Welcome to Part 2 on HTSASS! Today's subject is one of the most asked questions, how do you find models? Here I will share on how I scouted models to participate in a styled shoot.
One way to find models is to ask your friends if they're interested. Before I started searching via social media, I asked a close friend of mine if she wanted to become a bride. She said yes, and I transformed her into a perfect bride model.
Now, if you have friends who aren't comfortable in front of the camera or they're busy for x,y,z reasons. Then my most favorite way to find models is on Instagram! I've also joined my local photography, and aspiring models facebook group. But I found most success on Instagram using the hashtag #cincinnatimodels.
When searching for models you want to use your geographic location, for example, I used Cincinnati since that's where I'm located. I've also used #ohiomodels or cities surrounding Cincinnati. Once, you find the best way for you to find models now it's time to send an email or a message to them.
Below, this what I wrote to all of the models I've worked with; please feel free to use it for your convenience!
My name is ________ I'm a photographer in (city name). I'm looking for a male model for a wedding styled shoot on (date of the shoot). You'll be perfect for this project! It is TFP, but you'll receive fully edited photos from all the photographers who attend and me. I'm looking forward to hearing from you; please message me if you have any questions!
TFP: TRADE FOR PRINT, meaning you'll trade your photos for their time versus paying compensation.
If you can pay models their rates then absolutely do so! But if you were like me when I couldn't afford prices then I would offer TFP, which works out 9/10 times since both parties are trying to build their portfolio.
I want you to message at least 5 models; it's better to message multiple models than waiting on one to respond. Till this day, I still have some models who didn't respond back.
Top 3 ways to find models:
1. Ask your friends!
2. Join your local photography/model search group on Facebook.
3. Search on Instagram.
So there you have it! It's pretty simple, but I think the fear of rejection or asking a complete stranger to help with a project could be a little nerve wrecking. Trust me, I was there but take my word when I say it's better to ask then not at all.
Stay tuned for Part 3 next week on how to find vendors!
Happy styling everyone!