Today’s Post by Joe Farace
Recently a reader asked where to find glamour models. I had answered that question in a series of posts on my old blog but it continues to come up. But since you asked, Thurman, here are a few positive and negatives of one method that I’ve use to find models…
Modeling Agencies: It’s not a bad idea to contact every modeling agency in your city/town and let them know that you will provide free or low cost test shoots for new and aspiring models. Most will ignore you or blow you off but don’t be discouraged and keep trying. I managed to make a connection with one agency who appreciated what I could offer their clients and worked with them for eight years photographing dozens of new and aspiring models until my contact left the company and their replacement could care less. But keep at it. I am.
Not many modeling agencies are interested in glamour images but more than a few of their models are. When you find a potential model you might want to use a preinterview form that I developed to discover what genres she’s interested in but as in all dealing with models you have to be flexible. I found that some models had different concepts of what the various modeling genres were out here in the real world.
That form is included in my book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography but I’ll find a way to post a PDF of it here and will update this post when I do. But a used copy of my book is around five bucks and includes lots of model release forms too, plus useful information about working with models, for example.
Immediately after a test shoot, I give models a CD or flash drive of all the JPEG images made during the test shoot. I typically shoot RAW+JPEG; they get the JPEGs, I use the RAW files for retouching and for my blogs/books/whatever but will also give retouched JPEGs to models upon request. But models never and I’m not kidding, never pick the same images as a photographer. We want a great looking image; they want an image that hides or eliminates what they (and only they) see as their greatest flaw. It doesn’t matter if the photo is bad, all they care about is that “flaw.”
These days most models choose the flash drive option and I buy 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drives from Micro Center for less than three bucks. That’s more expensive than a CD/DVD but… The model can take the drive/disc to Walgreen’s or whatever and get inexpensive prints made. Some photographers only provide a few, edited images from model test shoots but I like to give them everything because it’s a more of a fair trade and makes them more likely to want to shoot with you again.
I photographed Kim, above, who was one of the first models from the agency I previously mentioned and who I worked with for several years before she moved to Florida. This is from our first shoot together and she was photographed with a Canon EOS 40D with the affordable EF 85mm f/1.8 lens, one of my favorite lenses for available light glamour images.
The most important thing to remember when looking for glamour models is to be yourself and always be honest, respectful, ethical, and courteous in all of your dealings with them
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My book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography is full of tips, tools and techniques for glamour and boudoir photography with new copies available from Amazon for $27.43, as I write this. Used copies start at the hard-to-beat price price of $5.06 and the Kindle version is only $11.99 for those who prefer a digital format.