TFP and the stigma with that type of shoot

There is a misconception about who works and who does not with a TFP shoot. I am amazed at how many people get offended when someone who has posted about a TFP shoot will not work with someone else. Again a TFP has to be beneficial to both parties. Not just one. If you are a model or a photographer, this can be to your benefit or not. You need to make sure that you are one wither getting the education that you need to perfect your craft. Or to get the images that you can use to help your portfolio attract more clients.

The issue I hear about most is that the number of images and hours into the shoot are not communicated very well.  If you are not going to have this in writing beforehand, there really is no reason for you to go into a shoot with false expectations. The also misconception is whether you would be getting raw or edited images.  Make sure this is also out in writing. Manipulation to images after they are edited is a huge rule that this not easily forgiven.

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The chaperone/safety debate

It has been going on for years, who says that there are not to be chaperones and why can’t I bring someone? I always have brought someone to my freelance assignments.  I just wanted to feel comfortable, safe and honestly, I didn’t want to drive. I could relax going and coming back from my shoot. It was simple.

Now in this day and age where people are always pretending to not be who they say that they say that they are, you wonder. When or did the chaperone become taboo? Did we make it that way so we don’t have to address the current issue of having or accepting one?

Taking it to the limit?

It is one thing that in modeling you hear very often. You hear about limits being pushed. You hear about condescending, suggestive, and interesting comments being made during a shoot. This is one avenue that I find gets pushed as the shoot progresses.

A photographer might say “Let’s try this.” In some cases it is very innocent and it is something that maybe a new photographer might want to try. There has to be pre-planning to any photo shoot. How else will you know what to bring to wear? How will you know how to do your makeup or hair? Rolling with the punches at a shoot, I have found in some cases just wastes time. The more time that is wasted then the more time that the model has to get tired. Even if a model is shooting all day, if the model is not resting or getting the looks refreshed…Then the images show it in the long run. Then the complaints from the photographer about having to do so much editing come in.

The other issue that always needs to be addressed but sometimes is not talked about is where are the images going? If it is a paid shoot, there should be a models release and a contract. Even if it is TFP, there needs to be some parameters on the usage.

Limits are there to protect each other. You never want to hear about a model who has been pushed to her limit and then had to quit modeling from that experience. It happens too often. If a photographer wants to try something that is past your current comfort zone, talk with that photographer and ask about how you can schedule a shoot for that theme. Easing into it and not rushing into it possibly will assist in the outcome of the images. Again communication is key.

Snail Mail and the fluid world of modeling

There was a scam that was going around a few years ago where a photographer, whose name was made up, was going to book a model. They said that they would FEDEX a check to the model and that she would need to deposit it. Then she would pay the other artists that were booked for her shoot. First and foremost, this would never happen. The check is usually fake or stolen and then the model’s account gets overdrawn because she/ he thinks that they have already been paid.

One of the first things that I ask of any model that I consult with is to get a PO Box. They are very inexpensive. They can get packages. You can get mail to be signed for there. You also are given a street address if they need to send something to you that way. You can get a box at one of the mail services places as well. Anywhere but your actual physical address.

There was a story in the new about a celebrity having their house broken into. With social media being posted on where you are and who you are shooting with, you are also becoming a target for thieves as well as stalkers. It is time to be more aware on this.

Just hit the reply button

One of the things that I hate the most is waiting. I hate just sitting there after sending something out and I feel like I am going to win the lottery with a reply.  I always wonder if I have composed the email, text, or message in the manner in which it will be received.

I keep hearing that the biggest thing with some of the photographers and models is that they don’t hit the reply button! It is really easy to do. The funny thing is that most of us watch the persons profile or something and they keep positing but, then they do not reply to the message that was sent. That is very frustrating.

If you get an email, message, or text from someone whom you are not interested in working with. It is the professional thing to do with simply declining the assignment.  You can say you are not interested, you are already booked, or something else. Just make it clear for them not to come back with a rebuttal. If you feel that this is not getting the message across, then just block said person. That again is simple and solves the issue.

Communication is key in this industry. Make sure that your message regardless is crystal clear. There should not be a time where someone is questioning what you mean with your answer. Mainly, just hit the reply button. Don’t make them pace the floor for your answer.