chamomile, Vitamins A, C and E, it is perfect for even the most sensitive skin. Apply with a concealer brush and use your clean hand as a palette to mix desired shade. Apply to under eyes and blemishes by blending gently outwards. $38 for .26oz pans. Concealer brush $32

Best Tip*

Apply after foundation so you don’t wipe it away. If you are doing a dark smoky eye, it is best to apply shadow first and let the residual eye shadow fall. Clean off after a few minutes and apply concealer. It prevents the concealer and eye shadow from creating a messy mix.


M.A.C Eye Shadow Palette

Every makeup artist as well as makeup lover should have one! The case size is 4.25’ by 7.5’ and contains 15 little circle containers to pop in the eye shadows which you can customize. I notice that some artists like to take out the “holding circles” and fit in many more eye shadows as the case is magnetic. Whatever floats your boat I personally like to keep them apart as I notice there is much less shattering and mixing of shades. Empty palette available at M.A.C stand alone stores $12.50. Each shadow $13.50 each. You can also get a free shadow for recycling 6 empty containers.

Best Tips*

If you happen to get a regular pot eye shadow from M.A.C you can wiggle the little lip where you open it with a knife. Heat up a flat iron and pop the little pan and eye shadow on the heat checking every few seconds. Simply wiggle the eye shadow out if its plastic pan and pop into your palette. Voila!

You can use wax paper to protect your flat iron however I find it works better without, just keep an eye on it. Wipe your flatiron down with a wet wipe afterwards while it is hot by clamping it down and running it through a few times. It will get rid of any previous hair product residue as well as anything melted.

Clean the palette easily by spraying 70% rubbing alcohol. If any of the shadows have shattered a little, make a little paste with the alcohol and leave the lid open to dry. Clean around the edges with a q-tip or folded over paper towel.

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A Variety of Mascara Wands

As a professional makeup artist, I have noticed it is not so much the formulation of the mascara unless it is waterproof but the brush that makes the biggest difference.

Some brushes give a very natural effect while others provide a lot of drama and depending on the look hence, it is great to have a lot of brushes on hand. Since it is unhygienic to use the same brush on many eyes, I cut the brush wands out of the new mascaras and wash gently after every use.

For brides and any type of sport/water involving shoots I love to use the Lash blast 24 hour mascara by CoverGirl. It stays put through sweat and tears and creates a beautiful natural look with defined lashes along with noticeably added volume and length. $10

For a major effect, I love the new “They’re Real” mascara by Benefit. The brush hugs each lash and saturates it so well making eyes pop. The effect is gorgeous and dramatic! $29

Best Tips*

If you are out of eyeliner, gently swipe your eyeliner brush along the mascara wand and use it as liner in a pinch. Layer on for a defined look or smudge out using a q-tip.

Replace mascara every 3 months to prevent eye infection.

Never pump mascara in the tube – it just dries it out. Instead, swirl it in the tube.

Best Tips*

Keeping an ice pack or heat packet in your kit depending on the season and especially if you are shooting on location.

Makeup is expensive as well as fragile. Weather can effect the formulation. By keeping ice packs covered in a sandwich bag (to prevent condensation) or heat packets, this can greatly reduce the chances of any texture and quality changes. This works well in kits as well as personal makeup bags. Both are available at the dollar store. The interchangeable heat/cool pack works very well too.

I hope you have enjoyed my tips.

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All the best,

Natalia Zurawska

Makeup/Hair SPFX

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A Perspective: Old Photographers – New Photographers – by Allen Henson

There are a lot of photographers now-a-days, easily a hundred times more than the “film days”. Then, I’d speculate there was a certain discipline and respect for the process. Film’s expensive and developing it on the fly a meticulous process that requires a certain technical/chemical aptitude. Now a visit to Best Buy and 30 minutes worth of YouTube tutorials and everyone thinks they can throw their hat in the ring and contend. I’m one of the Best Buy generation of photographers. Without mentorship, or education it’s been a fairly painstaking process riddled with growing pains. Every now and then I really want my hat back. Thank God for YouTube tutorials right?

I’m glad however I’m not a member of the old guard. I can’t imagine seeing the landscape of this industry shift from the glory days of big budgets to this at times flailing amputee of a trade that it is. If I had that means of comparison, I’d lose my mind. Being a photographer was a trade and now for a majority of photographers more of an accessory, a fad or something lightheartedly tossed around like wearing old Canon AE-1.

