Volunteer as a Model
I'm looking for a female volunteer to help me to do various stuffs:
There are many kinds of photography equipment, such as camera body, lens, strobe, light modifier, bag/carrier... etc. They can help to produce different kind of results. For example, every lens has its own focus length, strengths and weaknesses, and it also requires practising to get a hand of it.
Even for carriers, there are different sizes and I would need to test which combination would be the most suitable for different situations. For example, if I require more equipment for a certain outdoor shoot, I would need to find out the most optimal method of transporting them, including in between different shooting location. I wouldn't want to simply do an imaginary situation and bring my equipment out for a tour - I would rather do a real shoot.
Therefore, I need a model to do some test shoots with me.
Test different styles of shoot
I usually stick to a few styles of shoot, depending on individual situations. I always try to utilize my artificial light to beautify my subjects and also to keep the feel of my shoots consistent. Anyway, my clients approach me because they like my style of shoot and thus I don't want to surprise them too much.
Therefore, if I need to test different styles of shoot, I would have to find a volunteer. It would enable me to explore more styles to feel get comfortable with them and to present them in my portfolio for new potential clients who may like them.
Test new HMUA
HMUA represents hair and makeup artist. Most of the time, the same person would be able to do both jobs.
It's impossible to work with just one HMUA because everyone has different schedules and often, schedules would crash. Since doing art is tough in Singapore, many HMUAs have full-time jobs, while they take up makeup jobs after their day jobs or during weekends. Since most of their paid shoots (usually wedding) are scheduled during weekends, it may not be easy to catch them for any test shoot.
Therefore, I would need to gather a few HMUAs whose working style and attitude can fit mine. Before I can recommend them to my clients, I would have to do at least a test shoot with them first. Doing shoots require models.
Do themes that clients don't request for
There are uncountable kinds of portrait shoot themes. Unfortunately, most of the clients who approach photographers would also keep to a few, most commonly, couple (pre-wedding and causal), corporate profile and fashion shoot.
Passionate photographers would want to create more art work and they can't solely depend on clients. Therefore, they would have to allocate time to do test shoots.
Create sample photographs for educational purpose
I have created my website for various goals, such as to showcase my work and link up with fellow talents, and I'm also trying hard to educate people. I also provide lots of tips.
While many people would simply steal images from the internet to use, as a photographer, I respect other photographers' work and copyright, and thus I would rather create my own images. There are also situations that I have to use my own work to showcase to visitors. Given situations such that I need to compare good and bad work, I can't use another photographer's work as comparison on my website.
An example of a purpose is to showcase the "before and after" photoshopped photographs to let visitors know the differences between basic and advanced editing of photographs. Similarly, I would need to showcase the result of advanced editing. These would help to educate visitors and roughly judge the effort of professional photographer.
Next, I would also want to educate visitors on fashion. I would need photographs to display the correct and wrong kind of dressing. For example, quite a number of girls like wearing bra with translucent (they call it transparent) straps, and the straps can be ugly with reflection caused by lighting. Some girls also insist in wearing shorts underneath their skirts/dresses, which may show the shape on the outerwear or the models would accidentally reveal the shorts with some simple movement, which resembles upskirt. There are various kinds of fashion disasters.
For some of the samples, I may not need to showcase the face of the volunteer.
I can't be doing any testing on any client although I'm quite confident to produce good results regardless of what. Imagine you're a chef, you won't be selling your diners new dishes without testing them or getting people to taste and give feedback. If you're selling western food and you have passion in Chinese food as well, you will make time to work on your Chinese food outside working hours.
Therefore, I'm looking for volunteers.
I don't pin very high hope that there's any suitable person who can spend a lot of time to do many test shots with me. I appreciate the effort though.
Although I'm looking for volunteers, I can't be simply accepting anyone.
Everyone loves working with easygoing people. I can't stand models who can't do just two things - this and that. This cannot, that cannot, and it ends up with nothing can be done.
Flexible with timing
I do have quite a number of good and nice friends who have volunteered but they are just too busy. It just takes forever to even get to see them, although I have already been very accommodating with my schedule. You can't be forever not free if you want to help? Priority plays a huge part.
Reality is cruel. Unless, we are going to do something that doesn't require showing of face, such as showcasing of correct and wrong fashion.
Frankly speaking, for most of the test shoots, I would be able to produce good work. The final products would likely be able to showcase on my portfolio and thus I would need a presentable looking model as to not waste the shoot. I have limited time after all and it's my obsession to utilize every shoot.
Reasonable amount of EQ and IQ
Reasonable amount of both EQ and IQ would reduce problems greatly. For the start, the model would be able to trust me by looking at both my work and words on my website. Photoshoot requires good communication between the photographer and model.
Preferably someone who
Having these would be very helpful but we can also discuss and work around with it.
Owns a variety of clothes
This will be very useful for different themes and also to create photographs of good and bad fashion.
Models who are open-minded are easier to work with for photoshoot. If a model is very open-minded, she will be able to work on different varieties of themes. There will also be less awkwardness.
Is a giver
By volunteering, the model shouldn't expect anything in return, although I would reward her within my mean. The mindset is very important in order to ensure a joyful photography journey with me.
Can do basic makeup
No matter how pretty a girl is, makeup would help to improve the looks by enhancing features and hiding flaws. Since I would be able to produce quite good quality work even for test shoots, the model has to look presentable in order for us to use the photographs as portfolio or for marketing.
Unless I'm trying to test working with a new HMUA, it's good that the model can do basic makeup. For test shoots, unlike paid shoots, many HMUAs won't sacrifice their time. Thus, it's more difficult to accommodate to everyone's schedule. If there's a HMUA involved, it's a bonus.
Terms and conditions
Let's set the ground rules properly and stay professional while we build our friendship.
I do not owe you anything
You're volunteering. I did have a very bad incident once when I tried to look for a volunteer via Instagram. The model entitled herself to free professional shoots, which didn't help me at all. You can currently find the story at the last section of the article "good models, bad models".
For certain shoots/testing, you may not receive any photograph
I would inform you beforehand before you decide whether you would volunteer for the project. There is also a rare chance that a normal test won't turn out well as human beings do make mistakes - I don't give empty promises.
Follow the terms and conditions of my TFCD page
Do go through the terms and conditions for TFCD shoots, especially if we are going to work on any theme. If you don't find most of them common sense, I don't think we can communicate well.
Kind people shall be rewarded.
Learn about professional photography
If you want to learn about photography, it's good that you're working with a professional photographer, especially someone who doesn't boast and thus will only share things that he really knows. For example, you won't hear me say I can groom you to become a top model or photographer.
Gain experience in modelling
All photographers have different working styles. There are also many "photographers" you can find in Instagram but it's very different from working with a professional photographer.
Gets professional photographs
Although I'm doing testing, most of the test shoots should be able to produce good quality work. I'm very a fair person and thus even if none of the testing can produce any good photograph, I will customize at least a professional shoot to make sure you can get some good quality photographs.
This means that if you are an aspiring model or you need to build a stronger modelling portfolio, you will be greatly benefited.
If you are interested to volunteer, do contact me.