Modelling & Photography Tips, Articles, and Guides


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Whether you're a newcomer to modelling photography or just looking for tips to progress, you're in the right place. And don't forget to leave your feedback on the bottom of each guide with your own hints and tips!


A brief how to guide for new models written (shock horror) by a photographer - Part II
Written by Stef0 comments • Read 26 times • 4 minute read

[b]I've signed up to a modelling site, what's next?[/b] Expect immediate followers from photographers, clients, designers etc. etc. etc. You'll get messages offering you everything from "free portfolio shoots" to "fame and fortune" and other messages asking if you're prepared to..



A photographer's guide - What do I need to do to get experience in model photography?
Written by Stef4 comments • Read 65 times • 5 minute read

This article will attempt to deal with the following areas - your online identity and how to portray yourself, providing evidence of your abilities, contacting and casting for models, personal development.   [b]Your Name [/b]I recognise that..



A brief how to guide for models - written (shock horror) by a photographer
Written by Stef2 comments • Read 114 times • 3 minute read

Getting a photographer's attention with your profile.  The Basics  The first thing a photographer is going to use is the search facility and if your name doesn't show they won't know you are available for work. Make sure you have..



Cheap but effective continuous studio lighting
Written by waist_it2 comments • Read 55 times • 5 minute read

For continuous lighting, one needs a light source that has good colour balance, uses power efficiently, is reasonably robust and does not present a health or fire risk. I am also a tightwad - interested primarily in "bangs per buck"...



Setting up a home studio
Written by waist_it1 comments • Read 73 times • 3 minute read

[b]When we moved house a few years back, one of the most significant part of our specification was a property with a rectangular downstairs room, with no internal obstructions, roughly 6.0m x 4.0m, c/w a cloakroom on the same floor..



How to Choose the Perfect Dress for Your Body Type

Looking gorgeous in a dress has nothing to do with the size of your body – it’s all to do with the shape. Whether you’re petite or plus-sized, knowing your body type is absolute key to choosing a dress which..



Miss Marples Guide to Gawping
Written by 165429 • 0 comments • Read 510 times • 3 minute read

I've yet to speak to a model or a photographer, who has not ever cringed at gawping activity related to model photography. Whether it be gawping in their general direction, or a hang your head in shame out of embarrassment..



Things to Think About Before You Shoot
Written by 165429 • 0 comments • Read 312 times • 8 minute read

Some may believe that all photographers are over the hill gentlemen in big rain coats, and only there for one thing, and one thing only. If you get passed this generalisation of all the sites, you will find there is..



Every model has a USP
Written by 165429 • 0 comments • Read 477 times • 5 minute read

Yep, you've read right. Every model has a USP. So what is a USP, how to find yours, and how to use... Let's start with the positive affirmation, that will make some photographers cringe - ..



Casting call etiquette
Written by 165429 • 1 comments • Read 733 times • 5 minute read

Put up a casting, wait for the overfilled inbox of paid shoot offers? Sit back and relax, and rake in the fortunes of the internet modelling world? Didn't think so. So here..



Getting ready for the shoot
Written by 165429 • 0 comments • Read 436 times • 4 minute read

You've already checked out the photographer and their profiles before you said yes. (Recommended article - 'Before saying yes to a shoot'.) Having sent the photographer your reply, got the date arranged, and swapped contact details, it's now time to..



Before saying Yes to a shoot
Written by 165429 • 16 comments • Read 1179 times • 5 minute read

Did you just jump up and down at your first (or latest) shoot offer? How quickly did you respond with 'Yes!' to the lovely photographer? Of..



Websites from the very beginning
Written by Norfolk_Birdman_NBM6 comments • Read 4221 times • 9 minute read

Hi, I want to pass some knowledge on, hopefully help someone, in the often scary and unknown world of websites. In case your wondering, who I am, I or what could I possibly know,..



Does it really matter if I do not turn up for A TF shoot
Written by GlenG • 31 comments • Read 3854 times • 2 minute read

Many photographers and models will have at some point in their adventures arranged a TF shoot and for a variety of reasons one or the other fails to show up on the day. Does this really matter that much?..



The ideal model
Written by GlenG • 13 comments • Read 3228 times • 4 minute read

After various experiences behind the camera I thought I would share my ideas on the ideal model and maybe this will be receiprocated by a model with his/her ideas on the 'ideal photographer' or MUA/stylist. Most of my experience..



Its all in the face

Each and every day I see modelling photos of aspiring, potentially great, models but there is something missing; something that prevents them from taking that next step up, from being good to great. But what is..



Underage Photography and Modelling
Written by 699493 • 9 comments • Read 7414 times • 2 minute read

This maybe one of the first things that gets pushed to one side is the age of a model. Certain types of photography with under 18s is against the law and the photographer could face being arrested and getting a..



Marketing and promoting yourself as a model
Written by Emi Rose0 comments • Read 3970 times • 4 minute read

You've taken on some TFP shoots, you've created your portfolio, you've decided you'd like to take the freelance route into modelling..and now you want people to notice you, right? You need to sell yourself and make..



Your rates and when to charge

Whether you're a model or a photographer, knowing what to charge and when to charge can be a very difficult and somewhat daunting decision. You don't want to price yourself too low, but you also don't want to overprice yourself,..



Becoming a Model

I've been a photographer for several years, helping models start off from complete novices to becoming confident in front of the camera, and developing their talent - so here is a very basic outline as to what is involved in..



The Model

Every model is different; every model has their own quality their own style and their own signature look. What you have to do is develop this look and work on it so you can produce that time and time again,..



Your Modeling Genre

To make it in modeling the first thing you have to do is realise your own identity. Knowing what genre or variety of modeling you wish to do is very important, you can not possibly do everything. So choose what..



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