To the old guard, the ability to adapt and evolve is incalculable and the only thing that will enable many of you more seasoned artists and staples of our industry to continue moving forward. Without that capacity you’re a dinosaur, a docile exhibit or catalogue of days passed.

There are however exceptions and beacons of hope. It’s encouraging to talk to a tried and true artist who’s been able to contend and bridge the chasm. When you see an artist maintain status and relevance through compelling imagery, an unmistakable brand and that ability to evolve. It’s a good thing, a very good thing.

I recently sat down with Antoine Verglas, a photographer who was shooting these definitive 90’s supermodels while I was still playing with plastic toy soldiers. He’s an institution, easily one of the most influential photographers of our era.

(1)In the 1990s Antoine Verglas introduced a new style of fashion photography when he captured models Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford in a series of intimate, documentary style photographs that ran in several international editions of Elle magazine. Prior to that fashion editorials were highly poised. Antoine Verglas’ photographs were more candid and uninhibited, with natural light. The guy is legendary; then and now.

In an ever multiplying landscape of artists the only way to stay relevant, to stay ahead of the pack really, is to be the best… or damn close.

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: The Use of Shadows in Lighting

Even novice photographers get it; gear is important but second to the right implementation of that gear. And a camera more often than not isn’t as important as the right lighting environment, whether it’s available or man-made.

A fairly common mistake we have all made at some point in our developmental process is the over use of lighting. Through the course of our experience we evolve and devolve – just look at several of your pieces you’ve shot over time. You’ll see it – something you tried that changed everything, maybe something you stopped doing. For me, the discovery of shadow changed the entire game.

When we first discover lighting, it’s pandemonium. Ring flashes, speed lights, kino, mole, LED, acute’s, mono heads, and modifiers galore; barn-doors to soft boxes, gels, CTB, CTO… your head could explode over the sheer number of lighting combinations. One single sitting can turn out a hundred plus different images just with different lighting techniques.

So many of us crank in as many lights as possible, trying everything. Not a wrong answer on the path to finding your lighting voice, but maybe not your answer.

I eventually became way more infatuated with the shadows light created than with the light that light created. You must have both. Without shadow there either isn’t light or there’s just too much of it. Lighting in photography & video, after all, is just the allocation of light and shadow. It’s your image! You tell the light where to go the same as you’d tell a model.

I’ve found the bulk of what I’m interested in aesthetics-wise is primarily single source, whether constant or strobe. And, usually unmodified or a beauty dish at least. We like to throw the word “noir” around just as much as “edgy.” For some end-all examples of this lighting, pull up some 40′s black and white flicks – great film noirs like The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, Citizen Kane… What do you see? A whole lot of shadow. It’s moody as all hell and easy to recreate on a shoestring budget. Shadow is your friend. Embrace the dark side.

Written by: Allen Henson

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The Selfie Phenomenon and Modeling Portfolios

But first . . . . Let me take a selfie . . . selfie . . . Let me take a selfie.

With the explosive popularity of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, posting pictures has become part of our everyday lives. One of the most trendy types of pictures is the selfie. Selfies are so popular that earlier this year, the word “selfie” was added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. This particular word has also become the center of a music video by The Chainsmokers aptly called #SELFIE and it features a number of actual selfies from celebrities such as Snoop Dogg and David Hasselhoff. Since its release in January this year, the video has garnered 132 million views and climbing.

What is a selfie, you may ask? Very simply, a selfie is a self-taken image. Selfies are most commonly taken with a camera on a cell phone, but virtually any camera can by used to take one. Often times selfies can be identified by an out-stretched arm appearing in the image. This is because to take a selfie, you have to hold your cell phone or camera out in front of you and your arm ends up being captured in the frame. Selfies have pretty much become cemented into our every day lives. You pretty much can’t be on a social network for more than 30 seconds without seeing one. It has almost become second nature for us to snap a picture of ourselves whether it’s planned out or it’s a spur of the moment one like Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar selfie which is the most retweeted picture ever with over 3 million retweets.

So why do we take selfies? Because they’re fun, right? More than just being a fun way of socializing, studies suggest that they may boost one’s self-esteem. A selfie is a frozen point in time where everything in the picture is all about you. There’s no pressure to take one and you can get an instant confidence boost especially when you get likes and comments on an image via your favorite social network. From an outside perspective, selfies can seem narcissistic and perhaps excessively taking selfies can be. However, in this age, a self-taken image is part of how we socialize.

Selfies also provide a way for us to sneak a peak into the lives of others. Many people are often curious and interested to see what goes on with the private lives of actors, models and others in the public eye. These celebrities know that their image is a way for them to stay connected with their fans. Models are notorious selfie takers . . . and why not? . . . models live glamorous life-styles, go to the best parties, and take great pictures.

