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.
Join photographer, Elizabeth Wiseman, in the first editorial photo shoot of this series. Before beginning production, learn to identify what elements to look for in selecting a successful and appropriate location for your photo shoot. Examine the relationship of the wardrobe, background, and over...
Follow photographer, Elizabeth Wiseman, as production begins. See her approach for creating a high quality, editorial model test. Build consistency and a plan for every look by following an intentional shot list. Capture 4 main shots - a headshot, three quarters shot, full body shot, and sitting ...
Transition to a new editorial look. In this setup, re-enforce executing a shot list, observing Elizabeth’s process. Learn to direct your model, give visible feedback and clear direction. And hear Elizabeth’s insight on the value and importance of having a professional makeup artist as a part of y...
Move into another editorial look building on your experience with pose, directives, giving verbal feedback to your models. In this shoot, listen as photographer, Elizabeth Wiseman, shares her industry experience and insight in working with stylists versus managing your own styling decisions. Defi...
For this editorial shoot, focus on the importance of simple lighting in a model test. Leverage natural light and a single strobe for clean, beautiful, professional results, while maintaining an efficient and speedy workflow. For this editorial look, focus on prompting the model to leverage a mono...
For the final editorial shoot, distinguish the characteristics of editorial posing. Learn to emphasize the length of a model’s body and the beauty of their face. Develop the ability to see and create interesting and professional posing that will communicate the possibility of a model in any edito...