dear models ... what was your approx. experience level in modeling (1 day, 1 year, or 10 years?) when you had your first ever paid nude shoot ... and how much did you earn from that ?
(sorry tried searching this info but had to give up.)
Aug 16 11 08:11 am Link
Boston, Massachusetts, US
First time I ever posed nude I was paid $15/hr. I had been doing clothed modeling for a little while before that but it was pretty much right from the beginning.
Aug 16 11 09:50 am Link
thank you for your input
Aug 16 11 04:11 pm Link
Columbus, Ohio, US
The first time I had a paid shoot (I did nudes right from the start) was just a week or so after I started modeling. I think I charged $50/hr.
Aug 16 11 04:20 pm Link
Blountstown, Florida, US
Good Question but what you have to remember is each area (City) etc. one could charge more then others. But I recall mine it was out in CT and after I had been modeling Professionally for approx. 2 months and I was paid $300.00 for 3 Hours and an additional $50.00 for my Travel Expenses. I usually get anywhere from $75-$150.00 per Hour on Nude Projects now and days again Location Location etc. just my 2 cents though, Have a Great Night and Week...
Aug 16 11 04:58 pm Link
hey thanx much
Aug 16 11 05:07 pm Link
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
It was almost 3 years ago. I've been modelling for about... 5? I got paid $300 for 3 hours of art nudes, and another $200 for travel. They also paid for my room, and dinners. It was in Ottawa.
Aug 17 11 02:06 am Link
you remember all the details that's cool. thanx for the input
and ... did the photographer help you with the poses ? if so, how ? i mean did he / she have any sample images to help you with ?
Aug 17 11 10:57 am Link
Royal Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom
TF, it was my first proper shoot.
Aug 17 11 01:45 pm Link
Tampa, Florida, US
My first planned out shoot was 50/hr and my first real modeling gig ever (before that i was a photography student and so posed for classmates with experimentation for a year randomly) over 8 years ago. clothed foot photos of me walking on sand and grass hehe
my rates havent changed much, but thats just because i totally adore my job
Aug 17 11 02:02 pm Link
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
FWIW: when I had clients, I often had models' first nude shoot be their first photo shoot ever. It has NO RELATION to "experience" when and how much you get paid. I've worked with models who do it "for art" only (and the occaisional lunch) and others who have demanded money from day one.
Aug 17 11 02:17 pm Link
Long Beach, California, US
That and we generally have to pay you more to put ON clothing ;-)
Aug 17 11 02:25 pm Link
hey thanx for sharing this valuable info.
hope this would also help some models who're wondering what they should charge.
but overall it's nice to read about all these experiences
Aug 17 11 04:29 pm Link
Los Angeles, California, US
I started out at 75/hr with nudes, and I had been modeling clothed for about a year and a half. After a few more years of experience I increased my regular rate to 100/hr.
Aug 17 11 04:59 pm Link
Olivet, Michigan, US
My first paid nude shoot, I got $100 for about two hours. But I had to do the post processing later, so it didn't work out to that much. On the other hand, she was a sweetheart, and working conditions don't get much better than shooting paid art nudes of a beautiful woman out in the woods on a lovely fall morning.
Aug 18 11 12:05 am Link
Spokane, Washington, US
Man, I didn't make shit my first nude shoot. I think I got like $30 or something. The scout leader got like 10 years though.
Sorry, in a really dorktarded mood.
Aug 18 11 01:23 am Link
Elk Grove Village, Illinois, US
Aug 18 11 01:37 am Link
Art of the nude wrote:
certainly sounds like a wonderful time
Aug 18 11 08:02 am Link
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Professor Oni wrote:
You gotta love the girls who charge more to wear clothing!
Aug 18 11 09:23 am Link
would love to hear more experiences from other models
Aug 18 11 10:01 am Link
Long Beach, California, US
I think, every market is different, as is every situation.
I have shot people for their first nude shoot for free. They were extremely happy about the results.
I know models who charge more for nude photography than adult stars charge for full on porn sets...
So what I am saying, is there is no rhyme or reason to what you can or should expect to be able to charge, if you can get anything at all. I have seen some rates here which I think are far too low.. but then again, I never pay models myself. Weird, huh?
BTW, good models in LA can get 100+/hour.. but there is also a lot of trade work here.
Aug 18 11 10:10 am Link
Paindancer Productions wrote:
really ?? models like ?
Aug 18 11 10:25 am Link
Oakland Acres, Iowa, US
Models here may be honest in answering such questions, but that doesn't mean it's representative.
I've had models accept anywhere between $15/hour and $30/hour many of whom had done previous paid, nude shoots. (not to mention I've done many TF nude shoots)
Many models are young and earning not much more than minimum wage. To earn twice that for something they have less experience at (plus some images) has it's appeal to many. Admittedly not many of those models come from Punjab, Pakistan so your results may vary.
Aug 18 11 08:22 pm Link
Pocatello, Idaho, US
I had never modeled before, and I made $100/hour.
