Working with photography models is a great way to experiment with photos that you couldn’t take on your own. It often leads to even better photos as you have someone to bounce ideas off.
This post covers everything you need to know about being a fashion photographer. And how to get the best possible model photography.
There are a few ways you can find potential models for your fashion photography. Here are a few of them:
One of the most lucrative places to find photography models is by using an online modeling agency. It is beneficial for models to have an agency that does all the background work for them.
Websites such as Model Mayhem and One Model Place are good places to start. Contact them and see if any of them need fashion, modelling or portrait photography.
You will find that no matter where you live, there are models around. Most will want some form of reimbursement for their time, but a lot of models will work for TFP.
These agencies show you images they have already and other collaborations they have already been a part of. All their measurements are there too.
The best thing about this route is these agencies work with a broad range of models. You can find models of all shapes, sizes, ages and those willing to experiment with alternative ideas. This makes it easier to find the ideal model for your photo sessions.
It can be the most expensive option, but you are getting professional photography models. They have had training and experience in front of the camera.
More experience means better and more professional model photography. This will start the ball rolling on how to become a model or portrait photographer. And you’ll have better chances of finding the right model.
This makes the whole process easier for you. It should go faster and can be more productive than working with amateurs or your friends.
Assist a Fashion/Model Photographer
One great way to find photography models is to start by assisting. You will gain valuable knowledge. And you will also start building up an extensive contact list.
When I assisted a fashion photographer here in Budapest, I saw huge potential. I wasn’t so interested in fashion photography at that time of my life.
Not only did I learn technical skills, such as lighting and the use of props, I also learned how to behave behind the camera. How to treat the others with respect and appreciation.
Here, I met models, clothing, apparel and jewelry designers. I also met producers, creators and set designers. Not only the people behind the products but the hair and makeup team too.
I became close friends with the photographer, who offered me free use of his studio. He also guaranteed that he could get me an influx of models. They were just starting out, and needed headshots and portfolio images.
The idea is that you separate your time. 50% of what they want and then 50% of what you want. no one gets a financial reward, but both sides grow their portfolio and contacts.
These boys and girls of different ages and talents are always looking for modeling photographers. The more photos of models, the better for you.
Work With a Team
If you want to work with models, models aren’t the first part of the puzzle. Some might be suspicious if you are on your own, especially if they work with a team.
This is especially true if you are starting out, and there are no details of you or your work online.
Looking for like-minded hair and makeup artists first might give you a better chance. They might have contacts looking for a photographer.
Models are more likely to say yes if you are ready to go. Photographer and a stylist is pretty much all you need for a low key photography session.
Facebook, Linked In and other sites such as Craigslist are great places to find collaborations and team members. There is also nothing stopping you from using Model Mayhem either, or even Facebook groups and social media.
There isn’t a week that goes by where I don’t see studios and model photographers looking for people to photograph. They do this to beef up their portfolio.
They aren’t looking for photos of models. Anyone who is willing to stand in front of a camera and pose can apply. And they do, in droves.
It’s not often you can get free, professional images for free. The modeling photographers and studios won’t pay you, but they will give you prints and images.
You’ll often see that they post exactly what they are looking for. Some online advertisements are more specific. But I have seen some that are just looking for red-haired women.
This is something you can use to your advantage. You might need a few photos of models to show people what you can do. No one is going to reply if you have nothing to show.
This is a great way to find models and people with some spare time. Facebook, Twitter or Instagram are great platforms for this.
You will find that all sorts of people will apply. This is not the best if you are looking for someone with very specific attributes.
Before the Shoot
The first step is to find a photography model. This isn’t that hard and you have two options: paid or unpaid.
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