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Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


So this thread is inspired by all of the profiles I've come across lately that say "Paid Assignments Only"

I'll give you my honest opinion about how much and if you should be paid.

*Some people I will even suggest pay others to help them, that doesn't necessarily mean that you're bad, just that you need to work with a higher level of photographers or models, and that you may need to pay them to accomplish it.

*Also, in my opinion, no one but celebrities and supermodels should ever limit themselves to only paid assignments. EVERYONE else should be at least open to hearing trade offers from their peers. Even the perfect portfolio needs updated!
Aug 03 12 08:50 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Jenny Jannetty
Posts: 449
Roanoke, Virginia, US


Hmmm...  I'm always open to trade ideas, but if I was to be paid, what do you think?
Aug 03 12 09:02 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Stanley L Moore
Posts: 1,598
Houston, Texas, US


CMW Media wrote:
So this thread is inspired by all of the profiles I've come across lately that say "Paid Assignments Only"

I'll give you my honest opinion about how much and if you should be paid.

*Some people I will even suggest pay others to help them, that doesn't necessarily mean that you're bad, just that you need to work with a higher level of photographers or models, and that you may need to pay them to accomplish it.

*Also, in my opinion, no one but celebrities and supermodels should ever limit themselves to only paid assignments. EVERYONE else should be at least open to hearing trade offers from their peers. Even the perfect portfolio needs updated!

Interesting idea. Many of my models have pretty high expectations of their own value. Some photographers have mentioned to me that I mgiht be over paying some of them.

Aug 03 12 09:02 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Pretty Petite
Posts: 164
New York, New York, US


I'd like to hear!
Aug 03 12 09:06 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Dawn-Marie94
Posts: 453
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada


I haven't been modeling long...But would like your opinion  smile
Aug 03 12 09:06 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Anne Miles
Posts: 94
Los Angeles, California, US


Listening for your thoughts.
Aug 03 12 09:07 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
foreverloved
Posts: 170
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


I'd love to hear your thoughts! smile
Aug 03 12 09:52 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Rebecca Loren Photo
Posts: 84
Salt Lake City, Utah, US


CMW Media wrote:
So this thread is inspired by all of the profiles I've come across lately that say "Paid Assignments Only"

I'll give you my honest opinion about how much and if you should be paid.

*Some people I will even suggest pay others to help them, that doesn't necessarily mean that you're bad, just that you need to work with a higher level of photographers or models, and that you may need to pay them to accomplish it.

*Also, in my opinion, no one but celebrities and supermodels should ever limit themselves to only paid assignments. EVERYONE else should be at least open to hearing trade offers from their peers. Even the perfect portfolio needs updated!

Curious. Thanks!

Aug 03 12 09:54 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
JoshBombard Photography
Posts: 3
Metropolis, Illinois, US


I've been a Photographer for over 30 years, and a Photographer should never have to pay a model, it should be the other way around every time or an agency paying the photographer. Most models should be happy to pose for a good or great photographer who can add value to their portfolio. Even an inexperienced photographer has something to offer, and the model can help to teach the young photographer.

I generally will lower my pricing to help the model, but if I am approached with attitude of high expectations from the model who is like I have read though comments concerning this topic a "Super model or Fashion model", I'll charge then full pricing to add my work to their portfolio.
Aug 03 12 10:05 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


Jenny Jannetty wrote:
Hmmm...  I'm always open to trade ideas, but if I was to be paid, what do you think?

I would say you're in the entry level pro range, around $50/hr. Higher for adult oriented work.

Aug 03 12 11:52 am  Link  Quote 
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Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


Pretty Petite wrote:
I'd like to hear!

Around $75/hr. for commercial work.

Aug 03 12 11:54 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Phane
Posts: 2,019
Rockville, Maryland, US


Curious
Aug 03 12 11:56 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


Dawn-Marie94 wrote:
I haven't been modeling long...But would like your opinion  smile

You're not ready to get paid work yet (except for adult oriented modeling, I think models should be paid for ALL adult work, this includes suggestive glamour). I would suggest doing some trade shoots to diversify your portfolio.

Aug 03 12 11:57 am  Link  Quote 
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Ivy Jae
Posts: 2
Hammond, Indiana, US


Hello,

I would appreciate an honest professional opinion.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Ivy Jae
Aug 03 12 11:57 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Sandra F
Posts: 87
Monterey, California, US


hmmm sure smile
Aug 03 12 11:58 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


Anne Miles wrote:
Listening for your thoughts.

probably around $50/hr. until you can get a bigger and better portfolio.

