We have always thought that to be a successful photographer we had to be talented, have a good eye, and buy expensive gear.
This, in most cases, is not true.
Great photographers are known for being consistent and working every day to improve their processes. So it all comes down to having a proper workflow.
This is even more important when we work with models. That’s why we have created this practical guide for you to improve your photographic workflow with models.
Where to find models?
Whether we are talking about fashion, portrait, or editorial photography, you are going to need models.
By accessing the Model Search, you have access to over 1 million models worldwide.
In addition, you have the option of using geographical filters, by category, discipline, type of model, and many more.
Once you find the models you like, you can visit their profiles to see portfolio photos or recommendations. You can also send them direct messages, view their social networks, invite them to participate in a casting, or add them to your own model directory.
Create your own model directory
We always need different models depending on the type of project. So having them organized by category is necessary.
In many cases, I come across great models who may not fit into the project I have at the moment, but who would fit into others.
Creating lists of models allows you to access and connect with them when needed.
Create a casting for each project
Photographers know that the right model can make the photos stand out. That’s why it’s important to choose wisely.
The best photographers are known for their careful selection of models. Not all projects are the same, so not everyone fits in the same way.
Publish a casting per project and manage them easily from the “Casting Manager tool”. Select your favorites and place them in lists that you can share with your team members or clients.
Make a live video casting
Those of you who have worked with agency models know that they are chosen for their composite card. In the best case, they will send you a video presentation.
These photos and videos are updated from time to time, but as a rule, it doesn’t happen very often.
I have come across models who have just arrived from holidays and are (over-)tanned or who have changed their look in the last few weeks and had not notified their agency.
To avoid this, invite the models you are interested in for your project to do a live video casting.
Book models online
Hiring a model has never been easier. Forget about long processes and high commissions.
If your project is paid, once you have decided on the model you want to work with, all you have to do is book it.
Sign a smart contract
Ensuring the use you can make of the photos or videos is very important.
Regardless of whether your project is a TFP collaboration or a paid one, you have to sign a contract.
In many cases, I’ve been surprised by overconfidence.
The secret to being a successful photographer is being tidy and having the right tools. All this is within your reach.
If you don’t have a professional account on ModelManagement.com yet, you can create one for free by clicking here.