How to set rates between models and photographers, who’s paying who?

There are many articles out there on how to set rates and charge for photography and modeling services.

This article is geared toward the freelancers among us, and primarily to portfolio work.

Rates vary widely, from a few dollars per hour to hundreds of dollars per hour.

Rates vary by market location, market type, and the look of models and the style and talent of photographers available in the given market.

And if the work is paid work, i.e. for a catalog, or bill board, etc.,  there is an advertiser with pockets and everyone is getting paid somewhere somehow.

The long and short of it is, Continue reading How to set rates between models and photographers, who’s paying who?

Tips on how to keep yourself safe as a model visiting a photographer’s studio

I am often asked what is the best way to keep myself safe when visiting a photographer’s studio?

Should I give out my number… and how soon…?

And other questions of similar ilk…

So, what’s a girl to do?

First and foremost, look at the photographer’s  Continue reading Tips on how to keep yourself safe as a model visiting a photographer’s studio

Fine Art Nude Model Veronica Marie of the South West USA

Fine Art Nude Photo, Rope, ChairVeronica Marie is a 26 years young fine art nude model who hales from Scottsdale, AZ, Colorado Springs, CO and now, also Las Vegas, NV.

Yay !!   Garden spots all.

She started modeling in 2006 part time and became full time last year.

“It all started when one of my best friends, who is also a model, mentored me after I was signed to an “agency” that didn’t have my best interests in mind.

She told me how great I would be as a model.

It wasn’t something Continue reading Fine Art Nude Model Veronica Marie of the South West USA

Sexy Grandmother of Ten & Pro Nude Model Dora Miller of Austin, TX

Dora Miller, Heart Shaped Butt, Glamour Makeup
Dora Miller is current 47 years old, mother of 5, grandmother of 10… and gorgeous.

Clearly, Dora is a beautiful, mature, 100% hispanic fine art nude model with light blue grey eyes.

Well, in the sun anyway, her eyes are usually blue grey, in shade they might be lovely shades of blue green, depending on the lighting and what she wears … sometimes it’s just a smile.

Let’s look deeper and see, shall we?

How does she know where she will be Continue reading Sexy Grandmother of Ten & Pro Nude Model Dora Miller of Austin, TX

Isobel Wren, Independent Model – Richmond, VA

Moloko, bourgeois style, Dale May, Isobel Wren, French Renesance Fireplace, Two Women, Face Paint Mask, Nude
Moloko, Bourgeois style, Dale May

Isobel Wren is a very pretty 110 lb 5″7″ 26 year old independent professional model residing in Richmond, VA.

As you see, she sports a curvy 34B-26-36 figure and has those deep dark honey-brown pools of brown eyes that will come with natural red hair …

Great equipment, used in a form and in combination with expressions which challenge, invite, and warning off those who are too timid.

“I’ve been modeling for something like six or seven years now …

Back and forth … Part time and full-time.

To get work, I rely on networking with other models and photographers, casting calls and travel notices and emailing folks directly.

This is pretty much the same way I have been getting work since I first started in modeling.

I got into modeling when someone told me ‘you should be a model‘.

He turned out to be a scammer … but I thought, ‘Well if this guy thinks I can do it, I bet I can.’

The Board Room, Nude in Pool with high heals, Costa Rica, EdwinR, Isobel Wren
The Board Room, Costa Rica, EdwinR

I looked up ‘model website‘ on the internet, found a Continue reading Isobel Wren, Independent Model – Richmond, VA

Austin Texas’ Tall Thin Leggy Model Eight (8), 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8

Eight (8) is 29 years young …

American Hipster (inspired by the classic painting American Gothic) Eight, Model Schuy Smith, Photo by El Mercurio, Hair by Sabre
Joshua is one of my best friends. I not only love his work but we work really well together. We had finished doing the zombie shoot and were talking about what concept we would like to do next. I told him that I wanted to do a parity of a famous work of art like “American Gothic” but with a twist. Josh came up with the twist: Hipsters. We put a whole ensemble based on hipster gothic (using Sea of Flowers necklace). So this is our collaborative modern piece of art. I think Grant Wood would be proud.

