PPF welcomes a new team member

Portraiture tuition has always presented somewhat of a problem at Painting-Photography-France.  The issue has always been… models – who do we use?

  • We can’t expect guests themselves to act as models.
  • The amateur models we know are always very difficult to organise for dates and times to suit our schedule
  • Hiring professional models is impractical and prohibitively expensive; the nearest are 100 kms from us, in Bordeaux

We’re therefore pleased to announce that we have finally solved this problem by taking the plunge and engaging the exclusive services of portraiture model Amélie Loutoff who, from now on, will be fulfilling that role here on a permanent basis.

Of Chinese and German parentage (which no doubt accounts for her intriguing looks), Amélie was born in China and later moved to Germany, where we were fortunate enough to discover her. Although she had never before worked as a photographic or artists’ model, we found that she possessed all the attributes we’d been looking for – in particular, a willingness to sit patiently for long periods completely unfazed while photographers fuss around learning the lighting techniques and camera settings that make for good portraits.  So, when we learned that Amélie was prepared to leave Germany and come to France for a very reasonable fee (as long as we were prepared to pay her removal costs, provide her with accommodation, and take care of her wardrobe), we sealed the deal immediately.

As you can see, Amélie has a contemporary look, with an almost flawless complexion, hazel eyes, and long auburn hair. She is 178 cms tall and her vital statistics are 86-61-86 (for those of a non-metric persuasion, that’s 5’9″ and 34-24-34).

Amélie started earning her keep just a couple of weeks after her arrival at Painting-Photography-France, posing diligently and patiently for hours on end during a four-day portraiture workshop that Pete held here from 15th to 18th May. The photo of her below is from one of those workshop shoots.

We’re delighted to welcome her into the ‘PPF fold’


Amélie Loutoff

Addendum :

After comments from a couple of guests who actually fell for the above ‘tongue-in-cheek’ post and arrived here in the summer truly expecting to meet a real live person, we thought perhaps we should put the record straight!  ‘Amélie’ is not a beautiful 22 year-old model who has moved in with us as some sort of artistic au-pair (or anything else!); she is of course a plastic mannequin, made in China, and sold on eBay by a German company called ‘Loutoff‘ for use in shop window displays. she cost us 80 euros 🙂


4 thoughts on “PPF welcomes a new team member

  1. Got myself a crying, talking, sleeping, walking, living doll
    Got to do my best to please her, just ’cause she’s a livingdoll
    Got a roving eye and that is why she satisfies my soul
    Got the one and only walking talking, living doll

    No doubt her salary is inflation proof!

    See you shortly.

    David & Jill

  2. I’m sure Derek would enjoy this! Hope you are both keeping well. Just discovered your blog! I’m slowly joining the 21st century! Tell Jill I sold a painting of Rome in the Brixton urban Art Fair recently; I was so pleased as it seemed a lot more serious than the local art fairs I usually exhibit at. Have a good, busy and productive summer you two. Best wishes
    Pauline and Derek Price

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