Brother Flaming Sword of Moderation (johno) wrote,
Brother Flaming Sword of Moderation

On being a first time model...

Not from personal experience, but after seeing a amateur self-portrait
model approached online to pose for a photographer in a different city,
I created this list of tips on how to protect herself during the process.

I took the tips I'd read on several different web sites and in photo magazine articles,
to put together this list of tips.

As usual, YMMV and this list is probably not comprehensive.

Details, payments, rights, that's all business and the variations on the deal are endless. Make sure it's all in writing.

As a new model, you'll probably be offered TFP (Time for Prints (or CDs)). You get a CD or proof print of every image shot. Don't pay the photographer for anything, unless you want special prints.

Be certain of what you're signing. Copyrights and usage. Portfolio only, Art Shows, Internet, Magazines, unlimited rights. The default model release, torn from the book, is unlimited. For TFP, make sure you keep at least the rights for your own portfolio and personal promotion.

Treat working with a new photographer as though you were meeting someone from the net. Meet first in a public place. Bring a friend. Let other folks know where and for how long you're going to be gone.

Same thing for the photo shoot. Bring a friend, let folks know where and for how long you're going.

Don't be intoxicated before you arrive and don't accept any intoxicants there. It's professional and helps you with the next item...

Know your limits and stick to them. Make it part of the business discussion. Casual, Fashion, Sensual, Sexy, Implied Nudity, Topless, Full Frontal, Erotic, Sexual, etc, etc...

Let your friend know what your limits are and give them permission to remind you/enforce them. Your friend should be ok with your limits and being in the room while the pictures are being taken.

Your friend is an observer and bodyguard, not a photo helper, not a student of the Photographer, not a gopher and not another model. They are there for your protection and should never let you out sight when other folks are around.

You and your friend should have your BS detectors on high. Any twinge that the Photographer is trying to scam you, walk away. If photos have already been taken, insist on the film or be certain they are deleted if digital.

Be certain about what you want and are willing to do, before you sign a contract/release form and before you leave. Once you sign the release and walk out the door after the session, the photos are the Photographer's. If 2 days later you decide you didn't like the experience or 5 months later you're on the cover of a magazine, you have little recourse.

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