Techniques to Recruit Models, Direct Shoots, and Build Working Relationships
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The book does not stop at recruitment. It covers how to set up your studio to be as inviting as possible and how to set the right tone for the photo shoot. Conducting the shoot is described from greeting the model, giving verbal direction, shooting the first nudes of the session, and dealing with models of various experience levels.
Whether you are a beginner, serious about becoming a professional nude photographer, or merely curious about what kind of women model nude and how photographers hire them, you will find this book informative and insightful. Understanding this book does not require a background in photography.
Many photographers spend countless hours seeking advice on how to find quality nude models and how to direct them in the studio. Too many photographers make initial contact with a model, only to be frustrated when she never follows through by booking a shoot. This guide addresses finding models and building long-term working relationships. Finding and interacting with models is not as difficult as it may seem. Working with nudes can be easy. This book dispels common misconceptions and gets down to business with the plain facts.
The author includes many profile stories and photos of nude models, each of whom has come to him through one of the techniques described in this book. These accounts are separated into two sections: recruiting diaries, and shooting diaries. Interactions with a dozen models are described. Since his experience is chiefly with female models, he writes from that perspective.
This guide will tell you how to create a portfolio that will attract models and how avoid some common pitfalls and misconceptions about the proper way to display your images. Some simple “dos and don’ts” describe how to make a portfolio that is discoverable and effective.
Some treatments of this subject are through rose-colored sunglasses, avoiding controversial topics altogether. This book gives you the clear, unfiltered story by addressing contentious aspects and advising you of potential pitfalls. Things usually go smoothly, but that is not by chance. Sometimes you need to know how to prevent problems before they occur.
There are plenty of models out there waiting for you to photograph them. This book will help you find them, work with them in the studio, and build a solid professional relationship.