Paying Erotic Nude Models Using The Time For Print Method

Submitted by: Michael Charles X

Photographers who specialize in nude and erotic work typically pay their models in one of two ways. The most popular way to compensate models for their time and effort is with a monetary payment. There are two main ways to do this: You can pay your model for the shoot (no matter how long it may last), or you can pay your model on an hourly basis. Paying by the hour is typically the preferred method.

With this method, you and your model will simply agree on an hourly rate before the shoot begins. At this time, you will also want to give her a fairly accurate prediction of how long the shoot will last. This enables both of you to go into the shoot with a good idea of what the total payment will be.

At the start of this article, I mentioned there are two main ways of paying models for their work. I just covered the first way: Money. However, there is an additional method of compensation that can also be used. This method is called Time-for-print” or simply, TFP.

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With TFP, the photographer compensates the model for her time by giving her prints from the shoot they do together (hence the name, Time-for-print ). As you may have already guessed, the digital age has changed this practice slightly. Because most images are now shot digitally, it is usually easier for both parties if the photographer simply gives the model digital copies of some, or all, of the images from the shoot.

If you are planning to sell the images from the shoot you will need to make it clear to the model that she is to use her copies for personal use only. You don t want her to turn into a competitor when it comes to selling the pictures. I discuss this topic in more detail in my ebook, Money Shots: The Insider s Guide to the World of Nude & Erotic Photography (available for purchase and immediate download at

Beginning models will often agree to a TFP shoot if they are in the process of building a personal portfolio. This is most commonly done by models in the fields of fashion and commercial photography. In these cases, models must build a portfolio that shows potential agents, photographers, and clients that they can pull off a variety of different looks , as well as work well in a variety of different photographic settings.

However, TFP is usually a less popular option for models who are doing nude or adult work. This is because models who are willing to pose nude realize that they are able to make money even when they are just starting out.

In fact, this is a major reason why the “adult industry is such an appealing market to get involved in. Virtual beginners (both photographers and models) can make money almost immediately. There isn t nearly the amount of dues-paying and networking that is required if you are going to be successful in the fashion or advertising fields. Consequently, because you will be able to pay your models and while still making a good profit from the shoot, it s not all that important to find models who are willing to do TFP work.

About the Author: Michael Charles is a professional photographer based in Los Angeles, California. He is the author of “Money Shots: The Insider’s Guide to the World of Nude & Erotic Photography” (this book is available for purchase and immediate download at

). For over a decade, Michael has shot exclusively in the world of nude, erotic, and adult-oriented photography. His work has been featured in hundreds of national and international publications and appears on a wide variety of prominent websites. For a complete course on the techniques, styles, moneymaking secrets, and amazing fringe benefits of nude and erotic photography, visit



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