Build Your Model Portfolio with TFP Time for Prints Photo Shoots
TFP is an acronym for “Time for Prints” and is a common term used by models and photographers. It can also mean “trade for prints” or “test for prints”.
TFP describes an arrangement between a model and photographer, whereby the photographer agrees to shoot an agreed number of photographs of the model and provide the model with a limited license to use the best photos chosen from the shoot.
In exchange for the photos, the model provides his or her time. This arrangement works very well for photographers who are interested in trying new lighting techniques, equipment or want to build their books, and for models who need photos for their books but are unable to afford the usual photography rates.
TFCD Time for CD
A new variant of this arrangement is TFCD or “Time for CD” or “Trade for CD”. With TFCD, the selection of images is provided on a CD in lieu of prints. This has become a much more popular method since it provides both the model and the photographer the ease and convenience of digital distribution of high quality and high resolution images for online modeling portfolios, agency websites, printed model composite cards, and so on.
The terms agreed to between the photographer and model can vary widely from one to another. Such as, the number of photos the photographer will deliver to the model, which can range from a single photograph for the shoot, up to six or more prints for each hour that the shoot lasts. Speed of delivery can vary widely as well, from a CD burned right at the end of the shoot and given to the model as she leaves or up to several months. It is important to discuss these terms before the shoot to avoid any disagreements.
Photo Shoot Ground Rules
The type of modeling that the model is willing to do should be clearly understood before the shoot starts. Such as, will the model be fully clothed or will there be a degree of nudity with the model posing semi-nude or nude. The model must make it clear before hand what he or she is willing to do and photographers must make it clear what they expect from the model as well.
A photographer should NEVER push a model past what she has agreed to do, and a model should never feel pressured to go to a level that she is uncomfortable with. If you find that you are being asked to do things that make you uncomfortable, stop what you are doing, regroup, tell the photographer how you are feeling, and if they still push you, you must leave the set. If you are represented by a model agency you should contact your agent immediately.
Depending on your agreement and the laws in your particular jurisdiction, the model or the photographer may want to limit the usage of photos from the shoot. The agreement may specify that the model can only use specifically agreed upon photos in his or her online portfolio (to avoid sub-standard pictures being used and damaging the photographer’s reputation) or perhaps that the photographer will only use certain images in printed publications and not on the internet.
In addition to being a way for models and photographers to obtain prints for their books, working TFP or TFCD is a great way for new models to get valuable practice and to network with numerous photographers who may ultimately hire the model for paying jobs. It also a great way for photographers to meet and work with new models and get the “bugs out” before working together on paid modeling jobs.