how often do you shoot on average and how much time do you spend editing test shoot images afterwards?
I shoot on average 3-6 times a week… okay not a very good average, but it varies.
As far as editing, my turn around time is pretty quick, I usually limit editing to about 5 minutes per photo, pretty much Just LR and a contrast preset via CS5. The more you spend editing an image, I feel it takes away from the shot.
Thanks for answering my questions! I have one more for you and then I'll leave you alone, promise haha. When I am ready to go to an agency, how do I go about doing so? Do I call the booker, do I send an email with photos attached, or do I just walk in to their office?
email and attach some sample photos. look through their models book, make sure your work matches up or have similar look and feel to them. Don’t be sending in some pin up crap or HDR images or tacky “theme” models with mud in their face eating ice cream photos.
Also (this is anon from the last question), is there anything specific photo-wise that agencies look for in a photographer's work when they ask to test?
There is no specific look, dozens of agencies out there, and each have something they like, and don’t like. I’ve come to work with all the agencies because they like my work, not because I have a specific “style.” Some say they recognize my “style” when they see it. To an extent I find it to be true. Try to be diverse as much as possible.
Hi! Love your work, I've been following you for a while. I'm an aspiring fashion photographer with a good knowledge of the fashion and photography industries, but the area I live in hardly has any 'real' models, so it's hard for me to get good, versatile photos for my portfolio. I really want to start testing with agencies but I feel as if my port isn't ready because I have a lot of the same faces in different settings. Any advice on how I can get my port agency-ready? Thanks :D
Nothing wrong with having same faces in different setting, having different faces in the same setting can get boring :)
There really is no “agency look” IMO. Just shoot what you want and be yourself, don’t need to “mold” your style to fit something you perceive to be right or wrong. Most of the stuff I shoot, I shoot for myself and my team. Sometimes agency uses them, sometimes they don’t. Just because they don’t doesn’t make it bad, it just means its not what they need for the models book at the moment.
What's the girls name with the photo title sandbox? Amazing shot. I really admire your photography, you capture the most amazing moments! On the technical side your photos also always have the most wonderful light and your models are always glowing!
Love your work, i'm just starting out and having a really hard time trying to figure out how I can get models to do simple shoots with. How did you get people when you first started out?
Hi there, thanks.
When I first started, I went to group shoots and shot some friends who were… “dancers.” :) Once you have some shots up, you can approach models to do free test. Don’t bother hitting up agencies until you have a firm understanding and a decent book. Ask for critiques, opinions from working photographers.