2011 IMTA Convention Rocks New York!

by Naomi on July 21, 2011

in Bulletin Board, Studio

model Charne Spies photographed on location in South Africa

It’s all happening right now in the Big Apple: the 2011 IMTA (International Modeling and Talent Association) convention – and South Africa’s top talent is in the mix, showcasing their potential for major market agents, managers and casting directors who are in search of new faces.

In the whirlwind of last week’s preparations, we photographed a stunning local model, Charnรฉ Spies, to add “something different” to her modeling portfolio. Dave being Dave, he came up with the goods at very short notice, planning our shoot at one of his nearby Enduro riding playgrounds ๐Ÿ˜€ The broken-down building, situated beside a deserted Jo’burg mine dump, caught the dawn light to perfection, resulting in an edgy, Mad Max-style setting. Charnรฉ was a consummate professional, barely flinching as she changed outfits in the icy winter cold, posed in next-to-nothing dresses and teetered across rubble in sky-high stilettos – except when Dave helped her out with a piggyback!

photographer giving a model a piggyback

How to give a beautiful model a piggyback!

For more photo’s from this shoot, here’s a link to our Facebook album: MARAISBURG SHOOT. While you’re there, please help us to promote our OV&P Studio page by clicking on “Like”, if you do ๐Ÿ™‚

We have a particular interest in some of SA’s other stars too, since I had the pleasure of shooting their portfolio in studio, including three of our national, top ten finalists: model Tracey Kroukamp, actress Nina Robertson and singer Kirsten Zacharowitz:

Tracey Kroukamp - IMTA Modeling Portfolio Photo

studio photography of a model

Nina Robertson - IMTA Acting Portfolio Photo

portrait photography of a model

Kirsten Zacharowitz - IMTA Singing Portfolio Photo

Big thanks to Merlene from the fabulous Randburg branch of Figures Models SA, who referred these gorgeous girls to us for their studio photography. We’re rooting for them all!

NOTE: To find out more about IMTA, which has provided the launching pad for celebrities in the league of Ashton Kutcher, Eva Langoria and Katie Holmes, take a look at their website, www.imta.com, or follow the action at That IMTA Blog.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy July 21, 2011 at 9:15 am

Beautiful young women photographed by a very talented man. Your shot of Dave doing the piggyback is stunning ๐Ÿ™‚


Naomi July 21, 2011 at 9:46 am

Thanks so much, Cindy! We had a whole lot of fun, as you can see ๐Ÿ™‚


nrhatch July 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Wonderful shots . . . in and out of the studio. Well done to you both! Good luck to the girls. ๐Ÿ˜€


Naomi July 30, 2011 at 9:32 am

Thanks a ton, Nancy – on behalf of us all!


Amy @ Souldipper July 24, 2011 at 6:06 am

Is that the same man who just came out of surgery?! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great photos, Naomi, and I hope Charne is able to fulfill her desires. A beautiful young woman with a beautiful name.


Naomi July 24, 2011 at 7:26 am

The very one, Amy! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for the compliments, also for Charne, who I know will appreciate them. I can’t wait to hear more about what’s been happening in New York ๐Ÿ™‚


Merlene July 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm

We have just returned from NY and what an awesome time we had!! The South Africans did exceptionally well. Overall outstanding results and achievements. We will be holding thumbs for the contracts and offers to arrive. this we will only know in the next few weeks etc.
We won the dancing competition and came second in the singing competiton.
Most of our girls received ” Honourable Mention” at the IMTA. There were over 9000 contestatns this year.
I am really beaming with pride as two of the Figures Randburg girls were selected by an interantional designer and choreographer to participate in a fashion show, whilst there.
What an achievement and impression they made. Well done Tayla and Bianca! They were selected with two other Figures students from other branches. Out of the final fiftenn models selected for the show, Four were from Figures and Two from Randburg!
Well done Figures Randburg students and Figures students from other branches.


Naomi July 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm

WOW, Merlene, what AWESOME news!! Thanks so much for sharing it here!! So proud of our SA entrants, Figures SA, your Figures Randburg group, and Tayla and Bianca in particular – CONGRATS to all of you!!


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