Be reliable. If you commit to a project, show up, be on time, communicate with the rest of the creative team. Treat your word as a contract.
Have your basic model bag packed and ready at all times.
Ask other models or your agent about photographers you haven’t worked with yet. In this industry, communication is key. You need to speak up.
Before choosing to work with a photographer, look at the photographer’s body of work, the social media, website, portfolio. Imagine yourself in each shot, see if that is a look you want. Yes each photographer should be constantly evolving and improving, but the photographer’s portfolio and website should have his or her best work, the most creative photography that photographer has ever done. If you are not impressed with what you see, or imagine with yourself in it. Move on.
3 foot rule (No photographer should have his lens closer than 3 foot from you) There is a thing called distortion that produces a very exaggerated effect of big foreheads, nose, etc when too close to you. The exception to this is when trying for a given effect or very tight close-up (i.e. your eyes) and for this the photographer should communicate with you, and show you the photo of the close-up afterwards for your approval.
NEVER shoot a session without a contract in place with the photographer. The only exception is like a fashion show, or other public type of event. The contract outlines both parties obligations, and sets up a framework to avoid disappointments later on with the delivery of images. If the photographer doesn’t have a contract, provide your own.
If you haven’t met or worked with a photographer before, meet them in a public location beforehand or bring a friend. Discuss goals, limits, and concepts. If you don’t shoot nude, topless, etc, let the photographer know. Also discuss what features you want photoshopped out or not photoshopped out. (ie. Freckles, scars, moles, etc).
Don’t be afraid to bring a friend to a session, however, don’t bring a jealous partner to any session that might involve boudoir, nudity, or other such sensitive subjects. None of the photographers want to get in a fight with your partner and ruin a good working relationship with you.
A good photographer is not afraid to let you go through and select your photos in a review session to be edited. A great photographer hands you the keyboard, tells you what to press to flag or delete photos if you ask.
If you have small children, don’t bring them to a shoot, not unless you are also bringing a babysitter to watch them. A studio is filled with valuable equipment, the photographer is there to photograph you, you are there to pose for the photographer. Nobody is there to watch the child unless you bring that person. Time is valuable.
When doing location photography, please by all means wear walking around shoes, not your shoes for your shoot. Walk to the location for the photo, then change into your shoot shoes. (Things happen, heels break, heels can hurt your feet, you can twist your ankles on heels).
Respond to your communications in a timely manner. This applies to phone calls, texts, social media, etc.
Don’t make drastic changes in your apperance after you have been selected for a shoot. If you show up looking nothing like your portfolio, it can disrupt the look the client is going for.
When on a shoot, put your phone in silent or do not disturb mode. The client gets your attention, not your phone or snapchat.