Eggers Images

Photographer Male Costa Mesa, California, US My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/TopTweens
Mayhem # 1189662

About Me

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FASHION, LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL, SPORTS & RECREATION PHOTOGRAPHY

(Shooting for the Junior Market, from Tween to Collegiate.)

Most of the models I've worked with were in their late teens or early twenties, but, since I sometimes work with companies and editorial outlets targeting the teen market, I also work with younger models.

I set this MM page up specifically for projects involving models under the age of 18.

I don't market my services to models. But I am available to be hired by models (or their parents) who have specific themes or concepts they want to shoot, but, for some reason, do not want to sign a release or have those images added to my stock library.

The last part of this profile include a series of tips for getting started in modeling. They answer many of the questions that come up all the time about how to get started, who to work with and what to watch out for. While they're primarily targeted at younger models (and their parents), they can be helpful for any model just starting out. Hopefully they'll save beginning models some time, money and aggravation.

I have considerable experience working with inexperienced models, including teaching modeling seminars and coaching models, so a positive attitude, dependability and determination are more important than experience for the models that I work with.

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BACKGROUND

I'm a Southern California photographer who spent most of his career handling editorial assignments for magazines, newspapers and corporate publications, both on a staff and independent basis.

I've been doing this for a very long time. I've had considerable experience shooting fashion, lifestyles, sports, and travel.

Over the years, I've done a lot of runway coverage, including things like LA, OC and Las Vegas Fashion Weeks, and I've done quite a bit of studio fashion work. But my preference is working on location.

My work has been carried by numerous national magazines and major daily newspapers. Along the way, my articles and photographs have been featured in some of the top photo publications in the country. I've also taught photography and modeling seminars through various community education and extension programs, and I've written several books on photography.

I'm semi-retired now. While I still handle occasional assignments, I'm concentrating primarily on personal projects and building up my stock image library.

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ONLINE LINKS

Here's a link to my fashion work:

www.modelmayhem.com/12170

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Here's a link to my commercial site:

www.roneggersphotography.zenfolio.com

It provides a somewhat broader sample of the types of work I get involved in. It can also be used to contact me, in the event you're not a MM member.

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Here's a link to a new stock site I'm in the process of setting up:

www.500px.com/roneggers/galleries

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I also have a number of different portfolios on Togally, including sets for Head Shots, Sports/Activity, Events, Kids, and Products.

www.togally.com/re_photos

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TEST, TRADE and PAID SHOOTS

* A model release signed by a parent or legal guardian is required for all trade shoots.

* I am interested in working with models that have strong editorial, commercial or agency potential. I'm particularly looking to work with younger, talented, models just getting into the industry, who have the drive to succeed. and have a well developed fashion sense.

* I use test shoots to scout new locations, work with new equipment, experiment with new photographic techniques, and, of course, work with new models.

* I'm also doing some trade shoots for various projects that I'm working on. I use project shoots to develop promotional materials; generate display and portfolio prints; and to come up with images for my stock library. If we work together on an ongoing basis, I can produce the same type of promotional material and prints that I generate for myself for the models that I work with.

* Trade shoots are more involved than simple test shoots, generally requiring more planning and preparation, as well as shooting in more distant locations. Because they take more time and effort, I primarily do the more involved project shoots with models that I've worked with before because I what their capabilities are and what to expect.

* I'm generally pretty good at coming up with models that I need for test shoots and project shoots, but, if a commercial client is picking up the tab (I never ask a model to do a test/trade shoot for a job that I'm getting paid for), the right model that I need for specific concept isn't available in a certain geographic area, or if there just isn't time to set up a test or trade shoot, I will offer paid shoots.

* However, unless I specifically offer a paid shoot, the offers I'm making are for test/trade shoots.

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ONGOING INTERESTS

There are a number of things that I'm working on with junior models.

* Beach/activity/lifestyle branded shoots, including things like roller-blading, razor scooters, biking, beach volleyball, etc.

* Models/dancers/athletes with special talents or athletic abilities (such as gymnastics, aquatics, cheer, ballet, BMX, etc.).

