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Thread started 09 Dec 2017 (Saturday) 23:34
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Building a professional relationship with a model

Cream of the Crop
Joined Dec 2010
Post has been last edited 1 month ago by nathancarter. 2 edits done in total.
Dec 12, 2017 10:10 |  #16

As mentioned by Littlejon, when finding models I have had the best luck posting on social media accounts, an open casting call or seeking models for a specific project. A friend-of-a-friend is much less likely to flake out than a stranger from MM or Craigslist, and a mutual connection makes it easier to get past that initial communication barrier.

Some things that help:
- Post some examples of your work, ideally in the same style as the project you're looking to shoot.
- Tag the models in your sample images.
- Make sure your post is public so it can be shared and seen.
- Have some references.
- Link to your website, fan page, or portfolio.
- Keep it 100% professional from start to finish.

Here are two examples of posts that I made on my Facebook account, that garnered plenty of responses and shares. Some were from people that I had photographed before, and some were people that I barely knew.

And, to your original question, this resulted in me getting many more contacts for models that I can continue to build relationships with, and call on for future projects.

https://www.facebook.c​om ...45/posts/1366333363​435771 (external link)

https://www.facebook.c​om ...45/posts/1074296029​306174 (external link)

http://www.avidchick.c​om (external link) for business stuff​m/VictorVoyeur (external link) for fun stuff

Mostly Lurking
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Joined Aug 2012
Concord, NC
Dec 24, 2017 22:09 |  #17

Sage advice from Nathan. I've had great luck from CL but not so much from MM. It's true, you have to weed out the flakes, scammers, druggies, etc yourself, but once you develop that 6th sense, it's a great resource. Again, friends and family are the best resources you have, particularly starting out. When I first started shooting nudes, one of my wife's co-workers volunteered right away. You just never know until you put yourself out there. Another time, I was eating at Panera Bread and working on my laptop editing photos. Once of the servers came up and asked to do a shoot.


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