Finding Models Using the Internet
This is part five in an ongoing Model Monday series on “How to Find Glamour Models.”
Secret Number 5: Your own Website. If you have a website be sure to include a Model Search section and provide detailed information for models. If you offer test shoots or boudoir style photography be sure to show your price structure as well. As in portrait photography, many photographers like to work with packages to keep it simple but you can use an ala carte (time plus cost of prints) method if you like. Just show what you charge for this service and what the model gets in return. If you offer free test shoots and require a model release be sure to specify that as well so there’s no surprises on the day of the shoot. If nothing else, provide a CONTACT page on your website where potential models can reach you.
Caption: This model was one of many who contacted me through one of the various versions of my website that have existed over the years. During our first shoot she confided that one of her goals was to appear in Playboy magazine, which set the stage for many of our future shoots together. This photograph was made in my living room using only window light that was modulated through a set of mini blinds. I could have eliminated the “stripes” caused by the blinds but that was what attracted me to the setting in the first place so I adjusted them to get the effect I wanted. No reflector was used. Camera was a Canon EOS 50D and EF 28-105mm lens. Exposure was 1/125 sec at f/4.5 and ISO 400. A plus one-third stop exposure compensation was used but it could have used another one-third stop.
Secret Number 6: No Website? So you say you don’t have or can’t afford to create a website at this time? Don’t let that stop you from having an on-line presence. Check out the many inexpensive portfolio sites on the Internet, such as Model Mayhem, Glamour Models, One Model Place, that allow you to post images and some of them even have options that lets you post a small portfolio for free. And take a hard look at Tumblr. It’s free, easy to use and offers a way to showcase your photography in a blog style format.