15 Tips on How to Start Working with Modeling Agencies

If you are interested in the commercial side of the photography industry, working with models and agencies is a must. Approaching a modeling agency and asking to work with models can be intimidating, particularly when you aren't sure how to get started. Fortunately, Dublin based fashion photographer Anita Sadowska recently shared a video on her Youtube channel that provides helpful hints any photographer can use to get their foot in the door.

Fashion, advertising, and beauty photography are all genres that require working with represented models for the final images to meet industry standards. For a photographer who hasn't yet worked with models or agencies, gaining the courage to step into this kind of work can be tough. As with any new undertaking, having as much information as possible will allow photographers new to this side of the industry to walk forward more confidently. The tips shared in this video are clear, concise, and should make the transition much easier. 

I would add that freelance models, or even experienced models who model as a hobby or for artistic expression, are a great resource for photographers who are looking to build their book before approaching an agency. These models can often be found on general social media sites like Facebook or industry specific sites like Model Mayhem. Working with these models, the photographer will have a bit less red tape to wade through, and can gain valuable experience working with someone who is comfortable in front of the camera and knows how to move. Since agencies will often send newer models out for testing with newer photographers, the experience gained beforehand can help ensure fantastic photos that will impress the agency.

With the tips Sadowska provides, and enough experience, any photographer should feel comfortable approaching the agency they'd like to work with.


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Felix Wu's picture

Next, how to work with photographer's agencies. ;)

Joe Hogan's picture

Thanks so much Anita, a down to earth and well thought out presentation with a ton of good advice. I just checked your YouTube channel... an impressive line up of things to share with others. I subscribed, of course! Thanks a million

rachelle love's picture

This was a really helpful video for me as a fashion designer and business owner, as my brand is ready for agency models. Thanks for making this approach simple and professional- I've just never known exactly what they want!