— Bruce Davidson
Ultimately? It was because all my other friends have Profotos, which means I can borrow their modifiers— and they could borrow mine. Also, because Profoto has become more or less the industry standard, and I can ideally go anywhere in the nation or the world, and a rental house will have Profoto lights/gear, and I’ll already know how to use it.
Profoto also holds their value a bit more, and they’re just so well built. However, that is not to suggest that Broncolor, Alien Bees, Bowens, Elinchrom, Speedatron, or others are inferior— quite the opposite in fact.
Really, it was just because I can now use any of my friends’ many modifiers without having to buy or rent :-)
You do not need to have big clients in order to be represented. In fact, what few clients you have, your new agent may just as likely ask you to cease working with, as the agency wants to shape you and curate who you shoot for. They are the professionals, after all. I think more than anything, they are seeking photogs with a unique vision and voice. What makes you different from other photogs they already rep?
As far as when to submit? That is completely up to you, and when you feel you are ready. Again, a good indicator is to look at any photographer agency website, and those they represent… is your work on the level of theirs? If so, perhaps you’re ready.
But seriously, take everything I’m saying with a grain of salt. I am not represented. I do, however, have a couple of friends that are (at a few of the prior mentioned agencies), and this is the general impression they give me of how they were signed.