I hired a pro model mostly to shoot some concepts I thought of but more than that, to get some experience about how it feels to shoot with a pro.
The model arrived on time, wearing what I requested, with minimal make-up and simple hair as I asked her. I had a pro makeup artist with me for the shooting's requirements.
I had 4-5 concepts in mind and on paper (it really helps a lot to write them down, I found that by reading at this article). I wanted to shoot some couple shots but the other half (a male model) wasn't available for the time, so I focused on my other concepts.
The shooting took about 2 hours to complete (including the make-up touch-ups) and I ended up with about 250 photos which I think are all near-perfect regarding the model's poses.
That was actually my experiment's question: How many good shots can a pro model give compared to an amateur one?
My answer for that is about 2 out of the 3 shots are great!
So if you are wondering if you should hire a pro to do some shooting, give it a try! It really feels good when shooting with a professional model :)
Sure, we all work with non-professionals. If you think you have some friends or family members that are good for the job you can just ask them to help you and have them sign a release. If there is people that you want to hire that are non pros and not close to you, you can talk to them for doing some TGP. That stands for Time for Photos or Time for Pictures. They pose for you and in return you give them photos to use for their portfolio and show their work as models. These photos are still under the release they signed, so they can use them only for personal promotion and in low resolutions. Also, if they are not interested for that, you may just offer a low amount of money as compensation, since they are not pros and it will be more difficult to achieve the shots you are planning.
Anybody tried to hire non professional model(s)? I also have a few ideas in mind involving a whole family including children, 4-5 persons, and I don't know how to proceed with this. I do not want to spend too much money either, putting together a team of real professionals. Thanks
Well please keep us updated about whether it pays off financially! I think you are right that it is beneficial with regard to the experience. I am sure it was a great experiment for that alone. I wish you many sales. :-)
Katn1999 your thoughts are exactly my thoughts. I honestly don't know if it is beneficial yet. That's why I called it an experiment for me. I think though, that it is beneficial for me as a photographer. Having a pro model pose, you can focus more on the concept and the technical details of your shot and having less to worry about, you can spend your energy to other stuff. So, it may not be immediately beneficiary in terms of revenue, but I think it can pay off because of the experience it offers to the photographer.
I considered doing this, but when you consider that downloads range from $.42-$3.50 per image, I was thinking about how many images I would have to sell just to make the money back that I spent on the model. Do you find it financially beneficial to pay for the professional model? Are you still making money on it?
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