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Oct 12, 2013

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Common Financial Arrangements of a TFP
Benefits of a TFP Contract

The TFP or “Time for Print” contract is a legal agreement between a photographer and a model, in which the latter agrees to model for the former for no financial compensation except for the free photographs which will be used for the model’s portfolio. The said legal document is beneficial to both the photographer and the model, especially when both are still amateurs in their fields.
For the amateur photographer, the TFP contract is a good alternative to hiring and paying professional models. The rates associated with hiring a professional model can be too expensive for a photographer who’s just starting out. Developing a TFP agreement with an aspiring model costs the photographer significantly less. For the aspiring model, building a portfolio with a professional photographer is expensive; by providing free modeling time, the model can acquire professional photos without spending a fortune.

Though having a TFP agreement saves a lot of money for both, the photographer and the model, it isn’t free. There are accompanying expenses that must be shouldered during the photo shoot. The typical expenses are broken down as follows:

Expenses for the photographer:

1. Rent and procurement of the studio and equipment

2. Rent and procurement of props

3. Development and printing of the pictures

Expenses for the model:

1. Fees for the hairstylist and makeup artist

2. Rent and procurement of clothes

Besides dividing the expenses for the photo shoot, the photographer and the model should also arrange the compensation they get from each other. For example, they should agree on how many pictures will be provided and how long the modeling session last. The usual arrangement is two medium-size photos for every hour of modeling. But this will vary, depending on the photographer and the model. The model may also indicate the format of the pictures and must insist on high-quality photography paper.
And finally, if the photographer intends to use the pictures for commercial purposes, he or she must decide if the model will be paid upfront with a fixed amount and have an additional agreement, the model release form, or agree on a 50-50 arrangement on the money that can be earned by the photos.


Photography session
1 hour 150.00
4 hours 450.00
8 hours 800.00
Unlimited photos meaning. About 80-125 images are taken per hour. CD with all photos in low resolution
Moving to locations
0 to 30 miles 50.00 include 1 location, 25.00 per location
31 to 60 miles 80.00 include 1 location, 25.00 per location
61 to 100 miles 130.00 include 1 location, 25.00 per location
Set up $50.00 include 2 setup, additional setup $25.00 Headshots /
Portrait Photography $150.00/ hour
Product / Location Photography $150.00/ hour
Makeup artist / stylist $250.00 include 2 sessions

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