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Posts: 6

Lakewood, Colorado, US

Hello there my name is Shannon and I am a new model, I have done a few photo shoots and I am starting to get the hang of posing and what I am after.
This all started as a hobby and it took off into something I might be good at.
So my question is at what point in time to do you move from trade work to paid shoots?
I am still very new and I would hate to take on a paid shoot and make an ass of myself lol. What are some experiences others have had and at what point do you think a model is ready to take it to a more professional level.
Thank you for taking the time to read this!

Jan 27 13 08:56 pm Link


Jay Farrell

Posts: 13407

Nashville, Tennessee, US

As soon as you can find a market for people to hire you.

Jan 27 13 09:03 pm Link



Posts: 6

Lakewood, Colorado, US

Thank makes sense, thanks

Jan 27 13 09:20 pm Link


Bravo Magic Images

Posts: 765

Temple City, California, US

Rather it is a matter of comfort and style. If your comfortable doing nudes fetish and other more over whelming styles of poseing and feel that you have a special knack for Marketable work then by all means charge for your top of the line Fine Art nudes.

Jan 27 13 09:28 pm Link


American Glamour

Posts: 38813

Detroit, Michigan, US

ShannonJT wrote:
Thank makes sense, thanks

Right answer, as soon as someone will pay you, you are ready.   Don't over-think it and don't worry about it.

Jan 27 13 09:45 pm Link



Posts: 3409

Tempe, Arizona, US


Welcome to MM!

I wish you the Best of Success in all of your endeavors out here!

Kindest regards,

Jan 27 13 10:03 pm Link



Posts: 576

New York, New York, US

Do as many TF shoots as possible, build a strong portfolio that exhibits you in different styles and concepts, then start charging. Start off with small prices then later on as photographers start demanding more shoots with you, raise the price accordingly.

Jan 27 13 10:08 pm Link


Fresh Faces Photography

Posts: 272

Santa Rosa, California, US

Like any other profession, modelling requires some time to learn what works and what doesn't. And each model has different strengths and weaknesses.

Best advice I have is to do TF shoots with photogs whose work you like and who will help your port. Post "Depends On Assignment" on your page and quote an hourly fee to anyone whose work is less than what you would want in your own port and TF to anyone you REALLY want to work with.

You're ready when someone is willing to pay.

Jan 29 13 04:19 pm Link


Kitty Devereux

Posts: 67

Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

The TF shoots are there to benefit your portfolio, as soon as someone contacts you with paid work that I would say that's the time you are ready.

You just have to find your market. You might be amazing at some stuff but not considered payment worthy in others. As long as you feel comfortable then I would say go for it!

Jan 29 13 06:01 pm Link



Posts: 3527

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Welcome to Model Mayhem!

Do TF shoots to build up your portfolio. Shoot with quality photographers. You can try to charge photographers to shoot you when you can see that the photographer will benefit more from the shoot than you (ie. your work is better than the photographer's work who asked you to shoot).

I wish you success on this site and all the best in your career!


Jan 29 13 07:32 pm Link


Jay Lee Studios

Posts: 1239

San Diego, California, US

Many of the above said once you are contacted for paid work you are ready, that is not always true.  A GWC could offer you today to shoot erotic nudes. If you do that it is up to you no one will judge you but that does not mean you are ready to be a paid glamour or fashion model.

Also building a strong port is essential, can you do that doing TF? Maybe. Will it take a while? Yes ESPECIALLY here on MM. If you want the BEST portfolio you could possibly have and have it fast find THE BEST photographers in your area and hire them. Next thing you will have is a bunch of messages from MM photographers wanting to do trades. Skip them or charge them smile.

Jan 30 13 02:18 pm Link