Do you want to trade with me? I love being behind the camera so most any excuse will make it happen, that being said, a trade doesn’t mean working for free. I’d rather do a trade shoot and have some fun, maybe make a couple images we want to show the world than a traditionally test/go-see where we make some “polaroids” and all I have some non-filtered pictures and a set of measurements to skim through of you on my next casting.
Expectations vary wildly when people hear the phrase Time For Print, both photographers and models as well as anyone else that may be involved such as wardrobe stylist, makeup artist, etc. Most of us know what we invest and what we want in return but very rarely do we communicate that to others or get a clear understanding of their expectations, so below is a baseline Q&A of my expectations and offerings for a first time TFP with a new model.
What is the best contact method for you?
Phone, text and email may be out of style but they are the most reliable methods out there for actual communication. This is especially true outside of the studio since most apps won’t be with me and certainly won’t interact with hands-free while driving. Pinterest can be useful for idea boards, your social feeds can help me get an idea of your look, mileage may vary with other options.
How long will it take to get the finished images?
No less than one week after the shoot, probably two weeks, depending on delivery expectations and other work scheduled this may be longer but will be communicated whenever possible. Specific projects may have specific timeframes that can be scheduled for but casual trades can sometimes be delayed by work that actually pays the mortgage.
How many Images will I receive?
This is hard to say without knowing what we’re doing but as a general rule I’ll say six. I know this seems like a low number but I’d rather under promise and over deliver than tell you twenty but then only like 18 or 19. I’m a strong believer that less is more, repetitive or weaker images don’t help either of us and I’m not going to spend hours on the computer to change something that would be better suited to reshooting. This of course is just a baseline and very open to discussion.
How will images be delivered?
I use Box (not dropbox) for file delivery. Any images posted publicly on my website should also have “share” options for easily adding to any social media site. If you have specific needs or concerns please don’t hesitate to bring them up. Typically a randomly generated link will be sent via email, if a password is requested for the link it will be sent via SMS.
Will images be watermarked?
Yes, trade work will be watermarked without very specific cause.
Can I sell the images?
No. Per U.S. Copyright Law the photographer retains all rights to the image unless explicitly granted to another entity. Part of the trade is mutual portfolio use but this does not grant you license to relicense or profit from the image in anyway. This includes content and fan supported sites as well as commercial use by third parties. If you receive an offer to purchase or license use of reimage please redirect their offer to me so it can be done legally and beneficial to both of us.
Can I edit the images?
No, with the explicit exception of censoring an image to meet the requirements of a specific platform. Such edits must be done in a way to clearly show they are not part of the original image and there specifically for the censorship rules of the published platform. If you desire a different crop or other changes to an edit, please feel free to ask, I’m usually happy to oblige.
In the interest of equality and/or mocking silly rules censoring is allowed to be placed regardless of gender if the publishing platform requires it for any gender.
What size images will I receive?
My default delivered image size is 1280 pixels on the long edge as it exceeds most social media uses. If Instagram is a known use I may use 1080×1080 for square images as they will actually have a higher quality when processed by IG. I am happy to pre-size for other platforms and aspect ratios as well.
Can I get a printable size image?
No. If you need prints from our shoot I’m more than happy to order top quality prints from my lab. Pricing will be higher than the grocery store but so will quality, if this is a goal from the beginning please bring it up in advance.
Again, these are my baseline starting points, if we don’t discuss and agree to anything different, this is what I’m working off of. Don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss any of these or to ask something I didn’t post.
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