This page last updated 0100 hrs on 22nd September 2016 by Pete Lorocco.
Current opportunities for
models to get work in Melbourne are listed, and open
to all applicants. Part-time or casual work is available
for models on weekdays or weekends. No experience
required- if you have enthusiasm, looks and style- these
count for everything. All jobs are paid- rates are agreed
before the assignment starts.
You can have regular work- either assignment based, casual or an ongoing modelling contract with steady income, if you meet the deletion criteria and have attractive facial features as well as height to weight.
The modelling opportunities are primarily Melbourne based, so if you are from out of town or interstate, you are encouraged to apply if you can make yourself available for an interview in Melbourne.
Each modelling job typically spans a half day or full day. Location and lighting plays a big part in the shoot- and the successful applicant will often be booked on short notice- say between one and four days' lead time. This is because we need to be certain of the weather at the location we are planning to use.
Of course indoor shoots- whether fashion, swimwear or lingerie- can be booked further in advance with more certainty, so you know the work will go ahead.
Models are paid on the day of the shoot- there's no waiting. At times you may be given a clothing and makeup allowance, this is an extra payment on top of the money you get for working. It's normally given to you once we conclude a series of shoots with you- and paid as an extra, over and above the agreed rate.
Looking for an ongoing modelling contract? If you are the right candidate for our style of shoots, you can look forward to regular, paid photographic shoots over the next 12 months.
Successful models who have worked with us, have had the following personal qualities:
All our model shoots are fun, relaxed and in an encouraging
environment. We use absolutely stunning settings which most
photographers aren't even aware of.
The current season's light is soft and flattering- we can do some amazing things with far less effort, as the sun tracks lower in the sky. We have an array of indoor model shoot locations throughout Melbourne, for when the weather is too cold to shoot outdoors!
If you have wanted to get jobs as a model independently, and not pay agency fees, apply for modelling work and get a professional assessment.
Enjoy being a model- take part in artistic photo shoots for a magazine photographer with decades of experience.
We have specific shoots arranged for dates in November and December 2016, in or very close to Melbourne CBD.
Some photo shoot dates are set on short notice, and provide
work opportunities for models who are available with
minimal fuss and process.
a href="#apply-to-be-a-model" target="_self" title="apply to become a model">apply for our modelling work assignments- complete a form and upload two photos now.
We are developing a number of new websites, devoted to
modelling, on-location model photography, tutorials for
photographers wanting to work with models- and we need
these images to illustrate what we do. We've looked
through our vast archives of model photography shoots
throughout the years and notice how much many of the
locations have changed- or just disappeared with the
passage of time.
Some of the fashion our models are wearing in earlier shoots looks very dated- so all the material needs to be reshot again.
This is a rare opportunity to be part of something good. Enjoy yourself as you earn money, for a fun shoot- or get a full set of everything we shoot- including the original camera raw negatives, something no professional photographer surrenders to the client. Receive your photos on memory card right from the camera on the day of the shoot, no waiting, no delays.
Here's what we need from you:
Please ensure you are available to meet at our office in
Dandenong South on a weekday afternoon. The meeting is only
to meet and say "hello", not for a shoot that
There's a link to a form near the bottom of this page. If you have trouble completing the form, simply attach 2 photos to an email, answer the brief points outlined here, and email it all to:
Please check your email, and follow up with a phone call to us, if you have not heard back from us within 72 hours.
Please- no "I'm interested in modelling" emails without photos- it's an "appearance dependant" business- we need to see how you look!
Modelling is a highly competitive pursuit, but there are things you can do in order to stack the cards in your favour. Here's what we suggest, if you're doing all you can to get work as a model in Melbourne:
The best models for the shoots listed on this page, would be size 10 - 14 curvy or hourglass figured. You need to be happy within yourself- what that means is that you can't dread looking in the mirror! Our lenses take between a size- and a size and a half off you- so you'll look great. No minimum height requirement. The assignments featured on this page are a top priority- if you're interested, get your details and photos in, and ensure your pictures are clear, recent, and big enough that we can see how you look!
Some of the most important information about modelling for our commercial shoots is right here, please read this carefully!
Often when a modelling job is offered, the person writing the job description has an very clear picture of the right look of the models needed for the shoot. This is one instance where filling the criteria is paramount to getting an interview.
We're in urgent need of some great new photos for our stunning new web site, which is in beta format, online. Amazing opportunities exist right now, for female models between the ages of 20 and 35 to be part of it all.
If you like what you see on this page, and can confidently step up to be part of some eye-catching stunning images in similar locations, send some pictures in to us.