However, a problem arises when aspiring models confuse selfies with professional portfolio images. Selfies are generally taken by a camera phone, which is low in resolution and low in megapixels. Most camera phones produce pixelated, poor quality images that really don’t cut it for a professional modeling portfolio. Beyond the quality of the image, seeing an out-stretched arm in an image appears unprofessional. You may notice that selfies are not a part of supermodels’ portfolios. That’s because selfies are primarily meant for friends, family, and fans to see. Your portfolio is for prospective clients and other industry professionals to see.

Grow your portfolio with a variety of pictures with different looks and poses. If you want to be taken seriously in the modeling industry, especially when you are starting out, hire a professional photographer or work with someone you know that is able to take some good shots of you with a decent camera. Your portfolio should showcase your very best work and will usually be judged by the weakest image. You don’t want a prospective client or agent to decline you, because you have a low quality, pixelated selfie.

There are many reasons why selfies have become a cultural phenomenon. Selfies are an honest form of photography that is personal, candid, and which we love sharing with our friends and family. As a model, there are ways to work selfies into your personal lives, but make sure to separate the images that are seen by your personal and professional networks. Doing this will speak volumes about you as a professional.

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Best Spotless and Saving Makeup and Hair Tips for Spring

By: Natalia Zurawska
Natalia Zurawska has been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years. If you would like to see more of her work, visit her website at Natalia has recently come out with a makeup e-book entitled “I’m Not Making This Up. It features all of the best makeup beauty tips and tricks that she has learned over the years to save you time and money. It is available on Amazon ( as well as Smashwords (

Spring is coming up and beauty products should not be ignored. Here are some great tips to keep all your makeup and hair supplies in great order as well as some great tips to save you money.

  1. When in doubt, throw it out.
    If it smells funny, the texture is off or you haven’t used it in a year, chances are you mostly likely won’t. Make a pile for makeup you rarely use and throw the rest out.

  3. Have a makeup and hair product trade party with your friends. Not only does it feel great to get rid of product, you will get product that you will use. Win- Win for all.

  5. Spray all eye shadows, and powder makeup with alcohol min 70%. Powder makeup stays intact for ages. I like to spray my powders, eye shadows and blushes every few months and clean the containers frequently. This is also a great tip if any of your powders break. Simply spray the rubbing alcohol, create a paste and leave open to dry. It will be back together!

    Best tips – if you have remnants of bronzer and powder, you can create a highlight/contour in one by crushing the powders and placing each (on either side) in a compact container. Spray with alcohol and make a paste. Allow to dry.

  7. Wash makeup brushes weekly. I wash my brushes after every use for hygiene purposes. If it is only you using them, once a week is great. Use a mild shampoo or dish detergent. I also like to use conditioner. The Tresemme Naturals collection cleans so well, smells great as well as moisturizes without any reside. Rinse well and shape. Lay flat to dry so the water doesn’t run into the glue of the handle and loosen it.I love the brushes by Cover FX. The foundation brush is especially fantastic. The bristles are very dense in amount, soft and blend so well. The result is flawless.


    There are many ways you can store your brushes. Here are just a few cute ways. Use colored sands or silica gel to match the décor of your room.

  8. Use a tail comb such as the one by to clean scraggly hair out of hair brushes weekly. Wash hairbrushes with shampoo and allow to dry.

    Cleaning hair tools is easy by using alcohol wipes while the irons are hot. Swipe the alcohol wipe through a few times to get rid of any product residue.

  9. Make a palette easily with lipsticks. There is so much lipstick still left in the container after it looks flat on the surface. Simply scrape out the remnants with anything you have on-hand that would work. An orange stick for manicures works well. Place lipsticks in a little medicine container, which you can get in most dollar stores or pharmacies. Clear works best as you can see the colors. Melt in the microwave for about 20 seconds until melted. Add 5 seconds until melted. If you like, label away. You can always create new colors by mixing and melting lipsticks together. M.A.C offers an amazing recycling program. If you return 6 containers, you get a free lipstick and there are more options in the M.A.C Pro stores.

  10. Organize makeup and hair tools. This order works well for me. Top shelf has cotton pads (I cut them in half for double the uses), q-tips, and face wash, moisturizer. Second shelf is foundation, concealer, eye shadows, blush, mascara, powder and lipsticks/glosses. The bottom shelf is medication, toothbrush and toothpaste, floss.Hair items tend to be bigger and heavier hence I like to place them at the bottom. Hair products come next and last hair tools.Keep makeup and hair tools in a cool, dry place.

