Recently I polled the following question to local photographers, "If you could write a 90 day start up plan for an aspiring model, what would you include within your plan? The responses were overwhelming. I've categorized everyone's opinion into these following steps:
Give them the chip, not the whole bag!
DeeDee Thompson writes...
Remember, modeling is an art!
Begin with a "Mood" board. One can be easily created and shared via sites such as Pinterest. Outline the theme and color selection with the creative team (Photog, MU&H, Wardrobe, Etc). So many don't realize that the color scheme of the session makes a difference.
Meet with each key player (in person, Phone, E-Mail, Etc) at least twice. Once to discuss the concept and to finalize and verify the session. Nothing is worst than to plan on a Green & Red color palette and the model arrives with Blue & Yellow. That will cost you "Time and Money". Have at least 3-4 location options. The team will need to know if they can carry out their duties on location (Lights, Power, Changing Rooms, Etc).
Lastly, remember that if this is your session, you are responsible for the execution. You must have a trusted team by your side. No team, no problem but you must ask for assistance from someone who understands your needs and desires.
Proceed with caution!
Invest in yourself!
Jon B Barry says "be prepared to spend $30k"
So in summary here's my take on it. Being prepared is always key. There's nothing more enjoyable than working with an aspiring model that's on time, prepped and an agile within posing. It's important for the photographer to offer direction and the model, suggestions.
Upon completion of your photo session, network your images as if you were applying for a job. Think of that select image (up to 3 max) as your resume. I've had more success with one picture published at key times. (Check previous blog post on best times to post on Facebook).
Finally, take caution and always research the respected photographer. Ask questions and request for references from other models. This will ensure you are working with a professional regardless of the compensation. And as mentioned, have fun!
A word from the author: The information contained within this blog is expressed written consent from each respected photographer. These are their personal opinions based on experience and professionalism within their respected field of expertise. Todd Matherne Photography & Promotions neither denies or affirms the content within this blog post.