Getting Started in Modeling – Part 4

Photoshoot tips for beginners

Today’s post I’m going to talk a little about shoots. Mainly with regardsto booking them, some do’s and don’ts.

In my last post I gave you some tips on how to go about finding photographers you can work with without having to pay alot of money to shoot. Now that you’re looking (and hopefully contacting some) lets discuss a few things to bear in mind when selecting who you will shoot with.

1. Escorts are not a privilege. You should ALWAYS bring someone with you to a shoot – especially if you’re working with someone for the first time. Once you’ve built a rapport with someone, if you feel comfortable doing so, you can go by yourself but an escort should just as important as bringing clothes, makeup and hair stuff. Never go without them. Any photographer that tells you can’t bring someone with you should give you pause. Your safety should always be a top priority.

2. Be prompt! Photographers are usually booking shoots with multiple models. Make sure to check your email at least once a day. Don’t keep photographers waiting on you to respond.

3. To be early is to be on time. When you book a shoot with someone standard practice is to show up at least 15 minutes early. When you finalize the shoot make sure you have a phone number so you can call if you’re going to be late. Under no circumstances should you ever no-call no-show.

4. Come prepared. Make sure you come to the shoot fully prepared. Bring everything you need to shoot the looks you and your photographer have agreed on.

Important things to consider:
-Review the photographer’s portfolio. Take note of how he photographs models, his shooting style, the “theme” of the majority of the photos in his/her portfolio. If you don’t care for how the models are portrayed think twice about setting up a shoot – chances are you’ll be portrayed in the same way.
-Be clear about your boundaries up front. If a photographer suggests shooting something that’s beyond your comfort zone be clear about your boundaries and what you will and will not shoot. If a photographer is too pushy in emails or on the phone it could be a sign of things to come during your shoot. (this is where having an escort is handy).
-Read model releases carefully. Make sure you fully understand the terms of the release you’re signing. If you don’t, ask. Read EVERYTHING before you sign and make sure you get a copy to keep for yourself. PLEASE NOTE: If you’re shooting TFP or TFCD you should be signing a non-commercial release. Meaning, the pictures should be limited to self promotion use. If there’s a clause in the release that permits the photographer to sell your photos you should consider terms of compensation for your time.