One question that I’m often asked by readers of this blog is “Where do I find models for my glamour photography?” Over the years that I’ve been photographing models for lighting equipment reviews in Shutterbug and for this blog, I have discovered that finding glamour models is as easy or difficult as you want to make it. If you work at it methodically, you will discover that really good models will find you.
While it may seem obvious, handing out business cards to people (who could be potential models) that you meet in daily life is a good idea. Since this can sound like a pick-up line, I only approach models when I’m with my wife. I also suggest they my website to see examples of my work and e-mail me if they are interested. I give business cards to my wife and friends who are not bashful about handing them to potential models they might meet.
Which brings me to the second half of this process: Let everybody know that you’re looking for models. Show your portfolio to everybody. Show it to your neighbors, show it to other photographer/friends, and show it to the waitress at Denny’s. If people know you’re looking for aspiring or amateur models, they will/maybe/hopefully refer models to you, which is the case with Joy shown here, who was referred by another model I’d worked with.
No matter which of these tips you try, the most important thing to remember when looking for glamour models is that in all of your dealings with models and potential models you should be honest, respectful, ethical, and courteous
On this blog there are lots of blog posts on working with (and posing) models. Use the Search box on the upper right-hand side of this page and type “posing” to find appropriate posts. Take a look at my book Posing for Portrait and Glamour Photography that’s available from your friendly neighborhood camera store (if you’re lucky enough to have one) as well as Amazon.