* Costumes, characters and fantasy outfits. (very interested in shooting models with Thai, Indian, Irish, Mexican and similar ethnic costumes.)

* In-the-water/under water shots. (particularly interested in finding models with access to heated swimming pools.)

* Animal related themes, including animal patterned outfits such as zebra tights and leopard leotards, and actual exotic animals. (Any one have an elephant, giraffe or camel hidden in their closet??)

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WORKING TOGETHER

* All models under the age of 18 have to have a parent or legal guardian at the shoot. (A boy friend or girl friend, an older sibling, the Mom's boyfriend, another relative, a neighbor, or a family friend, all which have accompanied underage models to one of my shoots in the past, will not work.) I won't shoot an underage model if a parent isn't along.

* With makeup and wardrobe selection, it generally takes about two hours to get ready for a shoot, with both the model and parent being involved in the prep work.

* Don't just throw some clothes in a suite case and have me pick out what to wear. I have absolutely no way of knowing how things fit or what might look good together. All too often, I don't even notice the potentially best outfit until its too late. (There's been a number of times when a model put on a really cute outfit after a shoot that would have perfect to shoot in, that I never even saw in the the pile of clothing.)

* Assemble four or five coordinated outfits, including clothing, shoes and accessories, that match the theme of the shoot. (With younger/preteen/tween models I generally go for cute and colorful. With older models, I tend to go for commercially edgy.)

* Models (particularly young models just starting out) should try the selected outfits on and model in them in front of a mirror before the shoot. That not only ensures that the items match, that they're accessoriesed properly and that everything fits, but it will also help in coming the right looks and poses for that outfit. A model should take about 10 or 15 minutes with each outfit to see how she looks best in it. Such preparation work helps her establish that important fashion sense, and it can have a significant impact on the quality of the images being taken.

* Anything worn underneath can't be noticeable. (I've had younger models wear cut offs, jean shorts, Bermuda shots, black tights and a variety of other really bulky garments. None of that works.) If you want to wear something underneath that you can wear in public that isn't part of the concept of the shoot, wear a white or light colored bathing suite, where the colors won't bleed through the outfit, without frills, bulky padding, bows or anything else that might cut into an outfit's lines. A one piece works fine for dresses and more formal outfits. A bikini works best for shorts, cut offs, tank tops and other types of recreational activity shoots.

* On initial shoots, models are generally responsible for their own hair, makeup and wardrobe. Arrive hair and makeup ready. Unless we've discussed a specific concept that requires specialized makeup, makeup should generally be light. (Avoid heavy pageant-style makeup.)

* Bring a touch-up make-up case, a brush, a beach towel and some comfortable flip flops or sandals (when shooting on location).

* One of the biggest problems for younger models is not concentrating on what they're doing. They're very easily distracted. While parents are welcome, in most cases, having other siblings along for the shoot is not a good idea, unless they also are modeling. Siblings generally distract younger models, making them lose focus and reduce their attention span.

* Bringing friends or relatives along is even more of a bad idea, again, unless they're also modeling. Friends are more distracting than siblings. No boy friends, girl friends, distant relatives who want to see "Suzy" model, or groups of friends can accompany models under 18. (A number of times I've had parents bring aunts, uncles and grandparents to a shoot to show how well the model is doing. That's disruptive enough, but then the relatives provide feedback as to what they think the model is, or should be, doing, which is deadly to a shoot.)

* No texting, tweeting or checking e-mail messages during the shoot. (For tween models, parents hold on to cells phones during a shoot, to avoid that frequent checking of messages that seems to be so common.)

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IMAGES

* On trade shoots, models receive a CD with at least a dozen or more high-res images for each hour of modeling, generally within 10 to 14 days of the shoot.

* I generally don't provide images from paid shoots unless arrangements have been made before hand.

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MODEL COACHING

I've taught modeling classes and seminars through various Southern California programs. I'm available for individual and small-group model coaching. I enjoy teaching, so rates are quite reasonable. (Two hour sessions cost $75 for one model, $100 for two and $125 for three.) Coaching is provided for free for beginning models who work with me on a trade off basis.