You'll be looked after by a female stylist, who is an
ex-magazine model. We'll produce images of you that
will make other photos you might have had done, pale by
You'll need to be someone who is passionate about the outdoors. Models who see the beauty in the environment and can see themselves in the same style images as what we display here should apply. You also need to be resilient when modelling outsided for photos- sometimes the weather is cold! Regardless of how lovely and inviting the locations look in our photos, often the reality is very different.
You need to be an actress too- be able to create the look, with the right demeanor and most importantly- the required facial expression, right on cue.
If you're comfortable about who you are, and can turn up to a shoot with no baggage or followers, then we'd love to hear from you. There is an enquiry link, where you can attach a couple of photos to a form- further down this page.
We get many applications, such as the one you are considering now. We get enormous interest in this page from many people worldwide. Our work is demanding in some ways but it is also very rewarding aesthetically- as you get to have shots done in locations most people will never get to see- even though they're around the corner. We have very clearly defined attributes of the ideal models for our work. At the risk of stepping on toes... I will try to outline some of these for you as gently as I can. Once you have read everything here, use the link further down this page to apply via the form. If you have trouble using the form- it can get a bit erratic on some devices- simply outline the types of shoots you could do, attach some photos and your details to an email, and send it in to us. There's an email link further down this page.
The only way to apply for our modelling jobs
is via the link further down this page, which leads to the
Here are some of the modeling shoots on offer; we need to fill these as soon as possible, in particular the beach, lear jet and waterfall shoots. The link to the application form is elsewhere on this page. If you are considering applying, please ensure you have two photos taken in good clear light, in which you are standing up, and "please read carefully"- NOT wearing black. The reasons will be explained further down this page.
Someone who is in the "correct" weight for height proportion is not necessarily the ideal model. Ideal weight for height are not always a representation of our population- our target audience- reality. Please understand the the nature of our lighting and equipment takes between one and one-and-a-half sizes off a person, so ideally the person we select would be someone who thinks they could still lose 4-8 kg. They will photograph beautifully- that's a guarantee! On the other hand- the correct weight for height, trim, toned and athletic model, with the tan- or heaven forbid- spray tan or solarium tan- will not photograph well with our gear- nor do they match the target audience for our images.
If you are selected as the right person for our shoot(s) we will provide a female makeup artist and hair stylist throughout the shoot, who will attend to you from the minute you arrive, until we are finished. We will provide accessories, makeup, hair and styling, and collaborate with you in regards to what styles of garments we plan to use, before we engage you for a shoot. If we want you to wear blue, and your colours are earthy, it's not a good mix- better for everyone to be clear on this from the beginning.
If you are going to apply, please give yourself the best chance possible. We want to shoot with the right models just as much as models want the best shoots and results for themselves.
In order of importance, the following selection criteria are considered:
Your figure needs to be curvy- tending to hourglass. Plus-size models- size 10,12 or 14 girls are great- for our style of shots where the emphasis is on curve and femininity, rather than an athletic sporty look. If your plus-sized modelling attributes are all in the right places, then go ahead and complete an application!
Your attitude needs to be right- enthusiastic, motivated, ready to shoot!
Looks are a difficult quality to define. We're not after a Barbie Doll type here- and most often, the looks that draw attention in nightclubs are not the looks we want in a model. Normal, attractive females, who enjoy food and don't exist on a diet of rabbit food, are the best models for us. We encourage you to give it a go, and send in a couple of photos, using the link which can be found at the bottom of this page.
If you lead a really busy life, where everything competes constantly for your time, and you have a hectic social agenda, then this is definitely not for you. Melbourne Modelling Work is ideal for someone who is available on short notice, has their own independant transport, and ready for work on 24-72 hours' notice.
In order to succeed at modelling- to even get past an initial meeting- you need to be switched on, sharp, and a self starter, otherwise you are wasting everyone's time- including your own- and as your desire to succeed becomes greater, you begin handing over money (to agencies) in order to dream the dream.
This web page is the final page of our old web site, and it
is over 10 years old. As such, it urgently needs
replacement. The new design is complete, the new web site
is online, and we just need a model for the images. You
need to be able to see yourself in images like those which
appear in the scroller below, on the page you are on right
now. For this shoot, if you are around 165cm in height,
your ideal weight would be 56-59 kg. If you are 175cm in
height then we'd be looking for a model around 65-68kg.
Our lighting and camera lenses tend to take a size or more
OFF the model, so for this one, these criteria are vitally
We work wonders with photography- but not miracles. How everything sits and stacks up is important- but by now you would have an idea as to whether or not you are in with a chance!
