How to Get That TFP!!!
So you what that TFP. The first thing to understand is so does everyone else. It is not to be considered a free photo session. Modelling is extremely competitive. TFP has been historically a legitimate entry into the modelling and photography businesses. Although LA Photography no longer offers TFP except in very rare circumstances, if I were to be needing a model for TFP I would be looking at the following list. I offer my clients an extremely high standard of service. Models who maybe granted TFP's need to understand the dollar value equivalent to what they are receiving- which is anywhere from $550- $3500. I certainly do not do $50 or $150 shoots in my company.
I know- at this point to someone considering going into the modelling industry who hasn't had the exposure to the business side of things (if this is you, please read my Blog on The Business side of TFP here), I am well aware right about now I probably sound egotistical to you. However, please think of it like this. Let's pretend I have given you a TFP. What I have actually given you in dollar value is between $550- $3500. So maybe you can start understanding why applying for such a position as modelling for TFP should encourage you to treat it more like a professional application.
In this Blog what I am going to do is teach you:
~ What type of photos not to post when you are posting to modelling groups requesting TFP (or paid work).
~ The types of imagery you should be posting that will have others take your intention more seriously.
~ I am going to show you a range of images of myself where I will pick apart everything that is wrong with it if I was a model posting those head shots to Facebook modelling groups. I have seen girls post dark images of themselves, not even dressed up and with a messy bedroom look behind them. I have even seen the same type of images in the bathroom- with the toilet seat up. Definitely what not to do!
Photography is IMAGERY. Imagery is ARTISTRY.
You should therefore be presenting your images as such.
The obvious burning question that comes next is; "I don't have experience... I don't have a good camera I only have my iphone.... how do I get a better photo of myself?"
Here I will discuss what photos not to post using some classy examples of my own images, with a description critiquing why I should not use the images;
Pouting is not recommended
Pouting is not recommended because it creates tension and wrinkles around the mouth. A relaxed smile is preferred.
Background- great. Bra strap showing, lipstick not freshened up. Sunglasses covering half of my face.
Mobile phone showing directly in front of me, messy background.
If you have thought to do a creative image, at least ensure there is some professional presentation.
A Blog on How to take better Selfies maybe found here- and it discusses how to pose for the camera to enhance the features you want to, and hide the features you wish to conceal.
Why you want ensure the imagery you post in applying for a TFP is as mentioned modelling is competitive. Not only is modelling competitive, but there are a select few who have realised they can do TFP simply for the sake of doing a FREE photo session. In other words, they have no intention in pursuing a modelling career. TFP is offered to models with the assumption that person wishes to learn how to become a better model.
Giving a TFP to someone we didn't realise was only doing the TFP for the sake of a free photo session leaves myself at risk of:
~ The person not showing up because they didn't take it seriously since it was for free anyway. However in the meantime I have invested $500 on studio rental and makeup artist hiring. That has happened to me before- and why I am more selective in who I choose if I do offer TFP. I do however have my own studio now.
~ As a photographer who has many clients as models, I have a genuine desire in helping them do well in photo sessions. A model who is serious about going further is more likely to be cooperative with the session and will take on my direction in the photo session. If I have accidentally mis- read the persons' intentions and that they really simply just wanted the free makeover and free photo shoot, they are less likely to be engaged in the photo session. I have also had that happen before.
The following images of myself are not what I would consider a "perfect" head shot to provide- but if I had a model presenting these images who had no experience with a camera I would consider them much better than the above examples. All images are selfies taken on my iphone with no editing;
Shows a playful and fun intent with colour. Makeup appears finished and neat.
A good side profile. Neat hair and general appearance.
Well presented image of someone ready to work. The open smile shows healthy teeth.
A good neat side profile without makeup. It's also good to see natural head shots without makeup.
The $99 Speed Mini Session:
The final option if you feel you really want to have your foot more firmly in the door is to have professional head shots by a professional photography. It just so happens that I am one!
From February 11th to celebrate the opening of the brand new LA Photography studio I am offering a limited number of the $99 Speed Mini Session which includes:
* Makeover and hair styling.
* 2 prints and digitials.