And old, with ageless expressive hazel eyes …  They always seems to be telling stories …

She sports her pretty brunette head of long hair on a very long leggy, ugly duckling turned swanishly beautiful size 4 figure.

Eight can often be seen Continue reading Austin Texas’ Tall Thin Leggy Model Eight (8), 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8

New York Fetish Model Victoria Von Helkine

Tommy Edwards, Seattle, Pink hair, dog ears, black bustier, Black Ballet Boots, Challenging Gaze
Photo by Tommy Edwards

Victoria Von Helkine is only 5′ 5″ tall, weights 110 pounds and is very shapely.

There is nothing, beyond shear size, diminutive about this New York fetish model dynamo.

With 32B-23-34 measurements and sporting a zero dress size frame,  a career in high fashion modeling seems improbable, to say the least.

For the fetish genre, her frame, hazel eyed brazen gaze and full head of very long brown hair are rather more prefect.

Eric Kroll, Victoria Von Helkine, San Francisco, Girdle, Garter, Black Hose, Extreme Black Platform Shoes, Standing on Desk, Fetish, Naughty Secretary
Photo by Eric Kroll

Victoria has already worked with some of the best known names in the fetish art photo business, including the example here by Eric Kroll, who photographed Victoria on a desk  …

Turns out Victoria has Continue reading New York Fetish Model Victoria Von Helkine

Ballet trained professional fine art nude model Lisa Jupiter

Arched Back Nude with Toe Shoes, Lisa JupiterLisa Jupiter is a 28 years young puppet of a muse.

Pointe Shoes, Forward Spliting Leap, By Ocean Beach Surf, Nude profile, Dancer, Hair Waving in Breeze

Look though you might, good luck seeing the wires.

It’s her dancer’s training, me thinks.  Invisible wires hold up her 5′ 8″ size 4 lithe form.

Sometimes blonde, sometimes brunette, with a captivating gaze set off by bright green on green eyes.

Curled up naked in fetal positionShe has lovely form, which she often arrays for the world, nude Continue reading Ballet trained professional fine art nude model Lisa Jupiter

International Fine Art Nude Model Laura New Myers

Multi Media Bling Makeup, wedge cut blonde wig2012 we kick of with truly versatile fine art nude model Laura New Myers.

Residing for now in Bangkok, Thailand, Laura is a professional international traveling model.

“I have been Modeling now for eight years.

Starting in Alabama and worked my way from state to state … island to island … country to country …

Hair Mask, Red Wig, Lithe Body suit, black body suit, lithe modelI am now doing the agency thing here in Bangkok, Thailand and let me tell you, It is a hole different Tango just so you know.

The real modeling world is nothing like the freelance modeling world … but freelance modeling is great preparation.

I have always worked full-time. I don’t believe in half assed attempts towards a dream.”

Last summer, I almost had an opportunity to shoot with Laura, while she was briefly swinging  Continue reading International Fine Art Nude Model Laura New Myers

Nature Nude Art Model Mila of Marquette, Michigan

Winter Morning. Photographer: Edward Holland, (c) 2010 . Location: Gwinn, MI. This was my first shoot with Edward of 2010, our fourth year shooting together. The shoot was early in the morning on May 8th, when snow is not uncommon for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan…but not exactly common either! Poor Edward is from Florida, and I think he was colder than I was even in his coat. But we both sucked it up, and Edward captured this crisp color shot perfectly.
Winter Morning. Photographer: Edward Holland, (c) 2010 . Location: Gwinn, MI. This was my first shoot with Edward of 2010, our fourth year shooting together. The shoot was early in the morning on May 8th, when snow is not uncommon for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan…but not exactly common either! Poor Edward is from Florida, and I think he was colder than I was even in his coat. But we both sucked it up, and Edward captured this crisp color shot perfectly.

Much of Model Mila Avani’s work is art nude.

Her settings are often in remote nature.

There is a feeling of beauty and freedom, of courage and honesty to her work which serves to both uplift and inspire viewers.

