When I first started out with photography I had no idea how to find models, all of my first shots were of friends and family and as my work progressed I really wanted to find models that fit into my theme, so thats when I started to scout my college for fresh new faces. And I know, approaching someone about modelling can be quite daunting, especially when they're a stranger but sometimes you just gotta do what you just gotta do!
Not everyone realises this, but finding the right model can really transform your work. Sometimes its the model thats the missing piece, the one that fits and completes the image. So for all of you photographers out there make sure you put in enough time for this part! I personally spend hours and hours searching on websites like modelmayhem and purpleport for models. Sometimes I'll even head over to Facebook and Instagram, going through accounts and posting up casting calls. Facebook has a few casting call pages so its a good thing to join them and let everyone know exactly what you're looking for. And remember, if you're looking for models online its always good to leave a link to your portfolio, that way models know that you're the real deal, not some creep with a camera phone.
The other option is going though a modelling agency but rates can get complicated and some agencies aren't willing to sign a model release form. Model release forms are very important and non-negotiable. A model release form makes it easier for you to publish your work, so make sure you discuss this before hand and get it signed right after shooting. It's always best to use a full release so you have unlimited usage of the images but certain modelling agencies will limit it to specific art related usage like prints, exhibitions, photo books, etc.
And one of the most important things to remember is that whether you find someone online or in person, always do a casting. I generally tend to meet up with the selected models before hand and go though a quick test shoot to see if they suit the clothing, if I'm using multiple models then I need to see how well they work together and last but not least, I need to see their skills. I need to be 100% sure that this is the person for the shoot. And it doesn't always work out, I've done test shoots where the "model" can't model or where the model doesn't suit the theme and each time this happens I'm grateful we decided to do a test shoot and not the real deal.
Some things to remember:
1. Don't be afraid to approach someone for modelling, just make sure you're professional and all is good!
2. Be sure you have a model release form and make sure you get it signed.
3. Always do a casting, you don't want to end up on set with a model that doesn't suit your theme.
If you guys have any questions regarding photography or any requests please let me know and I'll be sure to address them.