Here are some advices that I collected here and there hoping it can be of any help.
- Ask questions! How will images be used? How will the photo shoot take form, and how long? What will you get in return? Don't hesitate to ask all the questions that you come up with.
- It is important to not make private information publicly know to strangers. For example, I use a P.O. Box for my mail.
- It is strongly recommended for a model to avoid going to the photographer's site if she doesn't know him, nor references he may provide. She can bring a friend for at least the beginning of the photo shoot. Meeting in a public place before the photo shoot is a viable alternative. Bring a cellular phone with you!
- It is not necessary to pay for photo shoots if you want to get noticed by one of the big modeling agencies. You only need to meet them. If they fall under your spell, either they will pay for your pictures, or they will ask you to go see a photographer they have chosen, but at your own expenses.
- Not everyone can work for one of these big modeling agencies. It's a fact! Fortunately, other agencies do exist, and they do have different specialties.
- To sign an exclusive contract, or not? It's important to read every clause of the contract, and understand their implications. After all is said and done, you take the decision.
- Do whatever it takes to never cancel a shoot with a photographer, especially at the last minute.
- Get a good night sleep before the photo shoot.
- Be on time! Some photographer will vehemently refuse to work with a model that missed a shoot. Personally, I'm more flexible in that regard because I lack punctuality sometimes. To the models I've kept waiting in the past, Sorry!
- The photographer will ask you to sign a model release so he can use the shoot's images. Pay special attention to clauses that give the right to the photographer to do whatever he wishes without restriction. For example, put your face on the body of a different girl, and produce a 1-976 ad, or sell prints and usage licenses without your knowledge, nor consent. Sometimes, talent and honesty don't go hand in hand.
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