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SOME TIPS FOR YOUNGER MODELS GETTING STARTED

* This is general information that has nothing to do with us working together, so you can skip it if you want.

* But there is a lot of good information here. Hopefully it will be helpful for a model (and her parents) to get started, while avoiding some of the scams, pitfalls and expenses that are frequently encountered.


Parental Involvement

* There are no guarantees for success for models of any age. Getting started as a young model who depends entirely on parents for financial support, transportation and everything else is even more of a challenge. The only guarantee that there is, is that if a parent isn't 120 percent behind a young model's efforts, she's bound to fail.

* Parents should provide guidance, not pressure.

* A younger model should be actively involved in setting schedules and getting ready for a shoot. She should understand that with the fun of modeling come responsibilities.

* Everything, all communications, contacts, follow-ups and listings on social networks, should be handled by a parent. A parent or legal guardian should accompany any under underage model to any shooting sessions.

* One of the best things that a parent can do for a model is to foster a good attitude and instill the importance of dependability. Unfortunately, models, particularly independent models without agency representation, have a reputation for showing up late and not really being prepared to work, or flaking out altogether. (Because the Internet has lowered the barriers to getting into modeling, any girl can call herself a model and start looking for work. Most are more model wanna-bees, because they like the idea of modeling, but they don't have the dedication and dependability required to be successful.)

* A model who shows up on time, is ready to work and enthused about what she's doing is well ahead of the competition. For a younger model, that means parents have to take the initiative to ensure that the model is there on time and ready to work.

* As a parent, be prepared to spend endless hours driving to "look-sees", waiting around for your daughter to be called and being told "We'll make a decision next week and let you know."


Types of Models

* What most people, particularly younger girls who are interested in getting into modeling, think of when they think of models are runway models. These are the tall and slender girls who walk the catwalks of the fashion capitals of the world.

* For top-notch shows at Fashion Weeks in cities like Paris, Milan and New York, runway models usually have to be at least 5' 9" and very slender. Professional shows in other cities also advertise for models of that height, but frequently accept models that are 5'8" or even 5'7". For charity and amateur runway shows, standards vary considerably.

* But there are various other types of models besides runway models, so not being tall enough doesn't automatically keep a girl from modeling. While breakdowns vary somewhat, legit categories for older models are generally: runway, plus-sized, fit, commercial, editorial, glamour, active/athletic and art, with each type of model having somewhat different requirements.

* Models usually specialize in one or two categories. A runway model might also do commercial work, while a plus-sized model could do art modeling, and almost any model could do fit modeling.

* Younger models are primarily broken down by age. There are baby, toddler, preteen, teen and collegiate categories. Preteens and younger teens are generally considered junior models while older teens and collegiates usually fall into the young adult category.

* Some agencies consider all models from babies to age 16 as junior models. Most fashion show producers have age restrictions on who can walk in young-adult fashion shows. In most cases, that's 16, but I've seen 12 year old models, who certainly don't look it, walk in young adult fashion shows. Producers who allow models that are too young to walk in adult fashions shows have getting a considerable amount of flack, so there are moves on now to make it a law that no model under the age of 16 can participate in non-junior type fashion shows.

* In most cases, the same younger models will do junior runway, commercial and editorial work. Models of any age can walk in kid and junior wear shows for their age range.

* One way of getting started in runway modeling is to participate in charity events. If the model is good at walking a runway, she'll get noticed. Charity events also frequently result in photographs that a model can use to promote herself.


Getting Signed

* There are various options open to getting started in modeling, but, by far, the best one is signing with a modeling agency. But getting on with an agency can be difficult. (If it seams too easy to get signed by an agency, investigate a little further before signing anything. The agency may not be legit.) Leading agencies have very specific looks and requirements in mind for the models they sign. Those looks and requirements aren't the same from agency to agency, so it's good to approach a number of different agencies.