  12. Regardless of how much you want to spend and how big your space is, here are some great options. Baskets also work well.

    Ikea, Walmart and Target are all great places to find great stuff.

    I hope you have enjoyed this blog! More to come soon ;)

    Natalia Zurawska


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One of OMP’s photographers, Jarmo Pohjaniemi (OMP ID: 68348), recently interviewed the super sexy Joy Corrigan, a model for the upcoming SHOOT THE CENTERFOLD seminar scheduled March 22 – 23, 2014 in Miami Beach. See more details on the seminar here.


Originally born in Finland, Jarmo started out his illustrious career as a fashion photographer shooting in Paris, Milan, Munich, and New York. From there, he went on to work for Playboy, spending over a decade shooting some of the most beautiful women in the world.

Jarmo is also the creator and backbone of the popular Shoot The Centerfold educational photography community that offers world class seminar workshops with instruction from top photographers. Shoot The Centerfold specializes in educating photographers on camera techniques, lighting, and the publishing business. Jarmo has also been introducing photographers to the world of moving pictures and video production with a support rig he invented called the STC Shooter, which has recently been used to shoot a promo for mega director Michael Bay’s hit TV series, “Black Flags.”


The lovely Miss Joy is currently in South Africa on modeling assignments, but Jarmo wanted to catch up with her despite her busy schedule and get a brief interview because there is much more to Joy than meets the eye. Not only is she a world class working model who travels the international modeling circuits, but also a perfect choice for our upcoming seminar based on her abilities to deliver a one-two punch with her everlasting sexy impressions (Joy’s a true knock-out!). Not only that, she’s also intelligent, articulate and very observant. Joy is the perfect choice for the Shoot the Centerfold seminar because she understands both sides of the camera and can work with photographers of all levels, from beginner to professional. Her experience and instincts are superior. If she knew photography, it’s possible many more of us would be looking for work because this girl – excuse us, lady – knows her stuff!

Jarmo: First, thank you for accepting our offer to participate in our March seminar experience; we are very excited to have you in front of the cameras. Second, what’s been happening in the life of our busy model? Any interesting shoots or stories you’d care to share with us?

Joy: I’m so glad that I was asked to be part of this seminar! And I am really looking forward to meeting all the new photographers as well as the more experienced ones! One of the cool things about my job is being able to travel and meet new people, so this is definitely one of those trips I can’t wait for! Every shoot is different, and can be interesting in a way, but yesterday was super cool because I was airbrushed golden and green to look like an African goddess/angry panther! I’m sure it’s hard to picture, but it was shot for a wine campaign and I’m sure it will all make sense when it comes out!

Jarmo: You are currently in South Africa; tell us, how does modeling differ over there than to the US market?

Joy: Cape Town SA is like the Miami Beach of the other side of the world! It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been, so getting a chance to work here is a blessing! But there are a few differences for sure, its a lot more relaxed here in South Africa. Let’s just say, sometimes I forget if I’m vacation or at work! But I’m not complaining (; Not to mention they have summer the same time the US has winter!

Jarmo: In the ‘90s, many top European fashion houses came to Miami for their shoots (and still do), but it seems that South Africa has become a sort of modeling mecca as well. Do you agree?

Joy: Yes, I totally agree, I think it is sometimes may be easier for Europeans to travel to SA then all the way to Miami. And SA is getting more safe then it’s ever been, which encourages models to travel here from all around the world. So, you get the best of both worlds, literally. Stunning girls and beaches! But don’t rule out Miami completely, it’s the one beach warm enough to swim in, unlike the super-cold water here, and I also have heard that Miami is ranked number one for Most Beautiful Girls, but I guess you will have to check out both places to compare!

Jarmo: You are very well known in the modeling circuits around the world and it is a dream to work with you. Why is it that we cannot get enough of Joy Corrigan?

Joy: Haha! That’s a hard question to answer because I’m just happy living my dream. I hoped for the best, but I would have never expected this kind of success. So, if you guys can’t get enough, maybe I’ll have to blast you with some more selfies and BTS pics from around the world!

Jarmo: You are a fashion model with a glamour twist. It goes without saying that women love fashion, but how does glamour fit into it? Would you rather do fashion or glamour, or does it matter?

Joy: Haha! That’s a hard question to answer because I’m just happy living my dream. I hoped for the best, but I would have never expected this kind of success. So, if you guys can’t get enough, maybe I’ll have to blast you with some more selfies and BTS pics from around the world!

