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huePhotography
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Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013 1:46PM

Anyone here shot business photos before? If so how do you get suits for your models?


I am having a hard time finding places that rent suits, or that rent suits for under $100. I could buy a cheap suit for $100, but renting seems like a better way to go if I can. 


 


 
lostinbids
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Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013 2:46PM
Ask your model to turn up with a suit.
huePhotography
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Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013 2:55PM
Posted By lostinbids:
Ask your model to turn up with a suit.


I've tried this, but most of the models I work with don't have one. 
erniedecker
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Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013 3:22PM
Have you tried Salvation Army and Goodwill thrift stores. Might find something good enough there and help others out at the same time.
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Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013 3:48PM
How about Goodwill or Thrift stores, it might be worth a try. I have been surprised at some of the props and wardrobe I have found onver the years.
Feverstockphoto
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Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013 3:54PM
Fashion colleges and clothing designers, small clothing shops that need some photos (trade).
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Posted Tue Jun 4, 2013 9:43AM
Posted By Feverstockphoto:
Fashion colleges and clothing designers, small clothing shops that need some photos (trade).



Good idea. I'll see what I can find.
Bike_Maverick
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Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013 4:38AM

Also consider this - if the suit doesn't fit well it will be visible in the photo. Thrift stores, salvation army, renting - none of them will fit models because off the rack suits are made for generic manequen. Key to a well fitted suit is tayloring. If models you work with don't have a well taylored suit - find other models, or tell them to get one (or better yet - three). A good suit will never cost 100$, it will run you few hundred dollars. Buying used and then tayloring is the cheapest you can go, will be about 200$ per suit, give or take.


90% of stock business bestsellers have very well fitted suits. There are reasons why some people even shoot with wardrobe stylists.
huePhotography
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Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013 7:13AM
Posted By Bike_Maverick:

Also consider this - if the suit doesn't fit well it will be visible in the photo. Thrift stores, salvation army, renting - none of them will fit models because off the rack suits are made for generic manequen. Key to a well fitted suit is tayloring. If models you work with don't have a well taylored suit - find other models, or tell them to get one (or better yet - three). A good suit will never cost 100$, it will run you few hundred dollars. Buying used and then tayloring is the cheapest you can go, will be about 200$ per suit, give or take.


90% of stock business bestsellers have very well fitted suits. There are reasons why some people even shoot with wardrobe stylists.


Yeah, that was what I was worried about with thrift stores and buying a cheap suit. I figured renting would be better taloired, as they do fittings. Maybe I would have better luck working with a modeling agency, than finding people on Model Mayhem.


 
Bike_Maverick
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Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013 1:11PM

I dunno, I found plenty people on MM who had suits.


Working with agencies will be problematic as they don't like the idea of model releases.


I myself buy used suits on ebay and then taylor them with the local taylor that I trust.
huePhotography
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Posted Fri Jun 7, 2013 8:32AM
Posted By Bike_Maverick:

I dunno, I found plenty people on MM who had suits.


Working with agencies will be problematic as they don't like the idea of model releases.


I myself buy used suits on ebay and then taylor them with the local taylor that I trust.


I live in Lansing, Michigan so the local model pool is small here. There are a lot more models in Detoit, so I may have more luck finding models with suits there. 
justelaine
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Posted Sun Jun 9, 2013 6:37PM
for models, check the area for a community theater group. You could also check with your local arts council -- usually listed under county information and/or chamber of commerce information. Also, college drama groups. One of the best models I ever found worked at the local computer store where I shopped. There used to be a bunch of shots of him here but that was several years ago.

Good luck with your project!
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Posted Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:31AM
Posted By huePhotography:

Posted By lostinbids:
Ask your model to turn up with a suit.



I've tried this, but most of the models I work with don't have one. 


[facepalm]


What has the world come to when no one owns a suit anymore. I wear nothing but suits, do you live in some impoverished village in India or in central Africa or something?


 


Devo must have been right - this is just plain barbarism.


 


To give a slightly more productive answer either 1. Go to a second hand store and get a suit cheap or 2. Tell the model to be ashamed of himself/herself, grow up and dress like a decent individual!
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