A Portrait Photographer’s Guide to Finding New Models to Photograph

Photographing new subjects regularly is an important part of growing as a portrait photographer.

Photography can often feel like a solitary pursuit, but certain genres of photography, particularly those that involve the making of portraits, intrinsically involve photographers working with others as our subjects. As a photographer who shoots a lot of commercial portraits, one of the questions I am often asked by photographers starting out is how I go about finding new subjects to work with. Obviously, a lot of the people I photograph are clients in need of new headshots or various types of portraiture work who seek me out or have been referred to me for my services. For my personal projects, I tend to be the one who reaches out to models. I’m a firm believer that photographing new subjects regularly is an integral and necessary part of developing and honing a critical skillset in being a good portrait photographer. Additionally, it plays a crucial part in staying creative by allowing the exploration of new concepts and experimentaation with new techniques. As it is with most things in life, the more extensive your experience, the better the quality of your portfolio, and the broader your connections are in the photography industry, the easier it will be for you to find new models to photograph. Here are some suggestions you may find useful.

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How to Find Models If You Don’t Have a Big Budget or Portfolio

Finding models to get started with your portrait or fashion photography projects is easy with these tips!

Many of us who want to finally get started with portrait photography or fashion shoots often come across a road block; how do we find a model? By trying out these quick tips, you may be on your way to finally get in touch with a model to learn the ropes of portraiture and put together a portfolio.

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The Checklist for Narrowing Down Your Photography Portfolio

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When it comes to creating your photo portfolio, you’re bound to go through lots and lots of frustrations. So what’s the secret to creating one that wows everyone?

It starts with you not thinking about yourself: your photo portfolio is designed to be viewed by lots of folks and is supposed to entertain and captivate someone else. It isn’t designed just for you. And with that, you need to start thinking a bit out of the box.

Here are 20 questions to ask yourself when creating your photography portfolio.

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