That sounds great! We’d love to see them! We know you are a fashion model with a hint of glamour thrown in. It goes without saying that women love fashion, but how does glamour fit into it? Would you rather do fashion or glamour, or does it matter?

It’s hard to say. I actually love being in front of the camera (as if you haven’t noticed! lol), so it comes down to the goal for the shoot and the team that with which I’m working! I love being sexy, but who says you can’t be sexy and still sell clothing? I love to smile, but if the shoot calls for a pouty look, I’m in! Shooting is just like acting; it’s just like telling a story in front of the camera. I think some models feel more comfortable with a certain type of shoot, so they become categorized as that type of model, but I am equally comfortable in both styles! So, let’s just say, I can’t decide – I love both!

Jarmo: You were a model for a recent STC One-on-One session and made an everlasting mental impression with your ability to blend glamour with fashion. Would you say the fashion industry is increasingly integrating glam into their layouts?

Joy: Yes, and I think it goes the other way, also. The glamour industry is integrating fashion into their shoots as well! It’s always nice to look at a stunningly perfect photo, so why not add a little glamour and beauty into a fashion shoot so you get something that is appealing to the eye in every way!

Jarmo: It seems to us that many more publications are allowing nudity than that they did ten years ago. What’s your take on all this, and would you pose nude if the assignment called for it? Where does nudity in fashion cross the line into glamour, or does it?

Joy: I actually think that fashion calls for nudity a lot more than we realize. It’s ok for fashion models to pose nude as long as its “high fashion,” but the publications sometimes look down upon nudity if it’s done in a sexy, glamorous manner. I’m not saying this is right or wrong, but it does seem like nudity is accepted more and more every day. I think a photo can be just as revealing with or without clothes, so why not keep it classy and beautiful either way! I still don’t think I could pose nude myself, but I definitely don’t think there is anything wrong with other models that do!

Jarmo: What kind of shoots are your favorites, direction and style-wise?

Joy: Some of my favorite shoots are ones where you go in with no expectations and you come out being tremendously surprised! Just like shooting something I have never shot before. This is so exciting when you get to use your past experiences and incorporate them into a whole new concept!

Jarmo: You seem to be doing lots of swimsuit work (duh) and with a body like yours, it’s a no-brainer! How important is it to have the right bikini when modeling?

Joy: I think, more importantly, you need to have the right bikini body! If you are in shape, most bikinis will look great on you! It’s always good to make sure that the bikini goes right with the setting as well, but that is usually done by a stylist. If there is no stylist on board, then I like to try a bikini on and take a few test shots to see how it looks. You would be surprised how styling and makeup can look so different after you look at it on a big screen!

Jarmo: What do you like to do when you’re not modeling? Any hobbies? Interests? Guilty pleasures?

Joy: Yes! I love to paint and I’m really into art, so I’ve always got one or two paintings I’m working on at a time! I think being artistic is fun; you can pour out your emotions onto a canvas. I’m also a very active person; sometimes even after a long day of work, you will find me in the gym punching a bag or jogging along the boardwalk!

I also love to learn about nutrition and cook healthy, but delicious meals, including Italian-style homemade gluten-free pizza, or fresh wild-caught ceviche topped with sliced mango and fresh cilantro. So, when I’m not working, I’m probably in the kitchen experimenting and cooking up something good! Some of my guilty pleasures include shopping, eating jalapeños, and posting on Instagram! On a typical Friday night you will most likely find me, cuddled up on the couch, with a huge bowl of spicy truffle popcorn, watching movies and gossiping with my sisters!

Jarmo: What do expect to see during our two day seminar/workshop experience?

Joy: I would love to see new talent pursuing their dreams! Just like me when I started with my career, you can learn so much just by sitting back and taking it all in! Luckily, I’ve had the chance to work with extremely talented people in the past, whom I have learned so much from. And, I am still learning new things every day, but without knowledge from the professionals, it’s so hard to advance in this industry!

Jarmo: You will be meeting many photographers during the seminar. As a professional model, do you have any advice for the attendee photographers?

Joy: Yes, just be like a sponge and soak up everything! You will be surprised how much you can learn from a fellow photographer or model. Some of the most talented people are going to be at this seminar, so just talk and most importantly, listen. ;) Oh, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. If there ever is a time to push your limits, it’s going to be at the STC seminar!

Jarmo: In your opinion, what’s your best asset, physically and personally?

