Trade For Print / Services (TFP) in Texas.
Are you an aspiring model looking to create a portfolio?
How about a model looking to add quality photographs to an existing portfolio which, in turn, will lead to higher paying jobs?
Or, are you someone that needs content for their Patreon or any other profile designed to funnel prospective clients to engage in your services?
If so, let’s collaborate!
My reasons for the Trade for Print approach
I am always looking to collaborate. As such, I often put out model calls. The photographs created in these collaborations are used in marketing my boudoir photography business throughout social media and the internet. These photographs WILL be indexed by Google Search.
My paying clientele
Unlike portrait and editorial/fashion, boudoir photography takes a tremendous amount of courage for most women to want to explore. The decision to have a boudoir session all hinges on privacy for the client. Will their pictures end up on the internet?
I have a specific clientele that seek me out and hire me for a boudoir photography session, not because they want to share content on social media or gift pictures to a significant other but because they have survived an illness or a really bad relationship. Boudoir photography is an extremely powerful endeavor to undertake. Learning how to celebrate yourself is crucial in our ability to recover from a challenge and move on.
To empower themselves my clients first need for me to assure them I would be discreet and protect their privacy. That, instead of digital files, their photographs would be presented to them in custom made books and albums. That way, their boudoir session would be more than pictures tucked away in a phone’s camera roll – it would become a keepsake item that can be touched and held and most of all, guarded.
It is why my clients understand I would periodically put out model calls and engage in trade for print work so that I would not need to use their photographs to earn more paying work.
I don’t ask my clients to sign a model release
The one’s that do (which is rare) have asked that I would make select photographs from their session as part of my portfolio. Usually they request to sign a model release because they want to show other women who may be on the fence when it comes to boudoir photography that if they can do it so can they.
The time is now
That they don’t need to wait until they’ve lost weight or that their hair is a little longer or anything else that we, as human beings, do to ourselves, with our inner monologue, that convinces us what we see in the mirror everyday is not good enough to be photographed.
YOU ARE PERFECT THE WAY YOU ARE!
My clients understand body positivity is the key to a healthy mindset. Boudoir photography celebrates body positivity.
As a photographer I would waive my session fee of $195
I would also waive what I normally charge clients for digital images ($25 per photograph) and make available photographs sized for social media use.
That would allow for me to help you either begin or upgrade your portfolio. This way, other photographers who place tremendous value on the art, such as myself, would be more willing to pay you.
As a model you would get pictures that do not suck
The quality of photographs in your portfolio will make all the difference between having professionals wanting to hire you as opposed to Guys/Girls with Cameras (GWC) who are just looking to take your picture.
Experienced models know these type of people and steer clear of them (and so should you, if you’re starting out.)
As a model who is working with me on a trade for print basis, you would be helping me keep my portfolio fresh so that I can show prospective clients I could photograph them the same way I would photograph you. You would be part of my social media marketing campaigns. You would help inspire women who, trust me when I say, need all the inspiration they can get in order to continue their journey in life and move on.
You, the model, will be asked to sign a model release.
The model release will make clear how I would be using photographs created during our boudoir photo session. It will also make clear how you are to use the photographs as well.
One last note
Since the photographs we will create will be used for marketing throughout the internet and social media, if you’ve not done so already, I would advise you to use a stage name.
Your privacy is important to me as well. I would not want for anyone that I work with and are a part of a team of creatives I am trying to put together to make themselves vulnerable to doxing.