Forums > Model Colloquy > How often do you look at a photographers work?

Photographer

Sonn

Posts: 338

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

As a question for llamas, how often do you look at a photographers portfolio?

For example if replying to a casting on facebook do you just go off the casting and wether its a fun souding/something you need shoot, or do you go and browse the photographers facebook page and look at their work and then decide if its a photographer you want to shoot with?

I use another site which counts profile views and i have seen many times ill run a casting, have alot of llamas apply and do the shoot and nobody will have viewed my profile...

Im starting to suspect something similar is happening on facebook but could be wrong.

So llamas, how much time do you spend studying a photographers work before you decide to work with them?

Jun 19 13 06:40 am Link

Model

Magic Forests

Posts: 530

New York, New York, US

Always.

Jun 19 13 06:51 am Link

Model

Babalon Salome

Posts: 3499

Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

I always do.

Jun 19 13 06:52 am Link

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Kaela Kino

Posts: 71

Duluth, Minnesota, US

I always look at their portfolio and read their profile.

Jun 19 13 06:59 am Link

Photographer

Nogawd Photography

Posts: 119

Cleveland, Ohio, US

Often

Jun 19 13 07:01 am Link

Model

MelissaAnn

Posts: 3956

Seattle, Washington, US

Always. I suppose some models that really need money may not care what a photographers work looks like if the casting is for paid work.

Jun 19 13 07:06 am Link

Model

sasweets

Posts: 404

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Always. I want to make sure my portfolio is getting stronger not weaker.

Jun 19 13 07:07 am Link

Photographer

Yugoboy

Posts: 77

Rochester, New York, US

sasweets wrote:
Always. I want to make sure my portfolio is getting stronger not weaker.

As an experienced photographer with limited experience shooting models, I understand this sentiment, truly I do, but... if I come to you saying "I'm experienced with the camera but not models, please help me build my portfolio." do you take that into consideration?

FWIW - I've got my Flickr streams in my profile to show that I'm not blowing smoke about skills.

Jun 19 13 07:12 am Link

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sasweets

Posts: 404

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Yugoboy wrote:

As an experienced photographer with limited experience shooting models, I understand this sentiment, truly I do, but... if I come to you saying "I'm experienced with the camera but not models, please help me build my portfolio." do you take that into consideration?

FWIW - I've got my Flickr streams in my profile to show that I'm not blowing smoke about skills.

Yes I do and have. big_smile I usually just check around if anyone knows the photographer personally and if it's positive I'll go ahead and schedule it. Just a little more researching then I usually do, but if they can take a picture of something not interesting, and make it look interesting I'm instantly curious.

Jun 19 13 07:18 am Link

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NicoleNudes

Posts: 3860

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I always look. Always, always, always.

Jun 19 13 07:25 am Link

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Axioma

Posts: 6793

Gent, East Flanders, Belgium

Absolutely ALWAYS.

Jun 19 13 07:40 am Link

Photographer

nyk fury

Posts: 2918

Port Townsend, Washington, US

Crack The Sky wrote:
I use another site which counts profile views and i have seen many times ill run a casting, have alot of models apply and do the shoot and nobody will have viewed my profile...

i think the counters on some sites might be a bit buggy. like here on MM where the last activity date doesn't reset unless users logout and log back in each time they come here.

Jun 19 13 07:44 am Link

Model

Dekilah

Posts: 4890

Detroit, Michigan, US

I always look at the photographer's portfolio. Often times if I am contacted via message I will look at their photos first, then read their profile, before even reading the message, certainly before responding. In the case of a casting call, I would read the casting first just to see if it was something relevant for me, but I would look through the port and profile before responding.

Jun 19 13 08:02 am Link

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Felicia Fatale

Posts: 29

Morristown, New Jersey, US

Always , always. I never work with a photographer before looking at the work regardless if the casting call has a high pay it is all about how I am portrayed I don't want to end up with anything out there of me that I would be ashamed of or would take down the quality of my portfolio.

Jun 19 13 08:04 am Link

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Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

always. no exception.

Jun 19 13 08:10 am Link

Photographer

Photographe

Posts: 2350

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

MelissaAnn  wrote:
Always. I suppose some models that really need money may not care what a photographers work looks like if the casting is for paid work.

In my experience of paying MM models, this is the case, they are happy to be recognized for their talent by being paid and generally aren't giving too much attention to detail or demanding red carpet treatment.

I find with TF work that good models pay much more attention to details, elements of the shoot and are ensuring the end product is presentable for their portfolio and that begins with choosing the photographer's portfolio. I recently worked with an art nude model who wanted to shoot fashion beauty, it was clear she had checked my portfolio and sourced me out first before giving a day of her time for free.

Jun 19 13 08:18 am Link

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Sabine Luise

Posts: 890

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Every time

Jun 19 13 11:48 am Link

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Loli Scotch

Posts: 78

Austin, Texas, US

Every single time.

Jun 19 13 05:44 pm Link

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Bunny Bombshell

Posts: 11752

Huntington, West Virginia, US

Every time. I never book with someone without seeing their work first

Jun 19 13 07:39 pm Link

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E L I N

Posts: 199

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

NicoleNudes wrote:
I always look. Always, always, always.

+1

Jun 19 13 07:41 pm Link

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Sierra McKenzie

Posts: 711

Seattle, Washington, US

I always extensively look at a profile before I work with someone.

I don't always do it for every casting call I reply to though. If the content they are looking to shoot is made clear in the casting call and isn't outside of my comfort range, I'll respond to the casting.

If they reply with interest, I'll look through their profile and work out details and set a date/time. I'll pack wardrobe and hair/makeupkit based off of their casting/messages/current profile.

I do dozens of casting calls a day sometimes, and I don't always look unless I know they are interested. (Unless I need clarification about the level of nudity or something they are looking to shoot.)

Jun 19 13 07:44 pm Link

Model

Sarah Ruest

Posts: 34

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Always!

Jul 09 13 04:42 pm Link