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09-07-2009, 10:46 PM   #1
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Fashion Photography & Models

I was always interested in Fashion photography and Model shoots. But I don't know where to really start. How do you find people to volunteer anyways?

How did you guys start? If you are already a Fashion or model photographer, how did you get started in the first place? Some tips would help! Thanks.

09-08-2009, 02:28 AM   #2
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You start by working your butt off building up a portfolio. I know that a good number of people here shoot local clients: portrait, glamour, graduation shots, etc. These gigs do not seem to pay too much so you need to start part-time and build up the experience and gear. Then start breaking into magazine work, again starting local if possible.

The apprentice system still seems to be in place for some photographers. That generally means dropping your life to work for free for some already-established photog.

Hopefully someone with experience in this area will pipe up, but in the meantime check out as many photographer profiles as you can in appropriate magazines (e.g. none with "Digital" in the title).
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09-12-2009, 09:44 AM   #4
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Craigslist and ModelMayhem. The quality of your models, especially at first, may be lacking, so if you really want a jump start you will need to pay professional models. However, if you're like me and doing it for fun, then that's not necessary but you will just need more time to build up your portfolio.

One argument for not paying models is if you don't have much experience with lighting and fashion in general. In that case, the learning curve will be wasted on good models.

09-14-2009, 08:18 AM   #5
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start with candid or street photography. on several occasions, you'd be able to shoot a lot of willing models for the sake of having their pictures taken, thinking that they would get discovered and become famous thru your work. in a more formal one on one shoot (studio), it's appropriate to get a consent. you just don't know when some crazy people would pull that lawsuit trick on you.
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I wanted to do a series of nature nudes so I first started using my wife as model....after I got comfortable with that (you have to get over the fact that she's nekked(!)) I posted an ad on Craig's List, lined up a couple of models and did 3-4 sessions with them. After I had some "worthy" shots, I joined Model Mayhem ("photoWyse" if you're interested). Now the offers are POURING in! :-)

Gotta be careful with Craig's List...lots of creeps posting ad for nude modeling so word your ad in such a way that makes it clear that you're interested in doing serious artistic nudes...I ended posting an ad in both adult gigs and talent gigs...talent gigs would be your best bet for regular (non-nude/implied nude) models. You'll get your share of flakes but if you persevere, you could get lucky and find a good model or two. I found one that is currently my primary model...great to work with, husband/escort not intrusive...just a lot of fun. Did get one whacko (should've figured as she was the only one willing to work for "free" and prints only...they call it "TFP" (Time For Prints) or "TFCD").

You can probably get regular models that will be willing to pose for free, just for prints or images on disc....nude modeling you will usually have to pay for but it's usually a relatively modest $50/hr. for someone with a bit of experience.


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