What's the best way to find models?

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  1. clee27

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    I was wondering what's the best way to find models or people that need a portfolio that would be willing to model in order for me to build my portfolio as well.

    I find posting on craigslist make photographers look bad or if not ....it doesn't sound very trustworthy. (ie. if i was a model looking for a photographer and money was tight I still wouldn't go look on craigslist for a photographer...where would i look?)

    Any help would be appreciated thank you!
     
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    Model Mayhem - free signup, hit/miss on quality, lots of flakes but the occasional gem
    One Model Place - $10 minimum signup, better quality, still some flakes

    On MM, check out local photographer's portfolios, too, and start networking. You'll get a better idea of who to work with or not from them once you're part of that group.

    From a quality perspective, the more you're willing to pay for models, the higher quality the posing will be. TFCD models is typically a hit or miss proposition (more often a miss if you don't know how to pose a model). A good paid model can take your direction, pose her/himself to fit, and offer suggestions. Don't be shy with it for the first time or two. You'll learn a LOT from the experience.
     
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    Ok whats TFCD stand for?
     
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    TFCD = Time for CD (pics on CD)

    TFP = Time for photos


    It's an exchange between models and photographers of time and materials to build portfolios.
     
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    To join MM you need to have 4 good photos of models. I treid to join them and didnt have any models just some head shots and a few others that were not good enough for them and I was rejected and you get 2 tries on the account that you submited. So I am looking for models too.
     
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    Ok stupid question., whats Time for photos mean? I understand the TFCD part.
     
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    The models time in exchange for the prints. No money. The model uses the photos for his or her protfolio, as does the photographer.
     
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    TFP actually means "Time for Prints", which, in the film days, is how it was done.

    You can still search for models without a membership. Or just get a friend to pose for headshots. I know lots of photographers on there who have nothing BUT headshots. Quality is not the goal for newbies.

    I thought the minimum was 5 photos, though...
     
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    If you live near a college, you can post in their papers or even pass out flyers on campus (be careful, that may be illegal). But I would be specific as to what kind of photos they will be - and put what you're willing to give/pay. Also, make sure you're e-mail is on there, b/c I know most girls are more likely to e-mail than call b/c its a little awkward.
     
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    Mayhem is a great site. OMP is hideous and I don't feel like paying. You will encounter flakes. Deal with it. The only time you can be 100% flake-free is if you shoot agency models.
     
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    MM is a good site to use in my opinion. I usually have models contacting me and I offer them a quick one hour session. If they do good and we both like the portraits and the way the session went, I ask for a longer more detailed session. If it doesn't turn out great, I thank them for their time, send them the photos and move on. Either way we both win. I learn from every session and every model different things. I don't think it's about being a flake. I think either a model has that potential or they don't.
     
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    No offense, but this is spoken like someone who's never been flaked on, let alone multiple times. You'd be surprised how many people on MM double-book (myself not included).
     

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