We've been working with a model lately developing some different looks for her porfolio. We wanted to get away from the traditional fashion looks that filled her book, so we went with sports and leisure type of images. It has been a lot of fun actually getting them done at the local pool and skating rink. So much fun that we are going to do it all again for a day of themed shoots in November. This work all comes from our connections in Model Mayhem. It has been very worth it so far for us to get out there in that world of photography.
This model met us before hand with her mom which I was grateful for. It is important for me to protect the integrity of our brand and us as photographers. One of the unfortunate things about Model Mayhem is that there are litterally hundreds of seedy photographers on there just to meet pretty girls. I'm not even sure we should call them photographers. Having your model come to meet and shoot with you with a friend or family member helps put them at ease, helps keep everything on the up and up, and protects you as a photographer from any allegation of general creepiness. Plus they can be very helpful holding reflectors or lights! When a model asks if he or she can bring a friend, say yes, if they don't ask and you don't know them then ask them to bring someone.
I wanted to mention an App that I added to my iPhone and iPad for model releases on the spot. It is called Easy Release. I can't recall how much it cost, but after a short setup process it has some built in releases for photographers that can be filled out on the spot, signed on the iPhone or iPad and emailed directly to the photographer and model or person. I have found it very helpful. No remembering paper releases, no pens, nothing. Highly recommended App.
We were just hired for a video shoot, our first one, this week. I guess I'll be putting those new skills to the test very soon! I'm kind of excited about it, but also nervous. Sort of like I was before my first wedding. I'll be sure to put up the video once it is done at the end of November.