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Alysha Young's Birthday!

I’ve known Alysha for several years and I honestly think she looks younger now than when I first shot with her. It’s a testament to her super active, healthy and happy lifestyle. You can’t buy the regenerative effects of that combination. Enjoy these exclusive snaps of Alysha from her recent birthday bash.

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Alysha Young's New Dunkin' Donuts Commercial!

Alysha Young continues to move up the ladder of entertainment projects, this time with what appears to be a nationwide Dunkin’ Donuts commercial. Indosplace better nab a shoot with Alysha again before it’s too late.

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Alysha Young in Hanni El Khatib - Pay No Mind

These are some pretty sassy moves, to say the least. Look for an AGT video from Alysha soon.

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Alysha's New Blog - OurFixations.com

Our very own Alysha Young has a new blog devoted to beauty, style and celebrity: OurFixations.com. Check it out.

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Alysha Young has been busy these days touring for Ubisoft's Just Dance 3, which was released for the XBox Kinect earlier this year. By way of a little background, I first worked with Alysha (who I met through Bria Myles) when I shot her for J'Adore magazine a couple years ago. Alysha has always been more of a commercial than an urban model, with both a dance agency and a modeling agency repping her. She is also part of Aqualillies, a water ballet company that is featured in this month's issue of Vogue magazine.

Credits - Model: Alysha Young | Make-Up: Tai Young-Jackson | Hair: Tara Copeland | Photography: Indosplace.com

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Alysha Young Reveals How She Added "Just Dance" to Her Repertoire

Click image to be taken to video blog by Alysha Young revealing how she got involved with Ubisoft and traveled the country to promote the "Just Dance" video game for the Wii and Xbox 360, in addition to being featured in a nationwide commercial... Photography: Indosplace.com
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Top Picks

You can click on the image to enlarge it. The two main qualifications to be on this list: 1) I have to shoot with the model, and 2) they had to be in my top traffic searches (e.g., people are still looking for them on my blog). There are couple newcomers on the list, like Carol, and a couple that got bumped. Sad They are listing in alphebetical order.

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Alysha Young - Benchmark

More than any other model last year, I would say Alysha helped me improve my photography. Winking

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Alysha Young - Commercial Appeal

My favorite model Winking

Credits - Model: Alysha Young | Make-Up: Tai Young-Jackson | Hair: Tara Copeland | Photography: Indosplace.com

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Alysha Young - Westwood Village - Reprisal

Update: A new image was added in the dead of the night on 11/18, lol.

Another image that proves that if you've got a gorgeous model and good hair and make-up, you can pull off a great shot anywhere. This picture was taken in a parking structure: that emblem to the left of Alysha is the Roman numeral 3 (because that's the parking level we were on). (Click on image for larger version)

Credits - Model: Alysha Young | Make-Up: Tai Young-Jackson | Hair: Tara Copeland | Photography: Indosplace.com

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Alysha Young in Just Dance 2 Commercial

If you watch television at all, it's been pretty hard to miss Alysha in the latest commercial for the Ubisoft's Just Dance 2 game for the Wii, along with Kim Kardashian and some other celebs. I think Alysha is proof that having a real career in modeling/acting is not mutually exclusive with occasionally doing projects in urban modeling. (Click collage image to be taken to Just Dance 2 commercial)

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Credits - Make-Up: Tai Young-Jackson | Hair: Tara Copeland | Photography: Indosplace.com
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Alysha Young - Model's Choice

This photo was chosen by Alysha Young herself, unlike many of the other photos here which were chosen by me. What does her selection say about how she views herself? How does it compare to my selections? Please discuss*.

* J/K. That was my best imitation of some of my English essay questions in college. Winking

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Alysha Young - Autumn Leaves

This is a look I had been wanting to do for a long time, and you can only get it at one time of the year. Again, trying to bring something a little different to the urban genre.
Credits - Make-Up: Tai Young-Jackson | Hair: Tara Copeland | Photography: Indosplace.com

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Alysha Young - Westwood Village

This is the Parisian cafe look. I don't wanna make any offhanded proclamations, but I'm pretty sure I'm done with straight booty type shoots (not that I ever did much of that to begin with). Guess I'm getting old, lol.

Credits - Make-Up: Tai Young-Jackson | Hair: Tara Copeland | Photography: Indosplace.com

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Alysha Young - Venice Canals

So this is the first of my releases from my recent shoot with model/actress Alysha Young. This girl is definitely on her way up... She recently shot a commercial for the Wii gaming system and will soon to have her own blog to update everyone on what she's doing.

Credits - Make-Up: Tai Young-Jackson | Hair: Tara Copeland | Photography: Indosplace.com

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Alysha Young - Fun in the Sun

Alysha is such a pleasant model to work with. Photography by Indosplace.com. (Click to enlarge images)

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Alysha Young & Suelyn Medeiros at Sycamore Cove, Malibu

Commercial/catalog type shot of Alysha and Suelyn in Malibu California taken by your friendly neighborhood blogger. Winking (Click for larger version without type)

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Alysha Young in Maria Claire, Vogue, etc.

UPDATE: This blog post has been updated. Alysha sat down today to talk in detail about how she landed this job, for all those aspiring models who want to know...

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--How did the Walmart ad campaign come about for you (e.g., starting from how you got with the agency that booked you for the job, providing one of your agents booked you)...

