Originally Posted by Ron_C
... I may have just found a great source of models that is land based and is down right cheep to hire one if they are willing…..lol I live near a College for art and design they have a pool of models used by the students and are only asking $15.00 per hour to model….. Seems like a dream come true ... These models should be willing to do what some will not do, simply because they are either art students or have worked with art students and I am sure have been asked to do some stuff that is very creative....
During the period of time I was seriously working at the art side of photography (and trying to make some sort of a living at it), I ran across a couple that compiled a list (called Figures Unlimited) of local models who worked for some of the colleges and universities, private art coops and individual artists that ran art instruction out of their studios, and individual artists as well. At that time (85-89'ish), $10-$15/hour was the going rate for models (male or female), and the models on the list were usually OK with nude work.
I found, though, that a percentage of models on the list didn't want to work with photographers, for one reason or another, mostly because of the realism and identifiability that photographs have over pen-and-ink or watercolors or charcoal drawings or...
And, I'm really trying to be diplomatic here because most of these folks were some very nice people, very interested in my art and, as you guessed, were willing to go to great lengths to make a particular session successful... well, the majority were not what you'd normally think of if you were wanting to photograph a glamour nude. Don't get me wrong... we're not talking the Hunchback of Notre Dame here, but with a few exceptions, these weren't the typical glamour models.
If that's OK with what you're looking for, then it's probably going to be a successful relationship for you.
I just wish the list was still going around here, now. Keep us in the loop as to how it goes.