Knottinfocus photography


If you fancy your hand at modelling then please read on…

Before I start, these are only my views and opinions but they are based on a reasonable amount of experience working with many professional and amateur models in a range of scenarios over a number of years.

It’s fair to say anyone can model but not everyone can BE a model. Looks, sex, figure, age, race, religion or any other distinguishing ‘feature’ is unimportant, what is important is a passion for what you do and a dedication to learning and developing your art.

Everyone has to start somewhere and many photographers, myself included, are more than happy to work with new or inexperienced models provided they have a passion and enthusiasm for what they are doing. Posing, make-up, and technique can be taught, enthusiasm and passion can’t be.

Please don’t think becoming a model is going to make you rich and provide you with a lavish lifestyle. Sure some models hit the big time but it is sadly still a tiny minority of those that take it up. I don’t want to de-motivate you but I do want to be honest about your prospects. That said there are a lot of people making a good living from modelling, making a good part-time income from it of purely doing it as a rewarding and interesting hobby. Wherever you end up you have to start somewhere.

In order to start out as a model you will need find a photographer to take some good quality photos of you in order to create a portfolio. Choose a photographer carefully by looking at their work and references and ideally use one or two so you get a variety of styles and approaches to show you at your best. You can pay a professional photographer to do this for you or approach one of the many talented amateur photographers instead.

Most amateur photographers will not charge you for an initial shoot, instead you enter into a collaboration known as ‘TF or time for’ What this means is you donate your time for free in exchange for the photographer providing you with an agreed number of edited and processed images for you to use in your portfolio. This is an arrangement that has worked well for many years but be sure to agree in advance what you can expect from the shoot with regards to number of images etc. and what the photographer expects from you. In particular, be very clear about the style and level of modelling you are prepared to do.

With regards to levels, please don’t think modelling is synonymous with taking your clothes off as it certainly isn’t! Yes, some models do model in degrees of nudity but that is totally THEIR choice and nobody else’s. No photographer worthy of the title will ever try and persuade, let alone pressure you into doing anything you don’t wish to. If you feel that is happening, you really must walk away.

I absolutely love working with new models so if you feel I am someone you could work with then why not get in touch. I can provide you with more information and answer any questions you might have. There is absolutely no obligation to proceed if you don’t want to so you have nothing to lose by getting in touch to find out more.

I look forward to hearing from you.