I got the Walmart ad through my agency, the Daniel Hoff Agency. Getting an agent is necessary and I got mine through submitting headshots and resumes to all agents that looked like we could benefit each other. You can get a list of all the agencies and what talent they are currently looking for at Samuel French Bookstore. After I sent out my packages I heard back from less then 1/4 of the agents. I went in to do a test read of a script, got a call back offering me representaion.

--Was this job a buy-out, do you get residuals, etc.?

The job was a buyout I got about $2,000 for internet and print usage during Summer 2010. If Walmart decides they want to use the images longer than the summer then they have to pay me again. Also, there's an exclusivity clause - while this ad is out I can't do a similar ad campaign for stores like Target or K-mart.

--How long ago did you actually shoot for this ad, to give people some idea of how long projects like this can take to come into fruition...
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I shot this campaign in the beginning of April 2010. They had me "on hold" for a week, meaning I was told to keep my availibility open just in case they wanted me (ahhhhh the suspense, lol)

--When you shot for it, did you have any idea of how you would be featured in the ads, if at all?

After I shot for the ad I had no idea where it would actually be used. They don't tell you. All I knew was it could be used for print and online, whatever that means. No one tells you the actual relese date. I didn't even know it was out until you told me Winking. Sometimes I never get to see the final result, it's only in the Midwest. Sometimes they don't even use you... at all Sad.

--What advice would give to aspiring models out there who wanna dip their foot into urban modeling but not foreclose opportunities to do an ad like this?

My advice is to know exactly where you want to end up in the industry and be selective with your work. If you want to be super sexy and that's the work you book, it'll probally open more doors to be super sexy, but there's the risk you will be pigeonholed to that. You have to remember your overall objective and stick with a plan that will keep you versatile. Don't get "caught up." KEEP FOCUS.

Congrats to Alysha! celebrate (Click to enlarge.)

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Candid Fitting Pics: Alysha and Bria

On the better photo shoots, before you actually hit the location, the stylist will hold a fitting just to be sure the swimsuits look just right. These are candid photos of Bria Myles and Alysha Young from such a fitting with M&A Style.

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Alysha Young - Golden Hour

For all you who hate Photoshop, click to enlarge and see those goosebumps. Reach Alysha here Social - Facebook_32x32

Credits: Hair - JoshJarie Gibbs | Make-Up - Tai Young-Jackson | Styling - M&A Style | Photography: Indosplace.com.

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Indos Top Choice

Just six models I've photographed and featured on this blog that I think have brought something unique to the game. (Click to enlarge)

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Surf's Up - Alysha Young

Alysha is one new model I think has incredible potential, and not exclusively in urban modeling. In fact, I would bet that Alysha will actually make the transition into acting. I look forward to working with her again. (Click to enlarge)

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The Complete J'Adore Shoot

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This whole shoot is posted at BlackJackSkanz.com, but it seemed like a good idea to have it here as well, since I took these shots. Winking Props to J'Adore magazine and Editor-In-Chief Taneish Leslie. Models: Bria Myles, Alysha Young, and Suelyn Medeiros.

A part two to this shoot is under consideration for the March 2010 issue of J'Adore. What three models do you think would make good candidates for that shoot? (Click to enlarge)

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More Suelyn & Alysha

Loving Alysha's expression on this one... (Click to enlarge)

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Happy Weds from Suelyn & Alysha

Reach Alysha on Facebook here and Suelyn on Twitter here.

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Cool Summer: Bria & Alysha

Love these pics... (Click to enlarge)

Shout out Alysha on Facebook here. You can reach Bria on Twitter here.

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Into The Sun - Alysha

Photographer’s Corner: One thing about shooting into the sunlight - autofocus usually stops working so well. That’s what makes these types of shots particularly challenging. Gotta get your manual focus on. Give Alysha a shout out on Facebook here. (Click to enlarge)

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Alysha - Pretty Woman

Photographer’s Corner: This picture of Alysha was taken midday with strong overhead sunlight. To give it an even, natural lighting both a silk and scrim were used. These pics may look simple, but controlling light outdoors is tougher than it appears. I had three assistants, and even with that at times it seemed like we were shorthanded.

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Alysha Young - The New Girl

I promised more of Alysha - this is one the photos I took of her for J'Adore Magazine's latest issue. She is featured as the Creme De La Creme in the issue. She was a great model. When the sun started to set and everybody else was packing up, she was still going strong without a complaint. Now that's professionalism. (DVD Extra: there was small editorial battle as to which model would get to have the “surfboard shot.” It was tight but Bria got it; however, Alysha got her own feature so everybody won.) (Click to enlarge)

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Tear Sheet in New Issue of J'Adore

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I was fortunate enough to shoot a swimsuit layout in the latest issue of J'Adore magazine - the Sports Issue, which will be on newsstands in the next week or so. I have to give a big shout out to the editor Taneish Leslie for giving me this opportunity.

The idea behind this editorial was to bring that clean, natural aesthetic you see so often in Sport's Illustrated to a layout of video vixens. No baby oil, no thongs, no artificial lighting. Just beauty and sunlight. (I never felt the urban magazines had really done justice to the traditional beach shoot (see, KING’s botched Dollicia cover).)

In the coming days I’ll be posting high res photos from this shoot, including outtakes that didn’t make it into the mag. Thanks to Bria, Alysha and Suelyn for some great modeling.

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Alysha - What The Game Needs

I shot Alysha recently for a magazine editorial and this girl is the real deal. Good head on her shoulders, no tattoos, in college. Between set ups during the shoot all she did was sit over in the corner and read a book. She's skeptical of the urban industry, so I'm not sure how much more we'll see of her, but we could certainly use more quality models like this in the game.

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