Amanda Gift

Amanda Gift

FHM cover & Lingerie Guide, 25+ magazines including 5 covers - over 20 television appearances.

FHM has done incredible things for me and my career. I was amazed how much good fortune came to me from all the exposure, I have stayed busy since the very first time I was published!  Now, after multiple appearances (including a cover!) I’m experiencing life in a way I never imagined. I now represent many great companies, and meet countless wonderful people! All the exposure and credibility has helped me launch my acting career – wish me luck! Thanks to Laurens and everyone in the FHM family, you will be with me forever!

AJ Alexander

AJ Alexander

Playboy Playmate, actress

“Knowing his list of clients and fellow models, working with Laurens has been a career highlight. He’s 100% professional and honest, and simply put is one of the best photographers. I had a great time on set and I’m looking forward to my next opportunity to shoot with him again :)”

Athena Barber

Athena Barber

NASCAR and Skoal spokesmodel, Sports Illustrated’s “hottest girl of motor sports”, television host

Working with Laurens has opened so many doors for me. Laurens is absolutely great to work with and has gone out of his way to help me become successful. It goes without mentioning what a phenomenal photographer he is. Only after working with him do you realize what it means that he can capture "the shot" in the most difficult conditions!

Vanessa James

Vanessa James

40 magazine appearances and ads including Victoria’s Secret and Harley Davidson. Rockstar spokes-model.

"After 8 years of modeling if there’s anything I’ve learned it’s that the right pics are what keep me working. I have a book full of tear sheets but every six months I do another CAT shoot wiLaurens so that I have images that work when I’m casting. He’s an amazing photographer and creates indescribable images. But the best part is that they make me money!"

Ashlan Gorse

Ashlan Gorse

E! News celebrity correspondent, E! Entertainment Televsion

“Laurens is flat out amazing.  He made me feel so comfortable and really listened to my ideas.  I couldn’t have asked for a better photographer and the proof is in the absolutely stunning photos he took of me.”

Erika Nicole

Erika Nicole

Television host, model

"I was very lucky to have my first professional shoot with Laurens…it literally changed my life!! My modeling career took off and now I’m hosting on TV!! I have worked with many photographers since that first shoot and Laurens is still by far my favorite! With his endless experience and industry knowledge, I became a better model every time we shot together!! He is always there for me, giving career guidance and solid advice, and I can’t thank him enough for what he has done for me!"

Brittany Binger

Brittany Binger

Playboy Playmate, actress

“I’m a seasoned model and actress and thought I already had what I needed in my book. My agency sent me to Laurens to get new commercial images for a Victoria’s Secret casting and am I ever glad they did! I’ve never been happier with images before and can’t wait to get more!”

Adrianna Costa

Adrianna Costa

Host, (Steven Spielberg’s “On the Lot)”, entertainment correspondent (CNN, Access Hollywood, E! News), actress

“Laurens makes every person he shoots look like a "10"!  When Laurens takes your picture, you know he's good. When you see the picture, you realize he's PHENOMENAL!”

Carlee Ranger

Carlee Ranger

Model, actress

"I was at work when I met Laurens and he offered to shoot me. Normally it would have sounded like a line, but he seemed so above board I went for it and was I ever glad I did! I knew of his work but I never expected what happened next! I got internationally published and then became FHM Magazine's first ever Digital Darling! After that I moved to LA and worked on some films, and continued to work shoot with Laurens and FHM even getting to travel internationally! Thank you Laurens!"

Holly Weber

Holly Weber

Model, actress (25+ magazines and calendars. 30+ films and TV shows)

Laurens was able to use his influence and incredible photos to get me featured in my first major national magazine. That exposure propelled my modeling career to a whole new level and has allowed me to expand into my dream of acting.  He has provided some of the best photos in my portfolio and I consistently receive fan mail asking for me to sign his images. Not only is Laurens a marvelous photographer, he has a wonderful personality, stellar character and has become a great friend.

Holly Huddleston

Holly Huddleston

Model, actress (shot at Sunset Tan during the 2008 Los Angeles earthquake).

I have been modeling for a while and have come across so many photographers. When I was shot with Laurens for FHM the first time I didn't have any expectations, but the first shot he took, I literally shook like there was an earthquake! The whole day went great and the pictures were incredible! The second time was even more amazing and literally took my breath away! I sure hope I'll be able to work with the best photographer in the world again :)

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Modeling in San Diego, model portfolio: HayleyModeling in San Diego

We love working with San Diego models After all, we’re in San Diego too. But before getting started, there are thinks to know about modeling in San Diego.

Modeling in San Diego is limited. Those that truly become successful have done so by moving to a larger, more commercially oriented area. Closest of course is Los Angeles, but modeling in Los Angeles has its quirks and limitations too.

Los Angeles has some work for fashion models, but the city is really built around the entertainment industry, not fashion. However, commercial modeling is very viable in L.A., it's the center for advertising agencies in the region and of course the nation's second largest city. The biggest and best modeling agencies on the west coast are in Los Angeles.

 

Modeling in San Diego, model portfolio: VanessaSan Diego models

We've helped and shot many San Diego models, and watched quite a few move on to successful careers in other areas. The most successful go to New York and become fashion models, but those are the truly gifted.

Most models in San Diego that reach some level of success move to Los Angeles. There’s a lot more opportunity modeling in Los Angeles than there is modeling in San Diego.

You'll find a lot of helpful information on our website to help you get started in the Get Signed section and inside the blog.


 

Modeling in San Diego, model portfolio: Michelle

With the above said

You may want to stay in San Diego while getting started, especially if still in high school. While you're still in town here, modeling will be pretty much limited to:

  • Modeling in San Diego nightclubs and at events.
  • Trade show modeling.
  • Swimwear modeling for smaller local brands.
  • Modeling for San Diego boutiques.
  • Amateur modeling (getting paid by amateur photographers building their portfolios which we do not recommend)

 

Modeling in San Diego, model portfolio: TashaModeling agencies in San Diego

A Google search will point you to a lot of San Diego modeling agencies. However, there are at best one or two that are in our opinion are legitimate. Most the San Diego model agencies are not worth your while and in some instances complete scams. Learn more about getting signed to a good agency in "Get Signed".

If you’re qualified, or once qualified, you may want to consider one of the many good model agencies in Los Angeles. Some have commercial boards as well. Here's a list of our recommendations. Be careful, there are 100s of agencies in L.A. and many are near worthless, or worst.



 

 Modeling in San Diego, model portfolio: KailaShooting models in San Diego

There are many great places to shoot models in San Diego. We do most of it in our studio but the options are near limitless.

One of our favorite places is the Los Pennasquitos Canyon Preserve and Ranch House. There's also the Old Poway Park with it's railroad and wooden buildings, Balboa Park which is rich in architecture, and countless other places that make great backgrounds for a modeling portfolio including the beach and desert.

The reason we prefer shooting most models for their books (modeling portfolios) in our studio is because the environment is controlled. Not to mention we have many sets expressly designed for types of images that should be in your model portfolio.

 

Getting started modeling in San Diego

Our website is devoted to things that will help you learn about becoming a more successful model. Use the menu, or the app icons located throughout the Model Portal to navigate. All the advise is free and we even show you how to take your own "Polaroids" for agencies.

You may also want to consider a shooting with us to learn more and get pictures for your modeling portfolio.

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