Joy: Haha, this is a good question, because I’m the most critical of myself. I love my smile and I love to smile! I would also have to say that reading people is another one of my great assets. I think it probably comes from experiences in the past, but it’s hard for someone to put one over on me. And if you think your getting away with something, it’s probably because I want you to think that! lol ;)

Jarmo: Do you get bored easily in photoshoots if the photographer does not have his game together?

Joy: Yes, that is why it is good, as a photographer, to always come prepared! Have a plan, have the right equipment, and most importantly, have the right team. I’ve been at shoots before that have taken five times longer then they should have. If only the photographer had had his game together, I’m sure it would have run a lot smoother.

Jarmo: One of the reasons out of the hundreds we can think of and why we approached you to participate in our seminar is your ability to work with and understand emerging photographers, a quality that very few models possess. The best way to describe it is that you seem to have the gift of guiding photographers and giving them the confidence they need (as well as some excellent images!). Do ever work with photographers in the professional industry who do not necessarily know everything to the point you have to fill in the blanks?

Jarmo: One of the reasons out of the hundreds we can think of and why we approached you to participate in our seminar is your ability to work with and understand emerging photographers, a quality that very few models possess. The best way to describe it is that you seem to have the gift of guiding photographers and giving them the confidence they need (as well as some excellent images!). Do ever work with photographers in the professional industry who do not necessarily know everything to the point you have to fill in the blanks?

Jarmo: With a figure like yours, almost every shot during a photoshoot will be a keeper. That being said, how important is it to know how to pose properly?

Joy: Haha! Thanks! But I think it doesn’t matter how great someone’s figure is – if they are shot at the wrong angle, they can look completely different. I try to pose to get the perfect shot, but sometimes that perfect shot is when you’re not even posing. It’s good to have the freedom to move knowing that the photographer will delete those not so perfect shots, and make sure to hold on to the keepers! It’s almost like a dance with the photographer and model, once you’re in the same rhythm, it’s easier to come up with magical results!

Jarmo: Due to your superior abilities and extensive experience, it’s possible for you to actually control the direction of the shoot. Do you sometimes take the lead, or do photographers have the final say, regardless of their experience?

Joy: When I am working on a job, the photographer will most likely give direction, but I will always speak up if there is something I notice that’s not right. Most of the time, the photographer is happy to hear feedback and wants the model to feel comfortable. If everyone is not fully comfortable and happy on a shoot, it’s going to be a lot harder to achieve that goal.

Jarmo: If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing instead?

Joy: I think I would have to be doing something exciting and risky, I definitely could not be sitting behind a desk for eight hours a day. Maybe I would be an FBI agent or a fashion designer, or even start my own restaurant! So many possibilities, but it is hard for me to picture myself doing anything else right now!

Jarmo: What’s the best modeling gig you’ve done so far? We know that there are many, but tell us about your favorite one? How about the weirdest one?

Joy: Can I say the One-on-One session with Shoot The Centerfold? lol Or, do you mean other than that experience? Ok, so this is a hard one because there are so many incredible shoots so far! However, shooting in Cancun, Mexico as one of the mermaids for Montoya Swimwear was definitely one of my favorites! Getting to shoot with best friends and the rest of the Montoya Family on gorgeous beaches was an incredible experience to remember! And, luckily, I haven’t had any shoots that were too weird, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

Jarmo: Do you still enjoy modeling, or has it become just a way of making a living and a business?

Joy: Yes! I love it! It gets better and better all the time! It seems like the more time you put into it, the more it pays off! I’m super-blessed and thankful for every day I get to shoot, I hardly look at it as a job. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard work, but absolutely rewarding! Who wouldn’t want to travel to awesome locations, meet cool and artistic people, and get to live your dream?

Jarmo: Where would you like to visit, modeling-wise, if you could choose any location in the world?

Joy: Next up: Paris and London! But places I haven’t been to that I would love to visit are Australia, Japan and Thailand!

Jarmo: If you could create a dream photographer, which qualities and talents would he or she have?

Joy: A dream photographer is someone you can laugh with, have fun with, but someone who also knows how to get down to business! Also, being professional is very important, so that I can feel comfortable enough to let loose and know that he or she is going to capture that winning shot!

Jarmo: What’s your take on working with female photographers? How do they differ from the male counterparts? They say that female photographers seem to be more interested in the results rather than the process. In your experience, is this true?

Joy: Working with female photographers is no different then working with male photographers, it comes down to the individual person and how they operate. In my experience, I think female photographers are just as excited about the process as well! Some of the best photographers are female photographers, and sometimes they are overlooked. For me, it’s how I can relate with that individual, whether they are female or male. So bring it on female photographers, I would love to see more in the industry!

