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How to get models for a photo shoot?

Jak sehnat modelky na focení? - Kenji's ShotBook - Lukáš Kenji Vrábel

Quite often you ask me on the instagram where to get models for a photo shoot. So I tried to write you some of the main channels I was looking for, including the advantages and disadvantages of the channel. Certainly there are more possibilities, but I write down those with whom I have experience. In my opinion, it makes no sense to focus only on one channel, but to combine more. This is the only way to get enough quality faces for your portfolios.

1. TFP groups on Facebook

There are a huge number of TFP groups on Facebook. TFP from English Time for Print is actually a barter shop where you provide photos available and the model provides your time. From this barter shop, you both have photos available for your portfolios. The largest groups include TFP Whole Czechoslovakia or TFP Models looking for a photographer. There are probably smaller local groups for each region that bring together people from your neighborhood - such as TFP Prague and its surroundings, TFP Vysočina, etc. Now how does it work? You can either view and respond to model requests or you can enter your own demand. Write what you want to shoot, when and where you want to shoot it, and fasten some samples of your photos or link to your portfolio.

Advantages:

  • Huge number of people to work with
  • Easy agreement
  • It costs you nothing

Disadvantages:

  • Quite frequent lack of professionalism / inexperience of models
  • Quite often unreliability of models (does not arrive at the photo shoot because they do not have to)
  • The absence of a portfolio or inexperience of a photographer = more amateur models

2. Modeling agencies

Even in the Czech Republic there are a huge number of modeling agencies that need photos of their models for their presentation. So you can try to write them and offer your photos in exchange for "lending" models. If you agree on cooperation, it usually means that they will provide you models from your region in exchange for photographs that they can use for their own presentation.

Advantages:

  • You can get to more experienced models
  • It can be a long-term cooperation
  • Maybe your photos will get beyond your instagram

Disadvantages:

  • Also, only new inexperienced models can send you photoshoots, which will be annoying
  • There may be enough biocracy around (contracts, model release, etc.)
  • You can't shoot anything with these models
  • They may want to pay their costs (such as travel)
  • Maybe your photos will get beyond your instagram

3. Friends, friends of friends

You can always reach into the drawer of your friends and pull someone you know (or someone whom you know to arrange) for a photo shoot. You are so likely that they will be people near you, so you don't have to fly around the country to shoot. Just open your mouth and ask to show the portfolio. In addition, it is a great communication training, which may be useful for regular custom photography.

Advantages:

  • They are people from your neighborhood / region
  • Simple agreement
  • It costs you nothing
  • They can become your customers

Disadvantages:

  • Almost certainly unprofessional - you will have to deal with the fact that 99% of people cannot pose
  • One day your friends will run out
  • Many people do not understand that you are taking pictures for free for your portfolio and do not appreciate it - you will surely encounter problems with the tips "Would you give me more photos?" or just find your photos on their insta with some cheap filter

4. "Borrow" from other photographers

I'm sure you're following a lot of photographers on social networks that inspire you. And you certainly like the models you see in their photos. And there is nothing easier than to address them and arrange a photo shoot with them as well. You already have an idea of ​​how such a person looks in the photos. You can even ask the photographer for recommendations, reliability information, and so on. If we finally stop playing with each other and start helping each other, you can even ask the photographer for contact.

Advantages:

  • You can ask for referrals
  • You know that the selected person has at least one shooting experience
  • You can choose almost anyone

Disadvantages:

  • They may not be from your area
  • They may be professional and want a fee, or your portfolio may not be good enough for them
  • Quite often, the same faces are repeated in a larger number of photographers

5. Direct addressing

Do you meet someone who you can use for a photo shoot, or do you see someone on social networks? There is nothing easier than to "open your mouth" (or messenger) and tell such a fair person that you are taking pictures, that you are interested in, and that you would like to arrange a photo shoot. Most people will certainly be flattered and if they are not shy or total introverts (or do not think you are a pervert) they will probably nod to you for this opportunity.

Advantages:

  • You can choose just about anyone
  • You train your communication :)
  • They'll probably be people around you
  • They can become your customers

Disadvantages:

  • They will almost certainly not be able to pose
  • Be careful about the way you communicate, you don't want to be rejected and labeled as a freak / pervert etc.
  • Many people do not understand that you are taking pictures for free for your portfolio and do not appreciate it - you will surely encounter problems with the tips "Would you give me more photos?" or just find your photos on their insta with some cheap filter

 

Bonus tip

Proper communication is the key to everything. I know this can be difficult for a lot of people and the lack of people to take pictures frustrating. Try to increase the number of models and reduce the rejection rate by being perfectly prepared before reaching out to someone. Create a nice portfolio or at least a series of photos that you have already taken and always attach them as a sample (or keep them in your mobile for direct addressing). Feel free to write and use the address / inquiry text. Be nice, write exactly what photo shoot you are interested in, so that there is no misunderstanding. Write without mistakes or correct them so that you work professionally.

And bonus tip # 2 for some gentlemen: Shooting people shouldn't be a way to pack girls you like. I certainly understand that you will reach out to girls according to your preferences - I guess it is hard to offer a photo shoot to someone you don't like. But please don't take a picture as an excuse for anything! I encounter it too often and it sheds bad light on all photographers. And if you are at least serious about taking pictures, you run the risk of being told that you are trying something for girls, and then it is difficult to get quality models. Take photoshoots professionally, even if it's just your hobby. And keep the invitation for a date. If someone likes you so much that you want to date him, try the invitation first. If it works out, you will definitely get to taking pictures over time.

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