So, you want to photograph nudes, but you don’t seem to be getting anywhere recruiting models. I’ve made a few of these points before, but this is a compilation in once place to summarize the most common mistakes.
- Expecting to run before you walk. Take small steps. Have you mastered portrait photography yet? How about glamour? Have you tried to recruit a topless model? A hands-down, top-notch portfolio is what gives models confidence. A model’s biggest fear? That you don’t have the skill to make her look good unclothed. The proof is in your portfolio. Build it one step at a time.
- Wanting more than you pay for. Money isn’t the top draw for models, but the lower your price, the longer you will wait.
- Including one image that ruins your portfolio. I’ve seen it too many times: a portfolio with nine great images plus one more that is scaring away all the models. Ask a few models what they love and hate about your portfolio. Remember, you’re trying to impress models, not photographers. Include only images that make the models look good!
- Lacking persistence. So, who is your next model? You don’t know. What’s going on in her life? You don’t know. Will she see your ad today? Probably not. So post again in three days, if you use Craigslist. If you use modelmayhem, post once a month. Keep doing what you do. Familiarity builds interest and repetition increases visibility.
- Being too persistent. Don’t violate posing rules or common sense.
- Chasing down the uninterested. Don’t give up on a model after the first try, but don’t spend all your time trying to recruit just one model. Try to book a specific day. If one model is not interested, ask another.
- Trying to close the deal too soon. Here are the steps in recruiting a model: Identify the model, gain contact information, introduce your work to her, address any concerns or gaps in information, set the date for the shoot.
- Treating your next model like your last. Did you get frustrated with the last model? Are you going to take it out on the next prospect? Why? You don’t need to post reactionary diatribes on your online portfolio or treat new inquiries with unwarranted skepticism. Assume you’re dealing with a winner every time, because if you don’t, you will miss the opportunity with the next winner contacts you. Treat each model with a fresh, professional attitude.