While I have only been modeling for about 8 months, I have had such an amazing ride. After beating 4 deadly tick-borne diseases, I have come back so much stronger and feeling more beautiful than ever.
I have to give due credit to the IBMS network. My first encounter with Patrick McKinney and the IBMS family was back in July of 2019. Patrick came to Tennessee for the EM Modeling Agency ‘Model of the Year’ event.
Due to his friendship and close connection to our agency owner and founder, Arlene Roberts, all participants had the opportunity to meet and talk with Patrick. That was not the only exciting news, as we were beside ourselves with joy to hear that Mosaab Alsaray, an Internationally Published Photographer that has had several sets published in Playboy, Maxim, and FHM, would be in attendance to shoot the models for the EM MOY competition.
It was surreal to be working with such heavy hitters in this industry. Although I know we were all nervous and perhaps even a little intimidated to work with such talent, both Patrick and Mosaab were so easy to talk to, and made us feel very comfortable.
I ended up being one of two models that were selected from that event to be published in International Playboy magazines. I am still buzzing with excitement from my August International Playboy publication.
Since July, I have attended two IBMS shoot camps, and made memories at each that will last a lifetime. Within a single night of being with the IBMS family, I made lifelong connections and friends. In addition to far exceeding any expectations I ever had in modeling, getting published in several international magazines, I have rebuilt my self image with the help of the IBMS family.
I am so incredibly grateful for each and every connection I’ve made.
Proud IBMS Model review
Truly blessed to apart of The International Bikini Model Search family.... I must say we met some pretty amazing people this week.
I can't say thank you enough to Patrick McKinney and Emanuel Salias for the opportunity to be apart of this organization 😍 and of course we wouldn't have been there without Arlene Roberts with EM Modeling Agency. Love you!
All of the models and photographers that we met were welcoming with open arms. You all gave my hubby and myself so much advice and knowledge. You all were too kind❤ Warren Anderson all I can say is thank you for taking us both under your wings. You are a book of knowledge. We are forever grateful for you!
Jamie Kimbrough I really appreciate you making me beautiful every single day. You are an incredibly talented Makeup artist 🥰
Kaska Kaminski Thank you for being so kind and very helpful. I love your spunk and your beauty 😍
I want thank to all of the incredible photographers that gave me an opportunity to shoot with them. All of your work is amazing❤ Warren Anderson, Thomas Brennan, Arlene Roberts, Kristy Seguin, EL Em, Craig Block, Gary Miller, Arthur G. Schlosser, Mosaab Alsaray, Christopher Lomboy, Tony Hayes, Bill Keel, Hector Alberto Aguilar S, Drew Santos, David Soto I hope to work with you all again 😊
I would love an opportunity to work with the photographers that I didn't get a chance to in the future ❤
Proud IBMS Model review
I attended IBMS The International Bikini Model Search Las Vegas and Miami and had a blast. Although they were different experiences the chill environment was the same. I was looking for a way to connect and grow out of my local area and challenge myself. I really liked being around fellow photographers and models. When I first found out about The IBMS I had no idea how much fun I would have and the constant positive vibes. My only regret was that it went by so fast. - Zabu Mutua
The IBMS Tulum, Mexico
with Special Guest Playboy México. A big shout out to Patrick McKinney, Emanuel Salias and The International Bikini Model Search for the amazing week. I must be honest and say, this event was negatively talked about, that it was gonna fail, that we would have no where to stay, that we would all get ripped off ...etc. Well this was my 10th finals event, and this event rivaled all past events I had been too. The professionalism, the fun, the hard work, the drive, the COME BACK, all astounded me. I got to help, and be helped. I learned new things about photography, and passed knowledge to new comers, models and photographers. I got to worked beside Gary Miller and learn from him and was honored to watch him create amazing imagery. I got to be apart of and assist with some amazing images from Kristy Seguin (cookie) and Allison Nicole. (Wait till yall see these) By all means, we had some trials and tribulations, but we all over came them and still did what we came to do like families do. And had a blast doing it! The support and love was hands down #1. Thank you to all who was apart of this successful event! Thank you Patrick McKinney, IBMS is back and even better! The drive is back! But most importantly the family is reunited !!!! Thanks again Patrick for all your hard work and support, we love you. 2nd shout out I shot 27 models,16,000+ images and 45 photo shoots. Thank you to all whom took the time, and if I didn't get to you, I apologize. We will have to make up for it in Costa Rica!!! Huge Thanks to Patrick McKinney for throwing this amazing event. (If u would like to join in the fun in Costa Rica!, DM me). Thanks to Brandon Savoie and Aaron Hopman for being amazing assistance. Big thanks to Gary Miller for hanging out and shooting with me. I have always looked up to your amazing work! It was a honor to work beside you and be mentored by the best! Lastly a huge massive thanks to my beautiful talented wife Kristy seguin (cookie). For being my drive, inspiration and always supporting me. I couldn't and wouldn't have grown without you. And a huge thanks to Emanuel Salias for making sure we all got to and from the airport and resort. We all missed u Manny! Watch for images from this event! The talent was astounding. Till next time.... EL Em