Let me make a note to that- I have a degree in photography, and I've been a dancer/gymnast/cheerleader/actress all my life. I had body awareness up the wazoo, which is what the photographer was looking for. He was amazed I'd never modeled before when I told him.
Aug 18 11 08:27 pm Link
Alexandria, Virginia, US
I started out pretty early with my first paid shoot. Two months after I started modeling I got $100 for about a three/creeping into four hour shoot and it was lingerie, and then about a week and a half later I got $150 for I think a two hour shoot (in terms of actual shooting time, pauses between accessory and prop changes weren't counted and even him changing film canisters [he used 13] he didn't count that time) that was my first nude paid shoot. I don't know why I got that so early...I like to think that my paleness fascinates the world.
Aug 18 11 09:38 pm Link
thank you all for the input
anyone else would like to share their experience ?
Aug 19 11 09:31 am Link
Miami, Florida, US
My first nude shoot was TF with Christian Nyback (http://www.modelmayhem.com/804198)
It was like 8-10 shoots into my career, and I wanted to try it, and loved his work. I gave it a shot, and he made me feel so comfortable, and the shots came back awesome, (I still have 2 in my port) And the rest is history. The job offers started to come in, I got published from them, as a magazine picked me up, and then Started to travel... I may not have made anything directly from that shoot, but I definitely credit it with the Booku Bucks I make now...
My first paid shoot was 50/hr, and once I was published, prices rose with amount of experience I gained. 300 shoots and 18 months later... HI! lol.
Aug 19 11 09:46 am Link
Winchester, Virginia, US
How much you make is more a function of the photographer's/client's budget (and how badly they want YOU specifically) than some arbitrary rate that you set.
I do technology consulting for a living. My day rate ranges everywhere from $400 to over $3000. Every job and every client is different. If you peg yourself to a flat rate, you will lose clients and money.
As a photographer, on the rare occasions I pay it's usually around $100 for a 3-4 hour shoot, and that's only to exceptional models who have portfolios that put mine to shame. My minimum standard for whether I'll pay a model out of my pocket is that the worst picture in her portfolio has to be better than my best. I'm sure other photographers have vastly different standards for how much they'll pay and to whom. As I said, every job and every client is different.
Aug 19 11 10:05 am Link
Baytown, Texas, US
i did a nude shoot for free, i dont know if i should even say that because that may not be very typical. if i dont know someone then i charge, and sometimes people are rude when you ask for money to shoot nude, lol, um ok
Aug 19 11 03:26 pm Link
Elise Re wrote:
how did the photos turn out ? got any to share ?
Aug 19 11 04:24 pm Link
Abbitt Photography wrote:
nude shoots over here are not a rare thing to happen. but seeing them online most certainly is.
Aug 19 11 04:46 pm Link
Portland, Oregon, US
For me, it was my first shoot ever, nude or otherwise. $150 plus dinner. ^_^
Aug 19 11 09:10 pm Link
Atlanta, Georgia, US
I think the model payed me $300, but its been some time. There isn't any real money it in so I generally don't bother shooting it unless I have a real need to fill and then I hire a model.
Aug 19 11 09:16 pm Link
Boston, Massachusetts, US
I had been shooting nude work for TF* for almost two years, before I ever got a paid shoot offer.
$60 for 3 hours of art nudes, flat fee. The 2nd paid shoot I did, I received $120 for 4 hours, and it felt like hitting the lotto.
Aug 21 11 07:57 am Link
Corpus Christi, Texas, US
First shoots were time for print.
Aug 21 11 08:13 am Link
Nashville, Tennessee, US
It depends on which of my sets you were asking about as to what answer you'd get. My first actual nude modelling set (with a photographer) was for trade. My first paid modelling set I charged $40 an hour but the photographer ended up paying double because I went above and beyond what he asked. (He asked for lingerie and I agreed to full nudes during the shoot.) I do some other modelling work too but I charge a lot more (~$200 an hour, not porn) for that and it's private.
Aug 21 11 12:43 pm Link
thanx everyone for their input
Aug 23 11 04:15 pm Link
Dallas, Texas, US
Aug 23 11 04:46 pm Link
Detroit, Michigan, US
Mine probably doesn't apply since it was in 1966, but I got paid $10 for a three hour art class. That was my very first nude modeling job, or modeling job of any type, and I was still in high school at the time, posing for an advanced art class.
My wife, who is also an art and photography model did her first nude assignment for free, just to see what it was like. I had an ongoing assignment with an artists group in the evenings and she dropped in to see what it was like. After a few minutes she went into the bathroom, and came out nude. When it was time for the pose to change, she climbed up onto the platform next to me, and stayed until the class was finished. That was about 25 years ago. Her very next modeling job a few weeks later with one of the artists from that group was paid, at $15 per hour.
Aug 24 11 05:26 am Link
London, England, United Kingdom
I did my first nude shoot maybe a year after i started modelling. I only got paid about £15 an hour as 'rates', maybe less, but i got a lot of good pictures and travel expenses, etc so it was a good deal.
Aug 24 11 09:30 am Link