What do you think about her? She has a unique look but she was late, so Next...

Lateness, Tardiness, Irresponsibility i beleive that these all go hand and hand. Modeling is a career so lets think of it from the perspective of a 9 to 5, if you have a hiccup in transportation do you reset your entire work schedule? Probably not unless it is a dire emergency but often times you have preplanned to get somewhere. If you are able to have plan A,B, and C to make sure you are able to enjoy entertainment or visit friends your career deserves the same efforts. Its understandable that life gets in the way, yet the sure fire way to make a lasting impression is to be late to a casting, shoot, or fitting. Understand, that in this industry word of mouth travels at supersonic speeds, and studio sessions have their fair share of stories. The last thing you want to hear your name in is:


 " She has an amazing look, i just can't trust her to be on time, so we can look for someone else"

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 If for one moment you think these conversations aren't happening, they're happening! For me it is a little different because i like to have my own experiences with people. Yet, a vast majority of others will take a colleagues word for it and move on to the next person. If you don't see how detrimental to your career tardiness can be then you may want to rethink your chosen path for something a tad bit more flexible. 


" To be early is to be on time, and to be on time is to be late" 


The quote above is a quote that i live by, i truly frown upon lateness and it plays a huge part in my decisions for future paid assignents. Communication is a huuuuuge part that creatives in this social media controlled society are missing. If you cannot make your agreed upon time for any reason pick up the phone and call, if you have the number. If you look at the signatures on most creatives emails there is a contact number for them listed . Text messages are completley imformal and should be avoided and emails although practical should be secondary to a phone call. If at all possible do not be afraid to leave a voicemail, because in the event the call is not answered it's documented in more than just the call logs. If you're serious about your career make a way, these are all learned behaviors believe me when i say i've learned the hard way on my end plenty of times and still do. 




Let's Shoot!! Wait a budget?

The art of communication, this is such a soft spot for me because I have crushed alot of dreams inadvertently. Often times new and aspiring models reach out to me looking to test shoot with me. The conversation usually goes like this:

Model: I absolutely love your work and would love to shoot with you! 

Syranno: Amazing what did you have in mind in regards to your vision? 

Model: I was looking to get some beauty headshots and also 1 or 2 fashion looks to help build my portfolio.

Syranno: OK amazing that is definitely attainable, did you have a budget in place? 

Model: A budget? I thought that we can do TFP?  Title shoot means no charge right?

This is such an important conversation and you have no clue how often I have it. Test shooting comes in both unpaid and paid format, as photographers often times for unpaid test we reach out to whom we wish to test with. When approaching photographers looking to do unpaid test shoots it's all in verbage. It will work better for both parties and eliminate the aawkwardness when either your asked of your budget or the follow up email is a price quote. A great start would be:


Good (Time of Day)

     My name is (insert name here) I am an aspiring model from (insert location), I am looking to have my images taken professionally for portfolio use. I currently  don't have a budget and wanted to inquire on whether you had any upcoming projects and are in need of a model or if your available for an unpaid test shoot. I don't have a solid portfolio available but I have attached some cellphone headshots I've taken myself. I have additional images on my social media at (insert social media here), I appreciate your time and look forward to speaking with you.

Thank You,

(Insert name here) 


Positioning your email in this fashion or even if you decide to direct message let's the photographer know that you value their time and craft.  I know that as aspiring models you don't have tons of money to dump into your career in the beginning but courtesy and respect are also a valued currency in this industry. I know it can be hard asking for free services but understand its all in how you position what your looking for. It'' no garuntee that you will get a "yes" everytime but you definitely will get a more positive response. To go back to a previous post, prepare yourself for an agency photographers contact them all the time looking for new models in development to test with. 

As always if you have any questions feel free to comment below and follow me on instagram @photosbysyranno



It's me in the photos, but I don't own the photos? I'm confused..