I want to thank Patrick McKinney for having me for the 3rd consecutive time in The IBMS Model Search competition. I have never traveled so much, and been able to meet such amazing people in my life until my IBMS Model Search Family. I have gone through many ups and downs in my life, and had no kind of confidence to be a model anymore because I did not feel like I was worth it....however, one day I had a friend who told me about the IBMS Model Search and how they treat you like you are family and how you are more than just a pretty face. I decided to give it a try, and little did I know that I would meet my best friends, amazing photographers, and more than that a new family. I have traveled to many places, and met these beautiful and talented models from all over the world that are affiliated with Maxim, Playboy, FHM, and many more!!! Such drive and determination inspired me to become a model again! I am so fortunate to be part of the IBMS family and thank them for the confidence and motivation, that they installed in me to make me strive for more. They have helped me in copious ways and continue doing so....what more can I ask. They better me in becoming a bigger and more published model.....and (hopefully) soon to be actress ! They do everything and anything in their power, and I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart.... To all the models....you have been my closest friends... especially Bianca Shane who has recently been announced our IBMS Model Search North American Spokes model. She has always been welcoming and has been so good and true to me as a person, model, and more importantly friend. All the girls that have been there such as Hope Rain, Holly Wolf, Heidi Jo, Pashence Marie, KiiKi Lee, Chelsea Lee, Chloe Terae Thomson, Caitlin Wilbor, and many more if I missed you (I SAWWYYY), you girls are amazing and so beautiful in so many ways, and I am so proud to be standing next to you girls on stage. I am so happy to call you all my sisters in this family, and I hope you can too....I love all of you and wish you luck in all of your endeavors. I want you all to know....no matter how far you are or what trouble comes your way.....text me, message me, talk to me....I am here!!!! I also want to give a huge shout out to Lizzeth Acosta who I shot with Rogger Gear and Pravin Shaw (who are amazing photographers) a congratulations on winning MISS IBMS Model Search 2014 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!!! You had rocking body, and humble personality and you are sooooo sweet. Btw thank you for letting me borrow your lotion that made me glow....I am stocking up on that!!! I want to thank the photographers who have also been diligent and patient with me and have done nothing but shoot amazing shots of me...thank you Joe Damaso, Greg Aldous, Rjay Gamboa, Francis Gamboa, Blue Gamboa, Drew Santos and many more if I missed you!!! Thanks to these photographers I have been published internationally in India, Canada, and USA!! On a closing note, The International Bikini Model Search has opened its doors to many photographers, models, and businesses that want to strive in their goals just like everyone does in this line of business.....NEVERTHELESS.....do not forget the ones who help you strive to the best of your abilities and puts you out there for the world to see your talents and what was unknown to the world....because every day you wake up you will say to yourself..... "THEY ARE THE ONES WHO DID THIS FOR ME"...... I LOVE MY IBMS FAMILY...AND CAN'T WAIT TO COME BACK NEXT YEAR BIGGER AND BETTER!!!!
Proud IBMS Model
Let’s start from the beginning of time where it all started for me. So in June/July of 2018 a friend of mine Kristen Fischer who’s a Photographer and model was doing a family photo shoot for a family and she asked me if I wanted to tag along and help her.
So I tagged along and helped her even though I wasn’t much help I promise that. But nonetheless she appreciated me and said for helping her she’d take some photos of me so I could have a few professional photos of myself.
I’ve never really modeled before this moment but Kristen made sure to make me feel completely comfortable and she took the most amazing photos ever of me. So fast forward about a week or 2 after those pictures were taken and I saw a post from Patrick McKinney about entering to win a trip to the IBMS Model Search Mansion in October 2018 to model for a Shoot Camp.
I had been following Patrick and the IBMS Model Search for about a year and half now and just never took the chance till then. Well, I took the chance posted my picture and won the trip. I was so hesitant cause like I said I’d never model before but I said screw it, you only live once go give it a shot. So I packed my bags and off to the mansion I went.
That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because ever since that moment my career in modeling has taken off. I’ve worked with so many talented people from photographers, models and MUA.
My first event at the mansion in October 2018 was exactly what I needed at that time in my life. I walked away from that event with a family I had never really had and didn’t realize how much I needed them till then. They supported me and took me in like I was already part of the family.
I remember being so overwhelmed at first and barely shot at all and Patrick pulled me aside and told me “You need to shoot girl you can do this why else do you think you’re here. You’re here because we know you have what it takes and we wanna see you make it.” Now I cant thank him enough for that talk because it was the talk that helped me. I shot as much as I could that weekend and made the most of it up till the last moment. And it paid off, I got my very first publication from that camp with Robert Poss.
