3. Models are going to ask for free test shoots, get over it. Also, if you get a free test shoot spoil the damn photographer.
As a model I always get sick of hearing photographers rant about being asked for free test shoots. I mean, many of you are clearly doing SOME shoots for free (yes it’s obvious), also you say nothing about rates on your website (bad marketing). So of course models are going to try to shoot with you for free. If you don’t ask you can’t receive. And news flash – we are just as broke as you are. So please just be flattered if a model nicely asks for a shoot, and feel free to say no or quote your rates. End of story.
BUT… models keep in mind that doing a free test shoot is a lot of work for a photographer. They prep their equipment, scout the location, make sure wardrobe/hair/makeup are good, shoot all day, unload the equipment, download photos, edit edit edit, then upload photos and get them to you. The scope of a photographer’s work, I’m sorry to say, never really fully sank in for me until I was doing it myself. It is A LOT OF TIME CONSUMING WORK. So models, if you happen to luck out and get a free shoot, any little way you can show your appreciation for all that effort is EXTREMELY appreciated by the photographer. I once had a model bring me a Kombucha and macaroons on shoot day, and I swear it made me feel so damn appreciated. To this day I will shoot that model any time she needs photos. Surprisingly that kind of thoughtfulness is rare, and it has set her apart from the rest in my mind. Knowing a model understands and appreciates the work I do really makes all the difference as a photographer. Small gestures are big.
4. Sexy doesn’t try to be sexy, it is sexy.
The best note I ever got from a photographer was this: “Don’t try to be sexy. You are sexy.” That simple switch in mindset changes everything. It means you are more relaxed, confident, and YOURSELF. You can’t be sexy when you’re trying to be something other than yourself. It just doesn’t work.
That same note works for photographers as well. Trying to get a model to stick her ass in the air is not sexy art. Having a model who gets caught in a moment and arches her back a bit – THAT is sexy. Make the model comfortable and feel beautiful and she will take care of the rest. Don’t try to force sexiness. Let it happen. The pictures will turn out so much better.
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