GRC Visuals, Stills + Cinema - Professional Commercial, Real Estate, Portrait, Event and 3D Photography

We are always on the lookout for new modeling talent of all ages.  Fresh faces of men, women, and children are needed for our expanding lifestyle collections.

º Have you ever been interested in the modeling trade, but not sure where to start?
º Would you enjoy seeing photos of yourself used in the media or in advertising material?
º Do you have an energetic smile and enjoy being in front of the camera?
Don't let the word model intimidate you, high quality photography of everyday people is just as in demand as shots of professional models.  Modeling for us, you'll receive images from the photo session for your personal portfolio, and depending on the theme of the shoot and your experience, you may receive an hourly wage as an independent contractor.  You must be able to sign a model release, and if under 18, have a parent or guardian sign as well.

If you're interested in modeling for one of our people focused, lifestyle themes, read our modeling FAQs below and then contact us via email or phone.

Modeling FAQs
What are “stock” photographs?
What types of models are needed for stock photographs?
How much can I earn modeling for stock photographs?
How soon after a photo shoot can I expect to get my images on a CD?
What should I bring to a stock photo shoot?
Do you provide a Make-Up Artist?
Can I bring an escort to the photo shoot?
How will my images be used?
How can I get involved with modeling for your stock photo library?
Q: What are “stock” photographs?

A: Stock photographs are existing images that can be licensed for specific uses.  Publishers, web designers, advertising agencies, and graphic artists use stock images to fulfill their creative requirements as an alternative to going through the time and expense of a custom photo shoot.  Businesses and organizations of all types use stock photos for print and web ads, in books and magazines, as accompanying images to news stories, on website blogs, in brochures and packaging, in direct mail advertisements, in corporate literature, and even stills incorporated in to television and movies.  Stock photography is one of the most basic components of marketing and advertising and is commonly used in all types of media.

We shoot stock photographs and video footage of everyday people doing everyday things.  Any occupation, life event, or fun activity are all good stock photo themes.  Good stock photos are those that portray friendly, happy people in a home, work, or play environment that can tell a story or convey a concept to the viewer.  We bring together clear themes, uncluttered compositions, and cheerful colors to create our popular digital stock imagery.

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Q: What types of models are needed for stock photographs?

A: All ages from newborn to seniors, all ethnicities, and male or female are needed for stock photographs.  Height and weight are not as important as it is to have a natural look and energetic smile.  Most of our stock photo themes strive to evoke an everyday feel to them so we look for someone who has a natural beauty that doesn’t require a lot of makeup or fancy hair. 

We do not shoot high glamour, goth, fetish, or nudes.  Tattoos and piercings are generally not acceptable unless they can be covered or retouched out.

In many cases, we shoot themes that involve couples and/or families.  In these types of shoots, real couples or real families usually work best.  The chemistry is there and everyone is comfortable with each other, plus the logistics are easier to organize.  If you have a spouse, significant other, or family member who is willing to pose with you, then we would love to work with you.

That said, each theme generally has a specific requirement for age, gender, and other factors so we may not be able to work with you right away.  There may also be specific wardrobe requirements which necessitate a specific height or weight.

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Q: How much can I earn modeling for stock photographs?

A: Our compensation rates are based on a number of factors.  The model’s experience and abilities, the theme of the shoot, and if the model has worked with us previously all contribute to how much we pay. 

Experienced models generally require less coaching and instructions, and are usually better at portraying an expressive face or body language than inexperienced models.  Whether you are new to modeling or a seasoned professional, we give priority to these types of modeling skills that can contribute to a greater number of usable images from a shoot and pay accordingly.

Themes that have extensive wardrobe, prop, or location expenses can reduce the overall budget that is available for talent.  If the model is providing wardrobe items and/or props to the shoot then we can pay the model more than if we have to purchase or rent these items ourselves.

And last, we tend to work with the same models repeatedly if we click.  We value good communication, reliability, and professionalism and reward this through repeat hiring and a higher hourly rate.  Contact us directly for specific compensation rates.

