How do I find models to work with. Here is a list of different way you can find models. I will break down each section. It doesn't have to be in order but it depends on what level you are at.
- Family & Friends
- Modelling Websites
- Social Media
- Modelling Agencies
- Word of Mouth
Family & Friends
This is important when you want to get into Portrait Photography. There is not a better way to start practising on family and friends. This is how I first started out in portrait photography. The images I did at the time looking back now are not great. No way was it prefect, but it was stepping stone in learning. Your family and friends are always going to help you out. It doesn't matter how good the images are. At least you got some images to show off and get models to work with you.
This is a great step to really boost and become creative. It's important to show some images of what you have taken from family & friends. By going on a website like Purpleport.com or ModelMayhem.com. These websites are great tools to find models. You are going to find all sorts of models. You are going to have to know exactly what style of portrait photography you want to do. On these websites you going to find a lot of models who only does fashion to nude. You can find models on there that will have rates. So you might have to pay to do a photoshoot with that model per hour. For example £35 a hour maybe Include traveling costs.
For me I haven't paid a model for a photoshoot. I prefer doing collaboration aka TF "Time For" so we can both work together. At the end of the day it your choice wether you pay or not. It really comes down too you. I like working with models that will do a TF. There are some occasion when models who ask for paid shoots will end up doing a TF with you. All you have to do is ask and you never know. If they say No and they will only do paid photoshoots. Be polite when replying back if you don't want to Pay too shoot. Say hope one day will work together soon. Maybe a couple months down the line they might hit you up a message to do a shoot with you in the end. All depends on the work and feedback you are getting.
My best advice when you are starting out on these websites. Write to many Local Models as you can. You will hear back from a few that will want to help you out. I remember doing that and I haven't looked back since.
I am going to do an Article on Instagram in the future. This is only a quick insight on how you can find models on Facebook & Instagram. Instagram is the Number One social media platform for me. I do use Facebook but not all the time.
Facebook can be a Hit & Miss. It very useful if you know how to use it right. It is important to have a very good Facebook Page or Profile Page. Do not talk about your personal life on Social Media. It can cause such a negative effect when finding models or followers. For example.
I would stay away from writing things like:
How I am feeling that day
Showing pictures of what you had to eat that day.
Writing how depressed you are.
Writing negative status about someone or something.
I do see a lot of photographers and model do this. It not great too see. When I see something like that I wouldn't want to work with them. Your Page & Personal Page has to be positive. The more positive it is, the more likely people would follow you and work with you. You want show how professional you are because it won't be just models, photographer, family and friends. It can be potential clients. When I mean don't talk about your personal life. Doesn't mean you can't write or show about how your shoot went and what your future goals are because that is positive.
Once your page and profile page are sorted by removing status and some pictures. You be able to find models a lot easier on Facebook. Best way is Facebook Groups. I do warn you. You will end up getting some Negative Feedback from some group members. My advice don't reply back to Negative Comments. By going to these groups you can get a following. For Example of one group, South West Modelling Network. Which is a local group for Models & Photographers. Post some of your work on there and you might end up finding models commenting and wanting to work with you.
It's pretty much the same on Modelling Website but you can find more that are new to modelling. Go and find local modelling groups on Facebook. Post your work. Get some feedback. Start sorting out a photoshoot with models. You will get some to work with you.
I will be doing a Article on Instagram very soon. This is only going to talk about how to find models from people you follow to hashtags. This is what I pretty much use to find models currently. I find it amazing because you can contact anyone it doesn't have to be a "model". I can find models who I can photography locally or different parts of the world. The hashtag I use to find London models is #londonmodel.
It doesn't have to be in London. It can be any city but it is easier to find models in bigger cities. After I look up the hashtag, I look through the most recent images. If I see someone who is interesting, I have a good look on their profile and see what work they have done. If they do have good work. I will like a few of their Images before I message the Model. It is important that you like a few of their images. Then you can drop them a direct message. You can say "I just looked through your profile & I like what I see. I was wondering if you would like to do a photoshoot with me."
You are not going to get a message back from some of them. Some will give you their rates. But it a better chance to find models than modelling websites. Don't take things personal when some models turn you down. Just say thank you and find yourself I another model that will work with. Tip have up to date work on your profile and show that you are engaging with other users. I will get into an In-depth Instagram article in future post.
This is where you get to work with really beautiful models. But you must have a really good Portfolio by this stage. Modelling Agencies are picky when it comes to Photographers as they want their models to have the very best pictures that they can have.
When you are starting out with Modelling Agencies and they like your work. They give you a list of New Faces to Test. Meaning that the models has recently sign up for the Agencies. They want to test them with how well they work with photographers before getting paid jobs.
Modelling Agencies range from big to small. Some can be a right pain to work with depending on how the agencies work. You have to be careful with some Agencies because some are not why they say they are. Do your research on each agencies that you contact or the ones that contact you.
Another good thing about Agencies they are more reliable. The models will show up because it is in their contract they must go to a shoot. Agencies are well known for Editorial and Commercial work. The more you show of that style of work. The higher chance you will work with agencies.
Word Of Mouth
This is where people recommend someone to work with me or I work with them. It doesn't happen all the time but it does occasionally. But it a nice feeling when someone recommends you too do a shoot with someone. Sometimes I have to decline because they are not what I am looking for at the time. But I still keep my options open if there is something for them that we can work together on.
You can go and approach someone on the street and ask them if they would like to do a photoshoot. But it depends on the work you do and how good your Portfolio is. I wouldn't recommend doing this for someone who is starting out in Portrait Photography.
I like to know who I am shooting and see if they have done work before. I can't work with someone if I don't know what they look like or seen any of their work. I do not photography anyone for the sake of taking pictures. Models have to benefit in what I am going for and if it will be a benefit for them also.
You can find models anywhere. There are no wrong or right answer to find a model that will work with you. It is what is going to help you build and benefit your portfolio. You can find models on Modelling Website, Social Media, Family & Friends, Agencies and Word of Mouth. So go and build your Portfolio!