If paying the model, I only provide a few images as a courtesy and rarely get asked. Usually, those images that likely would end up in her port. On the other hand, trade is trade and I provide all images in jpeg format In addition, I retouch 20-30 of whatever ones the model chooses. Watermarked (subtle, not a big honking one that obliterates the image) and credited when posted.
My attitude is that trade is trade and paid is paid. On the other hand I think that cooperation is a two way street, so there's certainly nothing wrong with going the extra mile for folks who reciprocate. I certainly wouldn't shoot with anyone who demands both nor with anyone that shoots clothed for trade but wants cash on the barrelhead for nude work.
I think you'll find that most professional models don't expect pictures if they are paid in cash, but at the same time appreciate the extra kindness.
I think images and pay are both forms of compensation. One can use either or a combination of both.
Personally, for most shoots, I provide compensation that is a combination of both. I figure I have the images anyways, so may as well save a little cash. I understand however, why many photographers would prefer to give cash only, so they don't need to have the promise of images hanging over their head or in instances where images simply can't be given to models.
I prefer photographers who give me the images even if it is a paid shoot...not only because it is a record of my work & life, but it can help them if I do post & credit. It is nice when they edit a number of the images (5-30 seems standard) & sometimes it is good to have the unedited pics as well so I can show a future assignment the difference. It is really interesting to see the difference in editing skills/ styles, as well. Ive had some shoots that I thought would be great, but the editing was just poor, & others I thought would be average but the editing was great. If I do a trade shoot (which I dont much) I require all the images unedited & whatever ones they edit for themselves plus the number they allow me to choose. THANK YOU to all the photographers out there who give models the pictures!! You're the best!!
Most photographers will send me a few edited shots from a paid shoot, or at least not have an issue if I chose to use what they've edited for their own portfolio. A few times I've shot for pay and not been sent, nor did I ever see, edited images but it's not a big deal since I was paid so I got what I wanted out of the shoot. Now, when I shoot for trade...better believe I want some shots for my various portfolios/networking sites. Otherwise, why exactly was I even there?
I would say that 90% of my paid shoots, send me edited images. And I've rarely ever asked to see any. Can't harm anything really. If you feel the model is worrh paying, then it's worth it if she uses any pics for her port. It's more exposure for you. Some of my favorite pictures I have posted are just sent for courtesy from paid shoots.
I also will send a couple finished shots for her portfolio. It is good advertising and it is also good to build rapport with the model and makes them happy to work with you again and it has even worked out so that we both decided to do two TF shoots to get images we both wanted.
I photographed males they almost always expect pictures. I photograph for a hobby so it's no skin off my back to burn a DVD and send them the pics. I usually added 20 or 30 and then send them as well. I find the more professional models don't even ask. But I send them pics too.
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...here be he, the suckah.
I pay cash plus gift a CD of usually between 150 - 250 images mix portraits, implied, glamour nude and nude from a "typical" shoot - studio or forest/nature. The CD "gift" is at my discretion.
On the rare occasion that I pay a model, I'm paying her because she has something I can't easily obtain locally. In my market, that's rare. Such a model already has strong enough images that she doesn't need mine.
Second reason, I prefer that my images go to models that will use them and appreciate the collaborative effort we put into the process to obtain them.
Giving images to models who won't use them just undermines the value of those images, and one's own confidence in the work.
You know what's funny about this thread? I see a few respondents who have said in the past that they won't get out of bed for a photo shoot for less than $5,000. And yet those same respondents are saying right here that they'd pay models for the privilege of giving them photos anytime, anywhere.
John Jebbia wrote: You know what's funny about this thread? I see a few respondents who have said in the past that they won't get out of bed for a photo shoot for less than $5,000. And yet those same respondents are saying right here that they'd pay models for the privilege of giving them photos anytime, anywhere.
I've generally shared whatever images I have posted to my portfolio with models even when I paid them. However unlike a trade shoot I make no promises to the model about how many or how soon they will get images. And I don't let them have any say in which images I choose to process.
For me the choice to pay is about a number of factors, usually because I don't want to have to worry about turn around time, or processing images I have no need for. Or sometimes its because I don't want them to be posted publicly on someone's portfolio (i.e. for submission or to be part of a greater collection with no release date)
On occasion I have made a deal for cash and images, if I was able to negotiate a discounted rate. But that is rare, and something I have more commonly done with a few of the MUAs I work with on a regular basis.
When booking paid models in the past we simply negotiated a fee. That was it, they arrived at the shoot, we took some pictures, I paid them and they were off. Never a word about when they might see images. But lately I have had a number of them asking when they can get their images. Those folks will eventually get some images, but in all likelihood it's the last time they will get any work from me.
I was recently considering a model for a project but when I read her port she claimed she no longer had need for TF. In the next paragraph she made it very clear she will have her images in a timely fashion. Maybe this was a hold-over from when she did do trade, but it really read like she absolutely deserved cash and images. I have yet to contact her about shooting.
I once remarked to a model that I thought her portfolio would be stronger if she had more images that showed her in a certain style. She told me that she hadn't done those because the photographers who were paying her wanted something else. Many of them were not very skilled photographers. Obviously she was making money from those shoots, but I have to wonder if she might not be even more successful if she had traded with some other photographers and not only had better pics, but maybe picked up some tips by trading with pros. (and I didn't mean she should trade with me).
Moving forward I am making it very clear what models who are paid can expect in terms of images - almost always it will be nothing guaranteed.
Through My Eyes 2011 wrote: Got a question for everyone concerning paid shoots (not those commissioned by a third party)
Photographers~ When you shoot a model, do you give him/her images as well? Why or why not?
Models~ Do you insist upon images being part of your pay? Why or why not?
Sometimes I give some pictures as well as cash payment, but it depends ... at least when I do give some images, it's never as many as I normally would give a TFP. I also consider how much I paid, and if the model would really want the images. If a model expresses interest, then I send them some. Ask me in a nice manner, and I'll probably do it! It's rare that I have a model that I paid cash to "insist" on me sending them copies of what we shot as well. Otherwise, I don't feel obligated to do so. Hope that answers your question ... from me at least!
Katherine 23 wrote: I prefer photographers who give me the images even if it is a paid shoot...not only because it is a record of my work & life, but it can help them if I do post & credit. It is nice when they edit a number of the images (5-30 seems standard) & sometimes it is good to have the unedited pics as well so I can show a future assignment the difference. It is really interesting to see the difference in editing skills/ styles, as well. Ive had some shoots that I thought would be great, but the editing was just poor, & others I thought would be average but the editing was great. If I do a trade shoot (which I dont much) I require all the images unedited & whatever ones they edit for themselves plus the number they allow me to choose. THANK YOU to all the photographers out there who give models the pictures!! You're the best!!
If the pictures are that important and valuable to you, why insist on money?
The images have value. If, hypothetically, I were to agree in advance to give a llama both images and cash, I'd expect the value of the images to to be factored into a significantly reduced cash rate.
It's called part pay-part TF, and I did it a few times years ago when I first started working with internet llamas.
I'm probably not typical though, I'm experienced and I work mostly with experienced llamas who already have more images than they could post in two lifetimes. I can see where this might have value for a relatively new photographer if he/she could get a better known llama to post one of the images.