Due to some unsavory people in this industry and to maintain the safely of all models and team members, we have to have certain guidelines for all model shoots to happen. I ask that you ready over this list of conditions before getting in front of my camera. It outlines everything from beginning to end when you come to shoot with me. If you have any questions please email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to expect
You can expect a professional and courteous atmosphere when working with me. We laugh a lot, talk about crazy things, and joke about a LOT of stuff. Most of the time I poke fun at me.
You’ll need to be on set right at the time that I give you. If that is 4PM. Be there at 4PM. Generally this is your “early” time. So, showing up at 3:30 will just make you wait till we’re all on set and setting up.
This goes for location shooting as well as studio.
I am usually arrive on set (location) while you are if you are getting hair and makeup done. If you are in the studio I will be there before you.
What to bring
Before the shoot we will talk about wardrobe, hair, makeup, and any and all props. You are expected to show up with these things unless you have been told that they will be provided. If you are unclear what the wardrobe is for whatever reason, please ask! It is better to ask these questions than show up unprepared!
Usually 3-5 outfits are best. We will photograph 2-3 outfits, but 3-5 is best to bring just in case.
Use of images
All models can use their images for self promotion, but NOT for promotions of businesses and/or commercial use. This is outlined in the model release that they sign. If they are caught being used to promote for a business any time after the fact, the model is legally responsible and must either pay for the use of the image or remove the image. This is also in the model release.
Altering the image is the same. So no crazy cropping of logos and all that jazz. Social media crops for Instagram and facebook profile photos are given to the model if they wish.
Modeling is hard on models! They work hard for their look, to learn posing, and to push themselves to the next level! That being said, photographers do the same. Working photographers, such as myself, do it every single chance they get.
That being said, models do pay. Instead of paying $500-$750+, they pay $275 per shoot. That does not include hair and makeup. That is only for my time, gear usage, and retouching later on the images to make sure they’re done in a timely manner (usually 1-2 weeks).
That is for all models. It doesn’t matter if they’re seasoned pros with magazine covers in the US, Europe, or anywhere else or if they’re newbies.
The fee is to be paid up front, no less than a week before the time of the shoot. Without the payment, the shoot will be cancelled. The ONLY exception to this offer is if you are shooting for a special project (i.e. Physiques, etc.) or if I waive the price due to a good, established working record with you (5+ shoots).
Number of images/compensation
The maximum amount of images that I give per shoot that is included in the $275 is 10. It is the 10 best shots from the shoot. That does not mean that you cannot purchase more. You can! All you need to do is let me know which ones you want from a PDF proof sheet or select them off of my camera. I do not give DVDs or CDs away of unretouched images. This is a quality control thing. Your best images are what I want out! Your reputation is mine and I want us both to look good!
If you are a competitor and you are doing a show, I will give you stage photos for free. I usually charge $100-$200 for this.
Shooting outside of shows is subject to the going rate for that show. If I am going to take time away from paid clients or potential paid clients at a show, I ask that you cover my time. If I have no shoots booked for that show and you wish to shoot, it will be subject to the normal model rate.
The images we make will be subject to both of us agreeing to the content. We will discuss images, poses, wardrobe, and anything and everything else along the lines of the shoot. You MUST be ok with what you show up to photograph.
This means if you show you to shoot for the “physiques” project, you are expected to come ready and be ok with being nude. If you are showing up to shoot sexier glamour images then you are expected to be ready to photograph glamour. Please do not come to the shoot saying you photograph one thing and then decide, when there, that you want to do something else. You will promote yourself to “client” by doing that and your session will be charged, in full, at the normal client rate for that session including any extras that you have decided to add. You will be expected to pay for that charge before ever getting in front of my camera again.
Flaking sucks! It doesn’t matter if the photographer does it or if the model does. It SUCKS. It leaves people standing around with gear in hand or set up wondering if we’re ever going to be able to shoot! It ruins reputations and just causes all kinds of other issues with things. Because of this, I have a no-flake policy. That policy is strictly enforced. I don’t care who you are or how many publications you’ve had. If you’re unprofessional, you are unprofessional and neither my team nor I will stand for it. You shouldn’t either!
A flake is:
- Showing up to photograph something and changing your mind
- Leaving the shoot early without a valid reason and proof
- Showing up late (more than 10-15 mins)
- Not showing up at all
- Canceling before the shoot without a valid reason and proof
If you flake, you have promoted yourself to “client” and you will have an outstanding balance to be paid before you work with me again. You will also be asked to pay for the next shoot as well.
You are working with professionals here. Keep that in mind. Most of the team members that I have or have worked with have been on many sets with myself or other photographers and know how to conduct themselves. So you are safe. However, sometimes things happen and I stress that you, as a model, practice SAFE modeling habits each time you go on set with ANY photographer and/or agency.
You may bring any friend of the same sex to your shoot. Parents and significant others are asked to stay behind or stay in the car. You are an adult and you are expected to come ready to work. Significant others and parents tend to get in the way. They also tend to work under different time constraints due to children, appointments, etc. So it is generally best to leave them behind.
If you bring a parent or significant other, I will meet them, say hi, and then ask them to leave the set. If they refuse, it is on you.
The only exception to this condition is if you are a minor. Minors are to have at least one parent on set the entire time.
Minors will NOT, under any circumstances, pose suggestively, in the nude, with implied nudity, shirtless, or anything else that may be considered child pornography. If this is suggested then you will be asked to discontinue communication and/or leave the set.
If at any time you feel unsafe or at risk, I ask that you let my team or myself know IMMEDIATELY. You are free to leave the set without fear of repercussion and/or retaliation if you feel unsafe. If you leave the set all images will be stored and backed up for legal reasons as will your model release.
My goal is to make the best possible images that we can. To do that, we must all feel safe on set!
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