I’ve been getting a lot of requests for helping new models build their portfolios lately. I’m happy to do that. I don’t usually like to discuss money in public, but it seems I can save us all a bit of trouble here by doing so. Scroll down and see below.
This is my standard rate for all shoots:
I charge $150/hr for shoots, and a shoot usually lasts an hour or two. Anything over an hour equals the next hour, so 61-120 minutes = 2 hours = $300.
My travel expenses, if any, will depend on how far out of my way I’m traveling to mesh up with your schedule. Since I’ve gone walkabout now, there will not usually be any, but we’ll have to arrange the shoot for when I’m in your area.
My policy on trade shoots for professional models:
Now, I sometimes waive my fee for professional models, but only if they’ll pose for my nude art, or sometimes if I need something specific at that time (like bridal boudoir, for instance).
I’m going to say this as kindly and gently as I can:
I’m not a fashion photographer. I don’t want to be a fashion photographer. I don’t even like fashion photographers. I saw a fashion photographer on the side of the road once and I ran him over, just for spite. (Just kidding, of course. I like fashion photographers just fine. Plus, he wasn’t hurt that badly. He probably didn’t even need that ambulance.)
But seriously, a trade shoot needs to benefit both the model and the photographer. And shots of you in that spiffy new dress don’t benefit me at all. If you’re not willing to pose for my art or boudoir, no problem. I’m not upset, and you’ll get no judgment from me. It’s your thing, do what you wanna do.
But you don’t want to work for free, and neither do I. I’ll shoot your fashion stuff for you, but you’ve got to get naked (or nearly so, depending on what I need) *first*. Or pay me as any other client would. I’m happy either way.
That’s just the way it is.