Most 'experienced' models around here won't work trade unless it's with a big name photographer as they would rather have the money, so I tend to shoot with relative newcomers.
I accept that with models with limited experience there may be problems - but that makes me work harder. Since I only shoot TFP with models for 'fun', it's no big deal.
I've only ever had one negative experience (other than when models just don't show-up) where the model and I didn't click and while the images were fine, the fact that we didn't get on meant I ended up not using them.
All my portfolio work is TF. There isn't an agency within 3 hours of me, so most of my models are newcomers. I can't imagine using paid work in my port, as it's someone else's vision. Plus, most of my paid work has been boring catalog shoots and product photography that allows little creativity. In a TF shoot, I can be as creative as the model lets me.
Everything in my portfolio and the vast majority of the published stuff listed under "Featured" has been the result of testing or TFP. Work for hire or commissioned made me a lot more money, but it wasn't fun or creative. It was work.
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Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands
The worst shoot I've ever had was my only paid shoot. It wasn't a really bad experience or anything, I just didn't get into that creative, fun space that I normally get into during a shoot. I also never got the images back and never heard from the photographer again. It felt quite odd.
I have had some amazing TFP shoots with some really talented photographers. Only good things to say about TFP.
Im not very lucky when it comes to tf
the only images in my port that are from tf, are from ade ketchum. All of the rest, i got compensated and the photographers sent me a few of the best images.
Ive tried doing tf; i find a photographer whose portfolio i really like, they have great references, even my last tf the photographer pulled some items from a designer, yet it was still a bust.
Ive had about 75% of photographers i shoot tf with "harddrive crash and lost most of the images" ive had another 20% give me images that i wouldnt even put on facebook, much less in my portfolio. My last tf shoot i was photoshopped to the point of not being human.
Next month during my east coast tour my goal is to book one tf per city; i hope itll be worth it!
JLC Images wrote: I'm not sure what your definition of successful is. This is a hobby for me and I only do TFP. I have shot a lot of models and have acquired a ton of great images, good friends and some great stories. For me they have been incredibly successful.
Vanessa Bowman wrote: The worst shoot I've ever had was my only paid shoot. It wasn't a really bad experience or anything, I just didn't get into that creative, fun space that I normally get into during a shoot. I also never got the images back and never heard from the photographer again. It felt quite odd.
As a general rule, models don't get images from 'paid' shoots - you get money instead...
Unless of course you signed an agreement that specified you'd get images as well as cash.
Paris, Île-de-France, France
I am impressed with what I have made from TF. The only thing I can understand taht is counter productive, is the fact that if you do TF outside of agencies, then you are not building a relationship with bookers both model, and MU/hair/styling.
1) My rates are out of reach for models here. I won't cheapen my product by charging a small amount, which puts the onus on me to create a great image set for the client, who is the model. If I am getting paid, my artistic goals must be focused 100% on the client. What I get out of the deal is money. For a trade, I get what I want, the model gets what she wants as well.
2) I just don't do 75-100 trade shoots a year for trade with models. In my market, the flake rate is very high indeed and getting models who have the looks, the range (or the potential to go for the range), and a good attitude, plus the ability to actually show up is very low. I have high standards, and unlike some others with low expectations (and probably a higher shooting and show up rate) I will sit on my hands until the right match happens. The paid industry doesn't need to be dragged down by my support of cheap rates.
3) My best successes lately have been offering my studio as a place for traveling models to sleep, and trading for accommodations. I love traveling models as they work their butts off, have skills, are fun and it is a blast working hard to give them a great experience and images too.
I am always ready to work with a model who really wants to trade, but alas, most of the local girls I have spoken to really just want me to shoot stuff for them for free, and do it at a very high level of quality. The sitting on the hands will continue, as waiting for a great match and a fabulous shoot is worth it.
100% TFCD shooter [8yrs ]. I had a 16X30 space in an older home [before i moved to an apartment in May of this year]. First couple of years I shot everything that breathed and moved at the studio and on locations [mostly bands and performance groups]. Had my share of flakes as well as really professional llamas that I could count on every time i worked with them. Most of the llamas did their own MUA