How to Get Started as an Model Photographer

How to Get Started as an Model Photographer

First of all, the camera you have now is capable of the photos you see online. Being a great photographer is more down to technique and skill and not the gear you use. Like anything you have to practice, practice and practice some more. Build your portfolio and put your work up on Facebook, Flickr and Instagram and ask for critique. Read and watch YouTube photography tutorials, never stop learning. Only get new lenses if  its absolutely necessary, and only get a new camera if your current one breaks or if the new camera has features that are essential to the type of photography you’re aiming for (no, not just better image quality – all cameras can give you good image quality for what you’re doing).

Start networking. Get to know fellow photographers, models, makeup artists, event organisers etc. You have to prove yourself and gain experience, and over time you’ll have the experience to run a successful business. I was an assistant to some great modeling photographers for several years before striking out on my own. I highly recommend that route if it’s available to you. You will learn a lot, not just about taking pictures, but also how the photography business works and how to deal with clients and co-workers. Just don’t do it forever. There’s few things more depressing than seeing a bitter 50 year old photography assistant.

When shooting with a model have a moodboard, a plan, an idea of what you want and discuss is with the model. talk about what poses could work, what direction to take. Don’t just surprise models with unexpected things, let them be prepared and know what is to come before the shoot even starts. Model photography is a lot of fun and joking around, but there is a fine but important line never to cross, and that is sexual innuendo. this must be avoided at all cost. You and the model are working towards a goal, so I keep it pro at all times. don’t touch the model if you’re a male or female and if you need to, tell the model before hand, tell where, why and ask permission every time.

 

Author: Kurtis