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Photographer

PHOTOPHYLIA

Posts: 25

Suwanee, Georgia, US

Today a new model on MM. Age 20. 7 pictures in her portfolio.

None is good. No skill, no look.

"Ask for my rates!" she writes. I would not even consider TFP with her.

Jan 20 23 10:05 am Link

Photographer

Mark Salo

Posts: 11451

Olney, Maryland, US

PHOTOPHYLIA wrote:
Today a new model on MM. Age 20. 7 pictures in her portfolio.

None is good. No skill, no look.

"Ask for my rates!" she writes. I would not even consider TFP with her.

Good to know.

Jan 20 23 10:48 am Link

Photographer

MoRina

Posts: 55

Neumayer - permanent station of Germany, Sector claimed by Norway, Antarctica

Everyone gets to decide how they spend their time, and what their time is worth.
If you like her look, then hire her at her rates, or open a conversation and negotiate. Otherwise, don't cry about it on the internet.

Jan 20 23 12:14 pm Link

Photographer

Dorola

Posts: 456

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Everyone is entitled to "Ask Me For My Rates". The market will soon sort out what a realistic value is. I was recently asked to shoot a wedding and I said my nonrefundable retainer was $7,000, with specific terms and limitations for how I operate. I didn't get the business and I am fine with that.

Also recently, I was travelling to another major city and posted a travel notice. A new model contacted me and said that she loved my worked and was ecstatic that I was coming to her city and maybe shoot with her. She was new and did not have many photos other than poor ones taken with a cell phone. I thought fashion would be a stretch for her and suggest some other themes. She happily accepted my ideas and then added that she charges $250 an hour with a 4 hour minimum. I congratulated her on her business acumen and mentioned that as it stood, I had no idea how to use her images in a way that would provide a return of investment for that rate. I left the conversation with one comment. I suggested that she must be very confident in her work and at the top of her game if she can get that type of rage paid on a repetitive basis. And then I asked her to share with me the key to the market where that kind of rate was practical. Within a week, her online persona was gone.

The market can be a cruel mistress, so I let it do the talking,

Jan 20 23 12:30 pm Link

Model

Nat the droid

Posts: 25

Boston, Massachusetts, US

🥴🖖

Jan 21 23 01:25 am Link

Photographer

Studio NSFW

Posts: 529

Pacifica, California, US

PHOTOPHYLIA wrote:
Today a new model on MM. Age 20. 7 pictures in her portfolio.

None is good. No skill, no look.

"Ask for my rates!" she writes. I would not even consider TFP with her.

How exactly is your post contributing to anything worthwhile?

You saw a model you don’t wish to work with…. So what?

Jan 21 23 07:45 am Link

Photographer

Abbitt Photography

Posts: 13542

Washington, Utah, US

PHOTOPHYLIA wrote:
Today a new model on MM. Age 20. 7 pictures in her portfolio.

None is good. No skill, no look.

"Ask for my rates!" she writes. I would not even consider TFP with her.

It sounds like you two are incompatible.   Best to move onto models you prefer.

Jan 21 23 10:59 am Link

Photographer

Nor-Cal Photography

Posts: 3685

Walnut Creek, California, US

PHOTOPHYLIA wrote:
7 pictures in her portfolio. None is good. No skill, no look. "Ask for my rates!"

Very common on MM.

But just one worthless opinion.

smile

Jan 24 23 03:27 pm Link

Model

Dea and the Beast

Posts: 4717

Saint Petersburg, Florida, US

PHOTOPHYLIA wrote:
Today a new model on MM. Age 20. 7 pictures in her portfolio.

None is good. No skill, no look.

"Ask for my rates!" she writes. I would not even consider TFP with her.

Another person who's been told they could "be anything they want to be", get thy participation trophy while it's hot
lol

deadhorse

Jan 25 23 09:30 am Link