Mike Kelcher wrote: The better model agencies don't like text on the front of the images. So, for portfolio use in a major market, it'll hurt you in a print portfolio.
For on-line use, like any other use, you want to present yourself in the best way possible. So, for you, it's best if it doesn't detract the viewer's from you. Many photographers ruin the aesthetic quality of online images by making sure nobody would want to steal them. What they end up with is junque from the model's point of view.
While this is great for agencies, you have missed out the fact that the majority of models on MM are not with agencies and are not marketing themselves to big name clients but other photographers, they often don't need prints and will not always credit other team members in their shoots.
People often forget that Internet Modelling is a DIFFERENT business model to agency modelling, yet still try to shoe-horn the same practises into it. Until every MM model is agency represented and every MM photographer shoots for a client (rather than for themselves) people are just going to have to accept what happens in the "real" world does not necessarily apply to the Internet world.
Lauren Reynolds MUA wrote: Look at the images of highly successful, actively working photographers/etc - no watermarks.
Again the "real" world example does not necessarily apply to Internet Modelling. In the real world, the pros don't do things for free, the images have been paid for and are more likely to belong to a client after said client has paid.
If a pro photographer is testing a model, mua, etc, they are not necessarily going to give images anyway since that is not the purpose of a test unless there is an agreement beforehand with the agency.
People often forget that Internet Modelling is a DIFFERENT business model to agency modelling.