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How to Find Shootings on TFP-Basis

posted by Mimi 27. November 2012 22 Comments

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.

Always read the contract very carefully in order to avoid misconceptions in the end.

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.

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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.

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I also have some friends who are photographers. Here you can see pictures of my shooting with Talkasia.

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So, just try it out. I wish you a lot of fun! :)

What are your experiences with photo shootings? I’m looking forward to your answers! :)

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Amely Rose 28. November 2012 at 7:06

wow what a lovely shoot and you look incredibly beautiful,
wish i could make such a proffessional shoot, but i don't know any photograpehrs

want to follow each other? i will defiently follow back

my blog:

Ninon 28. November 2012 at 23:22

wow, supertolles outfit, klasse figur, bezauberdes Shooting… Was will man mehr!?
Die schwarze Netzstrumpfhose mit dem floraleren Muser ist seeehr cool! :) Obwohl ich schwarze Strumpfhosen immer mit Vorsicht genieße, würd ich dir die sofort aus der Handtasche klauen, um sie selbst zu tragen. ;)

Ninon 28. November 2012 at 23:58

Hey, danke für deinen Kommentar! ;)
Da mdu ja schon zu Gossip-Girl Stellung genommen hast, bin ich neugierig, was du sonst noch so von Film&Fernsehen hältst.
Fühle dich hiermit GETAGGED! ;)
Viel Spaß und viele liebe Grüße


Talkasia 29. November 2012 at 17:22

hrhrh – lass mal wieder fotosession machen :-*

jacky jay 20. December 2012 at 15:24

Das sind echt schöne Fotos! ;D
Aber auch das neue mit dem Fernseher ist echt toll ;)
Deine Blogunterteilung hast du übrigens super hinbekommen^^

Anna 21. December 2012 at 9:22

Great photos!

Thanks for your comment, foolow back :)

Me Peerless 23. December 2012 at 19:39

wow, you are gorgeous!
thanks for your comment!
following you too


Kristina Lennon 26. December 2012 at 23:00

Lovely photos, hope you had a great christmas :) x

Four Seasons Style 28. December 2012 at 15:22

Great shots! Thanks for visiting my blog. I enjoyed checking yours out as well. I am your latest "follower" on GFC. Hope you can follow back and I look forward to keeping up with your blog :)

jackysvision 13. January 2013 at 22:35

lovely pictures!!
you are so beautiful<33
kiss jacky

Luise Stenzel 10. February 2013 at 20:48

WOW ! you are so so pretty!:)
i love your blog and the desighn!:)
wanna follow each other?:)

Luise (Germany)


Karen 11. February 2013 at 9:50

These are great shots, I love the tights you are wearing! Your hair looks so pretty and soft too :)


Fashion Railways 11. February 2013 at 23:05

hey hun
I just found your blog and I love it!
love this post, it is really interesting!
check my blog if you want and maybe follow if you like it!


jule 12. February 2013 at 23:15

aaw die fotos sehen richtig toll aus :D
besonders auf dem ersten foto siehst du mega hübsch aus
und die erste strumpfhose ist der hammer
lg ;**

Ileana 13. February 2013 at 11:48

Great pics!!!


Ilvana Alikadic Deljkic 14. February 2013 at 12:25

Great shooting <3 would you like to follow each other?


F.Tale 15. February 2013 at 9:45

Great pictures!!!
Thanks for your comment on my blog, I'm following you :)

Have a nice day


Patricia Rico y Yael Rodriguez 26. February 2013 at 15:45

The red shoes are so cute!!
Lovely pictures!

Follow each other sweety?


Sara 12. April 2013 at 10:12

What lovely pictures, you look great! Your have a lovely blog by the way and I am a new follower! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!

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Margaret Cruzemark 26. May 2013 at 12:17

Great photoshoot honey. Love the way you pose.
Best Regards
Miss Margaret Cruzemark

Arrow 9. June 2013 at 10:00

You are so beautiful! You should be a model!
I follow you now :)

Anonym 13. November 2013 at 13:24

hallo, ich habe deine blogposts ein wenig angelesen. mir fällt auf, dass du oft "it were" schreibst..

hier ein hint:

das nur nebenbei. ansonsten finde ich die themen hier sehr interessant! weiter so :)


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