And from that moment on I’ve never stopped! I’ve continued to chase my dream with the help of Patrick and the IBMS Model Search. I’ve entered every contest they’ve held and have won multiple things that have changed and helped my career. I have been published over 22 times in the last year and 2 months since I’ve started this journey, and 4 of those publications were covers.
And if I’m being honest I would’ve never thought of myself as a model or better yet a cover model before any of this took place. I can’t thank Patrick or the IBMS Model Search enough for the opportunities they’ve provided me thus far and continue to provide me.
The opportunities are always flowing with the IBMS Model Search!
I won 3 shoot camps these past 6 months that I can use towards 2020 shoot camps; not including the one I previously had which makes 4 total.
The best thing is Patrick is so understanding and if you can’t make it to a certain camp due to another situation he allows you to transfer the camp to another camp that you can make. I also won the RV road trip to Las Vegas March 2020 with Tony Hayes, Patrick and the IBMS and I am so excited to view the country with my IBMS family. Vegas March 2020 I will see you there ready to network and create magic with everyone.
I have also won 3 IBMS awards Rookie model of the year, Shoot camp model of the year, the IBMS Jamie Kimbrough makeup & hair award as well as a notable mention for the IBMS Kristy Seguin tattooed model of the year. I have also been out of the country to Costa Rica 🇨🇷 due to an amazing sponsorship I got through a photographer ( Chris Hansen ) I met through the IBMS.
Now don’t get me wrong I will be honest not EVERYTHING has been sunshine and rainbows. I have witnessed a few unfortunate events with the IBMS but those situations ARE ALWAYS TAKEN CARE OF and MADE UP FOR ABOVE and BEYOND what is expected by Patrick McKinney and the IBMS.
An every company isn’t perfect and neither are people but the IBMS is pretty close to being perfect. Even with the mishaps I'D STAND BY THE IBMS and Patrick till the end because they’ve proven time and time again they are about family and that’s what the IBMS is, it's family.
A PROUD IBMS PUBLISHED MODEL
I'm Caitlin Puccio , and I've been a glamour and promotional model for 13 years. A little background about myself, I am a full time nurse, mother, wife, and enjoy traveling. Over my time in modeling I was successful as a ring card girl, grid girl, in print work, and in pageantry. What I love most about modeling and pageantry is creativity, the ability to travel, and meeting people with similar passions. With my schedule at home, it's sometimes hard to find time for myself to meet new people and have some good quality time with people who share similar passions. Sometimes I have a killer idea and don't have the location to create a concept I have in mind. I decided to look for a photoshoot workshop to get away and update my portfolio, and this is when I met the IBMS! I actually first applied to the IBMS via a contest on Facebook. It was a shoot camp in the Smoky Mountains, a place on my travel list I wanted to check off, and only a long weekend so it met my busy schedule. All I needed to do was comment my best modeling photo. I thought it seemed too good to be true, but I entered the contest. The next day I was tagged in a post, saying I had been selected! All I needed to do was purchase an airline ticket, and my accommodations, workshop fee, and food were all included. A few weeks later I arrived at the workshop and it was amazing. Everything I was promised was delivered. The cabin was fantastic, location was off the charts, and the trip was well organized. What set the IBMS apart from other workshops that I attended in the past, was that I felt a strong sense of family. The first night I arrived we had family dinner, where we share about ourselves, our backgrounds, what we wish to accomplish out of the workshop. I really felt this helped us to bond with the other models and the photographers at the event in order to grow a friendship. I truly feel like this friendship improved the quality of the photos I took drastically. I personally remain very close friends with one of the models and a photographer I attended at this workshop, and plan to attend workshops in the future with them to catch up and shoot. Because of this family atmosphere, it doesn't matter if you are a novice or the cream of the crop, we all help each other to make sure you are leaving with killer images. Since my original camp I have attended one additional camp in New Orleans, and am attending the upcoming camp in Key West . I have made lasting friendships through this company, and truly enjoy networking with the positive and professional people at the events. I love coming to events with a few concepts I want to shoot, and also making photographer's visions come to life and creating art. The photos I have received are out of this world. Additionally, IBMS hits so many places on my travel list, so I love the amazing options they have for event locations and the wide variety of images I've received from their camps. Patrick and the team at IBMS truly work so hard to give us amazing opportunities from publications, networking, and contests, and I hope that you decide to join the family!
