For photographers and models just starting out in the business, building a portfolio by soliciting help online can quickly get… creepy. Craigslist aside, services like Model Mayhem or even direct messaging on Instagram can help forge connections but a new site called FStop is looking to streamline the process still further with a Tinder-style approach.
FStop is free and open to photographers, models, retouchers, makeup artists, wardrobe stylists and hair stylists–though the site notes that all skill levels are welcome. Once you’ve signed up, you can add a bio, a portfolio plus links to your Instagram profile. You can set your pricing and use FStop’s verification system to confirm you are who you say you are.
Once you’re in, you can browse through models, selecting favorites by using the heart icon and skipping over those you’re not interested in with the “x”. You can filter by height, sex, ethnicity, reviews, location and more. By default, FStop has an auto-match that will connect you with anyone who likes your profile. You can also disable that feature and only make a connection when both model and photographer like each other.
Profiles contain reviews and FStop derives a rating for all users based on several factors: your positive/negative review ratio, your overall transaction volume, your activity on the site, your profile completion and other unspecified metrics.
One of the more convenient features is the integrated payment system, which lets both photographers and models compensate one another for their work using Swipe.
You can get a taste of how the service works by browsing some of the profiles anonymously here.
Via: Digital Trends
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