A young lady on Instagram recently “liked” a bunch of pictures there. I pulled up her IG profile to see if she was Pretty Faces material. She’s new – has some cute selfies and a few good snapshots – and has some potential. I sent her a message through IG (note to new models – you really need to improve your options if you want photographers to contact you) thanking her for the likes and asking her if she’d like to set up a shoot.
Her immediate first reply back to me was, “How much do you pay your models? I need some good pictures for my new Patreon.”
I sent her these options:
- TFP (Trade for Print/Pictures/Portfolio) – Good choice for new models who need quality images for your on-line portfolio and social media presence. You will receive no fewer than 12 edited and “finished” photos for your on-line portfolio and social media use. I can only use the photos for on-line portfolio and social media use. Neither you nor I can offer any of the photos for sale or use on pay or subscription sites without mutual consent, approval, and additional compensation. Model release is not required. A use agreement is required.
- Trade for Content – Good if you have a pay site and need new content. You will receive no fewer than 24 edited and “finished” photos for your subscription site(s), and an equivalent number of unfinished photos for potential additional use. No money is involved between you and me. I will provide a use agreement giving you exclusive license to provide the photos for sale on your current subscription site(s) for 12 months. You will credit Pretty Faces Photography, and provide a backlink to my site. Model release and use agreement are required.
- Pay – You will be paid an agreed upon dollar figure in cash. You will receive payment in lieu of photos. I will have ability to offer the photos for sale on pay or subscription sites or submission for publication in print or on-line content providers. Some web versions samples of the shoot may be provided, but none are promised. A full model release is required.
Those are the value arrangements for our working together. Your choice. For more detail, see Money Changes Everything.