Proud IBMS MODEL
The IBMS Tulum, Mexico with Special Guest Playboy México
Just got back from an absolutely siiiiiiccckkkk shoot-cation with The IBMS in Mexico!! Every day was epic from photo shoots to chilling at the pool/beach, exploring, dance clubs at night, making great memories with great friends. It was all phenomenal, so I’m gonna have to give a few shout outs: My sistas from another mista Mimi Cortes and Heloíne Mangerona Moreno - you girls were so much fun to hang out with, I had a total blast starting from day 1 in Playa! And thanks for helping me work through some issues, I know you girls are always there for me. Emmy Fowler you slayyyyeeedddd the shoot we did and I’m so hyped to edit because every pose you did was awesome . You are sooo much fun to hang out with and we had lots of fun from the zip-lines to snorkeling, playing with that starfish , Playa. It was amazing to have met you. Keaton DuBeau you are Emmy’s partner in crime and completely crushed the shoot as well! We had a lot of fun so it was awesome to chill with you all week .Christopher Lomboy and Jessica Franco, way to rep my home state and rock this shoot-cation with me all week!! We had a lot of fun in Playa and the resort. Thanks for upping the fun factor for the trip! Kierstin Cifelli my gym & chill homie! Thanks for being down to earth, fun and chill like you are. We had a lot of fun last week and thanks for teaching me how to pose with you . Drew Santos you crazy bruh, that’s all I gotta say.Katie Gibbs and Brandon - you guys were super fun to chill with and I know we got a great shoot in too! Hope to see ya at future events! Justin Lieberknecht - it was awesome to have met you my dancing fiend brotha .You’re a super cool dude and maybe I’ll stop in to Vegas to holler at ya sometime! Patrick McKinney thank you sooo much for putting on such an epic event!! It’s hard to imagine that it could have gone any better! Thanks for persevering through the haters and just doing what you do to make things happen! Nathan Soria thanks for walking me through some stuff my bro! Was def fun hanging out w you and Miko! Appreesh all that more than you know! Taylor Natasha James it’s pretty crazy that I invited you 2 years ago and here you are! You’ve come a long ways in modeling and it was a nice reunion to shoot with you again!! Best of luck in the future! There’s so many more peeps I could put on here and really almost every person I knew already or met out there was amazing. Def one of the best weeks of my life foshizzle!! If you’d read this far, browse through some of these awesome vids & pics, then holler at ya boi! Brandon Wickham The International Bikini Model Search
“I'm very happy to have the opportunity to become part of the IBMS family... where we work with passion, where all dreams can come true step by step! Especially where we had so much fun, for that and much more... I’m here to stay.” Plus I got my Playboy publication at my very first IBMS event back in May. The IBMS Tulum, Mexico event with Special Guest Playboy Mexico. Karelys Del Valle Model Page Proud IBMS Model
My name is Lindsey and I am a professional model who attended The International Bikini Model Search in Cancun. And let me tell you this: it jump started my career! At the age of 19 I had a good foundation started, choosing to attend the event was a great decision. Now, at age 26 I am a working professional model and actress. Patrick McKinney and his contacts helped me spread my wings and gain some amazing friends with expertise in the modeling industry. After attending, I was published and came home with over 10 photo shoots under my belt. And I got to work with Playboy México. That is just one of the bigger contacts gained from being alumni with the IBMS. We call each other family for a reason. We help lift each other up. Patrick had always gone above and beyond to make sure my experience in Cancun was a huge success. I still keep in contact and am still gaining more contacts just by being a alumni member. Please attend any of the IBMS workshops, you will not be disappointed! Lindsey Reynolds
Proud IBMS Model Review
Let me start by saying my name is Tina Marie, I am Tina Marie. I am not anyone BUT TINA MARIE!
I have dreams, goals, desires, and many ideas. Here is the beautiful part about being Tina Marie.... You see I have choices and all of what I just said is not the same as what others may want. But you see that's what is amazing.... my expectations and experiences are not the same as others. You see ones outlook on life and experiences is what makes life extraordinary. So with that being said... I can tell you that with the many differences models, photographers, publications, make-up artists, hair stylists, sponsors, etc....seek or want the IBMS does offer opportunity. What you get from The International Bikini Model Search depends on you. Your dedication to your own dreams will make you succeed or not. The IBMS is an amazing opportunity to bring people together within this industry. If you come to any modeling event or gig your going to get out of it what you put into it. Your personality and impression is what will make or break you.
Is your cup half empty or half full???
The most positive you is the one that through no matter what is the one that pushes you and challenges you. If you're realistic and optimistic you will grow. The IBMS makes the opportunity a reality and offers a chance that you won't get if you don't take a chance. I am from Montana and work hard when it's available for me at my convenience to grow as a model. I am a mother and I will tell you 1st hand I have always been supported as a mother and a model by the IBMS Family. Yes there are always challenges, but I have never had to face them alone. My outlook chooses to be positive and see the chances the IBMS does bring to me.
