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Get Published: Models and Photographers Needed

August 1, 2018 - Larry Claypool
This is a casting call for models. This is a call for photographers and journalists. And this is a call for outdoor products in the hiking, biking and apparel and footwear field. Advertising, public relations, TV, video and marketing firms are welcome too.

OK, here’s the deal. Ohio Valley Outdoors Magazine, our sister publication and the Ohio Valley Outdoor Times and Mid-Ohio Valley Outdoor Times, are expanding our coverage area — in print, video and social media — in the fields of hiking, biking, trails, backpacking, camping and kayaking (paddle sports) and we need content — photographs, video and copy to fill those areas.

Note: we are NOT stepping away from our core hunting, fishing, firearms and trapping coverage. Those will remain a strong focus for all of our publications.

So, this is a lot to cover. And things may expand if need be.

The main focus for us will be to collect and archive material to publish in the areas of hiking, biking and trails initially. Photographs will/can be used for front covers in our publications, for stories and advertising (for print and online) when needed. Other outdoor entities and publications may be invited as well.

Locations We’ll host a day or two of photographing models (18 years of age and older) on local trails and natural outdoor scenes. More than one site will be used and other locations in the Ohio Valley region could be used. (Since I like the Beaver Creek State Park area, it’s a good bet that that area may be used.)

Models As for models needed, this will be done on a volunteer, first-come basis only. There will be no pay (unless arrangements are made thereafter and will have nothing to do with our company). There will be model releases signed for photographs/images to be used by our publications. Note: this does not state or imply that other agents, publications, advertising or marketing firms will not offer/provide compensation for future modeling work.

All potential models for this project will need to pre-register with OVO no later than two days before the scheduled photo shoot, which is tentatively set for late August. Exact dates and times will be announced soon. Contact our office at 330-385-2243 to pre-register to be a model.

We’re interested in male and female models, all ages, from 18 and up. No experience is necessary. Outdoor/casual wear will be the attire. Some clothing, footwear and gear may be provided for models to wear during the photo shoots. If you have a favorite walking/hiking stick or backpack, bring that along. Note: We’re not doing glamour shots.

Photographers For professional and freelance photographers and journalists this may be a good project, resource and story material for you, personally or for your business. We will need all photographers to pre-register with us, for scheduling purposes.

Photo and video images taken during this event are obviously property of the photographer. We will, however, pay for photos used in our print publications after they are published. Most of our writers provide their own photos that accompany articles. We do bank some photographs/images for certain topics, graphics, advertising and promotional projects. But, we do not purchase stock photos for those purposes.

We also retain a small collection of low resolution images on discs from outdoor photographers who offer a sampling of their portfolio for our future needs. We welcome samples from other photographers for this purpose.

Volunteer Clubs If you are part of a photography, outdoor, biking or hiking club who would like to help volunteer with this project please call me to discuss options available.

Business Owners We may have a few sponsorships available with this project. Please contact the OVO office for details.

For additional information please contact me by phone at: 330-385-2243 or email:


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The main focus of the Photo Shoot will be to collect and archive material to publish in the areas of hiking, biking and trails initially. Photo by Larry Claypool