I met new model Miss R during an online discussion in a model and photographer group about a new “modeling agency” that has started to appear in Halifax recently. I’ve been an advocate for model safety and rights for almost as long as I’ve been actively working with models and would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned about the business practices of this “agency” which will sign anyone who shows up for a meeting and can pay the initial fees, which typically run close to $600 and is supposed to cover their initial portfolio photo shoot. Many photographers I know are willing to offer new models a discounted rate for portfolio sessions and the $600 fee seems more than a little excessive since six months later, I still haven’t been able to find any evidence that anyone signed with them has gotten any paid work.
So, Miss R and I sat down over coffee to discuss the modeling industry in Halifax and talk about her contract with this agency, what she hoped to accomplish as a model and what sort of modeling she wanted to do. I offered her a discounted portfolio building session rate and brought in my favorite make-up artist and regular Elegant Boudoir team member Bryana Doyscher and off to the studio we went! 🙂
Having only recently turned 19 years old, Miss R follows direction very well and is eager to learn, not to mention she’s beautiful and a lot of fun to photograph too. I’m sure you’ll see more from Miss R in the future.