MODELING FOR US – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
No Experience Required
At Retail Shots we provide product photos to manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, liquidators, and e-commerce online retailers. Our clients depend on us to produce photos that will generate interest in their product and most importantly drive sales.
We currently have a backlog of impulse-buy clothing items to be photographed for this upcoming holiday shopping season. This is not high fashion, but simply the modeled item photographed on a white background.
With an emphasis on clothing we also routinely shoot other items that require models such as shoes, handbags, sunglasses, hats, and jewelry just to name a few.
How to Apply
For a better understanding of what we do and what we’re looking for we encourage you to read through the information on this page.
But if you’re anxious to get started you can jump right to the signup form by clicking the “Model Signup Form” button found in several places on this page.
The model signup form will ask for one face photo and one full body photo. Don’t worry, these don’t need to be professionally taken photographs; selfies will do.
There will also be an option to submit any additional photos (or video) you might like to share, and to share your Instagram account if you wish to do so.
After You Apply
Once you apply we may contact you to make an appointment for an initial test shoot.
Sometimes, if we have an immediate need for someone with your look, we may contact you for a photoshoot without the need for a test shoot first.
Your Test Shoot
Your test shoot gives us the information we need to be able to match you with the ideal products for you to model.
This mini-shoot typically takes roughly thirty minutes and involves you “posing” for a few quick photographs.
Posing is in quotes because you do not need to know how to pose. We will guide you to achieve the specific look and body position we need.
And don’t be nervous. The environment here is very casual.
Your test shoot consists of modeling three “looks”. A look is an outfit that is different from the previous. You can select the clothing for these looks from whatever clothing we have in stock at the time. The three themes for the looks at your test shoot are casual, light semi-formal, and swimwear.
What to Bring for Your Test Shoot and/or Photoshoot
When you come in for your test shoot there are a few things you should bring with you.
Shoes – at your test shoot you will have the ability to select two to three different outfits from whatever clothing we are shooting at the time. your test shoot will typically consist of you posing in two to three different outfits which you will select from our inventory of clothing at the time. , therefore we recommend you bring no less than three different “looks”. A look is a complete outfit where each outfit is different from the other. And don’t forget shoes to go with each outfit!
Makeup – you will likely need to touch up at some point, or even completely change your makeup depending on your outfit. Don’t worry, you’ll have full use of our private dressing room with lighted vanity area.
Hair Product – always a good idea to bring, and you just never know when this will come in handy.
Music – music is great for setting the mood and making things fun. So point us to your favorite Spotify playlist and we’ll cue up the tunes for your shoot. Or if your prefer just connect your phone to our bluetooth speaker.
And last but not least – a friend. For some people having a friend chaperone their shoot makes them more comfortable. If this is you then we encourage you to bring a friend. Just be sure this is someone you are totally comfortable modeling in front of, since any reservation or self-consciousness will show in your photos.
Also please be aware that with the current pandemic that only one friend will be allowed to accompany you inside during your shoot.
Your Modeling Photoshoot
Once you’ve completed your test shoot and you’ve been assigned a regular photoshoot there are a few things you should do to prepare.
Here are a few things to keep in mind about your shoot.
Shoes – You might not always know in advance the exact clothing you will be modeling, and last minute additions are common. So if you are hired to model clothing please remember to bring several shoe choices. Some clothing may lend itself to flats while other clothing will require heels.
Sometimes clients will specify what kind of shoe is to be worn when photographing their product. In these cases we will typically have shoes of that style on hand for the day of your shoot.
Underwear – bra and panty lines are a faux pas to almost every client. With some clothing items these lines are not an issue. However some items we receive are tight fitting or stretchy and with these items your underwear choice becomes very important. Under garments that show bra or panty lines should be avoided to avoid unnecessary delays so please keep this in mind when choosing undergarments for your shoot.
Makeup – just like on your test shoot, you will likely need to touch up at some point, or even completely change your makeup depending on the clothing you are modeling.
As a rule you will want to apply your makeup heavier and bolder than normal. Cameras often don’t pick up makeup in the same way the human eye does. And makeup can sometimes become muted in the post processing of photos. Applying your makeup bolder and heavier eliminates both of these issues and makes your end result photos look better.
Hair Product – dry shampoo and hair spray are always good to have on hand for your shoot, as are curling irons and hair straighteners.
Music – make your shoot more enjoyable with your favorite music. You can stream music from your phone or tablet to our bluetooth speaker. Just ask and we’ll help you set it up.
Still have questions? We’re here for you.
Typical Studio Photoshoot
Modeled clothing on white background.