Get a FREE Shoot
Read below to learn how you can be considered for a FREE professional photoshoot. You may have heard Fashion Photographers and Models talking about doing a “TF” shoot or “TFP” shoot”. There are varied definitions of what “TF” is and what it includes. The information below is intended to give you a clear understanding of what you can expect if you are selected to do a TF shoot.
What is “TF”
“TF” is an acronym for “Time For” or “Trade For”. TF is an arrangement between a model and a photographer whereby the photographer agrees to provide the model with photographs from their photo shoot at no charge in exchange for the model’s time on the shoot. You may have also seen the term “TFP” which stands for “Time for Prints” or “Trade for Prints” and refers to a provision for actual printed photographs vs. digital files (.jpgs).
A TF shoot may also include a trade of services by other industry professionals who participate in a shoot such as Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists, Designers, Artistic/Creative Directors, etc. No one collects money for their work and time on a TF shoot, it’s simply a trading of services by all parties involved.
Why do a TF Shoot?
There are many benefits to doing TF shoots. Primarily, TF shoots allow all parties involved to build or expand upon their body of work and get photos for use in their own portfolios.
You’ll see a lot of amateur photographers and models “shooting TF” because they need experience with their equipment and they need to build their portfolios. The only drawback to working with less experienced photographers or models is you may not always get the quality of photos you expect. But hey, they didn’t cost you anything but your time!
Consider that most professional photographers have made substantial investments in high quality cameras, lenses, lights, computers, software, and other miscellaneous gear. Not to mention the time, skill and experience needed to produce high quality imagery. Experienced models may have invested heavily in diet and exercise, wardrobe, hair, makeup and maybe even in modeling courses. Some professional photographers and experienced models only work on paid shoots. Most will shoot TF on occasion just to keep their professional portfolios fresh, add a new look or style to their book, or gain experience using new equipment.
I believe that it doesn’t matter how experienced you are as a photographer or model, you can always learn something new and benefit from a TF shoot experience.
The TF Shoot Process
Before the Shoot – I will set up a Planning Meeting to talk about your interests and talk through ideas you may have for your shoot. Knowing a little about you in advance will help break the ice and set the stage for a fun and professional photo shoot. I will provide artistic direction, creative advice and discuss shoot logistics as well as answer any questions you have during this discussion. Please feel free to share your ideas during this time so you can both be better prepared.
During the Shoot – Unless otherwise agreed to in advance, you and René will drive separate vehicles and meet at the agreed upon shoot location at the agreed upon time. Once there, he will review your wardrobe, hair and makeup and make any last minute adjustments. I will spend the first 10-15 minutes taking a few random shots to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Experienced models typically do not need this time and can get started with the shoot objectives right away. I like to move around a lot while on location to take advantage of available light, interesting backgrounds or special features, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes to walk around in between shots. I will also help you with posing suggestions during the shoot if needed.
After the Shoot – I will go to work on post-production of the photos, choosing the “selects” from your shoot. Once done (usually within a week), I will contact you to setup your proofing session. During the proofing session, you and I will look through your shots and together identify your Selects (“best-of” shots from the shoot). I will then complete the post-production work on those favorites, including fixing blemishes, making any necessary color and exposure adjustments and adding artistic elements or special effects to the photos. Once complete, I will email you a link where you can download your photos.