Skip to main content

Watch Preview

Working with Models

with Matthew Jordan Smith and Yoanna House

Log in or Sign up for FREE and get full access to these and thousands of other Open Lessons in our catalog! Watch 1 Lesson For Free

  •   01 9:00 am - Introduction

    07:47

Class duration: 14h 16m

See all 39 lessons
  • 8K students

    100% satisfaction guaranteed

  • 83% recommended

    6 student reviews

  • Access anytime

    OFFLINE SYNC WITH iOS APPS

Get the Pass

starting at $25 $13/month*

$299 $149/year or $39/month

Unlock this class plus 1500+ more >

Watch Now

You already have access!

Buy Class

$99

About The Class

Want to learn how to find models, how to build your portfolio, and about the business of fashion photography? Fashion photographer Matthew Jordan Smith returns to the creativeLIVE studios for a 3-day workshop teaching photographers how to work with models! Matthew and fashion model Yoanna House from America's Next Top Model will take you through the model-photographer relationship from both sides, showing what sort of direction is helpful and what is confusing, how to cast for a photoshoot, and what you should look for in a model. Matthew will share his insights on how you get the look you need from a model and how to build relationships with models to get the best possible results. Models: want to learn how to be a successful model? Check out the related Modeling 101 workshop with Yoanna House!

Topics Covered


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    9:00 am - Introduction

    07:47
  2. 02

    The Model Agent

    26:23
  3. 03

    The Model Go-See

    21:28
  4. 04

    Making a Team

    18:32
  5. 05

    Your First Model Test

    28:52
  6. 06

    Testing Q&A

    20:15
  7. 07

    The Value of Testing

    23:34
  8. 08

    Expectations of Models and Photographers

    17:31
  9. 09

    Test Packages

    21:35
  10. 10

    Casting

    13:24
  11. 11

    Booking Terms

    17:02
  12. 12

    Photographer as Team Director

    16:08
  13. 13

    Conditions on a Shoot

    10:16
  14. 14

    Student Casting Session: First Student

    18:19
  15. 15

    Student Casting Session: Second Student

    15:02
  16. 16

    Shoot: Rooftop Catalog

    17:01
  17. 17

    Student Shoot: Dave, Rooftop Catalog

    23:06
  18. 18

    Student Shoot: Agnes, Rooftop Catalog

    21:26
  19. 19

    Connecting with Models

    09:58
  20. 20

    Morning Q&A

    13:31
  21. 21

    Reviewing Rooftop Images

    33:09
  22. 22

    Challenges

    11:47
  23. 23

    Assisting

    14:17
  24. 24

    -Shoot: Jewelry with Yoanna

    26:59
  25. 25

    Student Shoot: Kumi, Jewelry Shoot

    24:07
  26. 26

    Student Shoot: Todd, Jewelry Shoot

    29:03
  27. 27

    Shoot: Matthew Working with New Models

    23:39
  28. 28

    Personal Projects

    18:43
  29. 29

    Standing Out

    32:13
  30. 30

    Working with Multiple Models

    50:06
  31. 31

    Student Shoot: First Two Students, Benetton Ad

    45:19
  32. 32

    Student Shoot: Next Two Students, Benetton Ad

    29:07
  33. 33

    Benetton Shoot Q&A

    23:41
  34. 34

    Shoot: Karaoke

    08:18
  35. 35

    Student Shoot: First Two Students, Karaoke

    30:15
  36. 36

    Student Shoot: Second Two Students, Karaoke

    19:12
  37. 37

    Discussion of the Shoot and Matthew Shooting

    17:19
  38. 38

    Student Shoot: Second Round of Karaoke

    21:29
  39. 39

    Your Life Inspires Your Work

    36:25

Meet Your Experts

Matthew Jordan Smith

Matthew Jordan Smith is a world-renowned professional photographer specializing in celebrity, beauty and portraiture. His iconic approach is simple: Take the time to personally connect with every subject, make them feel brilliant and beautiful, and the photos infinitely sparkle. It's ... read more

See instructor's Classes

Yoanna House

Yoanna House, a Fashion Model and Television Presenter, was discovered on CW's (formerly UPN) hit reality series, America's Next Top Model. Given her ultimate win after the program's second season and after many weeks of nationwide exposure, Yoanna has become ... read more

See instructor's Classes

Bonus Material

Access your course materials here!

Get access to exclusive bonus content when you purchase this class.

  • pdf MJS creativeLIVE Keynote Slides.pdf

83% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Creativelive Student

    October 2012

    So amazing !! Bought this and Lara jade Fashion Workshop and the 2 compliment each other really well. If you're interested in fashion photography these 2 courses are so inspiring. I Love the Matthews passion for the creative process, its inspiring and informative.

  • John

    June 2017

    This is a highly collaborative video with models and students talking, a lot. And a lot of questions from the online audience. However, there is too much talking from other people rather than Matthew (who is super). This ended up becoming more like a confab/lovefest than an instructional video. At a few points Matthew is trying to continue his talk but the moderators keep stopping him to deal with questions. That's good, but it was done too long/too many questions at times. The best take away for me were A) use of a round mirror with top and bottom blacked out to use as a narrow slit lighting tool B) The book recommendations of 1) Selling The Invisible, 2) How To Win Friends and Influence People, 3) The Alchemist. If you have shot with models before and are comfortable with the process then you can skip. If you 100% wet behind the ears, then ok, this might be for you. But it is not a create CL title.

  • Creativelive Student

    November 2019

    Did the assistants course ever happen?? John and Matthew would be a great team. loving this course. Thank you Matthew for your endless patience and easy teaching style! So many useful snippets of real world information.

    Similar classes you might like

    You know who’d love this class...?

    When gift-spiration strikes, grab it. Give this class to a friend who’d love it. For their birthday or just because. (Or just because you missed their birthday.)

    GIFT THIS CLASS