Jarmo: What can our attendee photographers learn from you during our seminar experience? Any tips?

Joy: I hope the attendee photographers can learn how to feel more comfortable behind the camera. I also hope that I can give them more confidence so that when they leave the conference they are going to start shooting like a pro! Tips: Enjoy yourself, be confident, and shoot everyday!

Jarmo: From a model’s perspective, what advice can you give photographers on how to become successful when working with models?

Joy: Whenever you are working with a model, make sure to keep it at a professional level. Models want to know that you take them seriously, so try not to hit on the models. Always keep an open mind to what the model has to say; you would be surprised what you can learn. Oh, and don’t be shy either, models like some direction or feedback while shooting. After hard work and perseverance, soon you will have success in your pocket!

Jarmo: Are you able to tell right away if you’re working with an inexperienced photographer? How can you tell? Are there any clues that tip you off or send up a red flag?

Joy: Yes, I can pretty much can tell after meeting them. If they start bragging about the shoots they’ve done in the past it sends up a big red flag. I would rather work with a new, talented photographer who is willing to learn any day! Oh, and an experienced photographer always has a plan together for the shoot before it’s ever started!

Jarmo: How was your One-on-One session experience with Shoot The Centerfold?

Joy: Let’s just say it was a shoot I will never forget!! I had an amazing time shooting with Doug Hill who was being shadowed by one of the best photographers in the business, Jarmo Pohjaniemi, so you know it had to be incredible shoot! Not to mention, getting my hair and make-up done with the incredibly talented Mary Alejo, who also did all the styling; this was a way to guarantee that the pictures were going to come out perfectly! And they did!! I also had a blast shooting, because it was a fun and relaxed environment. This dream team had everything on point. I never had to worry about the lighting, make-up, or camera angles because I knew I was in good hands! Oh, yeah, and one of the best parts was the end result; stunning pictures!

Jarmo: If one or more photographers from our upcoming seminar would like to work with you, would you be interested in providing an after-seminar assignment opportunity?

Joy: Yes, of course! After my first experience shooting a One-on-one with STC, I’m down to work with any new comers who want to widen their horizon!

Jarmo: In your professional opinion, what’s wrong with the modeling and photography industry today?

Joy: I think, despite how corrupt this industry can be, it is starting to change for the better! Recently, I’ve noticed that the industry is promoting healthier-looking girls, and a prime example of this is supermodel Kate Upton. I’ve even heard that in some countries, they are starting to ban retouched photos in some advertisements unless it is stated. This could be good in a way because it can help young girls understand that being a model takes a lot more than just being a pretty face.

Jarmo: What is your New Year’s resolution?

Joy: My New Year’s resolution is to be 100% Organic! I know it’s hard because most restaurants and grocery stores don’t offer organic produce, but I’m still going to try my hardest to stay healthy this upcoming year by only using organic produce. I also want to read more! I always feel like I can never finish a book, so this upcoming year I want focus more on reading in my free time. (:

Jarmo: Do you ever shoot pictures besides blow kisses via iPhone? (Yes, we have been snooping around your FB and Twitter accounts… :) )

Joy: Haha! Yes I sure do!! But who doesn’t like kissy faces? I love blowing kisses! hehe (: But since you mentioned it, I’ll add that on to my New Year’s resolution list; take more diverse selfies! lol BTW, here’s a good question for the STC community: What do you guys want to see me post more of?

Jarmo: Well, let’s not spill all the beans just yet. But we are confident that any image you post will be delicious and sexy. Good things come to those who wait… for the March 22-23, 2014 seminar/workshop, where Joy will show us how it’s done! Are you ready???

If you’re interested in the seminar and meeting Joy, register now. Hurry to take advantage of the early bird pricing. Prices will increase after Dec 31st.

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Metaphysical Photographic Life Way of Seeing

Stephan Pisko, M.mpL. – OMP #25261

The equation for this different way of seeing is: (quandary + psychology + quantum thinking + philosophy + metaphysics + unexplainable = metaphysical photographic life).

The art of not “looking at” but “seeing through” in simple terms you cannot “look at a window” you are bound to “see through it” to the other side, this probably in the simplest of terms, is the best physical description of metaphysical seeing.

There is another element within this equation called a ‘mental discipline’ that greatly assists with this visual transformation depending on the individual’s artistic passion and intensity but for the time being I will leave it under ‘psychology’ because it is personal.

