Finding Glamour Models: An Update

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Although I can’t find the link, I’m pretty sure that in the series I wrote about finding glamour models, I suggested that one way to find models was through the use of modeling websites. This approach worked great for me in the past and I found many wonderful models on these sites. But no more.

These sites have turned into something other than a meeting place for photographers and models to find each other and work together to create great images for each other’s portfolios. I think it’s another example of a photographic paradigm shift. My experience with these sites over the past several years is that they have turned into a marketplace of models who more interested in the money they can make than the quality of the images that they can produce. And who can blame them? In the photographic economy we find ourselves in these days, you have to do what you gotta do to make a buck. And that goes for the fees these sites charge too because I’m tired of giving these company my money… for nothing.

That’s why before the end of the year, I plan to change my paid, premium membership to the basic free account and let it languish just in case a model I previously photographed wants to contact me. I won’t update it and won’t add new photos because I think there are better and more affordable approach for finding models. One way is to have a “Models Wanted” page of you website. You can read more about that approach in this post.

That is not to say you can’t find models on these sites; you can if you’re willing to pay. But even inexperienced models with portfolios filled with selfies are asking $100/hour. Other, more experienced models charge similar rates, so there’s that. If you have the money—I don’t—you can find models on these sites and I wish you all the best.

How I made this shot: Last year I photographed the famous Internet model Maria Cedar dressed as Elvira, Mistress of the Night for a Halloween themed shoot. Although she is on a modeling website, I didn’t find Maria there. Instead I found her through a combination of mutual acquaintances and her social media presence. And while it took us several years to finally work together, I’m getting ready to photograph her for the fourth time in the near future.

How I made this shot: I photographed Maria in my 11×15-foot home studio using a Paul C Buff DigiBee mounted with a Plume Ltd Wafer softbox and placed at camera right. An inexpensive ($30) 30-Inch 5-In-1 Westcott reflector was placed at camera left for fill. Background used was Savage’s Black Infinity vinyl backdrop, what else? Camera was Panasonic’s Lumix GH4 with G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 45mm with an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/6.3 and ISO 200.


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