Ive been asked many many times and I tried to answer by massages but its easier to do it as a journal entry. I have to start from far.
When I started to take photos serious and thought of going to a photo school. Ive been to one when I was a little kid, but now I thought I need the coolest photographer as a teacher. And one of the big commercial photographers here has a school more like a high courses. I brought my works that was just some photos of my friends who actually look like most of my models, and I was told to grow portfolio first and then to come again. Apart from poor portfolio the price was a bit high- 1500$ what I was willing to pay ( oh those times when I had money because I wasn’t a photographer) but didn’t pass the portfolio test. I made a group in Russian social net (like facebook) called foto for free. I offered free photo set to any who find me a good setting or make a nice idea. Sure I did some girls which are sometimes happen to be as good as boys , as model I mean! Than I offered set to a Sergei -hot guy I saw in net. He wasn’t sure at the begin but I saw by amount of creepy soap camera photos that he want it. And he found a cool location-burn stables, brought a cute friend with him and we did a great set [link]
And it turned to be a bit gay you know guys playing with each other, giving looks or doing what was called ‘friends spanks’. These two guys are from sambo sport section, and all friends after seeing new avatars wanted to do a set. Many of my model are from sambo…maybe 1/3 are from sambo. I also did one of they key figures in this sport here- [link]
didn’t know who is he and still sorry that I charged him full price. After him all sambo kids were proud to have photos from me.
Other big source is one of the night club, which is not gay but they got go go dancers. And this are always really good-looking gays, but mostly bad models-lazy, late and queeny. But great bodies-like he is [link]
To be a go go is a hard job and they dosn’t stay for long in a club, but most of them are getting a photoset with me. Then there is a huge pack of bodybuilders. I made and advertisement in one of the big sport clubs [link]
-actually haven’t got that many clients but I worked with some of the trainers like this twins [link]
I can go like that for long, but there is already too many links so, here are some of my advises
Offer yourself on facebook
Get one cute hot guys, maybe pay him like 50 $ no nude, just some kind of a sportfolio
Work with girls-they got brothers)
Get a key person-a local star, sportsmen.
Make ad in the nearest sport clubs-some will ask for money-ignore it, find a place that will be happy to have a photographer working with them. Yoг place Ad and do some event photos in exchange.
Be open-some of the boys who looked bad on photos turned to be fantastic I’ll post some examples.
Ill post more about how to work with models, maybe it will be useful for you guys.