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.
Enter the post production phase of the model test by culling through Elizabeth’s editorial captures. Listen as she describes and defines what she is looking for from the photographer’s perspective, as well as what interests an agency.
After culling, move forward into retouching an editorial image select. Watch Elizabeth’s entire process, adjusting color, retouching subtle skin details, recomposing and finishing to create a balanced, professional image. Learn to define where to draw efficient boundaries to keep your retouching ...
Cull through a series of commercial captures to find the ideal select. Listen and observe as Elizabeth defines the character traits of what she is looking for as a portfolio piece and fulfilling agency expectations for a commercial model test.
Using Photoshop, follow Elizabeth as she enhances and exhibits the natural, vibrant energy of a commercial model test shoot. Adjust color, retouch minor skin details, and apply dimension to the image for a finished, professional look.
It’s your turn to implement all of the lessons learned. Utilize the included RAW select, curated by photographer, Elizabeth Wiseman to stretch your retouching capabilities. With the included image, retouch a single image into two different variants. Create a commercial and editorial aesthetic and...