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Model Testing is an opportunity for a photographer and model to build their portfolios together. It is foundational to nearly every career in beauty and fashion photography. Working with professional models and modeling agencies can be an intimidating step for many photographers, but by understanding their needs as a business, photographers can gain confidence knowing when to ask and how to contact modeling agencies for model testing.
Elizabeth Wiseman is a fashion and commercial photographer with studios based in St. Louis, MO and Knoxville, TN. Before her photography career, Elizabeth actually worked in a modeling agency. Her experience on both the agency and photography sides of model testing gives her an expert perspective on how to contact and collaborate with modeling agencies to produce effective, marketable images for the agency and your portfolio alike.
IN THIS MODEL TESTING TUTORIAL, ELIZABETH COVERS:
How Modeling Agencies Work
How to Contact Modeling Agencies and Ask to Work with Models
How to Build A Fashion Photography Portfolio
How to Contact A Modeling Agency If You've Never Worked with Models
Understanding Editorial vs. Commercial Models
How to Style Models or Direct a Wardrobe Stylist for Model Testing
How to Direct Hair and Makeup Stylists for Model Testing
How to Pose Editorial vs. Commercial Models for Model Testing
How to Light Editorial vs. Commercial Models for Model Testing
Retouching for Model Testing
Identifying Your Market & Market Size for Fashion Photography
How to Start A Photography Business and Make Money Model Testing
And Much More!
Included are two full-length photo shoots to watch Elizabeth execute a commercial and editorial model test in real time. Also included are Elizabeth's Comprehensive Posing Guide, Email Template for Contacting Modeling Agencies, and Model Packing List for Model Testing.
Welcome to Model Testing with photographer, Elizabeth Wiseman. In this tutorial, follow an industry leader, to learn how to build a solid foundation in fashion photography, through model testing. Learn how to create a relevant and effective portfolio that satisfies industry expectations. Create e...
Join photographer, Elizabeth Wiseman in a candid sit down, as she defines model testing. Hear her industry insight as she discusses the importance of aligning with agencies and models to build an industry standard portfolio of work. Begin to lay the foundation of a fashion photography career.
To begin building a foundation, understand what modeling agencies do. Understand their central role in staffing a photographer’s shoot with professional, diverse, and industry aligned talent. Conversely, understand the photographers role in helping to build successful model portfolios that align ...
With a foundational understanding of the purpose of a model test and the integral role of a modeling agency, listen as Elizabeth defines two of the main agency model categories - Editorial and Commercial.
With language and insight, learn how to properly approach a modeling agency for your model test production. Identify the components of your portfolio that will position you to attract agency attention and begin winning model testing work.
Winning an agency model test is only part of the process. It is important to define your approach and principles as a photographer as you create a portfolio around this genre. Learn the importance of owning every detail of your production and aligning with agency feedback.