I never went expecting anything more then a great time and walked away with amazing friends, some stunning shots that when I'm 80 will make me smile and my great grand kids say grandma that was you.... yup. I started late in the game, but I crossed my T's and dotted my I's as I read the trip details and knew damn well that I was going to have a great damn time. Hell I slipped on water and fell down a flight of marble stairs in 6 inch stilettos in a thousand dollar bikini in Mexico and did the IBMS shut me down??? Hell no, they literally picked me up, taped me up and I rocked that black tape project with a swollen broken ankle.
So my testimonial will be to join the IBMS Family and make your own choice on what your dreams hold. Just because you do, doesn't mean you can't try others. Only bitterness from others will be their loss and limit. But the positivity you will feel from the true the IBMS FAMILY and Patrick McKinney will keep you coming back.
Your dreams are endless and you make the rules.
Proud IBMS Model
what an absolutely amazing week. It just didn’t even seem real. It felt like a dream. I got to spend the week with some of the most talented models and photographers. Not only are their talents out of this world but everyone was so kind and sweet to me. This will always be such a memorable week that I will never forget. Thank you Patrick McKinney for making this event happen. You are absolutely incredible people. I will always cherish these moments. Thank you to all the photographers who gave me a ton of photography advice and guidance. Also thank you to all the photographers who asked me to get in front of the camera too. Hehe It made me feel so special you have no idea! I can’t thank you enough. Of course none of this would have even been possible with out the help of my amazing EM family. I love you all so much! Tag yourself if I missed you!!
-Katie Nelson Halliday
As a new photographer going to my first IBMS event in Destin, Florida a couple years ago, I was nervous that my skills wouldn't be up to par.
I was published twice after my first event ( I took almost 2k photos) (first publications ever.) I met a model and make up artist associated with The IBMS that lived near me we worked together and built a wedding portfolio that became very lucrative for me in the following months.
At the time of writing this I have been to 5 events and will continue to go for as long as possible. Patrick McKinney is cool and easy going! After hurricane Michael hit Panama City Beach he opened his home to my daughter and myself while I was evacuated.( Show me any other company CEO that would do that)
After leaving every event I am sad that it's over and can't wait till the next opportunity I get to shoot with my friends and family in The IBMS.
I highly recommend the opportunity to anyone that is slightly interested.
Michael Elliott Photography
Proud IBMS Photographer
This Year has been one of the best years of my life THANKS to The IBMS, My family!
I am so proud to be an IBMS Ambassador and for The IBMS giving me the opportunity to see many places I never thought I would see. I could have never had the opportunity to visit some of these places and met so many amazing people. I had unforgettable experiences and memories, tons of fun, and not to mention lifetime friendships.
The IBMS Events allowed me to learn new things from models and photographers from all over the world, that just like me have a passion for photography and travel.
The International Bikini Model Search is one of the best venues to develop your modeling skills, connect with other models, photographers, MUA’s, and designers from all over the world.
Thank you to Patrick McKinney and all the IBMS Family for making my modeling dreams come true. I can not wait for what is to come in 2020!
Proud IBMS Model and IBMS Ambassador
I have attended 4 IBMS ( The International Bikini Model Search ) events in the past 6 months and they have all been absolutely amazing. Each event had such a talented and professional group of models and photographers. The IBMS has jump started my career!
Since then I've gotten 3 International Playboy publications, 1 Playboy cover as well as a Playboy centerfold in two separate countries.
Anyone that is thinking about attending these events should definitely sign up and become a part of this beautiful IBMS family. I look forward to my next event with them and can’t wait to see where my future goes with this life changing group of people !❤️ I’m seriously beyond grateful for what IBMS and Patrick McKinney have done for my life!
