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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Why blue chip clients only book through modeling agencies.

Modeling portfolio modeling agency 12Major brands, designers and advertising agencies won’t book models outside of modeling agencies except for low end promotional work. Even if they can stand to save a lot of money and get similar talent. Why?

There are a number of reasons; the most notable being that they cannot risk their production on an individual. Consider this:

When producing an ad or editorial for a major client, the model may make a few thousand dollars, but it’s just a mere fraction of the entire production cost. The photographer likely makes more than the model, and the photographers’ expenses for assistances and support staff are even higher. There are stylists, makeup artists, a producer, a creative or art director and all their assistants, location fees and permits, and often times the client may fly in from a different city as well.

The cost of a major production can easily exceed $100,000, and is almost always at least 5 to 10 times the cost of the model(s). Can you imagine the risk being taken when booking an independent model? Model agencies do more than find the talent; they manage it and stand by the production. If a model was suddenly ill the day of the shoot, they’ll replace her.

Moreover, the model agency handles billing. Big companies and advertising agencies don’t want to setup an account payable and all that goes with it for an individual only to be used one or two times. The modeling agency is likely going to continue doing business with them and supplying models for other projects.

There are other reasons, in fact many. But you need not go further than these to see why any major client is going to use a modeling agency vs. hiring independent talent.

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