Model Submission

Want to be a model at ShutterFest? Think you got what it takes?

We are looking for new and experienced models of all ages, all sizes and all heights to join our Rent-A-Human modeling program at ShutterFest this year! We are in need of models who are enthusiastic, energetic and willing to work with our photographers to get AMAZING shots.

Rent-A-Human (aka RAH) is our modeling and portfolio building program at the event. Since ShutterFest is a hands-on shooting conference, there is a huge need for lots and lots of models. This year, we will have over 250 models at the event across all different genres: bride, groom, weddings, engagement, high school seniors, families, babies, children, glamour, boudoir, fashion, general portraits, fitness and same-sex.

Here is what’s in it for you:

As a model at ShutterFest, you will have access to the following:

  • over 2,000 professional photographers
  • imagery to build and upgrade your portfolio
  • professional hair and makeup artists
  • top talent competition where you can win cash prizes and magazine publications

Rent-A-Human will be open April 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2023 at Union Station in downtown St Louis, MO. Additional models may be needed on April 7th, but will be contacted on an individual basis.

More information will be available as we get closer to the event.

Be sure to include up to 3 pictures of yourself. These do not need to be professional photos – these should be taken in natural light, with absolutely no filters, and stoic facial expressions. 

We have one request. Don’t be a typical model. Be responsible. If you commit to ShutterFest, BE THERE! This is a national event with lots of exposure.

Learn more about the event – click here.

Apply to model at shutterfest 2023

Fill out the form below to apply for our modeling program. Be sure to follow the new image guidelines!

SF23 Model Application
Have a different name you go by for modeling? Let us know so we can list it in the model directory!
Minor Confirmation
Have you modeled at ShutterFest before?
Date confirmation
Can we contact you to model on April 7th if needed?
We will need models on April 7th for SF+, an extra day of classes for a smaller number of attendees. Depending on attendance and speaker needs, we will reach out to available models as needed.
Categories you are willing to model for:
Maximum upload size: 6MB
Max file size: 6MB

Image guidelines:

  • Submit two headshots (shoulders-up)
  • Submit one full-body shot
  • NO FILTERS! We need to see you 🙂
  • Selfies and non-professional photos are OK.
  • If these guidelines are not followed, we may reject your application.


Beginner: Just starting out or relatively new to a given subject matter. Basics will be covered and the course will move at a slower pace. The instructor will spend a little more time trying to explain concepts to ensure everyone is following. On a scale of 1-10 consider this level a 1-3 on the given topic.

Intermediate: Has a grasp of some basic concepts. This course level will move at a faster pace and assume you have basic knowledge covered on the given subject matter. On a scale of 1-10 consider this level a 4-6 on the given topic.

Advanced: You have working knowledge of the given subject matter, but are looking for more fine-tuning and some advanced topics to take your work to that next level. DO NOT expect instructors to explain basic concepts in this course. On a scale of 1-10 consider this level a 7-10 on the given topic.

Class Types


These are shooting courses. You will be shooting and working. Bring your camera, gear, or whatever you need for the course and to create create images. Expect to have some level of shooting.

Live Demonstration

These are instructor-led courses where you will see a live demonstration of what the instructor is teaching. You can still bring your camera to these courses and you can photograph, but the goal of the course is NOT for you to shoot or to ensure you get a shot. The goal is for you to see how and why the instructor does what he/she does in order to get the final result.


These are non-shooting courses. Typically classroom-based, bring your laptop and notepad and focus on learning!