From time to time, if it is beneficial to my portfolio, I will do TFP sessions with select models. If you are interested in a TFP session, contact me with the idea of the shoot. Also, please read the following FAQ so there is a clear understanding as to what a TFP session with me means.
Trade For Print, Time For Print or TFP is a term used in many online photography communities. It describes a mutually beneficial arrangement between a model and a photographer where the photographer provides the model with photos in return for the model's time.
You will receive portfolio quality photos in digital form, both high resolution suitable for printing and low resolution suitable for the web. You can expect about 1 photo per hour of shooting. That's the industry standard. If time permit, I will prepare and print photos for you at cost.
Yes, you will have to sign a Trade For Print Contract And Model Release Form. Click on the link to download that contract.
In the past, I would have created a private gallery for you to see. Not only that lead to many arguments but some models used, without authorization, unedited photos taken from the gallery. So, I am not comfortable doing that anymore.
No. I will choose the photos.
I never give away raw files. The creation of a photo does not stop with the shutter closing. The photos straight out of the camera are only a half-finished product. Would a movie director release a movie without editing it? Would a writer release a draft to the public? Photographers don't release unedited photos for the same reasons.
Unless major problem, you will get all your photos within 2 months. I will send you the photos as soon as they are ready, so you can expect to see the first photos within 2 weeks.
Processing photos takes a lot of time.
First, I have to go through all the photos and make a selection of the best ones. Depending of the number of photos, that can take a lot of time as I usually do a certain amount of experimentation:
After selection, I send the choosen photos to a photoshop wizard to clean up the skin, fix make-up problems, etc... Depending on his availability, his geographical location (think about the time difference and lag between North America, Asia and Europe) and the number of revision rounds we go through that process can take up to a week.
After clean up, I do a last round of editing myself (final crop, colorimetrie, film simulation, etc..) to get a perfect photo.
I send photos as soon as they are ready. Some photos only need one round of touch up. Some need multiple rounds. So, the order you will receive photos is kind of random.
Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine as that will appear as small white dots in a photograph.
Do not wear color contacts. Colored contacts do not let the eyes shine and reflect correctly. It is better to change eye color in post production.