Ask Questions to Get a Great Model Photographer

Hiring a model photographer can be scary. But, if you know the right questions to ask you’ll be ahead of the game. Before you contact clients or talent management companies, it’s wise to have at least some basic photos. I’ve written many tips for new models in this area so won’t rehash them here.

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Questions You Should Ask Your Model Portfolio Photographer!

This is about hiring someone to create your modeling portfolio examples so hope you will read before you jump into a photo shoot.

Below are some questions you should ask your modeling photographer before agreeing to hire him/her for the job of creating your model portfolio.

Ask if he is experienced in model portfolio development – Be sure to choose a photographer who is used to creating model portfolios so that there is less chance of confusion about what you need and desire in your portfolio.

Ask where the photographer is located (This really seems silly but I have received hundreds of contacts from across the US just because models brought up my website when they did a search on photographers in their areas).

Ask for references of recent model shoots (contact at least two models)
Ask for the price range for portfolio packages, how many photos, etc.

Tell the photographer the type 0f model images you need and ask if she has the ability to create them.

Ask who will provide the hair and makeup artist(s), you or the photographer. This varies greatly and I would suggest having these services no matter who provides them.

Ask if he provides retouching or airbrushing services and whether this is included in the original fee given.

Ask how the photos are delivered – This also depends on the photographer’s way of doing business so is very important.

For instance, we deliver all our images on cd but in printable and web formats so that the model can have copies made whenever she needs them. Also, this means she does not have to print every photo to get what she needs.

Ask about usage rights – This question relates to the previous one. It’s very important that you receive usage and reprint rights for your promotions.

If the photographer does not offer reprint rights, ask about usage of the prints. You may be able to work something out with him.

Ask how long it takes to receive your images after the shoot. You don’t want to wait for an eternity or until you are six months older before receiving your portfolio photos.

Ask about clothing and props – What should you furnish and does the photographer have any props and/or outfits on hand.

Ask if she will assist you in your posing – Tell her that you are new and ask for posing suggestions.

Ask if you can bring a friend or parent (If the photographer refuses this request, I would suggest looking for a different photographer).

Ask if the photographer will help in your promotion – Not the usual job of the photographer but some will. We offer an online comp card album online for six months with each model portfolio session.

Ask the photographer if she offers a guarantee. You should be well satisfied with your photos. After all, it’s your model portfolio you will be showing to the world so you’ll want it done right!

WOW!!!

You might say; “That’s a fountain of questions — A geyser!!” but all these questions are essential to choosing and getting great modeling portfolio photographers – and, these tips will help you to have a better chance of working with someone you can trust to create your all-important model pictures.

Good luck with your new career and see you soon!

Bob Pardue

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