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working with a model

Anthony > Anthony Blog > working with a model
19/05/2012 - 12:48 AM



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Hello all

I thought I should type up another blog, its been a while, so here goes.

After just relocating from Scotland, back to the Wirral, and being without gainful employment, I thought I would spend my time doing something useful, and educational.

I'll do a model shoot.

What? A model shoot? Hang on.....

Well, I havent done that before, how do I do it?

Right, first thing, Google, find a model site. Which one there are loads?

I registered with a couple, thinking spread my options.

Next thing I did was start searching for models nearby, and willing to work for TFP/CD.

I found quite a few, and fired off messages to them, basically explaining how new I was, and what I was looking for. I must have sent about 60 odd messages. I waited, and within a day or 2 I was contacted by a couple of models. We exchanged a few messages, and we arranged meettings. To date, I have had contact with about 12 or 13 models from all the messages I sentl.

This is now real, Im going to have to do this. Oh well, in for a penny in for a pound. I booked 3 in the same week. 1 for the first day, and then 2 for the next. Might as well go all in for this.

My first model, Leanne, sadly had to cancel, but at least she had the good grace to contact me in advance. i was a little gutted, but hey, it wasnt her fault.

So, that meant that the next day, I was doing 2 shoots, with the first one being the very first one ever. Oh no....

So the day comes around, I have researched as much as I can, and I have come up with this opinion.

- Be polite
- Be honest
- Be as specific as you can about what you want
- Keep in contact with model
- Make sure all batteries are charged, and make sure all memory cards are clear
- Make sure you turn up early, a good chance to scout around
- Spend a little time with the model prior to the shoot, dont just start snapping (I bought them a drink, and we sat and chatted for about 20 minutes prior to starting the shoot
- During the shoot, be polite and respectful
- At no time, make any attempt to touch the model, even if its only to move a stray hair. Get permission first or point it out and the model can adjust it herself
- At all times during the shoot, make sure the model is comfortable, and secure, and happy.
- Make sure you listen to the model, they had ideas and opinions too
- Regularly let the model see results, I found mine all enjoyed that
- If you are going to use one, get the model release form sorted
- Agree an approximate timeframe for getting the images to the model, and stick to it.
- I made contact with the model a few hours after the shoot to thank them again for their time, and to ensure they got home allright.
- Relax and enjoy the images.

My first model was Leigh. A lovely young lady, who had done a little modelling before, so had a few good ideas in advance, and that really helped me out. We had about 2 hours in the Albert Dock, Liverpool, and it was really good fun.

My next model was Toni, we met in the Albert Dock again, and we shot totally different images. No Leigh did'nt, but Toni brought her boyfriend, and this was ok. She felt comfortable and that was fine with me.
Again, we had a great time, and took plenty of images.

The following day, I had my third shoot with Natalie. Now this time, I felt a little more confident, and I followed my own steps above. We got on brilliantly, made a load of great images in Chester, and had a bit of a laugh too.

In fact, Natalie and I have already arranged another shoot already, so more fun to follow.

Moral of the story, if you havent tried a model shoot, go for it, its great fun, a massive learning curve, but the best fun you could have with your camera.

I have shown a selection of the images to the models I have worked with, and the feedback has been great. I know the images only need my own approval, but I feel its only fair to include the models opinion.

I hope this helps someone, I looked for this kind of info myself,and found it but it was dotted around in different places.

I'll leave technical stuff to the individual, you must already know how to use the camera and any lighting, so thats up to you.

Give it a go, see what you can do.

Enjoy.....

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Comments

JamesFarley
19 May 2012 - 1:03 AM

You certainly didn't hang around Anthony! Great blog post and glad it went well, look forward to seeing more!

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Anthony  125645 forum posts Scotland17 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2012 - 1:05 AM

thanks James. Smile

reaper4252
19 May 2012 - 9:12 AM

Your check list is absolutely spot on, even down to the post shoot contact which is a very nice touch
To sit and chat for 20 mins is a good idea if the models are giving their services free in exchange for pics etc
But when you get to paying for them and studio time you won't have that luxury
And if this is your 1st attempt you have certainly done very well
Really liike the last 2 pics, the girl in the boots on the bench, they are excellent

Anthony
Anthony  125645 forum posts Scotland17 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2012 - 9:19 AM

thank you Dave, kind of you to comment.

Yes these were my very first attempts.

The images are in order of first to last shoot. I got plenty of images I am happy with, these were just a quick example of them. The last 2 images were my 3rd shoot with Natalie, she was so natural it was great. I have another shoot arranged with her for the near future, so more images wil follow.

Anthony

reaper4252
19 May 2012 - 10:01 AM

No problem Anthony, thats what this game is all about, helping each other
Photographing girls, ladies, women is indeed a very pleasant way to spend time
Many years ago I did a lot of work for a local model agency for a few years
In those pre-digital days I did not have the luxury of showing the girls images during the shoot
Extremely enjoyable as you can imagine and also quite lucrative
The agency approached me through a girl i had done some pics for, which was nice
So that is another avenue for you to explore.
Make a portfolio up and knock on a few doors, you never know what could ensue
You will need quite a few, 20-30, good quality images and a few testimonials to your character from some models wouldn't go astray
Something along the lines of the last 2 you have here and better
I started off with the agency just doing promo shots for girls looking to get on their books and was soon doing proper studio shoots for them
Even asked me to do a few fashon show shoots for them. Nothing big just local stuff but it was all good experience.....and fun
So give it a go as you have nothing to loose

Anthony
Anthony  125645 forum posts Scotland17 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2012 - 10:11 AM

cheers, good advice there, I'll have to have a look into that. Smile

Anthony

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