Tips for would be models from a photographer’s wife

I realize that a lot of girls wanting to be models think that they can behave as if they are superstars but until you reach that pinnacle, here are some tips to make your reputation and get you requested for repeat work.

  1. Show up on time – 30 minutes to and hour after the booking time is not “fashionably late.” If at all possible, be early.
  2. Determine ahead of time if a makeup artist will be provided, until you reach star status, you will be expected to do your own hair and makeup for a lot of the smaller budget shoots. Also, if hair and makeup are provided, expect to pay for them or have them deducted from your pay.
  3. Do not bring children to a professional shoot. DUH!!
  4. No excuses – The photographer doesn’t care that your other boss is a jerk who wouldn’t let you off early to get to the shoot on time and that’s why you smell like fry grease.
  5. Know more than the standard Y,T,S poses. Be comfortable in your body and know how it will move. Think about the product, you are there to show it off, not show off yourself.
  6. THINK! – or at least be prepared to pretend to do so. In an art shoot, you may be asked for suggestions. If you are not asked for suggestions, do not be offended if any suggestions you make are ignored. Sometimes however, a suggestion may be appreciated. You just have to have the ability to feel your way.
  7. If an artist you are working with offers to provide a meal, accept or reject graciously. Do not lecture him on the evils of meat, the danger of calories and how hard it is for you to maintain your shape.
  8. Be aware of what to wear. Know ahead of time if you need to provide clothes or are they being provided for you. When the photographer booked you, he checked a box on the agency sheet saying what he needs you to wear if it is a product other than clothing. If he marked, black bikini he does not mean white, blue or teal or even worse, jeans and a t-shirt.
  9. Act like a professional, not a brat.
  10. SHOW UP ON TIME and be ready to shoot.
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