Steven Brewer has photographed over 3,500 models during his career; many of whom he has worked with many times. Some models have worked exclusively with him for over ten years.
He has been asked many times by prospective models if he is recruiting new models. Currently this is not the case for general commercial and fashion work, but through
the Freshwave Agency there are always opportunities in adult-related media.
Steven has answered a few frequently-asked questions related to modelling:
Is there only work in London?
Are expenses paid for any shoot I do?
Do you only photograph guys?
Where do you take your photographs?
Do I get to choose what areas of modelling I can work in?
How much commitment in time would I have to make?
Does it cost me anything?
What are the fees I could expect?
How and when do I get paid?
Do I have any control over where my photos are published?
Can I get copies of any of the work I do?
Do I get a contract for any modelling work?
What age do I have to be to model?
Do I need to provide any I.D.?
I am interested, what do I do now?
Is there only work in London ? [top]
No, it is often possible to involve you in work in your locality, but some travelling may be involved.
Are expenses paid for any shoot I do? [top]
All travel expenses are reclaimable - as are any other incidental expenses, like accommodation, if the shoot takes more than one day.
Do you only photograph guys? [top]
I specialise in male photography, although I am open to work in other areas.
Where do you take your photographs? [top]
Most of my work is taken on location, however some of my work is taken within a studio setting. I mostly use my own studio but also use a variety of studios up and down the country.
Do I get to choose what areas of modelling I can work in? [top]
Models that eventually work with me decide which areas they are interested in, and providing I feel they are realistic in their aspirations, I am happy to work with them.
How much commitment in time would I have to make? [top]
I am very flexible with my own time and most shoots can be arranged for when models themselves are available. As any work that I offer can be opted into or out of, a model can commit as much or as little time as they want.
Does it cost me anything? [top]
There is absolutely no cost to the model. This is not a scam to get a prospective model to purchase a portfolio or to pay agency registration fees. Therefore, apart from any initial test shots, all shoots pay a fee to the model. You will know the fee involved before the shoot as it may affect your decision on whether to accept the assignment or not.
What are the fees I could expect? [top]
The fees involved will vary depending on the shoot, the client, the type of photography and the length of the shoot. Fees generally start at about £30 per hour and can rise to £150 per hour. General modelling will pay £30 - £50 per hour. Nude work will pay £50 - £150 per hour.
How and when do I get paid? [top]
For published work it is rare to be paid on the same day as the shoot, although expenses sometimes are.
Generally an invoice is sent to the client on the day of the shoot for the full fee amount. The fee will usually be forwarded within 28 days - although sometimes it might be paid within a week. Fees are commonly paid directly into your bank account, although payment by cheque or cash can also be arranged.
Do I have any control over where my photos are published? [top]
You will know exactly where each set of photos are being sent, and have editorial control over their distribution, they will all have an associated contract to protect your interests. You will be unlikely to be asked to sign an open contract, which means the shoot is for a non-specific client.
Can I get copies of any of the work I do? [top]
You get a copy of any test shoot that you do, at no cost. You may be able to get copies of any other work, copyright permitting. Some clients do not allow copies of the photographs they are purchasing to be allowed outside their usage, even for a model's portfolio. In cases such as these, you will need to get a copy of the published image and put them in your portfolio as 'tear sheets'.
Do I get a contract for any modelling work? [top]
All work you undertake will have an associated contract. These may be lengthy or may simply take the form of a model release form. But in either case, you would know exactly where each set is being sent, and have signed the appropriate documentation. You will be unlikely to be asked to sign an open contract, which means the shoot is for a non-specific client.
What age do I have to be to model? [top]
I only work with models over the age of 18. Models over the age of 18 can sign their own contracts and can undertake assignments that involve nudity.
Do I need to provide any I.D.? [top]
All models, irrespective of age, need to provide proof of identity and age, before any work is sent away for publication. A delay in providing this information can delay work and payment. I need three photocopied copies of ID before any of your work can be published.
Acceptable forms of ID are: passport, birth certificate, driving licence, official student ID card, or any other official document or ID showing your name and date of birth.
I am interested, what do I do now? [top]
As stated above I am not recruiting models for general modelling work at the moment.
However if you are interested in adult work, please go to the Freshwave Agency website and complete a detail form there so I can have a record of your stats, interests and contact information.
I'll then get back in touch with you and we can take things from there, and hopefully start earning some money!
If you have any other queries that I have not covered, please feel free to ask me.