Model Shoot Rules

February 09, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I've been lucky enough to work with a lot of great models over many years.  We love doing it.  These amazing people have shared their time and allowed me to become a better photographer.  Many of them have become very close friends in the process.

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Based on our experience over the years, we've compiled the following five rules we stick to for modeling shoots.


1. I don't shoot alone with models.  This is for everyone's safety.  We will always have someone else at the shoot.  This may be a photo assistant, makeup artist, stylist, chaperone, etc.  Often my photo assistant will be my wife. For models who are under 18, we will only shoot with you if we have met your parents, have a signed model release from them, and they are with you at the shoot or have sent an escort/chaperone who is an adult (over 18) that they have approved of in advance.

2. I don't shoot anything I can't show to my wife or my mother.

3. Based on rule #1 I am asked about chaperones a lot.  Generally speaking, chaperones are fine.  However chaperones in general and boyfriends/girlfriends/spouses in particular need to understand that their role at the shoot is to either work as an assistant on the set or stay out of the way.  If we feel that your chaperone is throwing off the chemistry on the set we may ask them to step aside.

4. Everyone needs to get something out of the shoot.  When we are deciding what to shoot, it needs to be a concept that everyone will benefit from.  If not, then someone is being taken advantage of and that isn't fair and I don't want to be on either side of that equation.

5. Everyone has to have fun.

 

A couple philosophies in addition to the rules: 

  • Safety First: We want you to be safe and feel safe when you are working with us. The rules above were designed to help keep us both safe. We can recommend a number of other tips for keeping modeling safe. Just ask. 
  • Give Credit where Credit is Due: for purposes of networking, getting found, driving site traffic, and helping everyone get something out of the shoot, we recommend that everyone share and promote the shoots we do together and credit each other. See another blog post with more details on this here.

 

If you feel the rules and philosophies above are fair, then please apply to work with me. Now taking applications, access yours by clicking here.

 

Check out our modeling page at: http://www.adagio-images.com/modeling for more information.
 


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