|Secrets of Finding
by Joe Farace
"Where DO you find models? (Of
course, I'm hopeful it will become the subject of a future article, as I'm
an avid Vivid Light fan.)"
That's a recent question from a reader and one that I get asked lot.
Finding glamour models is as easy or difficult as you want to make it. If
you work at it methodically and consistently, you will discover that
really good models will find you. Since you asked, Thurman, here are all
of my secrets.
How did I find Zoe?
I didn't discover her, she found me
and if you follow the suggestions in this-and next
month's-installment, you will discover that models like her will
find you too.
Captured with Canon EOS D60 set at
ISO 400, Canon 135SF ƒ2.8 lens at f/5.6 with 1/60th of a second
using only natural light coming through my back door and (maybe) a
reflector at stage left.
For readers of last month's column,
that's my dining room in the background.
Secret Number 1
Be a Pro. You must be honest, professional, ethical, and above reproach
in all of your dealings with glamour models, beginning with the initial
telephone, e-mail, and every other contact and photo session thereafter.
You must show by your actions, not your words, that you are a
professional and treat her in a respectful manner.
Secret Number 2
Build a portfolio. In order to find models, you should put together a
print portfolio and keep it up to date. Go to an art supply store and
get the classiest one you can afford, even if it's the cheapest one they
have. Try to avoid the ubiquitous 8x10 format and get a 9x12 portfolio
at a minimum; 11x14 is even better. My portfolio is 11x17 and it elicits
wows from models mainly because they don't usually see portfolio prints
that large. Only show your best work even if initially there's not a lot
of it. Don't fill up all of the pages the book but be sure to add a new
image after each session so the portfolio stays fresh. When the pages
are full, edit the number of photographs so they blend together showing
your newest work and your style. All this doesn't have to cost a lot of
money. The use of ink jet prints made on nice paper is more than
adequate, especially when placed inside clear plastic pages. Epson Photo
Quality ink-jet paper has a nice smooth surface, makes great looking
prints and is inexpensive. My portfolio prints are produced on an old
Epson Stylus Photo 1280 that's been around the block a few times and
still works great.
Leslie was a 19-year old aspiring
model when she called. At this point in her modeling career she had
never even worn lipstick. A local modeling agency referred her to me
for a test shoot and I was impressed by her attitude and
This is one of the first images that
I made of her at a nearby park. The image was originally in color
and converted to monochrome with Adobe Photoshop.
Captured with a Canon EOS D60 set at
ISO 100, EF 28-105mm zoom at f/5.6 with 1/60th of a second using
natural light and fill flash from a Canon 420EX.
Secret Number 3
Work with Agencies. Contact every modeling agency in your town and tell
them you will provide free or low cost test shoots for new and aspiring
models. Not many modeling agencies are not interested in glamour images,
but more than a few of their models are, so use the pre-interview form I
mentioned in Volume 28 to find out what the model is really interested
in before a shoot. I supply new models with a CD-ROM of all images made
during the test shoot (only.) They can take the CD to anyplace that has
a Fuji Frontier minilab and get inexpensive prints made for their
portfolios. Some photographers only provide a few, edited images from
test shoots like this, but I like give them everything because it's a
more of a fair trade, and they are more likely to want to shoot with you
||Yup, it's Real
One of the best models I ever found
actually found me though one of the many on-line glamour model
I posted a request for models 19-29
years of age and Dawn of the Rockies e-mailed asking if I had
anything against models over 30! I invited her to a test shoot and
over the years I have come to know and respect her not just as a
model, but also as a wonderful human being. In addition to having a
curvy, voluptuous body and a wonderful attitude, Dawn is adventurous
enough to try shooting nudes after a three-foot Colorado spring
snowstorm. Visit her website
for more photographs of this amazing model.
Image captured with Canon EOS D60 set
at ISO 400, Canon EF28-105mm lens set on 30mm at f/16 with 1/125th
of a second using natural light and a Canon 420EX flash.
Secret Number 4
Surf the Internet. There are many different modeling websites on the
World Wide Web that let photographers and models post images and notices
on a visitor's forum. These sites vary in effectiveness depending on
where you're located in the country. People in populous states such as
California and Texas seem to do well finding models using the Internet,
while other states, including Colorado where I live, don't do as well.
But my overwhelmingly positive experience with Dawn of the Rockies tells
me its worth the effort. Use these sites as part of an overall approach
to finding glamour models, but don't count on them as a major source.
|A Playboy Playmate
Yes, Heather Carolin was the April
2002 Playmate-of-the-Month and I photographed her last year on a
movie set in Phoenix, Arizona. How? That's the topic of part III of
this series of articles on finding models. Captured with Canon EOS
D60 set at ISO 200, Canon EF28-105mm lens set on 28mm at f/7.1 with
1/125th of a second using natural light and fill from a Canon 420EX
To be continued next month...
Farace is Colorado-based photographer/writer who has written
or edited 24 books, many of which are is available through www.joefarace.com.
But it's not all glamour. Be sure to visit www.joefaraceshootscars.com
to see Joe's automotive work.
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