This is a model with whom I recently did a photo shoot for a personal project and who I found on www.modelmayhem.com
I thought I would share my experience with using this website to recruit models because I had heard different things before and was quite unsure about it. So maybe this will help anyone out there who’s wondering the same. ;)
It’s quite some text this time – sorry for the long read!
The good things I had heard:
I first heard about Model Mayhem when shooting in London. One of the models had been recruited there and people told me it was a great platform to find other creatives for personal projects.
The bad things I had heard:
The second time I heard about Model Mayhem was on THIS video where they say and I quote:
“Don’t fall into this game of Model Mayhem, there’s a lot of really bad photographers on Model Mayhem who aren’t photographers. They just want to see naked models and it’s the truth, they’ve ruined it for a lot of people.”
So I was a bit hesitant on creating a profile there… Will models take me seriously?
In the end I decided to give it a go and signed up, it’s free anyway and being registered doesn’t force you to book with people.
Looking for models:
The search tool on the website is pretty easy to use and you can limit your search by your location and by gender. I was lucky to find a few girls there living in my area.
Type of model:
When browsing through the results you quickly realize that there are two types of models, those who are professional and are looking to connect with creative photographers, and those who like to do some modelling as a hobby or part-time job. The thing with the first ones is that they might ask to get paid to pose, as for the others they are fine to get the photos in exchange of posing, but you might need to work with them more as they don’t have the same experience.
If like me you’re in a small country/city, expect a limited choice when looking for models. Also some of them are registered but not active in the website anymore – you can check on their profile when was their last activity.
Contacting models from the same city:
Instead of asking the models directly on the messages if they would pose for me, I chose to invite each of those who replied for a coffee, so I could let them know about my photography projects and see if we were a good fit. Since we are in the same city I figured that was a nice thing to do!
Female photographer – Female model:
I only contacted female models and I think because of being a woman contacting other women made things easier.
However, suggesting to meet first for a coffee is definitely a good way to show you’re a serious person and you also get the opportunity to make sure they correspond to what you’re looking for! ;)
Although some of the models I met had some stories to tell about photographers, I guess it goes both ways and it’s not just photographers who make things weird in there! I also received strange requests myself.
All in all, you have nothing to lose in creating a profile on Model Mayhem and try to connect with other creative people. You just need to be alert and pick people carefully!
¦TRADUÇÃO¦ O texto acima descreve a minha experiência com o site www.modelmayhem.com onde fotogáfos, modelos, estilistas e maquilhadores (profissionais ou amadores) podem entrar em contacto e trabalhar em conjunto. Nem sempre é fácil encontrar gente para colaborar em projectos criativos, por isso sites assim são uma óptima solução! Deixo só uma nota para ter um certo cuidado, pois nem toda a gente é séria ali e arriscam-se a receber mensagens estranhas. ;)