Readers often ask me: Where do you find models for your boudoir and glamour photographs? I’ve been trying to answer that in this series of posts. Here is the latest installment in the series.
Secret Number 6: The Internet. There are many different modeling websites on the World Wide Web that let photographers and models post images and notices on a visitor’s forum. These sites vary in effectiveness depending on where you’re located in the country. People in more populous states such as California and Texas seem to do well finding models using the Internet, while other states, including Colorado where I live, don’t do as well but it’s still worth the effort. You can use these sites as part of an overall approach to finding glamour models, but don’t count on them as a major source.
Probably hands-down the best model I have ever worked with, Pamela Simpson shown above, came from an on-line modeling website. I’ve photographed her many times and she has even been featured on the cover of Shutterbug magazine. She’s a consummate professional and a joy to photograph. I photographed her with LED lighting and a Canon EOS 60D with with my favorite EF85mm f/1.8 USM lens and an exposure of 1/250 sec at f/4 and ISO 640.
Secret Number 7: Your Website. If you have a website be sure to include a Model Search section and provide information about test shoots. Over time, having a model search section on my website has been the single best source glamour of models that I have found. I used to get more models from an agency, but the models with the best attitudes have usually come by contacting me through my Model Search page. As you begin to build both print and on-line portfolios, the number one source of model referrals will come from models that sending you e-mail via your Model web page.
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