Make sure that the pictures you send in to us really are RELEVANT to what you want to do. They need to be crisp and clear, you need to be looking directly at the camera and the photos need to be well lit- no artistic light play, no shadows on your face, and certainly no soft focus or harsh contrast, like strong sunlight and deep shadows. You need to be instanty recogniseable- no "Saturday night party" type shots, and no "hangover photos" from your phone. If you are considering a modelling career, then it would be expected that you would have some better pictures to market yourself with. If you don't have the right photos now, please wait until you do- if the pictures aren't right, we disregard the application, even if you are a superstar of tomorrow.
The full length shot requirement is for just that- a full length photo, where you are standing up, and the photo is taken from the front. Full length photos should show you from knees up, wearing either two-piece swimwear or underwear, so that we can see your shape.
When you send in photos to apply for modelling work, the
pictures need to sell you; they need to show your
suitability for the shoots we have planned.
Keep this in mind- we only have the images you send in to us as a guide for our selection- so do your best!
How you look, apply and present really is everything. Don't put yourself at a disadvantage by sending lousy photos. The number of people who ring me and say "I really do look better - they were just bad shots I sent in...".
If you don't have them now, then wait until you have better photos.
We will not waste your time with meetings or interviews. We will only call you in if we are confident we can offer you something paid, right away. We are not an agency. We don't "sign up" models, we don't shoot portfolios, despite countless requests.
To be eligible for the above opportunities, you need to have a hairstyle which is "single" color- no multicolor, no foils, no tips, very conservative, ideally around shoulder length or a little longer. You need well defined cheek bones, and fairly symmetrical facial features. We prefer people with fair to lightly tanned complexion, and between size 10 and size 14. The successful model applicant will be in a campaign using beauty and glamour shots- on a website dedicated to professional model portfolio photography.
Be sure to mention "Learjet Shoot" on your application form, if you complete one. This is a great opportunity for modelling in a different environment and location. Images used for web advertising. Shots will be taken inside the jet- whch has a stunning boardroom style interior conference area, as well as on the tarmac at the airport. It's all organized- we just need the right talent to fit the selection criteria.
If you've always wanted to be a magazine model, in a news stand magazine, and wondered where to start - this might be just the opportunity you need to get you going. No agency fees, no photography fees, no charges for anything - if we feel confident that we can place you into something, you will get an interview, if we cannot, then you won't.
At the interview it's up to you - provided that you loook like the person in the pictures you sent in to us, the rest will lbe determined by your attitude and how suited to the shoot you are.
If you are interested in any of these- or other modelling assignments on this page, complete an expression of interest form click here, and send it in to us. Remember to carefully follow the instructions on the form!
Can you make it on your own, with excellent self
promotion and management?
In a word "yes".
Competition is fierce- you can't afford to take your eye off the ball for a second!
There are some basic commonsense things you can do to enhance your chances- you can read about them below.
If you've ever wondered whether or not you have "what it takes" to be a model, find out now, by completing our "expression of interest" form here and attaching two photos.
You won't be invited for an interview unless we are sure we can give you an almost immediate start!
Two photographs- not one- should be attached to the form. Please read the guidelines carefully. We reject incorrectly completed forms.
Modelling shoots avaialable throughout April, May and June
2016 on amazing, photogenic waterfalls and beaches in
If you're good to go in swimwear and lingerie, then submit an application.
This and other shoots are available in magnificent locations. For the chance to be in images like those on this page, complete an expression of interest form and attach a couple of pix here.
You will be in front of a huge audience- not to mention our
If you love water and want to be part of these paid swimwear shoots, complete an expression of interest form here for more info. Be sure to include the shoots you are interested in, on the form.
We're looking for our next Model of the Year- for 2017.
There are some great modelling shoots- opportunities to model for professional photographers and be seen on high-traffic websites.
Complete an expression of interest form to receive more info. Be sure to include 2 pix- one close up and one full length, and read the modelling guidelines carefully before you complete the form!
What's the advantage of pursuing a self-managed career as a model- as opposed to joining an agency? What are the benefits and pitfalls?
As a self managed model, you are responsible for sourcing your own work, responding to enquiries, securing your job bookings, turning up, and collecting the money. It's not quite as daunting as it sounds- for someone who is truly passionate about success, the road is quite easy- as there are so many who simply don't turn up on shoots- that the opportunities for the "good ones" are out there! Photographers are continually on forums, expressing disappointment at models who fail to show up- if you can gain a reputation as a reliable model, word will spread quickly, and you will be streets ahead of 95% of others out there. All for following basic courtesy and commonsense!
The downside to all this, is that you need to be your own
manager, you need to see yourself as a "mini
enterprise" and behave accordingly, treat your clients
with courtesy and respect, and stay "on your
toes". Stay on your toes all the time- not just when
the idea runs hot in your mind- success is not built on
fleeting attention and temporary concentration.
