TF stands for Trade For… These shoots can allow Models to get images for their portfolios that they wouldn’t have otherwise. These shoots allow new, beginner and Models doing this for fun or as a hobby to build up portfolios without having to pay Photographers to get them. It also provides them with images that they can share with friends and family, or use on social media sites like Facebook or Instagram.
Full-time or working Models can and do use TF shoots to fill gaps in their portfolios or as an opportunity to work with a Photographer or Designer whose work they admire. Sometimes TF shoots will also allow them to get into publications or have their images placed somewhere that they wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.
TF shoots can be beneficial to all parties involved but it isn’t a good business model for someone trying to be a full-time working Model. Yes, you can use TF shoots to build your initial portfolio but once you have worked with a dozen or so Photographers and have a portfolio of your best 10-12 images (one from each Photographer) you really shouldn’t need to be doing TF shoots on a regular basis.
But – don’t totally rule out TF shoots altogether. There may be a Photographer offering you something unique and special that can add a whole new dimension to your portfolio that you don’t have.
Whenever a TF shoot is offered to you, take a look at the Photographers work, consider what is being offered, and seriously weigh the options of whether this shoot could benefit you or your portfolio. There is nothing wrong turning down any offer, whether paid or TF.
TF stands for Trade For… Trade shoots can be very beneficial to both Photographers and Models. These shoots can allow them to get or create images that they otherwise wouldn’t have in their portfolios. These new looks and styles can be beneficial to each of them.
TF shoots are a great way for a new or hobbyist Model to build up their portfolio. These shoots allow them to get images that they can share with friends and family, or use on social media sites like Facebook or Instagram. Full-time or working Models can also use TF shoots to fill gaps in their portfolios or as an opportunity to work with a Photographer whose work they admire.
Most of the time TF shoots will be with new, beginner, or hobby Photographers. Most full-time or professional Photographers do not have the time or the need to do TF shoots but they will occasionally use TF shoots to fill holes in their portfolios or to a particular look that they didn’t have before.
There are many ways that TF shoots can be negotiated. The most common form is TFP – Time For Prints / Images. In these shoots neither the Photographer or the Model pays with anything except their time. Afterwords they both share the images.
Models may have Wish Lists on sites like Amazon.com and Photographers can purchase items from those lists and shoot the models in them are just give them to the Models as payment for their modeling time instead of giving them images. Allowing Models to keep outfits after shooting them is another similar form of TF payment.
There are also times where groups get together for a particular and they all provide their own unique parts to the shoot. Example: A Model, Photographer. Make-up Artist and a clothing designer may get together and do a shoot featuring the clothing and/or the Make-up. The final images are use by all four participants and nobody ‘pays’ any of the others.
The quick answer to this is: Depends.
If the Photographer pays the model for the shoot –
Then all of the images belong to the Photographer. The Model was paid for her modeling time. She has no claim to the images. If she should decide that she wants images for her portfolio, website, or other use, she can pay for the images just like anyone other client.
- However, one thing that I personally do for Models I work with is If I end up with Tear Sheets from our shoot then I will usually give her a copy as a courtesy. I am not obligated to do so though unless that is specifically spelled out in the original shoot agreement.
If the Model pays the Photographer for the shoot –
Then the images are hers. The Photographer still owns the Copyright but the Model has a full right to use any of the images from the shoot as spelled out in the Shooting Contract.
- I personally do not require or need Tear Sheets or credit attached to the images. I also do not watermark these images in any way.
** Editing these images: Unless our original Shooting Contract specifically spells out details about editing the images, they are the Models to do with as she sees fit. Since my name (and reputation) is not being attached to these images I don’t have a concern about their editing.
When working with Models all shoots should be planned in advance and all of the details spelled out in some form of Contract or document and agreed upon by all parties involved, (not JUST a Model Release). Who pays, or who doesn’t pay, TF*, $$, clothing (wish list) trades, or other options, all need to be spelled out and agreed upon in advance. Contracts should also cover Copyrights, Watermarks, distribution and usage rights. Also, delivery times for the images (if necessary) should be spelled out.
These should all be spelled out and agreed upon in advance of the shoot.