* It's important to select the right agency. There are different types of agencies for the different types of models.

* Finding the right agency takes a little research. It doesn't, for example, make sense to send the images and information about a younger model to an agency that doesn't have a strong junior division.

* It's important to review the types of models an agency represents before submitting anything. They'll usually have thumbnails and statistics of the younger models they have signed online. If they only have a few in that section, or younger models are grouped with older models, they more than likely don't have a strong junior division.

* In spite of what photographers or model mills who are trying to sell you portfolios tell you, you don't have to have a portfolio to land an agent. In fact, most leading agencies don't want the models they sign to work on portfolios on their own. They don't want poor quality images of their models floating around.

* In the days before the Internet, if a photographer took marginal quality pictures of a model, very few people, if anyone, ever saw them. Now, the poorest quality shots seem to be all over the Net. That's why agencies generally want to select the photographers that models they sign work with, and direct the types and styles of photos that are being added to portfolios.

* All that's really required to land an agency are three or four clear photos of a model that has real potential. A head shot and two or three full length shots are sufficient. The full-length shots don't have to be in a bathing suite, but they should show the generally body type of the model. They don't have to be professionally shot, but don't use selfies or the odd types of shots that might be used on social media sites such as Facebook.

* Once you have some acceptable shots, simply mail them with basic stats (height, weight, color of hair and eyes, measurements, dress and shoe sizes, etc.) to the agency and hope for the best.

* Some agencies also accept electronic/online submissions. Their websites will indicate what the best way of getting touch with them will be.

* Some agencies host occasional open calls. If the agency you're interested in does, make the effort to go, even if they accept mailed submissions. That does a number of things. It shows the agency that there's a strong interest in getting signed. It makes it possible for the agency's personnel to get a feel of the model's personality and disposition (which is a big selling point with younger models). It lets parents and models meet the agents that their going to be working with, and it will give you a better feel of how that agency works.

* Besides that, it will give you a chance to experience sitting around and waiting, and maybe even being rejected.


Agencies vs. Model Management Companies

* Make sure that any company that advertises itself as an agency, actually is an agency, which means they're licensed by the state as such. A lot of companies that list themselves as agencies really aren't. They may be model management companies, modeling schools, or simply scams. It's very difficult at first to tell the difference.

* Know the difference between an Agency and Model Management Company. There's a considerably difference between the two. In California, at least, they earn their money differently, and work under different sets of laws, rules and guidelines.

* An agency's main job is getting models work. While they do get involved in putting portfolios together and generating promotional materials, it's all geared towards getting a model assignments.

* In most cases, agency contracts are exclusive to a specific geographic region. Major agencies might sign national and international contacts, but, it can also be that a model might have one agent in New York, and a different one in Los Angeles, even if both agencies have offices in both cities. It's even possible, in some cases, to sign non-exclusive contracts in specific geographic regions. So a model in a larger city might have one agency that represents her for commercial or film work, while another one that specializes in editorial for layouts and print work.

* A management company's main objective is model development, in other words, managing a model's career, to make sure she's ready when the big break comes. Model management contracts are almost always world-wide. Whenever a signed model works for pay, regardless of where it is or how she got the job, they make a percentage.

* Being with a model management company isn't essential, but working with the right model management company can sometimes be beneficial. They're much more open to helping a model develop her skills and bringing her along than an agency might be. A good model management company will invest in the models they represent, maybe by sending them to work in New York or oversees for a summer, for the experience, and, of course, to earn some money.

* Some have good contacts with agencies around the world, so it might be easier to sign with a leading agency, if you have a certain model management company behind you.

* Agencies are generally very selective of the models they sign. They only want to work with models that have the potential to make it, since they make their money from a percentage of the money a model gets paid for each job. They don't make any money unless the models that they send out book the jobs that they get sent out on.

* Some model management companies, on the other hand, sign as many models as possible. Since they're going to get a cut of whatever the models make, regardless of how the model gets that job, the more models they have signed the greater the income potential. As long as a model is working, they make money, even it the company doesn't do anything.

