If you’re into any kind of photography that includes models, chances are you’ve heard of Model Mayhem.
Possibly the leading portfolio site in the industry, MM helps creatives find photographers, models, makeup artist and others to collaborate with. Unfortunately there seems to be quite a few shady characters with cameras out there and more than a fair share of unreliable models that don’t seem to have a concept of time. That is, if they even show up.
Hoping to regain members’ trust and boost its reputation in the industry, MM has launched a new two-way credit system called ‘Verified Credits’.
Unlike the previous ‘Credits’ section, the new credit system requires that both parties approve the work. One cannot claim to have worked with a certain person unless the other side confirms it.
Further helping potential collaborators to get an idea about the person they’re considering, ‘Verified Credits’ will not only let you know who has worked with the person at hand, but also when the collaborations took place and how many times they’ve worked together.
Knowing that another photographer has worked with a certain model several times and was happy with her, for example, could put your mind at ease about having to deal with a no-show.
On the other side of things, models will be able to see verified collaborations from their peers and know that the photographer who contacted them isn’t a newly-retired-turned-“pro” photographer who’s just looking to take photos of young women.
The new system currently allows credits to be listed only between Model Mayhem members, but there’s still room to list credits with professionals who are not part of MM in the previous credit section (now named ‘Credit Notes’).
Time will tell if this move will succeed in turning MM into more of a community as they hope, but it’s definitely a move in the right direction.
More details about the ‘Verified Credits’ can be found in Model Mayhem’s Education section.
[via The Phoblographer]