I have been sewing forever (since I was about 8) but only really got back into it when I decided to start sewing as a boutique about 2 1/2 years ago. Since I don't have access to any little girls to model for me, I decided to enlist a couple of friends with adorable little princesses to model my creations. This kind of worked out okay but my friends were busy and sometimes their kids weren't really into modeling or the pictures didn't turn out exactly how I would have hoped. So, needless to say, this wasn't really working for me. Although I really appreciated my friends' attempts and the time and effort spent, I was kind of disappointed in not being able to get pictures of my dresses faster with a high quality photograph that I could post on my website or in my Etsy shop. This prompted me to do some inquiries on some of my sewing pages and, lo and behold, I discovered boutique model listing services!
Once I discovered that these services were available, I immediately set out to do some research on them. I had 3 services that were recommended to me by other boutiques and I sent inquiries to all 3. I was told that one of them is the most popular and successful of them all and that I would get back very high-quality, professional pictures. I looked them up and read some info about them and they were just what I was looking for....too bad they NEVER responded to my inquiry. One of the other two happily responded to me....a month later. The third, Picture Me Models, responded to me immediately and that's who I signed up with.
Picture Me Models is awesome. Although I don't have experience with any other boutique model listing service, I can't imagine my experience being any better elsewhere. To register as a boutique, it's FREE! The only thing they require of me is to book one model per month for a free item, which I was already doing with my friends. In return I get back professional quality pictures in about 2 weeks. Of course, you can do more than 1 booking - there a lots of models listed with them. All of these bookings are done online, on their website, and all of the pictures are uploaded and linked to you. Once you receive and approve0 them, they are yours and you are free to use them however you want. Don't you just love technology! Here is an example of one of my Picture Me Models photos and what I did with it:
The administrators at Picture Me Models are friendly and responsive. I think all of my questions and inquiries have been answered in less than 24 hours (usually within 1 or 2 hours), even when they are closed over the weekends. There are lots of moms with boutiques AND kids that model AND who are also photographers (lets face it, most moms become a photographer of some sort out of necessity). These "momtographers" do an awesome job of providing professional quality pictures for my products and some of them are even professional photographers.
In addition to providing me with a needed service, there are also photography peer advisors, pages where we can all interact with each other, game nights, contests, and lots of fun and friendly people. I have thoroughly enjoyed my Picture Me Models experience and highly recommend them to anyone who would love to trade photos for products. There are categories for everyone from newborns through adults...there is even a pet category! I especially recommend them to anyone who is attempting to sell handmade products online - they are awesome! Check out their website by clicking on any of the pictures on this page - they are all from Picture Me Models.