* And, unfortunately, a lot of management companies do very little. They spend most of their time trying to sign more models. By signing a large number of models, there's a greater chance that one of them will make it big, and result in a big payoff for the management company, even if they had nothing to do with a model's success.

* If you're signed with an agency, there's really no need ever to sign with a model management company, at least not until the model becomes so successful that she needs a personal manager to keep track of her schedule and manage her finances (and those are generally different management companies than the ones models just starting out sign with).

* However, if you're signed with a model management company, you'll still have to sign with a modeling agency to land serious. well paying, commercial and editorial assignments. The model management company should be able to facilitate that. If it can't, or won't, it's not the right firm to deal with. Ask for references for models that are with the management company and have signed with an agency through them.

* Whether going with an agency or a model management company, don't sign anything until you've had the opportunity to discuss it with someone who is familiar with modeling industry practices. Make sure that all the promises of what the agency or management company is going to do for you are in writing.

* I've heard of numerous instances when models were promised significant development opportunities, such as being sent to New York to work Fashion Week, as an inducement to sign with a management company, which somehow never materialized. Over the years, I've heard of models that were promised to be sent to Europe, Japan and South America, that somehow never seemed to happen.

* A common excuse for that is "The model just wasn't ready for that yet, but maybe next year...." Companies know pretty well when they sign a model that's she's probably not ready for such big assignments, but they promise them anyway, to get the parents to sign the contract.


Avoid Upfront Payments

* Some companies say they have jobs for younger models, and offer pie-in-the-sky earning potentials. All parents have to do is sign up with their (very expensive) "exclusive listing services" (or whatever they call it) and participate in their (over-priced) model development program. They'll have books full of success stories of models they've helped make rich and famous. If you're curious, ask them for the name and contact number of recent successful models, just to see what they say. (In most cases, you won't get anything, and if you do, it's usually outdated.)

* If you can, meet with these references personally, rather than by phone or e-mail. That makes it easier to tell whether they're working currently or some time in the distant past. (Some former company clients get incentives to act as references. If they're saying many of the same things about the company, they've probably been coached as references and get some fee for that.)

* I've seen books and books of model success stories that John Robert Powers uses, but if you start looking at them carefully, they're almost all from when the company was an active agency, rather than primarily a modeling school. So look at any such material very carefully.

* Remember, don't pay for any upfront costs, listing services, meetings with clients or cattle call-type casting calls. Companies that work that way are not legit.

* Some agencies and model management companies may suggest going to certain photographers, modeling coaches or printing companies because they're familiar and happy with their work, and that's fine. They generally know the type of results they're going to get from those vendors, so there's less of a chance of getting poor quality work. (Don't be afraid to ask if the business concerns that you're being referred to are part of their organization or if they have a financial incentive to utilize those vendors.)

* But any company that instructs a model to hire a specific photographer to produce an entire portfolio, go take specific expensive modeling classes, or have all their promotional material created at a specific printer, as part of the condition of being signed, is probably getting a kickback or cut of the fee, and should be avoided.

* While taking modeling classes and seminars can be beneficial, don't sign up for any expensive, long term classes before getting your feet wet a little. There are some so called "six month programs" from companies like Barbizon that cost anywhere from $2500 to $3000.

* Considering the cost of education today, that doesn't sound like being too expensive for six months. It wouldn't be, if these were six month full time programs, but those six months usually consist of only two 4-hour classes (for a total of 8 hours) per month, or just 48 hours for the six months. That breaks down to approximately $50 per hour per person for a group class that might have 20 or more potential models in it. There are better ways to spend your money.


Another Option (if You Can't Get Signed)

* If no agency shows an interest in signing a model, or suggests holding off a few years to, for example, wait until braces come off, there are still ways to get involved in modeling. Going it on your own is much more difficult, but it can work. The Internet has made it easier to find out about potential modeling jobs and getting a model's name out there.

* The Internet has also made getting into modeling more tenuous. Be very suspicious of any too lucrative online offers. They usually come with a catch. Many of the ads that offer high paying jobs for models without any experience are for adult oriented work.