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Q: How soon after a photo shoot can I expect to get my images on a CD?

A: It generally takes one to two weeks to select and retouch the final image set.  These images are then submitted to the stock agency where they are inspected for quality and potential copyright issues.  This inspection process can take several days and we usually wait until all images have been approved before burning a CD in case any further retouching is required.  In all, it can take anywhere from two to four weeks before you get the CD.

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Q: What should I bring to a stock photo shoot?

A: We will coordinate beforehand any specific wardrobe or prop requirements.  Generally, clothing items should not have any text, logos, or busy patterns.  Small logos are sometimes allowed if they can be edited out with Photoshop.  Providing your clothing and shoe sizes will make it easier for us to plan out the wardrobe items necessary.  Sometimes you may be asked if you have a specific color or article of clothing.  Sports gear, uniforms, formal wear (i.e. wedding dress, tuxedo, etc.), or other unique items may be something that we can use for a specific theme.  Don’t hesitate to let us know your hobbies and interests, we just may be able to set up a themed shoot on that topic.

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Q: Do you provide a Make-Up Artist?

A: We ask that you are able to do your own makeup and hair, as no MUA is provided.  Because most of our shoots require no more makeup than what you would wear everyday, we feel that an MUA is not necessary.  Most skin blemishes will be retouched out in post-processing.

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Q: Can I bring an escort to the photo shoot?

A: Yes, escorts are definitely welcome.  If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must accompany you at the photo shoot.

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Q: How will my images be used?

A: Your photos could appear in a variety of places such as books, magazines, web sites, etc.  We have had customers all over the world use our stock images and most images are licensed many times by many different customers.  In some cases, an image may be licensed thousands of times.  In other cases, an image may never get licensed.  Every stock photograph is taken on speculation that someone, somewhere will want to use it, but we cannot guarantee the popularity of a specific photograph. 

Our images are licensed exclusively through iStockphoto and Getty Images, two market leading stock media agencies. Agencies such as these utilize two basic types of stock image licensing models, Rights Managed (RM) and Royalty Free (RF).  With the RM model, the photo agency tracks the customers who license a photograph and provides that information to it’s clients.  This allows a client to know if a competitor is using the same image before they decide to use.  A RM image license is priced based on how the image will be used, where the RF image license is generally based on the size of the image used.

With the RF model, the usage information is not made available to clients (or to the photographer), so the level of image exclusivity is less than with the RM model.  We license our images through the RF model so we do not have a direct list of customers who license our images but you can see some examples of our images in use here

Of the flip side, personal information about the model in any photograph is not provided to any client who licenses the image.  The model release stays on file with the agency for legal reasons but is not shared with the client at any time.

If you have any concerns regarding how your stock images would be used, you can read the iStockphoto User Content license here.  The license specifically prohibits the use of any image on the following terms:

“Cannot use the Content in a fashion that is considered pornographic, obscene, immoral, infringing, defamatory or libelous in nature, or that would be reasonably likely to bring any person or property reflected in the Content into disrepute.”

“Cannot use or display any Content that features a model or person in a manner that (i) would lead a reasonable person to think that such person uses or personally endorses any business, product, service, cause, association or other endeavour; or (ii) that depicts such person in a potentially sensitive subject matter, including, but not limited to mental and physical health issues, social issues, sexual or implied sexual activity or preferences, substance abuse, crime, physical or mental abuse or ailments, or any other subject matter that would be reasonably likely to be offensive or unflattering to any person reflected in the Content.”

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Q: How can I get involved with modeling for your stock photo library?

You must be located in California, preferably in or near the greater Sacramento region. We generally work only with models who are local to the shoot location, which most often is near Sacramento although sometimes in other areas of Northern California. Email us with your age, height, and weight, and at least one photo showing off your smile.  If you have an on-line portfolio with sites such as Model Mayhem or One Model Place, that’s great, just email us the link.

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