Carlie Caitlin Hight
Proud IBMS Model review
The International Bikini Model Search has been a life-changing experience for me and I always look forward to attending all the new events each year. Punta Cana will be my 5th time attending The International Bikini Model Search. The first event I attended was in the Bahamas a few years ago. I was 18 years old and new to modeling! I was actually pretty lost at the time too. I always knew Playboy was my dream but I didn't know how I would get there and I didn't have much experience with posing, doing makeup, or anything model-related really. IBMS has taken me in like family and I couldn't be more grateful for everything that Patrick McKinney has done for me. So many doors and opportunities have been opened for me because of IBMS. I sincerely believe I would not be as successful as I am now without this amazing company. From photographers to models, and all the wonderful people that come out to each event, you will always make the necessary connections and network that will help you develop your career. We all work together to support each other and achieve all of our goals. The best thing about being a part of something like this is that you always have something to look forward to. Patrick McKinney is extremely organized and they always have their next event ready and planned before the one you are at is even over! Having an event to look forward to is really crucial as a model and will teach you the essential skills to become successful in this industry. It motivates you to set goals to work out, eat healthy, and be the best you can be! Each time I return to IBMS I have my goals achieved even more, I've worked more, gotten published more, worked out more... basically improved everything and more! I'm challenged and exercised so that when I come I can feel the improvement-mentally, emotionally, and physically! I believe there is always room for improvement no matter who you are and that you can always do better and be better inside and out! I've grown SO much in the past 4 events. If you had met me back then you would not believe I am the same person now! I've not only matured as a model but as an individual. I have to give a huge thanks to IBMS for introducing me to companies, and new friends, such as Drew Santos, The Black Tape Project, Vengemedia, Mike Prado Foto, Joe Damaso, and Gary Miller. Just to name a few of the people I've not only worked with at an IBMS event but have been able to either meet up and shoot with in-between events or done appearances and shows together. I am only 21 and I've been published in 9 International editions of Playboy magazine including Mexico, Greece, South Africa, Venezuela, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, and now Mongolia as well. I've also been Cyber Girl of the month for Playboy US and I am currently in the running for Playmate of the Year in South Africa. There is also a lot of new projects I am working on with other International brands of Playboy and other publications, This year many of my favorite pictorials have been shot at IBMS events and I look back on them and am so grateful for the opportunities it has brought to me. It's a terrific and unforgettable experience not just for models, but for everyone. There are so many enjoyable theme parties and shows we attend, it's such a nonstop event! It's something I am constantly proud to be a part of and excited to attend! I could go on forever talking about how great The International Bikini Model Search is, but I think you need to come and experience how outstanding it is and what it can do for your career first hand. Words just can't describe how incredible the experience truly is! I can't wait to meet all the new models, new photographers, and new party-goers in PUNTA CANA! I also can't wait to see all my friends coming back and participating again! Never give up on your dreams. You are in an industry where you have to work for what you want! The International Bikini Model Search is an everlasting investment because it will help create, expand, and explode your career!!!
Chloe Terae Thomson
Proud IBMS Model
5/19/20 I was asked to attend the IBMS Las Vegas event by a member whom I worked with previously. When I flew into Las Vegas, I was welcomed with open arms by everyone who was in attendance. They treated me like I was a life long member. I got to met very talented people that I am friends with to this day. I got the opportunity to work with accomplished artists, photographers, and models that I would not have had the ability to meet if not for the IBMS (The International Bikini Model Search) event. After the welcoming meeting, I attended many offsite shoots where we got to experiment with different locations, moods, and genres. I attended one of the IBMS 7 day events and, in my opinion, not one moment was wasted. We were busy from 6am until midnight every day (some worked later but I was unable to keep up). When we were not shooting, we were attending events and parties where we also had the opportunity to shoot and make connections. A few months after the event was over, I kept receiving emails that my work was published in another magazine.
You can see the results in the following publication: - Vanquish Magazine March 2016 - Special Tattoo Edition - Kristy Seguin - Riche Magazine July 2016 - Kristy Seguin - Players Magazine (Special IBMS Edition) - July 2016 - Kristy Seguin - Bikini Magazine (IBMS SPECIAL EDITION) - August 2016 - Leah Rene Scroggins - @Cultur Mix Magazine - CultureMix Cutie - Jackie Sexton Profile - June 2016 - Hot Tropix 2017 Calendar - Rebecca Rosé - @DreamVixen 2016 - Gabriela Rosario
A special thank you to Patrick McKinney and The IBMS Family!
My trip to Tulum, Mexico with The IBMS was incredible!!
I met so many amazing and talented people that I call friends today.
A set from IBMS Tulum was published in Playboy Sweden and I’ve made so many magazine covers since then. My modeling hasn’t ever been slow, but since IBMS Tulum it has been boosted!! Working with people from all over the country experienced or not, I got to learn new things and also share my skills with others. I never thought I’d be in the same room with so many brilliant minds.
If you’re serious about this modeling and photography industry. These events are very hard work but also beneficial, exciting and valuable if you commit.
I highly recommend signing up. You’ll travel, create new content like no other and join the IBMS family.
Thank you Patrick McKinney, the IBMS staff and Christopher Lomboy for all the love, support and incredible memories.
Proud IBMS Model review
Such a great Sunrise shot with EL Em of CM Photography at the The International Bikini Model Search in Tulum, Mexico!
This past trip in Tulum was so fun and amazing. Not only did I get to meet so many amazing models and photographers, I was reunited with old friends and besties I met from past IBMS Events. I am always learning new things from models and photographers alike at these events and now I am actually getting to share my knowledge as a model to help other photographers and models that are just starting off.
These events are fun, hard work, and rewarding as long as you are willing to put In the work, make those connections, and follow up. I owe most of where I am today to my experience with The International Bikini Model Search and I have also met my best friends Kindly Jean Myers and Lizzy Acosta as well.
Thank you to Patrick McKinney and all the IBMS Staff for making Tulum happen and I can’t wait to see what’s in the future!
