I like to take pictures, but also to stand in front of the camera. Since photo shootings are, however, often quite expensive, I looked some years ago for a cheap alternative to get some cheaper shootings. In this post, you can find three of my favorite ways to find shootings.
Before we start, I will give you some general advices and definitions for your first (or next) shooting.
What are TFP-Shootings?
TFP-Shootings (= time for prints/time for pictures) mean that neither the model nor the photographer has to pay any money for the shooting. The principle is simple: the model gets the best pictures or sometimes even all pictures for free, rather on CD or as zip-files, whereas the photographer is allowed to use the pictures for his own advertisement purposes (e.g. for his webpage, magazines, Facebook page) in return.
Sometimes, you can choose some of your favorite pictures which the photographer will edit for you. Both of you have to sign an agreement before th shooting begins which the photographer brings along.
What should you clarify before a shooting?
There are a few things that you should definitely clear up before a shooting. These are:
- Will the shooting be on TFP- or Pay-Basis?
- How does the agreement look like?
- Where will the shooting take place?
- Will there be any additional costs (e.g. travel costs, material costs)?
- What are both of your expectations?
- What kind of shooting should it be? (indoor, outdoor, fashion, streetart, portrait etc.)
- Do you need any special stuff? (masks, accessory, hairbraids etc.)
- What clothes are needed for the shooting?
- Could you also bring a friend along? (If the answer is no, I would always deny the shooting)
Talk with the photographer in personal before the shooting. Try to experience some things about him beforehand.
Before arranging a fix appointment for a shooting, you should always try to get to know the photographer as much as possible. If he has an own website, you should visit it beforehand to get a personal impression about the person you are going to shoot with.
Maybe you can find some references from other models or photographers on his profile or website.
Also talk with him on the phone before going to a shooting.
On the recommondation of a friend, I decided to sign Model-Kartei which is a website where photographers, make-up artists, model agencies or models can create an account for free and have the possibility to open a sedcard.
The special thing about the platform is that there are a lot of photographers and models registered – from amateurs to professionals – and that one can choose between pay-shootings and TFP-Shootings.
What are the advantages of Model-Kartei?
Model-Kartei has a search option which allows one to filter search results according to own preferences. For example, one can choose the city in which the shooting should take place, the type of shooting (portrait, fashion, outdoor/indoor, nude photography etc).
One can also look for jobs close to the hometown through the search option. There are also often pay-shooting offerings. For example hairdressers who are looking for hair models for their company or for a show. Often, one can also find requests for calender or magazine shootings. If you like to apply for a job, you can do this directly per private message.
I have already got some requests for pay shootings, although I do not model professionally at all. I got requests for advertisements, fashion shootings, film shootings, magazine shootings etc. How much you will earn for a shooting depends on the photographer – and of course on your experiences as a model.
Moreover, people always get references for their shootings from people they have worked with. Therefore, one can decide whether a person might be reliable or not.
Most times, it is possible to take a companion along the shootings.
I remember my first shooting with a friend of mine. It was in an old warehouse and I was so excited because I have never stood in front of a camera before. How should I move? How do my poses look? I think nobody is very self-confident at the beginning. It may help if you always keep in mind that the photgrapher would not have chosen you if he would not see any potential. Moreover, you can always ask him for some advices. And don’t forget that you are above all on the shooting to have fun and to enjoy the time! :)
After some shootings, I was far more relaxed, so that it became much more fun trying out more and more poses. Photographers are always happy, if you come up with own ideas as it should make fun for both of you.
2. Facebook Groups
On Facebook, one can find a lot of groups for TFP- and paid photo shootings. However (as in Model-Kartei), there are sometimes black sheeps among the photographers (but also models). The disadvantage with finding shootings via Facebook is, that it gets hard to get some references about a photographer beforehand. Therefore, I would always ask for his website or social media site if he or she hasn’t posted them already.
Here are some examples of the groups that I’ve joined on Facebook.
3. Simply ask a friend with a camera if he/she would like to take pictures with you! ;)
There is always someone who knows someone, who knows someone (…) who owns a camera. Or maybe you or your friend already own a good camera. ;) I think it’s always fun to shoot with a friend because you can test yourself both as photographer and as a model. If someone of you owns a reflex camera, you can find many simple instructions on the internet or on youtube.
I took these with a good friend in Frankfurt a.M. (using also the selftimer) – and we’re both no photography experts.
I also have some friends who are photographers. Here you can see pictures of my shooting with Talkasia.
So, just try it out. I wish you a lot of fun! :)