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JP Burke
Posts: 3
Los Angeles, California, US


How would I go about hiring a model through an agency? What should I say in the email? I don't want to come off like I am unprofessional.
Nov 09 12 06:29 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Images by MR
Posts: 7,492
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


JP Burke wrote:
How would I go about hiring a model through an agency? What should I say in the email? I don't want to come off like I am unprofessional.

Are you talking about from a fashion agency & hire the model for what ?

Nov 09 12 06:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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R_Marquez
Posts: 4,608
San Francisco, California, US


"Hi, I want to book (model's name). Please take my money."

Just contact them and say you want to hire.
Nov 09 12 06:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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Leonard Gee Photography
Posts: 16,081
Sacramento, California, US


1. introduce yourself
2. tell them the client and usage information
3. give them the location, the date and length of the shoot
4. tell them the model you want (if available), or give the model requirements
5. inform them if you have make-up, hair and stylist
6. if no MUA, hair, tell them how the model should show up
7. tell them what the model needs to bring, if anything
8. give them the billing information
9. answer their questions
10. tell them if there's a weather permit

they will give you the rates
Nov 09 12 06:44 pm  Link  Quote 
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AVD AlphaDuctions
Posts: 10,524
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada


JP Burke wrote:
I don't want to come off like I am unprofessional.

if you have never done something before, isn't it more professional to be upfront and make use of their services? (they are in the service business they are used to answering questions) than to find out some throwaway lines that may or may not cover the questions they happen to ask you back? I think pretending is more unprofessional.  whats so bad about asking questions to someone providing a service?

Nov 09 12 06:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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Camerosity
Posts: 5,058
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Generally an agency's web site includes photos or profiles of their llamas - and a contact for booking them.

Select the llama you want to work with. Email the contact. Tell them what you want to shoot, when, where, how long the shoot will be, whether there will be an MUA, hair stylist, wardrobe stylist, how the photos will be used, etc., and ask for the rate.

If you'd rather have the agency's booker suggest a llama, give them the above information and as much information as you can about the type of llama you want.

As long as you don't want to shoot something they don't want their llamas shooting, they're there to make it as easy for you to book a llama as possible.
Nov 09 12 07:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Trevor Martin
Posts: 518
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


R_Marquez wrote:
"Hi, I want to book (model's name). Please take my money."

Just contact them and say you want to hire.

smile

Why use an agency when you have a great source on this site?

I did a commercial shoot a while back for a friend and offered to source the models for him to save him some $$ and checked out a few for him.
He decided to go with an agency and ended up picking 2 of the models that I had connected with and he paid about 50% above what they would have wokred for through me and MM

Save your $$$

Nov 14 12 04:19 am  Link  Quote 
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Bil Brown
Posts: 2,169
Los Angeles, California, US


Introduce yourself.
Tell them what you want to do (test, commercial project, personal project, other).
Give them links to your work, and any credits you may have if they are appropo to the type of modeling they do. Don't tell them that your photo of a dog got 1st place at the 4H contest at the Iowa state fair, that might be impressive but not relevant.

Be polite, and usually the BEST route is to ask about new faces - because in a lot of cases those models need portfolio work and are either cheaper or willing to test with you for the photos as payment.

Easy.

bb
Nov 14 12 11:42 am  Link  Quote 
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Bil Brown
Posts: 2,169
Los Angeles, California, US


Trevor Martin wrote:

smile

Why use an agency when you have a great source on this site?

I am starting to agree with this more and more.

Unless a model has something else going on, just because they are attached to an agency (even a Top 10 agency) doesn't mean that they are going to give you the quality you want.

Remember, these models are commercially trained normally to make MONEY. Although you can be certain of the body/image you want etc, it may not be particularly the best model for the job. Look around.

bb

Nov 14 12 11:44 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
nyk fury
Posts: 2,909
Port Townsend, Washington, US


Trevor Martin wrote:
Why use an agency when you have a great source on this site?

but as has been well pointed out to me here, i would do much better by going to craigslist and to model agencies than thru MM. 

so, just find the local agencies websites, read up on them, and email a starting inquiry?

Nov 14 12 11:50 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SayCheeZ!
Posts: 17,751
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Trevor Martin wrote:
Why use an agency when you have a great source on this site?

Zero flake factor.

Nov 14 12 12:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Bil Brown
Posts: 2,169
Los Angeles, California, US


SayCheeZ!  wrote:

Zero flake factor.

^^^^ That

Nov 14 12 12:40 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Images by MR
Posts: 7,492
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Trevor Martin wrote:
Why use an agency when you have a great source on this site?
SayCheeZ!  wrote:
Zero flake factor.

I've worked with agencies in Vancouver and found this to be untrue...

Nov 14 12 12:51 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
KMP
Posts: 4,667
Houston, Texas, US


Leonard Gee Photography wrote:
1. introduce yourself
2. tell them the client and usage information
3. give them the location, the date and length of the shoot
4. tell them the model you want (if available), or give the model requirements
5. inform them if you have make-up, hair and stylist
6. if no MUA, hair, tell them how the model should show up
7. tell them what the model needs to bring, if anything
8. give them the billing information
9. answer their questions
10. tell them if there's a weather permit

they will give you the rates

This is pretty much it...

If this is for a personal project, make sure it sounds professionally organized as possible.   Have a concept.
If you're not a known photographer:
They may ask for references and/or may ask for a credit card to hold, to guarantee payment. 

The rate you're quoted, may or may not include, additional fees.  Make sure you know your total costs up front.

Nov 14 12 01:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Toto Photo
Posts: 2,412
Belmont, California, US


Tell them you want to hold a Casting Call at their offices for models with the following characteristics.
Nov 14 12 01:39 pm  Link  Quote 
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