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A few more things to bear in mind

Model Advice from Mark Curtis of Design Zero

Will I get a copy of the photos?

I will out of courtesy always give any model a copy of my finished shoot (assuming I haven’t my finger over the lens or pointed the camera the wrong way). All I ask is that I get a clear credit if they are used anywhere. Do bear in mind this can take around four weeks. If you are doing paid work for me – it means I’m usually testing for something - so I can’t always guarantee that I can release everything to you (coz it might be rubbish).

What about contracts and other documentation?

All I am interested in is that any model produces photographic Identification in the form or a driving licence or passport that proves she is over the age of eighteen.

If collecting or meeting a model I will always bring proof of my identity and proof of address, so you know you’re not about be taken off by “God knows who”, and taken “God knows where”.

So at least you can be reasonably sure you won’t be kidnapped, chained to a rusty radiator in a “porn dungeon” and then chopped up and hidden under my floor boards or put in a meat pie….or something (!).

In terms of contracts and copyright, from my day job, I know that in practice protecting any image is utterly impractical, so there’s little point in bothering with all that malarkey.

What will you use the pictures for?

Obviously, as the photographer I own the copyright to any picture that I take. On TFP and commercial shoots with models, I use the images for my own promotional purposes, which is either for my print portfolio or my portfolio online. I do reserve the right to use the images for art prints which may be sold commercially. This applies to any model making a booking with me even on a TFP basis. For anything else - then the appropriate licences and releases will be completed.

I am accompanied on all shoots is this ok?

I always work on a closed shoot basis I'm afraid, so if you you're not comfortable and are not happy with references I'll have to leave it I'm afraid.

I really do have better things to with my time than behave inappropriately with models.

This does not apply of course – if you are under 18 years of age!!!

I’m shooting with another photographer, would you like to work on a joint shoot basis? Do you want to get in touch with him (or her) to discuss photography in general?

Sorry, no –I enjoy photography and I enjoy working with models. I’m always happy to listen and take advice from models that I work with - but I really just want to stick to the bits that I really like.

I have no interest in joining photography clubs, doing joint shoots, going on photography courses, evening classes, buying “How to” books, photography magazines, entering competitions or having my work critiqued.

I just do the stuff I like, please myself, and am happy enough to toddle off in my own (frequently misguided) direction! Don’t get me wrong - I love to look at other photographers finished work – but that’s all! (Sorry!).

What about references?

Please email me and I’ll provide these to you.

Um…actually, I am under the age of eighteen, and am really keen to work with you, can you help?

If you are under the age of eighteen, then you should already be aware that the style and content of the shoots etc outlined in this guide cannot and will not apply!

I may be able to help you with some fashion/portrait shots but only under certain strict conditions.

As a model, how do I ensure things go well on the shoot?

Finally! A chance for me to sound a bit grumpy! Whether it’s commissioned, paid or time for prints – there are some common issues that do seem to crop up time and time again.

To be honest, it is never the issue of “limits” or models pricing themselves like a takeaway menu – ascending prices by state of undress that causes problems (wish people wouldn’t but hey that’s the world we live in) nor is it punctuality, late cancellations – or all the other things that at first glance might be a source of some chagrin to any photographer!

Bearing in mind I do like certain “looks”, for models – I build backdrops, choose locations and choose clothing and make up to - and probably most critically use lighting to hit the overall “target” images I see in my head when working with a model. Therefore it is important that models make up (this causes the most “problems”) and wardrobe – need to be left to me to make the final call on.

What can happen on a shoot is that it becomes apparent, either by an idle comment or by a models general demeanour that they typically with me, feel over “made up” – and some of the clothing styles I pick are not “typical” for them. I have a fair few mates that are girls (!) so I can spot this. Ultimately, when the models see the final work – they always have been utterly delighted with the results – so please please, go with it, trust me to get the job done and get you looking great!

As I’ve gone through this process of “model is quietly or openly unsure about my calls on make up/fashion, then ultimately surprised and happy with the end results”, so many times now, I feel exactly like Sisyphus (despite my gutteral estuary English tones – I am reasonably well educated!).

Anyway, there you go – rant over!

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