My series on how I find glamour models come to a conclusion this week with secrets number seven and eight. If you’ve been reading the series you know that some of these “secrets” are not really secrets at all but just common sense. But in case you hadn’t thought of any of the others, here’s two that might jog your mind.
Friend of Another Model. Another good source of glamour models referrals is from other models that you’ve photographed but you can’t always count on them thinking about it. At the end of every shoot, I give each model several of my business cards and ask her to hand them to any friends that might be interested even if that person has never though about modeling, other than it might be fun. Some photographers give money to models for anybody that they refer and I’ve tried this method and it didn’t work for me. It might if you have specific types in mind.
Amelia was the friend of a model I had worked with before and she had seen and liked many of the photographs, so she called, and asked for a test shoot. This is from our first photo session together and was made during and her second-ever model shoot. As you can tell, she’s a natural. This photo was made during our first half-hour of the shoot, which I like to do outside in a nearby park if the weather is cooperative. Image captured with Canon EOS 10D set at ISO 200, EF 135 ƒ2.8 SF set at f/5.6 with 1/125th of a second using natural light supplemented with fill from a Canon 420EX flash.
Let Everybody Know that You’re looking for Models. Show your print or on-line portfolio to everybody. Show it to other photographer/friends, and show it to the waitress at Denny’s. If people know you are looking for aspiring or amateur models, they will/might/hopefully refer these models to you.
No matter which of these eight “secrets” you try, the most important thing to remember when looking for and working with glamour models is to be always be honest, respectful, ethical, and courteous.
On this blog I have often featured images of my former muse Tia Stoneman. Tia is featured on the back cover of my book Posing for Portrait & Glamour Photography, which is available at your friendly neighborhood camera store or Amazon.com. If you know of any models, aspiring models or women who would like to become a muse, please have them Contact me.