Aug 03 12 11:58 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


Rim A-J wrote:
I'd love to hear your thoughts! smile

$150-$175/hr. really like your aesthetic by the way. would love to see you shoot a really stellar model.

Aug 03 12 12:01 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
KristianaRose
Posts: 585
Denver, Colorado, US


I'm in.
Aug 03 12 12:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


Rebecca Loren Photo wrote:

Curious. Thanks!

$100/hr. for portraiture.

Aug 03 12 12:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Paige Morgan
Posts: 4,058
New York, New York, US


You tell me.
Aug 03 12 12:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


JoshBombard Photography wrote:
I've been a Photographer for over 30 years, and a Photographer should never have to pay a model, it should be the other way around every time or an agency paying the photographer. Most models should be happy to pose for a good or great photographer who can add value to their portfolio. Even an inexperienced photographer has something to offer, and the model can help to teach the young photographer.

I generally will lower my pricing to help the model, but if I am approached with attitude of high expectations from the model who is like I have read though comments concerning this topic a "Super model or Fashion model", I'll charge then full pricing to add my work to their portfolio.

agreed, my personal rule is that I don't pay the model unless I'm getting paid. If a client hires me to do a shoot and then I hire the model, I pay her. But that's the only scenario in which I pay models.

Aug 03 12 12:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


Phane wrote:
Curious

Non-paid

Aug 03 12 12:05 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Yume Look
Posts: 493
Atascadero, California, US


What do you think?
Aug 03 12 12:06 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


Ivy Jae wrote:
Hello,

I would appreciate an honest professional opinion.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Ivy Jae

Non-paid. Professional plus size models are almost always over 5'9"

Aug 03 12 12:07 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Phane
Posts: 2,019
Rockville, Maryland, US


CMW Media wrote:

Non-paid

curious why?

Aug 03 12 12:08 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


Sandra F wrote:
hmmm sure smile

$75/hr. for swimsuit

Aug 03 12 12:08 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
A N D E R S O N
Posts: 2,553
Garden Grove, California, US


Me please =]
Aug 03 12 12:10 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
DAN CRUIKSHANK
Posts: 1,786
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Do I deserve to get paid???
Aug 03 12 12:11 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


Phane wrote:
curious why?

All of the work in your portfolio is fine art photography, which is most often made just to be art and not for commercial purposes. Most fine artists don't get paid to make their work and thereby won't be able to pay a model. I would suggest doing trade shoots to build a more commercial portfolio for a younger model.  Don't get me wrong, fine art is beautiful, it just doesn't usually make a whole lot of money.

Aug 03 12 12:13 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


KristianaRose wrote:
I'm in.

$75-$100 hr.

Aug 03 12 12:14 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


Paige Morgan wrote:
You tell me.

$150/hr. maybe a little more.

Aug 03 12 12:15 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


Yume Look wrote:
What do you think?

around $100/hr.

Aug 03 12 12:16 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


A N D E R S O N wrote:
Me please =]

$200/hr.
enjoyed seeing the pics of miss kelli, i shot with her a looooong time ago!

Aug 03 12 12:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


DAN CRUIKSHANK wrote:
Do I deserve to get paid???

yep, around $100/hr.

Aug 03 12 12:20 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Natalia Eiras
Posts: 885
Red Bank, New Jersey, US


curious
Aug 03 12 12:20 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


Natalia Eiras wrote:
curious

$150/hr.

Aug 03 12 12:21 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Fotografica Gregor
Posts: 4,071
Alexandria, Virginia, US


I absolutely agree about the utter hubris of the "No TFP" attitude.

I'm not there and not one of them lol

so - rate away smile
Aug 03 12 12:24 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wandering Eye Media
Posts: 872
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US


Fotografica Gregor wrote:
I absolutely agree about the utter hubris of the "No TFP" attitude.

I'm not there and not one of them lol

so - rate away smile

$100-$150/hr. great models! i guess i need to make a trip to virginia...

Aug 03 12 12:27 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Felipe Jimenez
Posts: 407
Chicago, Illinois, US


I'd love to know. big_smile
Aug 03 12 12:29 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Fotografica Gregor
Posts: 4,071
Alexandria, Virginia, US


CMW Media wrote:

$100-$150/hr. great models! i guess i need to make a trip to virginia...

We would make you welcome -  and I can recommend a number of local models who are currently not in my port

Cheers smile

Aug 03 12 12:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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