Visiting Photographers

Modeling agencies in small modeling markets hire photographers based in Los Angeles and New York to visit their city and photograph models at a mass photo session.

Some modeling agencies may fly in a male model photographer from a major market such as New York or Los Angeles to impress naive young guys who want to model. The modeling agency pays the photographer $25 - $100 to photograph multiple male models. However, the agency charges the male model $400-$450 for the photo shoot.

No Special Attention to Any One Model

No single model receives much attention when being with many other models. Male models are hurriedly photographed with a dozen or more other guys during a short period of time. This leaves little time for special attention to any one guy. Big City does not mean high quality if your photo shoot is rushed.

You also do not benefit by creating your entire portfolio with a visiting photographer. A good modeling portfolio includes different styles of photographs created by different male model photographers. All photographs in a portfolio should not be created by the same photographer.

Wiser Use of Your Money

The cost of such a bulk photo shoot arranged by an agency in your hometown is often as much more than the cost for you to fly to a large city to be photographed one on one with a photographer. Instead, use your money to travel to a big city to arrange a shoot, you would likely receive 10 times more time dedicated to you during your shoot! Read our advice on how to choose a photographer.


Spend Money on Travel Versus Paying Hometown Photographer

If you find yourself paying for photo shoots with a photographer located in your hometown, it may be a smarter investment to use that money to pay for travel so you can shoot with our photographer in Los Angeles. If you are considering paying money to be photographed in your hometown, read why college guys should never pay for a photo shoot unless it is for an actor's headshot.

Avoid Hometown Photo Shoots With A Visiting Photographer

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