“The secret to modeling is not being perfect. What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second.”— Karl Lagerfeld
Last year I wrote a six-part series called Finding Glamour Models that you can find using the blog’s search function but even after December’s “finale” I’m still getting questions for readers.
Many models and photographer’s are involved in glamour photography as a hobby or as a way to increase their self-esteem. I’m guessing that at least half of the models appearing in my recent books posed just for the fun of it. Instead of them paying me or me paying them, the shoots were a trade of services, typically known as TFP (time for prints) or TFCD (time for CD) or sometimes just as TF*.
Some kind of paperwork signed on the day of the shoot—before photos are made— is a good idea, Because I can often promise the model tear sheets from a magazine, I ask them to sign a simple editorial release. Any release should specify what kind of rights, if any, are being transferred from the photographer to the model and vice-versa. Typically a TFP shoot provides model and photographer with photos they can use in their portfolios but like any contract you and she can negotiate.
Caption: The above photograph was made for the model’s portfolio as part of a TFP shoot. It was made in the dining room of my previous home. Camera used was a Canon EOS 60D and an EF 85mm f/1.8 lens, one of the best deals—optically and buck-wise— there is for portrait and glamour shooters. Shot with a exposure of 1/60 sec at f/5 and ISO 1000.
Nowadays TFP includes digital delivery on a disc or thumb drive whose content vary based on whatever agreement you make with the model. Some photographers only provide low-resolution images but I think that’s cheating. She supplied you with high resolution posing and I think you should supply her with high-resolution photographs. One model told me she only got one photo from a TFP shoot. “It was a great shot,” but nevertheless she felt cheated. Some photographers supply every image made during the shoot, while others only include a few retouched photos of the photos that they like.
Me? I give her the kitchen sink; she gets every photo I make and I’ll be glad to send her retouched files and prints. The upside is a happy model. The downside is sometimes she’ll post photographs that may not be my favorites or could use a little retouching. There is no perfect world in glamour photography but I prefer the one that makes the model happy.
You can see more of this model in my book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography that’s full of tips, tools and techniques for glamour and boudoir photography and includes information on all of the cameras used as well as the complete exposure data for each image. It is available from your friendly neighborhood camera store as well as at Amazon, where your purchase helps support this blog.