When you're first entering into the industry, all you want to do a shoot. You're not worried about how the model looks, the wardrobe, the hair and makeup, or anything else. All you want to do is take the picture and see how it looks in Photoshop.
It's not until you get to a certain point, where you want your career to go further, that you realize that half of the battle in creating awesome images is having a model that fits the concept. This is a really important aspect that photographers overlook very often but it's just as important as the wardrobe, the makeup and hair, or anything else that goes into a photo.
I had known this for a long time and so I started to go to websites like Model Mayhem, One Model Place, and Model Management to find models that were actually serious about modeling, and that fit my concept.
This worked for quite a while until my work started to progress and I started to progress. As I submit my images to magazines and began to be published, many of the magazines that I wanted to submit to, would not accept my submission because the model was not signed by an agency.
This brings me to a very important point. The truth is, in this industry, I knew I was going to have to make a relationship with an agency in the city I live in. That was the only way that I was going to be able to work with professional models who were not going to cancel on me, or do any of the other things that the unprofessional models do.
I also realized that having the relationship with the agency gave me some credibility, and not only to the models but also to the industry as well.