* Even if a model just starting out isn't making tremendous amounts of money, modeling can help gain experience and boost confidence levels, particularly for younger models who aren't quite sure enough of themselves yet.

* Going on your own generally involves putting some sort of online and printed promotional material together.

* While sites like Facebook and Instagram will work for an online presence, they're not the best option for serious modeling. But there are so many services out there now-a-days that provide free or inexpensive portfolio hosting (such as Model Mayhem or OMP).

* There are also various online services, such Wix and Webs, that provide free starter Web hosting. (But they will try to get you to upgrade to paid sites.) Free online sites make it's possible to have a real nice electronic portfolio online. A couple of on-line pages is really all the a model needs to get started.


Printed Portfolios

* Having a printed portfolio is also good idea if you're going to be trying to land jobs on your own. (While having a printed portfolio isn't essential when first starting out, getting one started can be a good idea. It shows a level of dedication and professionalism.)

* If you have the budget, buy a professional model portfolio. As a less expensive alternative, a simple 8 1/2" x 11 ", 12-sleave-24-page black presentation binder works fine. While there are all sorts of sized portfolios and prints, (generally from pocket sized 4" x 6" to display print sized 13" x 19") if you wind up getting any prints from photographers (which is getting more and more rare), they'll probably be 8 1/2" x 11" in size.

* Portfolios are evolving promotional pieces that should be updated regularly. Whether online or printed, portfolios are never really done.

* If you do wind up getting an agency later on, the agency will more than likely want you to start all over with the portfolio to match its requirements. At that point (or when the model starts landing some jobs on her own) it worth it to invest in a high quality professional portfolio in the size that the agency suggests.


Going on Your Own... Test/Trade Shoots

* The secret for both the online and printed portfolios is getting quality images. That can take time and effort.

* Don't fall for some commercial photographer's offer of giving a model or her parents a special deal because she has such great potential. (A common ploy is offering a $2500 portfolio for only $600, if you sign up that same day.)

* One way of getting some acceptable photographs and seeing how much interest there might be in a model is to do trade/test (time-for-photos/prints - TFP or time-for-CDs - TFCD) shoots.

* Photographers who shoot fashion are frequently looking for models to test shoot, to try new equipment, experiment with different techniques, or scout new locations. Most limit themselves to models over the age of 18, but there are some that work with junior models.

* Trade shoots are actually a good first indication of how a model will be received. If, for one reason or another, a model can't get a serious photographer to do a trade shoot with her, there might be some issues that have to be resolved before proceeding.

* Finding photographers to work with has gotten easier with online options. Meet-Up groups that specialize in model photography work well, but make sure you pick a reputable one. Check out the individual work of the photographers on any Meet-Up group before joining, to see if it matches what you're looking for.

* Another way of finding photographers to work with in metropolitan areas are family-oriented group shoots, where a small group of photographers shoot a few models in parks or other public settings. I'm not a particularly great fan on group shoots, but I have met some very promising models through them, some who have gone on to be very successful.

* Many models don't like group shoots either, but they are a way for a model to get the experience of working with a variety of different photographers with various amounts of experience in a safe environment. And they are a way for models to meet all sorts of photographers, from talented aspiring pros, to casual amateurs shooting just for the fun of it, to photographers who might better be avoided.

* While there are all sorts of photographers at theses shoots, most are mainly amateurs, so the quality of any pictures that might be generated are, at best, inconsistent. Still, there are some talented photographers who attend who might be interested in doing individual shoots. It's more than likely that any portfolio quality images come from those follow up individual shoots.

* While most of the models that participate in such group shoots never go much further than that, I know of a number of models that first started with group shoots that have gone on to sign with major agencies.


Before You Shoot

* Before agreeing to work with any photographer that you run into at one of the shoots, like with Meet-Up groups, take a good look at his work to see if the style and approach fits with what you're going for. If it doesn't, you'll probably be disappointed with the results of the shoot.

