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Trade For Print / Services (TFP) in Texas.

Are you an aspiring model looking to create a portfolio?

trade for print brooklyn street portraits with latina model in front of street art murals at the bushwick collective in brooklyn new york city
Brooklyn street portraits with Dazh X, a jewelry designer from New York City.

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.

Woman posing in boudoir in an abandoned bus at Sekrit Theater in Austin trade for print
Lesley Pedersen, a model and voice actor based in Austin, posing in boudoir at Sekrit Theater.

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.

Body positive boudoir photography in Austin, Texas with woman building courage to overcome eating disorder demons before second half of shoot with food.
Boudoir photography with Alicia Brock at the Heart of Texas in Austin.

 

But first

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.

petite model at a photoshoot at the Russian House of Austin, Texas. trade for print
Ciarra • Instragram @ciarra.labruja

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.

Model posing in an open field at Balcones District Park in Austin, Texas for an editorial and portrait photoshoot.
April Chennat posingg for her portrait and headshot photoshoot in Balcones District Park in Austin, Texas.

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.

Boudoir model posing during photo shoot inside a room at a luxury hotel in Austin, Texas
Adrianna Fire, a model based in Austin, Texas, taking part in her first boudoir session at the historic Driskill in dowtown Austin.

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.

 

 

Frequntly Asked Questions

FAQ

01.

I get paid to model at shoots. Why should I work with you for free?

You're not working for free just as I am not working for free.
I am not offering anything for free. Instead I am waiving a fee just as a working model seriously considering shooting with me would waive theirs.

Quick story - I was approach by a model asking if I'd work with her and if so she quoted her fee. When I declined she explained she was having a hard time lining up paid gigs and, in her words, she knew most of the pictures in her portfolio were average at best.

I told her that it makes sense she's not lining up work given that she was not willing to make the investment in time with photographers who may take her portfolio to another level and thus garner her additional attention and ultimately more work.

Think about it.

I get paid to photograph people but yet upon moving from New York City in 2015 and starting over in Texas, my first year in business, most of my sessions were free. I needed a portfolio and the practice and the results I'm experiencing in 2019 show that investment I made in time and in the people who believed in my vision was worth it.

Models are no different.

02.

When do you pay models to shoot with you?

I never pay models unless...
1. I've already worked with them before on TFP
and...
2. I am working on a fine art project in which my goal would be to take photographs from the paid session and sell prints.

That way, the model is properly compensated for work I plan on directly profiting - it's only fair the model profits as well.

To set up a fine art project requires planning and a lot of storyboarding. I need an existing working relationship with a model I can trust for the project to be a success - that's not something I am able to get with a model I never met or worked with.

Eduardo Vega Colón — Houston Boudoir Photographer

Model posing for a headshot and portrait photoshoot in front of a tree, in the woods at Balcones District Park in Austin, Texas

LET’S COLLABORATE!
TRADE FOR PRINT AVAILABLE IN FOLLOWING CITIES

HOUSTON • AUSTIN • SAN ANTONIO

I own a boudoir studio based in the Greater Houston area and available in most major cities and scenic locales throughout Texas.

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