A quote attributed to Michelangelo and shared by Mila …

“What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?”

… this for me is a personification in words of the nude form as beauty.

Genesis.  Photographer: Blake Fisher , (c) 2010.  Location:  Munising, MI.  Although it looks like somewhere in a desert, this shot was taken beneath the popular geologic landmark of Miner’s Castle in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, near Munising, MI.  Unknown to many, who see it only from the viewing deck, the sandstone shore beneath Miner’s Castle is riddled with caves carved by the Lake Superior waves.  Blake – another Florida resident – stood in 12-inch-deep water until his feet nearly froze off to capture this shot, without complaint.  Jumping the “Off Limits” fence and exploring the erosion-prone shoreline might not have been the best ecological decision, but it sure paid off artistically.
Genesis. Photographer: Blake Fisher , (c) 2010. Location: Munising, MI. Although it looks like somewhere in a desert, this shot was taken beneath the popular geologic landmark of Miner’s Castle in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, near Munising, MI. Unknown to many, who see it only from the viewing deck, the sandstone shore beneath Miner’s Castle is riddled with caves carved by the Lake Superior waves. Blake – another Florida resident – stood in 12-inch-deep water until his feet nearly froze off to capture this shot, without complaint. Jumping the “Off Limits” fence and exploring the erosion-prone shoreline might not have been the best ecological decision, but it sure paid off artistically.

There are models who today are courageous enough to embody this spirit of Continue reading Nature Nude Art Model Mila of Marquette, Michigan

Kat Kalashnikov, Charlotte, North Carolina’s answer to the Alternative Fetish Model Question

she ate the apple, Jason Dulin Photography (Photographer), Lyse MUA, king snake, red black and white striped bands, snake
'She ate the apple', Photo: Jason Dulin Photography, Lyse MUA

Kat Kalashnikov is an alternative fetish model who also styles wardrobes through her Crash Trash Designs persona.

The looks Kat portrays are blends of captivatingly edgy with creatively unique.

A number of the ensembles she is sporting here are in fact her creations and are so credited.

All in all, the package Kat delivers, we are not likely to see quite the likes of elsewhere.

“Being a model is wonderful.

It goes beyond being an artist, I am art.

I have been modeling for five years total.   And, the last two years were as a full-time gig.

Pink Bloomers, Pink Hair, blue fuzzy hat, blue fuzzy jacket, white corset
Photo: Terence Hatton, Styling: Kat Kalshnikov

It is hard Continue reading Kat Kalashnikov, Charlotte, North Carolina’s answer to the Alternative Fetish Model Question

Amelia Simone, Exotic Model residing in San Deigo, California

Curvy Exotic, Woman, on sandy beach, mountains behindSan Diego based model Amelia Simone is curvy, busty and beautiful.

While modeling for less than a year,  she has achieved full-time professional status.

How has she achieved this?

Amelia is a 24-year-old all natural beauty with a body toned by 8 years of regular yoga practice.

If her figure doesn’t quite captivate, she exudes an exotic sultriness which will draw you in.

Great combination for a nude figure model.

The mystique of her ethnicity, can you pierce her origins?

Exotic Woman, in pink bra and denim jeans, Mixed Ethnicity, Black, Portuguese, Native AmericanWhat mystery!

I will tell you, Continue reading Amelia Simone, Exotic Model residing in San Deigo, California

Tristin Huntamer, Red Headed Model from Colorado Springs, Colorado with Eyes which change color

Tristin Huntamer is a very pretty 25-year-old red-headed nude model residing in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Young Red Head, Blue Eyes, Implied Nude, Seated on Table, Tristin HuntamerHer eyes change color, I think … They seem a lovely bright light blue in many photos, gray in others, and then perhaps with a greenish cast in yet others.  Given the right lighting, they even seem dark.

Implied Nude, Busty Red Head's backIn any event, her sensual eyes grab attention, gazing at you in brilliant color contrast with her very red hair.

Not quite in afterthought, there is for one to enjoy her lovely 34D-25 Continue reading Tristin Huntamer, Red Headed Model from Colorado Springs, Colorado with Eyes which change color