The opportunities are out there- maybe not on the "free folio" sites of the muddy waters of the internet, shooting with clueless photographers... but if you know where to look, the good jobs can be found!
More upside to all this though- you get to work with a diverse range of people. You have opportunities to travel, to get magazine and web exposure, and more often than not, get paid on the same day you sign off on the job, usually on the day of the shoot. You'll have the opportunity to make enduring friendships, in an industry where a lot depends on "who" you know. Your greatest source of referrals will be other models you have worked with, make-up artists who have worked with you, and of course, the photographers and clients themselves. Far more "in favour" of this system, than "against".
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How do I know if I have what it takes to succeed as a model?
Only you know yourself- the real you!
Success in modelling- while dependent to a certain extent
on your physical attributes- relies a lot on how you handle
yourself as a person- how others perceive you and how you
interact with other people. Countless times we've seen
the person who was "not the ideal choice" scoop
the assignment, through sheer determination, and tenacity.
Look at how you live, how reliably you have kept
appointments and commitments, are you are a breeze to deal
with; or a drama queen- the answer will be starting to
reveal itself by now!
Don't give up your day job- nor should you jump into modelling as a way of making quick money, funding your overnight retirement- or because your friends on your online chat page say you "should do it". These are all the wrong reasons!
If you have an eye for design and fashion, look after yourself well, take direction and responsibility well, and understand what a professional work environment is, then go for it! So many let "themselves" down... so if you are persistent, good things will be yours quickly!
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About modelling portfolios, folios, test shoots and what you really need.....
In an ideal world, you don't need a portfolio- you just
need someone to walk up to you with the contract and
However- in the real world, this seldom happens- so you need your tools of trade! It's amazing what a handful of simple, clear photos which show you as you look normally, will do for you. If you want portfolio images, ensure they are done by someone who is creating images that reflect your own personal style- if you're an earthy person, techno-style images won't work for you. The portfolio images which work hardest for you- the ones which every casting director and client needs to see first are these:
These will be the photos which work hardest for you. It is
invaluable to you to have great photos. Your full length
shot and face shot will be the two images that get you the
most work. The creative director or art director will be
able to build their vision of the finished look on those
Do everything you can, to make them great.
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I'm ready to take the next step- no obligation, no commitment from either side, just get some feedback on my chances.
Ok- so you want to give it a go- see what you think, what we think, and possibly what the audience thinks?
See that you don't make any mistakes in completing the
form, or in attaching images.
Please read the instructions below, and follow them to the letter.
These tips will get you in with the best chance.
Please read them- it is amazing how many people continue to make the mistakes we draw attention to here:
Please read, and read again, the next line:
Be certain you have completed the form completely and correctly- with two recent photos attached. Ensure that one is a face shot and one is a full length underwear or swimwear shot, and that both are representative of your CURRENT look. We've had some great people apply- but with only one photo- and some with incomplete information on forms.
Important: All applicants please read:
The most common errors on forms are, in order:
1: no surname- your surname along with your first name, goes in the "name" field of the form;
2: only one photo attached instead of two photos;
3: full length photo is either "not" full length, or has been taken sitting or lying down;
4: more than one person in the photo;
5: the applicant is unrecognizeable in the photo (blurry, poor lighting, head half chopped off)
6: wearing black in the shots - a big "no";
7: no "suburb" specified in the "suburb" field;
And while we've got your attention...
If you are able to name your image files- the pictures you send to us- it helps us a lot! If your name is, for example: "Sally Smith"; call your headshot: sally-smith-headshot.jpg and your full length photo: sally-smith-full-length.jpg because... if you provide an image with a name that already exists in our database, YOUR copy will be deleted by the system, before we even get to see it!
Remember- you're applying for this for yourself,
so give yourself the best chance.
Submissions must match criteria, in order to be considered.
Take it seriously, and we'll take you seriously.
Never worry about whether or not you are good enough, or stress about a couple of extra kilos you think shouldn't be there! A good photographer will know instantly how to bring the best out of you, and our lenses take between a size, and a size and a half OFF, so it's a lot easier for us to work with someone who is a few kilos over the weight they would like to be- and that's not a joke!
Please check your email after you have submitted the form;
add us to your list of contacts. Sometimes our auto-replies
get cut by system filters, and wind up in the junk mail. Do
check your different email folders, don't miss out.
It's happened more than once!
Ready to go ahead?
Before you apply for our current modelling jobs in Melbourne, please ensure you have read every single word on this page.
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tel: 03 9554 3279
Any Questions? Email us, pete"at"wildernessimages"dot"com"dot"au.