Proud IBMS Model
5/24/2020 Lafayette, Louisiana
I shot the first IBMS (The International Bikini Model Search) in Lafayette, Louisiana a few years ago. The models were all amazing and of “Top Shelf” standard. The organization’s professional team met the needs of all involved. I have photographed many contest events (Hawaiian Tropics Model Search, Ujena Swimwear Calender, Hooters Calender Contest Louisiana, Cajun Music Festival Bikini Contest, Scandal’s Bathing Suit Contest and many others) but never found anyone’s attention to detail and making the event incredible for all involved. I know personally of several models that used The IBMS as the launching platform for their careers. The IBMS family is faithful and really cares about their team. Thank you Patrick McKinney and the entire IBMS Family!
I was invited to IBMS by Miranda Bryant. Thought it sounded a little unreal when she asked me if I wanted to be a judge in an International Bikini Model Search. Like me why and how. But within a day I was in touch with Patrick McKinney, and it was all becoming a reality. I have never been exposed to an event like this. What happened next was beyond my wildest imagination!! What I was introduced to was the event of a lifetime. From the moment I walked in, EVERYONE was so friendly. Like I had been involved forever. Made me feel sooo comfortable. Thank you everyone. It started the first night with a costume party. Me decked in my Miami Nights short set and everyone looking beautiful and just having so much fun. After a little confusion at the hotel, we ended up at Al’s Sports Bar. Local bar that opened their arms to us and invited our group in as if we were townies. They made us so comfortable that we went back for Karaoke Saturday night and again Sunday before we flew home. I met a couple individuals they’re that will be friends forever. Pictures, dancing, drinks, and bonding. And that was the FIRST day!!! Six more to go. Day two started out with a little meeting to review the days itinerary. Then out to the pool we went. The models and their photographers. Pretty awesome just to be a spectator. But that was only the beginning. I have been taking pictures for years. Mostly of sunsets (I have over 150 good ones from around the world) and assorted other scenery. Some of the photographers said I had and eye I would be a natural. I said yeah thank you. About an hour later Amberly came up to me and said Tom” come take my picture”. I tried to say I was not good enough. Amberly Said come take my picture! Now! I had to oblige. So much fun. My FIRST photo shoot. Thank you for the opportunity. I ended up doing 13 photoshoots. Now my badge says “Judge/Photographer”. Lucky me Day two ended with and black party. Had to borrow a shirt for that one. I love bright colors. But another great night of fun and friendship. Some of us got together and kept the party going till early hours of the morning. Everyone was having so much fun sleep didn’t matter. Day three. Another day of photo shoots and more FUN. Did I say that enough times? FUN!!! That night was an all-pink party? Another fun outfit shorts with pineapples and everyone in their pink outfits. Meant for MiaMi. Hung out and then went to the Versace Mansion on South Beach. Another memory for the books. Headed back late, but still time to have a little more fun before heading to bed. Finally!! Day four – Began with more photo shoots. I think I was booked all day. The rookie Photographer! … You could be then next lucky contestant. Another day at the pool drinking taking pictures enjoying everyone’s friendship. BEST time of my life. I had a smile on my face from the time I arrived to the time we had to leave. It just wouldn’t go away. Again, what did I say. FUN!! That night ended back in South Beach for the Bikini Model Search. To this point I have only named a couple beautiful young ladies. But let me start and see how many I can name from memory. There was Kristine, Ophelia, Bridgette, Reagan, Haylee (the eventual winner), Sarah, Belle, Savana, Shana, Talia, Rachael, Kendall, and I’m sorry but the rest of the models. And let’s not forget all the great photographers especially my roommate Dave Lee. You were the best roommate. Thanks for taking care of me. Even the old and wise need guidance sometimes. The contest went off perfectly. I got to join the pros and enjoyed being one of the judges. The winner was my top choice, so I guess I have a good eye. Do you think you do? Maybe you can be the next judge?? Hard to believe it is only Thursday. Three more to go. Every day was an event to never be forgotten. Friday brought on more FUN, photo shoots, drinking, more bonding and the all-white party. Oh, yea did I mention FUN!!! Saturday was the wind down day. Everyone got to chill by the pool and enjoy a beautiful day in the Florida Sun. Some choose to do more pictures. Some decided to just lay by the pool. Saturday night went back to AL’s bar for Karaoke. This is where Miranda shined. All the locals did their songs. All good but Miranda stole the crowd. It was an angel in the yellow dress. Just awesome. People were on their feet cheering and trying to capture the moment in pictures. She by far was the winner. So was everyone there. Getting the chance to hear that beautiful voice. Sunday, our last day, was a lot of farewells and the talks of seeing everyone soon. If not soon definitely in Las Vegas in September. The next IBMS event!! I want to give special thanks to Patrick, Manny, Bob, Olivia, Amberly and all the others that worked diligently to make this rekindling of the IBMS. You folks are awesome. And it is hard to believe but I will be in Las Vegas in September to live another week of FUN, Friendship, and networking. This is the best!
