Being a freelancer in the modelling industry means running your own business as well as using your own name as a brand. When modelling it’s absolutely necessary to be clued up on all the facts and be aware of everything that you need to know before a shoot, in order to get the best possible results from it. When it comes to interacting with your photographer before a shoot, good communication is key. In order to get the best out of your modelling shoot, there are certain questions that should be asked. Here are just some of the main questions that you should ask before your shoot.
Once all the emailing back and forth has come to an end, it’s a good idea to finalise it with a clear, easy to read recap of the arrangements that have been made. This serves to ensure that no misunderstandings occur, and that you and the photographer are both clear on what has been arranged. If you have any questions or aren’t sure about anything then you should never make assumptions – ask questions in order to make sure you’re in full understanding of what’s been decided. It’s also a good idea to take a look at the photographer’s website and/or portfolio beforehand to have a look at their previous work, which will give you a good idea of what to expect from your photo shoot.
Before your shoot, you should have a clear idea of the theme in mind, as well as how best to prepare for it. Your photographer will most likely have an idea of the kind of photographs that they’d like to produce, so making sure that you are both in agreement with the end result is crucial. If you don’t participate in a certain genre or there is anything that you are not comfortable modelling, it’s important to let the photographer know this so that they know where they stand and can work around it. Although this conversation can be quite awkward, it is essential. It’s also a good idea to have some contact numbers for models who specialise in the genres that you don’t so that you can recommend them.
If there is a hair stylist or makeup artist involved, he or she will most likely want to be aware of the theme and concept before the shoot, and you’ll need to get in touch with them beforehand to discuss any special requirements that you may have for your skin and/or hair. Knowing what is required from the photographer for example special makeup effects or a certain hairstyle is essential, as you will need to pass this on to your hair stylist and makeup artist before the shoot in order to give them ample time to prepare.
Whether you’re working with a professional photographer from a company such as fashot.com or have an arrangement with an amateur or student photographer, communication is always key to getting a great shoot. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!