This ‘new age’ metaphysical way of seeing was subliminally transported to me through an osmosis within writing that I could not stop the literary force digging deeper probing past the physical on route to something that I could not explain with words so I went beyond the words and applied that principle to photography going beyond the camera.

My written work over the past (25) years is only a forum and within this opus, there is a covering, when the concealment opens up, it is you’re visualization via self-introspection and the medium of the camera that you come to understand ‘genuine semantics uncovers without cognizance’.

Photography for this inspiring era exceeds this expansive word (photography) and ventures past ‘the object’ the mechanical machine (camera) by which is produced a so called ‘perfect flawless image’. Photography for the new millennium is a ‘spiritually healing realization’ and there is much more that comes into the ‘picture of photography’ than previously visualized.

Photography is a metaphysical extend to the ulterior phenomenon of the fluid transparency this ‘metaphysical photographic life’.

Metaphysical Extend to the Ulterior Phenomenon of the Fluid Transparency - Image #1

Image #1 – “Metaphysical Extend to the Ulterior Phenomenon of the Fluid Transparency”- Within this flowing moment we have a metaphysical extend, a venturing beyond what is apparent, a pond that has turned to ice but we can still see through to the other side within this Fluid Transparency mirroring the tree twig, leaves and pond plants. Ice is solid but you can see through to the other side it exhibits mystical qualities and shapes it’s own shapes. Ice is water that has gone ‘inside it’s fluid body’ but has captured whatever it has last touched subsequently this has formed a clear identity with whatever it embraces, this to me is an outreaching communication that tells the story of the flow and this is where water ‘disports a hidden resolve’ at the precise moment where flowing/ non-flowing intersect where once water was only liquid now it separates to become a solid form this is a ‘transcending transition’.

Mental Discipline Via Self Introspection - Image #2

Image #2 – “Mental Discipline Via Self Introspection” -There is much accent placed upon the peripheral the ‘outside of things’ where truly the ‘archetype is the intrinsic’ if it were as obvious as looking at the extraneous the ‘realm of creativity’ would not collar the affection of where it originally came into existence.

Within this image we have the subject examining self where the creativity resides not the superficial outward environment of the peripheral where the concentration of essentials is non-existent.

Metaphysic Quandary - Smashing the Test Tube - Image #3

Image #3 – “Metaphysic Quandary – Smashing the Test Tube” – The ‘infinity quandary’ the visual equation that initially charts a path to the unknown through a ‘transference of time’. The chemist works with chemicals to produce a ‘reaction’ while the photographic-artist works with fluidity to produce a ‘generation’. The artist deals with ‘imponderable appearances’ while the chemist produces the ‘tangible reaction’ in a glass and the ‘imperceptible phases’ in the mind. The artist is always dealing with a ‘tangible light’ in the mind but when outwardly displayed generates a ‘fluid intangibility’ but since the artist cannot produce creation must stick to a visual ability and adapt to a fluid movement that generates the tactile into a metaphysic as this is the only way an artist can mimic creation by taking form through fluidity then generating this flow into something intangible.

This image displays a ‘smashing of the infinity quandary’ within the fluid intangibility to produce a generation that mimics creation with a myriad of unexplainable appearances.

Science of Seeing Don/'t Look At See Through - Image #4

Image #4 – “Science of Seeing” – Don’t Look At See Through – Metaphysical seeing is an ‘absorbed bearing’ of the individual as he/she perceives perception. The word instinctive surfaces with this particular kind of vista and is accompanied with pensive feeling it is a linking into self-knowledge a ken that belongs to the entire universe at ‘one glance’ the “seeing through” rather than “looking at”.

The subject is “seeing through” with pensive feeling trying to communicate this ‘absorbed bearing’ a knowing that belongs to the entire universe as the backdrop of this perception determined by a natural impulse the “Science of Seeing”.

Spirit Through the Fluid Transparency - Image #5

Image #5 – “Spirit Through the Fluid Transparency” – Within the fluidity is ‘sightlessness’ but through the fluidity is a passage penetrating a vivid verity of one’s self with remarkable serenity but we must experience being within the ‘fluid sightless’ before we can go through the ‘fluidity of insights’. It is ascending over the ‘fence of ourselves’ as we are the only ones who keeps us within these boundaries genuine vision is crystalline with sparkling revelations of self-created enclosures like ego – greed, etc.

This flower image I feel comes the absolute nearest in identifying a ‘metaphysical way of seeing’ as we have the fluidity of form – color – content blending overlapping with the unexplainable it is a ‘momentary flash of the transparency’ that spirit flows through when the physical passes.

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