Working with a professional photographer
You may be lucky enough to work with a professional photographer - if so, here are some hints and tips to make sure the shoot goes smoothly and you get what you want from it.
Always follow the rules below when working with photographers:
However, don't be paranoid - most professional photographers are more concerned about film, make-up, and the position of the sun. To most of them, 'time is money'.
Types of photography agreements
Before you work with a professional photographer, it's worth clarifying the nature of the arrangement - who's paying, who gets copyright in the shots and how they can be used in the future.
Trade for print (TFP)
Most professionals are looking to add variety to their portfolios without the cost. Some might be willing to do a trade for print (TFP): you pose for them and in exchange they will shoot what you want. But this usually means you will have to pay for your prints, and this may be very expensive.
Also watch out for the photographer who says it's free but goes on to use your images for profit - in this case you should get paid!
This is the staple of the modelling community. The model (or the model's agent) and the photographer negotiate a mutually satisfactory rate, which the photographer pays the model in compensation for his/her time and a release to use the images collected from the shoot.
When being paid to pose, remember that the person who pays for the shoot is the one entitled to decide the format and details of the shoot, the time and place, how many rolls of film will be shot and the number of outfit changes that will occur. You also have to be prepared to follow the directions given by that person to get the type of shot that the photographer or client wants. This will often be the kind of print or shot that you already have plenty of as that's probably why you got hired for the job in the first place.
Additionally, on most professional, paid shoots you are not entitled to any of the prints that result from the assignment; the only way you can get hold of them is by getting shots after they are published (your "tear sheets").
The model pays the photographer for his/her time and the images he/she takes, as well as the copyright to those images. This is ideal if you need the photographer to shoot a particular image and you want to receive ownership of that image. The photographer and the model must negotiate a mutually satisfactory rate for the photographer's time but the model has complete control of the images thus acquired. Because this is typically a 'no hassles' deal it's a great way to start off, creating a strong base that you can build upon.