Start by asking more models to shoot. Don't be shy. Pass out cards. Ask women you like at the mall for example. If you can't afford to pay buy a few nice dresses and things for models too shoot in. They model and get to keep it. Find some MUA and use them also. If you are on Facebook join some of the local modeling groups. One of the best ways to get new models is to go to some of the area fashion shows. Hook up with designers also. In other words, get cracking!
RKD Photographic wrote: With regard MM and other online modelling resources, out of every 50 emails sent, maybe 10 models will respond and of those maybe one will turn into a solid booking. Just keep plugging away.
Eventually you turn the page (image-quality wise) and they start approaching you.
To add- learn to shoot a really good head shot. MM is a glamour site. Network with MUAs, not so much models, because the MUAs know more people than you at this point. Find and few MUAs looking to build their books and start working together.
Tony Lawrence wrote: Start by asking more models to shoot...... In other words, get cracking!
Wrong. Don't ask strangers to model for you on crack. Trust me on this. You'll think they're all cops and you wont be able to stop your bottom jaw moving from side to side. A few glasses of scotch and a bong hit works wonders
Understand that there is "passive networking" and "active networking".
Example of "Passive Networking": ... Using casting calls
... Creating a profile (on MM or on other sites)
... Putting an ad on Craigs List or in the paper
... Starting a blog
What do these things have in common? They all expect models to find you.
Examples of "Active Networking": ... Contacting the models directly, via browse ... Getting to know your local models & photographers & asking them for
references & recommendations.
... Approaching candidates on the street (and expect a high rejection rate).
... Hiring an agency model.
What do these things have in common? They all expect you to find models.
Do more active networking. If you are sitting alone at home on your puter, chances are you are doing passive networking.
Freez Frame Photography wrote: Great tips and advice thank you everyone
When I first started photographing models I was on omp at the time . But I had better luck handing out my business card at the local mall than I did with any OMP-related communication. And is the return really that different?
I saw someone I wanted to photograph, walked up and introduced myself, handed my card and said, "look at my work and if you're interested send me a message..." It took about 10 seconds.
It's not a great return. Maybe 1 out of 20 actually resulted in a shoot. But it was far less frustrating than the endless back
I find llamas on Craigslist ... well not terribly "photogenic", a lot of meetups groups..."may" have some decent llamas. For the most part they can be delusional. At least with MM you have an idea what the llama looks like, and have a 50/50 chance of getting him/her to work with you. A newbie might be a good bet , just tell them you are a newbie and you would like to work with them. Almost all the llamas in my MM port are MM llamas, The best thing is they have become friends and we continue to shoot. Part of the reason I even get llamas is because I don't shoot nudes, as I've been told. Though some of them have suggested nude work, I tell them "lets find a good reason first".
A good way to increase your chances of a shoot. Provide a competent MUA or HS, you may be a a crummy photographer (for now) but your llamas will look good!