How to GUARANTEE a Model for your next Photo Shoot

Hi Folks,

I hope you had a great weekend.

I was out shooting both Saturday and Sunday and also putting in more prep time for the upcoming Professional Imaging Show as I leave this Friday for The Netherlands.

Anyway thanks for stopping by; I really do appreciate it and the feedback you folks send in.

So today I just wanted to post about models and to be more specific…how I get models and guarantee them to be in front of the camera.

The other day I was sent an email by Alex who reads this blog and also watches the tutorials I post on my YouTube Channel, and his question was “When you started how did you get people to photograph so that you could build up a portfolio?”

Well to be honest what I did not too long after I’d started out and  is still the same thing I do now i.e. show people what I want to do before the shoot!

Let me explain…

One of the photo shoots I had this past weekend was a personal project inspired by the image below; one of the posters from the movie Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter – I’ve never seen the film but I just love the poster.

I wanted to do a shoot that has this kind of feel so I messaged a friend asking if he was free for a shoot on the weekend BUT also attached the picture below and simply asked “Fancy being in something like this?” … to which the answer came back with an immediate “Yes

Why? Because the model knew what they’re going to get from giving up their time…does that make sense?

I honestly don’t think that asking someone to come along on a Time for Prints / Pictures basis is guarantee to them turning up. I’m a BIG believer in involving the model and getting them excited so it’s not just one sided i.e. you the photographer excited and the model, well…just there (hopefully).

I do this ALL the time without fail be it a personal project or a commission; I always want those people I’m photographing to have a clear idea of what we’re working on. I find it has so many benefits and not just guaranteeing the model turns up but also helps with the trust when you’re asking them to pose a certain way, wear a certain item, act a certain way and so on…

I was recently asked to take one pictures of UK Kick Boxing Champion Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook so like always before a shoot I’ll search around some of my favourite sites / portfolios purely for inspiration and to get into the groove…

Below is picture from one of my favourite Photographers, USA based Tim Tadder and this image had the exact feel for the kind of pictures I wanted to do with Steve but in my own style…

There’s no problem with looking at other people’s work for inspiration, ideas and motivation. Heck I spend ages searching through places like 500px and Behance and it’s here that I get posing ideas, lighting, location, themes and so on, and then once you have an idea then when it comes to the shoot you just do it in your own style.

Here’s one of the results from the shoot with Steve…

So in short if you want to improve your hit rate if you like and guarantee getting models, people in front of your camera help them and you out by showing them what you want to do as opposed to trying to explain or worse still … “Let’s see what we can come up with”

Now I’ve written about Pinterest on here several times in the past; I absolutely love it for working / collaborating with clients and sharing ideas BUT in it’s simplest form it’s a fantastic way, and a quick and easy way to collect images.

If you’re not using it already I HIGHLY recommend giving it a go and the fact that you can install it not just on your computer, iPhone, iPad or whatever devices you use makes it incredibly easy to build up an inspiration board.

If you’re already in Pinterest, be sure to hook up … here’s a link to my Pinterest Page [Link]

Right that’s all from me for today so whatever you’re up to, be sure to have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.


  • March 24, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    Robert Huber - Nice article. Thank you for that. I would love to see your final result of the Lincoln Vampire Hunter inspired image. I really like the look and feel of that poster.

  • March 24, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    J.R. Maddox - I so agree! Pinterest is so good for putting together ideas.. Helps so much in making the photography part move much faster… Time is money right?

  • March 24, 2014 - 8:24 pm

    Alexander - Hi Glyn,

    thanks ;-)


PHOTOSHOP LIVE, Brighton – 18th & 19th July 2014

Hey Folks

How’s it going?

Ok so today I’ve a date for your diary…

18th and 19th July 2014 in Brighton, UK for the first ever PHOTOSHOP LIVE!!!

We’ve wanted and needed a Photoshop event of this kind in the UK for a long time now so to finally see it happening is incredibly exciting indeed especially as we’ll be joined by great friends Aaron Blaise and Matt Kloskowski from the USA, Uli Staiger from Germany, Steve Caplin and many more…

Class descriptions are being added and updated to the Official PHOTOSHOP LIVE website [Link] all the time covering all kinds of retouching skills, techniques and areas of expertise so definitely add it as a bookmark and keep checking back.

I’ll be presenting two sessions during the day on the 19th:

Check out the official PHOTOSHOP LIVE website here [Link] for more details including price and hopefully we’ll see you there.

Have a great weekend whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.

  • March 21, 2014 - 11:11 am

    Rob Pullen - Awesome news, I’ve kind of gone off the boil with my photoshop stuff but this is great news and if I’m not working I will be there. It will be great to see you people in the flesh……

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Adding Realistic Reflections (#40)

Hi Folks,

Just dropping in to let you know that a new episode of my Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Show / Podcast is now ONLINE!

This week it’s all about attention to detail and I show you how to add realistic reflections into glasses PLUS a couple of extra little techniques for added realism.

Hope you ‘Like’ it:)

Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel so that you don’ miss out on any of the new videos I post each and every week.

Subscribing is FREE and just means that each time you go to YouTube you’ll see at a quick glance if I’ve uploaded any new videos since your last visit.

Also I’d REALLY appreciate it if you’d help to spread the word and let others know about my YouTube Channel and the FREE content I’m sharing; it’s support like this that continues to help the channel grow and grow.

Thanks again,


Hey Folks,

Just dropping in to say a HUGE thanks to Focus Magazine in The Netherlands for featuring one of my images on the front cover of their April issue…

Focus Magazine are the largest and longest running Photography / Imaging Magazine across The Netherlands and are now celebrating their 100th Year, so to feature on the front cover at this time is a real honour.

In this issue there’s also an interview I had with them as well as interviews with others also teaching at the upcoming Professional Imaging 2014; Joe McNally, Frank Doorhof etc…

Of course it feels great to see one of your images on the front cover of a magazine but doubly so when it’s one of my favourite pictures out of all I’ve done to do; mainly because of what it represents: seeing my Buddy Dave Clayton go from hating the camera to very quickly feeling comfortable in front of it!

Right that’s all from me for today so have a good one and I’ll catch you later.


PHOTOGRAPHY: How to Back-Up and Protect your Picture Files

Hey Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by.

Today I thought I’d kick the week off with  video for you.

The video is one we recorded yesterday and it’s all about Backing Up your Files.

Recently thanks to my friend Chris Fields at CHNO Technology I’ve had a complete overhaul of my Backing Up Workflow; something I’ve been meaning to do for a while because I’ve tried all kinds of systems and methods and none seem to work 100% or I just wasn’t happy with the process.

Thankfully sitting with Chris and explaining how I work, what I do and how I do it he put together a Bespoke System for me using several RAID set ups that covers me for working in the office/home AND when travelling.

Anyway rather than me explain it all, click PLAY on the video below and see what Chris came up with AND what I hasten to has worked out to be PERFECT for me…

Sure the system I have in place may not be suitable for everyone; the TOUGH TECH Duo would probably be enough for most but the idea here was to give you food for thought and maybe to take another look at your own workflow to see if you need to tweak it a little.

Of course when it comes to Backing Up there’s always going to be What If’s so the idea is to try and minimise them as much as possible.

Anyway, definitely check out Chris over at CHNO (links below) and also make sure you bookmark his blog which he updates on a regular basis with all kinds of tips and tricks for keeping your computer (mainly Mac but does cover Windows too) running healthy.

Catch you next time,

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