I'm more of a hobbyist than a pro photographer. My aim is to build up an audience and proceed from there. I have stopped working with models who are willing to do TFP because I've seen the huge difference in talent, and more importantly, huge difference in viewer numbers. I post most of my work on 500px.com. I like the community there and I like the fact that the followers and viewers (for the majority) are other photographers.
I have had some hit and misses, but mostly hits with the models I have used so far. I have only hired a handful and the number of followers and view numbers has gone up. Every now and then though there are pictures that I post up that I expect to do very well, and they hardly get any views. Once it was due to the site being down, and the views quickly went back up.
I have noticed that great portraits and pictures that are not offensive to anyone do the best. So naturally i focused of unique, gorgeous faces, when deciding on models. This led me to finally getting a picture being featured on the front page. The front page is the holly grail, with views exceeding 10k for some in those short hours.
On average I'll get around 1 to 2k views for a picture with a rating between 90 to 98%. However I got a chance to shoot with a physique model with a larger than normal breast size late last year. Her pictures have given me much exposure, leading to several of my pictures on the front page.
Onto my question. I was recently contracted to shoot a model for a plastic surgeon. She's beautiful and has had some work done, but she is clearly smaller than the previously physique model mentioned. I expected good numbers from her, but it's almost been the opposite. My question is, does breast size really matter? I understand that it's not all about how sexy your model is, and other factors play a large role as well, such as how good the picture actually is.
(the embedding web image doesn't seem to work for me, I apologize for the inconvenience)
Image 1: https://500px.com …atempa-?from=user_library
image 2: https://500px.com …atempa-?from=user_library
First image as uploaded 16hrs ago (about 1am pacific) and is already at 99.1, with over 4500 views. Second image was uploaded 22hrs ago, 97.3, with about 1600 views. The difference is clearly there. My confusion is on why one is so clearly distinctly more popular than the other. I expected less views from the black and white one. More than anything I want some insight into this so I can continue to hire the right models.
Thanks for taking a look,