Intellectual property is a hard pill for anyone to swallow but it is a necessary conversation to have with any client that your working with. Better yet outlining this in your contracts as photographers will skip the red tape. In reality what happens is that most people aren't aware that the rights of the images taken solely belong to the photographer and either have to be sold or licensed to you for use. I had a recent conversation with a mentor about an image he took that ended up on the billboard for a prominent school. The model contacted him and asked to purchase another photo from the set they previously shot. When her school asked for an image she gave them the one she purchased. So I know what your thinking, she purchased it right? OK so if you purchase an image at a low cost from a photographer they generally are agreed upon that you will use them for Standard licensing (i.e. social media, website, portfolio). When doing national ad campaigns, billboards or magazines the licensing and permissions change for its use. Take a look at a magazine submission guideline, it states if you are not the photographer you must get permission from the photographer or have the photographer submit the work for publication. This may seem like alot of steps but understand as photographers this is for our protection to make sure that our works aren't exploited without compensation or proper credits.



 It's super important that as a model you know the ends and outs of how it works at least on this level with photography. This way you don't set unrealistic expectations when working with photographers and vice versa we have to understand how it works with models. Standard model release forms outline exactly how we will use your images and gives your permission for us to use your images in that way. Most times unless otherwise stated we are using your images for portfolio or social media usage. When it's for publication you or your agency are made aware of that in pre shoot letter/email. So in a nut shell no, you don't own the images that the photographer takes of you that is the intellectual property of the photographer and you are not entitled to the images. I stress to ask these questions within the pre shoot this way you don't set an unrealistic expectation and you know how many images you'll recieve and expected delivery time on images. Better to be prepared and happy then unprepared and irritated, if you have any questions feel free to drop your questions below!

To Test or Not To Test...

Test shoots are a misused term but valuable creative asset, as a photographer looking to do test shoots for portfolio work is becoming increasingly difficult. I've spoken to quite a few creatives who have had bad experiences with others looking to "test". I put test in quotations because often times during the said test nothing is put together, it's more of "bring your clothes and let's shoot" it's no real organization to it. It's so simple, test shoots are developed to express creative freedoms or new methods for all participating parties. They are especially important because they help update the participants portfolio's, if these are creatives who are working for the first time it helps build relationships. Weirdly enough depending on the person or level of person you are working with, paying on the first go round may or may not impede relationship growth. Since iv'e been doing photography there is one similarity I have seen through out the years its free work disguised as a test shoot. This factor is what makes so many creatives cautious about doing test shoots with other creatives based solely upon previous experiences.

Remember the comment about "just bring your clothes", that's exactly how i used to put together test shoots. After listening and learning through webinars and assisting on set with other photographers my work flow is growing in a different direction. Just like putting together a paid shoot a call sheet and mood board are still required, pre-shoot preparation is a must; you want all participating parties on the same page.  On my call sheet I construct a time table of how I want everything to go, that way the team expectation is set and we work hard to stay on a time table. Selecting models for test shoots has become increasingly easier as I build relationships with different agencies, don't forget to include said agency in at least the mood board. Agencies are more likely to send over new faces/developmental models in need of images if you have a clear and concise vision for what you are trying to do and what you are looking to offer. In my experience and conversations with makeup artists, it seems that they get the short end of the stick. Whether it's through inexperienced and/or unprofessional photographers, they will run from the word "test". From my understanding with makeup artists the biggest struggle is receiving images back from the photographer, what we have to understand and celebrate is the importance of a makeup artist. The last thing that you want is an unhappy MUA who works with leading industry professionals not highlighting any positive points in their experience with you, not a good conversation starter.

What I've learned is that wardrobe stylist seem to be the most difficult to find, but I also feel like I may not be looking in the correct places to secure one. Wardrobe Stylist are an effective part of your team whether unpaid test or commissioned work, they double as a creative director on set and watch out for the naked eye adjustments that we as photographers may miss. Wardrobe Stylist just starting out are probably the best to seek out when building a team, i say this because building with people from the time they break ground to when the house is built is such a beautiful thing to be apart of. With being there from the start you learn the creative habits of this individual and they learn you as a creative you work in tandem. Let's not forget about the hairstylist, because without an amazing and passionate hairstylist you cannot maintain the cleanliness that is highlighted in Fashion Photography. I am not going to spend too much time on the TEAM breakdown and the importance of that, i will save that for another blog post entirely. 

The term "test" commonly disguised as "TFP" which means time for photos doesn't have to be a dirty word at all, but in order to readjust the way this word is perceived is by being better prepared. Having a team already in place for a test is a lot more ideal than trying to secure different people for every test that you do. Organize your work flow so that when you are pulling your team together for the test shoot they know that what will be put together is magic.