* Avoid any photographer who's work isn't up to par or mixes pinup work with his fashion images. A lot of professional photographers shoot a variety of subject. Besides fashion, they might shoot glamour, pin-up, even artistic nudes, but they categorize their images and keep them separate. You don't want bad images of a model just getting into the field floating around, and you don't want a model to be associated with the wrong type of photography. (You wouldn't want a shot of 14 year old playing on the beach displayed next to some model in lingerie on a bed or a nude shot in the desert.)

* Agree upon what will be provided and when it will be delivered, from any trade shoot.

* Usually photographers agree to provide a certain number of electronic images per shoot. Make sure that the photographer provides high resolution versions of any images. (Low resolution versions are fine for on-line use, but are not good for printing, in case you want to use them for a portfolio.)

* It shouldn't take more than two weeks, three at the most, to get images back.

* Go for quality, not quantity. You should be getting back anywhere from at least a half a dozen to a dozen optimized images per hour of a trade/test shoot. Some photographers will provide all the images that were taken during a shoot, but most won't.

* It is nice to have all the shots, but it's better to have optimized quality shots. (I know of one photographer who provides 1200 to 1500 images per shoot... none optimized. That's almost as bad as getting nothing, because such a large number of images is overwhelming. And most models and their parents have no idea of what images to select and how to optimize or output them for their portfolio.)

* Once some images have come in, produce some sort of "leave behind". With digital printing, its easy and relatively inexpensive to produce short run composites, zed cards, or even just simple business cards. (If you're going to produce something with images on it, stay away from large print runs. The quality of images being generated should improve dramatically as a model gains experience and works with higher levels of photographers. so what might look good now, may not a few months from now.)

* Some photographers may also provide prints. They should be high quality prints 8 1/2" x 11" in size. Let the photographer know that any prints should be provided without watermarks. Small studio or photographer IDs are fine, but large watermarks in the center of the images aren't. (Watermarks are generally indications of the images being proofs, so if you use them, it looks like the photographer is trying to sell you the shots and you're too cheap to buy them... that looks bad both for the photographer and the model.)

* Usually, for the first shoot, it's fine to do a trade shoot just for electronic images. But if the photographer wants to work with a model again, make sure to also include getting prints, something like two or three per shoot is good. (If a photographer either can't generate prints on his own, or doesn't know of a lab that does, he's probably not all that serious about what he does.) A few shoots like that can fill up a portfolio fast.

* Even with trade shoots, don't just use one photographer's work in a portfolio. It's important to have different looks, styles and techniques to show a model's capabilities. It also looks like there's more interest in a model when the work of various photographers are included in a portfolio.


Finally

* As a young model just starting out, don't get discouraged. Modeling, like so many creative fields, is filled with rejections. If you can't take rejection, it's probably not a field you'd want to get into.

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FINDING ADDITIONAL ACCURATE INFORMATION

* There is a lot of information and advice out there about getting started in modeling. Some of it is good, but a lot of it incomplete, inaccurate, poorly written and self serving.

* Here's an example of a couple of paragraphs from a Web site called modelinglifestyles.com, which says it was set up to help models get started.

"Many young people want to be teen models. Well, if you're one of them, you can search and learn about all the things you know, to have to enter the field. Usually lead agencies open? where are new faces selected get a chance. Experience in one or the other related fields, whether in print or on television is considered an additional distinct advantage."

"Despite the common burglary conviction requires the modeling industry a lot of things other than beauty. It requires devotion, cunning and endurance for one can be executed successfully. First, one must note that there is something difficult, has become a top fashion model in a highly competitive industry than this. Millions of candidates chasing the dream, but only a handful of them actually make it to the top as a highly paid fashion models. Even then, many dedicated people to be successful as a paid part-time models and benefit from a heady lifestyle of good."

This was obviously written by a non-English speaker. But, not only was the grammar incorrect, the information was gibberish. I realize that that's an extreme example. but unfortunately, that's the quality of some of the advice that's online. I could cite various similar examples. Don't take any advice from one source (even here) as gospel. Find as wide a range of sources of information as possible.

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