I would like to share my personal experience with The International Bikini Model Search and Patrick McKinney. Although I’ve been shooting waterfalls and natures capes since high school, my start in glamour photography was only 3 years ago. I set a goal to get something published, anything, but I had no idea how to move forward with it. It wasn’t long before I heard about The IBMS and decided I needed to take that jump and go to an event. I attended my first event in May 2016 in Las Vegas and it opened a world of opportunities for me. I made many friends, built my portfolio, gained confidence and made many valuable industry connections. Well, fast forward 2-1/2 years and half a dozen IBMS events later and I have been published on calendars, covers and features of Playboy, Maxim, FHM, Lifestyle, Vanquish, Vizual, Fantasy Factory, Universe 137, BADD, Modelmania, and the list goes on. I have entered into major business partnerships in the modeling and publishing industries and am in the process of phasing myself out of my current full time business to pursue photography and the publishing business. All of this stems from the opportunities and relationships that were formed through The IBMS. I can honestly say that starting with The IBMS was the turning point in my life that I desperately needed. Nothing is perfect, but Patrick McKinney and The IBMS will put you where you need to be, with the professionals you want to work with, in a beautiful, fun and friendly environment. The rest is up to you! - Craig Block
The IBMS Miami...
The IBMS event in Miami was my first ever photography event. Going in to the event I was extremely nervous wondering what it would be like to work with so many extremely talented professionals in the industry. After I arrived all of my fears and doubts instantly were wiped away. Every single person at the event was so extremely kind and knowledgeable. Since I have been back post event I have come to realize they were the family I didn’t know I needed in my life. Im happy that I took the leap of faith by joining the IBMS family. All I can say is Vegas and the Maldives can’t get here fast enough. Jay Rocky
The IBMS Tulum, Mexico with Special Guest Playboy México!
The International Bikini Model Search has provided me with many amazing opportunities and life long friends! I am so happy to be apart of the IBMS family. There’s so many amazing, beautiful, and talented people that I am surrounded by and I am so grateful. I am now a proud Ambassador of the IBMS! I decided to go out on a limb during this trip in beautiful Tulum, Mexico and step out of my comfort zone. I was a contestant in the IBMS Bikini Contest! I’m beyond surprised that I was selected as a runner up. I am whole heartedly thankful for all the love and support. Big thank you Patrick McKinney and The entire IBMS Family! Danielle Marini
It was great to attend another IBMS The International Bikini Model Search event after years of being apart. I was hesitant to book a last-minute (and therefore not-so-reasonably priced) flight to attend the last event, but I’m grateful that I followed through. What a fabulous way to celebrate before an unexpected pandemic. The IBMS is a wonderful opportunity to make professional and personal connections. Networking is key to succeeding, and the IBMS provides a network.. a family. I’m thankful for the friendships, partnerships, and collaborations I’ve formed at the IBMS. It’s exciting to meet a group of people and, in a matter of days, be so close that it’s tough to say goodbye. I wish a prosperous future for the company and the family, and I look forward to another event in the near future. This isn’t goodbye. This is an “I’ll see you later.” - Ayla Modeling
My trip to Tulum, Mexico with The IBMS was incredible!! I met so many amazing and talented people that I call friends today. A set from IBMS Tulum was published in Playboy Sweden and I’ve made so many magazine covers since then. My modeling hasn’t ever been slow, but since IBMS Tulum it has been boosted!! Working with people from all over the country experienced or not, I got to learn new things and also share my skills with others. I never thought I’d be in the same room with so many brilliant minds. If you’re serious about this modeling and photography industry. These events are very hard work but also beneficial, exciting and valuable if you commit. I highly recommend signing up. You’ll travel, create new content like no other and join the IBMS family. Thank you Patrick McKinney, the IBMS staff and Christopher Lomboy for all the love, support and incredible memories. Jessica Franco Proud IBMS Model The International Bikini Model Search 10 years of making dreams come true
It was truly a sad day when we had to go home from this event! Patrick McKinney was an outstanding hosts! The IBMS brought amazing designers, models and photographers from around the world... together, all under one roof! Spectacular! I recommend this event to ANY and EVERYONE! This was a door that opened up many opportunities for me! And I have The International Bikini Model Search Bahamas staff to thank for all of it! I stopped modeling to join the Air force. Once I got out of the service, and this event came up, I was graciously offered to come! And I am able to jump right back into my dream! These amazing people made it happen! Not only was the staff amazing, the photographers were top QUALITY and extremely professional! I learned something new everyday from each of them! The designers talent and creativity blew me away! I loved EVERYTHING that I I was honored to wear and took pictures in! This trip is amazing! I pray i get to attend in April!!