Have you ever wanted to work with a model for a fashion or art concept and weren’t sure where to start? Thanks to the internet and social networking, finding people to hire or collaborate with has never been easier. This week we’ll cover some of the main ways photographers and models meet to work on projects.
Finding Models the Old Fashioned Way
Before the internet the way a photographer would contact a model was through an agency or simply by meeting them in everyday life. While technology offers us more options, these are still solid ways to network. If you contact an agency be prepared to discuss the concept you have in detail and also make sure to ask them what if any terms the agency may impose.
Finding Models Via Social Networking
There are a few sites out there that are geared mainly towards amateur models and amateur photographers to connect and collaborate. Most of these models and photographers have regular day jobs and do fashion and art projects on the side. That does not mean that some of them are doing professional quality work however.
One the of the most popular networking sites is Model Mayhem. Model Mayhem is mostly comprised of amateurs and tends to lean towards some of the more edgy styles of photography (you may not want to check out the site at work). It does cover the full gamut of genre’s however and can be a useful resource for people just starting out. Another site that is popular is One Model Place which is also a mix of mostly amateurs and some professionals.
Model Release Form
Before you agree to shoot with a model you should discuss your concept and how you plan to use the images before you shoot. There is no one way to do things that it is up you and the model to define the nature of the agreement. Once you have you should have the model sign a Model Release Form that covers the details you discussed (e.g. how the images will be used, how many images you will provide, whether you will retouch images or not, etc…).
Hopefully this tip will help you make that fashion or art concept you’ve had kicking around a reality!
Written by Trevor Warren