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16 Tops Tips For When Working With Models

ePz member and photographer Anthony Smith lays down his ground rules for working with models.

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Anthony has a talent for model photography and knows how important it is that the model is happy and comfortable when you're trying to capture great shots. Here, he shares his ground rules for shooting with models.

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Anthony's Model Rules:
  • 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 as it'll give you chance to scout around.
  • Spend a little time with the model prior to the shoot, don’t just start snapping (I buy them a drink, and we sat and chat 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 it’s 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, feels secure and happy.
  • Make sure you listen to the model, they have 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 time frame for getting the images to the model, and stick to it.
  • Make contact with the model a few hours after the shoot to thank them again for their time, and to ensure they got home all right.
  • Relax and enjoy the images.
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Ptr_A 11 54 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2012 2:50PM
Realy sound advice. Grin

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