Originally posted by FireIce:
neber even heard of this agency........new isit?
real pro agency will shoot ur portfolio for u free
bcos THEY want it as their portfolio......
A solid team (Photographer/makeup/hairstylist/fashion stylist/art director) will not do a FOC shoot for any local models as the output might not enhance their own portfolio unless the models has very edgy, sharp features, or the models are pan asians or caucasians. Hence, its always hard for local models to be sent for test shoots with established teams.
Most pro agencies in Singapore, minus those like Ave, Perspectives... (which has a top fashion photographer as boss and those with in house production facilities) will require our local models to pay for their portfolio to get them started. However, if the model has great potential, the agency might offset by footing the bill first and then deduct from the money earned later.
However, since you are footing money for your own folio, its your right to decide whether u want to proceed with the team assigned to ya. A top fashion team will cost around $500 onwards (special deals with model agency)
for top notch fashion and lifestyle portfolio shoot with pictures like what you see in magazines and print ads.
Havign said these, there are still some agencies, who will also arrange for Test shoots (FOC) with budding photographers and magazines to help the models build up their portfolios. Another venue is www.clubsnap.org where there are many aspiring photographers looking for FOC models.
Hope this will clear some doubts about the current situation for local models