This is my new editorial from Crush Magazine out of Paris France.
Miami Agency Models Stop Wasting Time! That is the most important asset you have and it is your youth. Time is your enemy in this business and therefore you cannot afford to act as if you have all of the time in the world. You don’t! There is a shelf life on you and you will get to a point where you cannot model anymore. So doesn’t it make sense to fast track your self buy getting the best photos done by the best photographers available to get you book in the best shape immediately?
Too many girls and guys come to me wanting me to shoot them after spending a year or two on free photographers only to continually be let down when your agency doesn’t like what was produced. Another day wasted shooting and this affects not only the look of your book but also your self esteem. When you continue to shoot pointless and bad images with those free photographers who prowl around sites like One Model Place and Model Mayhem , you start to question your involvement in the industry and ask yourself questions like “can I really model” or “maybe I am just fooling myself. I see it all the time! I also see the look on their faces when I shoot them and see how “stunned” they appear when I am shooting beautiful and sexy images of them. They tell me often “I really cant believe that is me”! That is because they are so psychologically beat down after wasting all of that time that I must spend time building them back up.
To me this is probably the best thing about digital imagery. The model can receive immediate feedback and see the results thus bolstering their self-esteem. I noticed this when I started working digitally out in 2001 in Los Angeles and the celebrities knew about LCD viewing before I really did. I would shoot an image and they would say “let me see that”. Digital cameras have flooded the market and with many newbies picking up a camera for the first time it may be difficult to tell if you are talking to a photographer or a salesman. The work ALWAYS tells the story. Look at their work and style. Can you see yourself in their images? If so ask pertinent questions such as agencies they have worked with, published work, website?, and references either from other models or agents and also parents. I have no problem giving references and anyone else who is legitimate shouldn’t either. Do your homework or you will get burned. Remember in this digital age, There are many who will call themselves “photographer” but all they really are is a salesman.
The really good photographers charge you because they know their results are proven. They are not experimenting like the “free photographer” or really cheap one who is just hoping the shot will turn out. A really good photographer has tried and true ways of working, has a team of hair and makeup artists, has his locations he has used many times with outstanding results, and has his lighting down pat. You are in good hands with them whether you are a seasoned pro or just starting out. They know what poses look best and light that looks best on face shapes and garments you are shooting.
This is why the very best models always have the best photos. They leave the freebies behind and know they get what they pay for. Therefore, also, they will sequentially get the best jobs and get paid more money. And the most important thing they are gaining is time, longer time making a higher rate in the modeling business.