TFP/CD - TF*
means ' Time For ' in that the model gives her time ( modelling)
in exchange for images from a photographer so that both the model
and photographer benefit by acquiring suitable images for their
respective portfolios. TFP means that the photographer provides
printed images from a shoot and is referred to as Time For Prints
( TFP). Alternatively, the photographer provides suitably edited
digital image files on a CD which can either be printed or used for
internet use and is termed Time For CD (TFCD). Normally, the
images from such shoots are not for commercial use or gain and
therefore restricted to personal promotion by both parties. However,
copyright remains that of the photographer unless a suitable
agreement exists between the model and photographer to the contrary.
continually updating my Boudoir poses, lighting and themes, on
occasions, I seek to collaborate with suitable models on a TFP/CD
basis. This benefits both the model and myself in that I can test
out new ideas and in return, the model receives a complete CD of all
useable images from the test shoot for their own portfolio and
personal use. I also
endeavour to shoot any images the model requires in the the
genre of their choice wherever possible. I can also offer the model the
opportunity to be a featured model on this web site if they so wish,
but it is not a condition. I do not normally work with MUAs ( make
up artists) on TFP/CD sessions unless the shots demand it.
Fine Art TFP/CD:
Preference is generally given to those models who have a particular
interest in Fine Art imaging which is the style of work I normally
shoot. It is only reasonable to point out that some of these images,
though certainly not all, may on occasions include some form of very
tasteful nudity or partial nudity as part of the overall image,
therefore, only models who are very comfortable in this environment
are preferred as I need to get the images right for my regular work.
I am however, happy to use inexperienced models who feel they can
confidently model in this way and benefit from the collaboration.
modelling/fashion TFP/CD: Once again on occasions, I need to
update my own work. If you feel you can collaborate with me in the
style I have displayed, then feel free to get in touch.
None of my work ever involves any explicit images and any nudity is
confined to either 'Page Three' or Fine Art tasteful nudity. I
personally deplore the use of gratuitous and pointless nudity and
only include nudity in my images where required.
On occasions, I get models contacting me to shoot adult material on
a TFP/CD basis. I have no problem with this sort of material but, it
would be pointless shooting 'Adult' material on a TFP/CD basis as
alongside lack of time, I have absolutely no wish or requirement to
display or publish such work and any work which would exceed my
normal levels would have to be on a strictly ' paid only ' and not a
Everyone has to
start somewhere whatever their chosen subject, so a few helpful
pointers won't go amiss. The information below is certainly not
intended as a definitive guide, but will perhaps help those of you
who are considering going into modelling. If I can help in any way,
you are welcome to contact me.
So you want to be a
first thing you have to ask yourself is which style? Modelling takes
many forms - it can be from simple portraiture at the local
Photographic Club to International Catwalk Fashion modelling.
However, very few ever achieve success in the latter as the
requirements are so stringent and because of this, the majority of
semi or professional models are either employed in the Glamour
Industry or Advertising.
Height is the
first priority, the usual minimum is about 5' 9" and the average
figure is around size 6-8 (or even less!) Weight is around 7 - 8
stone which makes the model quite distinctive in stature! Pretty
looks are an asset but not nearly as essential as distinctive looks!
Take a look at some of the catwalk models we see on TV fashion shows
- many are not what one would describe as pretty but they have
such a distinctive presence that you are attracted to them
instantly! If you have these characteristics and it is your ambition
to become a fashion model, then you need to approach agencies which
specialise in this style of modelling! Don't expect to find much
work via websites unless these specialist agencies have their own
websites! For this style of modelling you will need training in that
good old fashioned word - ' deportment ' etc:! Some
agencies/businesses run courses for this type of modelling but
beware of paying high fees with little or no return work! They are
running it as a business and some of the less scrupulous ones are
only after money! A good agency will determine whether you are
suitable material and, if not, they will advise which style you
could do! If you are what an agency is seeking, they will snap you
up right away and train you into the bargain!
is by far the most popular style of modelling today! There are no
height requirements ( unless specified for a shoot) and there are so
many ' looks ' that there is no real average glamour model ( unlike
fashion modelling ). Obviously if a model is built like a Hereford
Cow then she is hardly going to get much work - though even those of
a larger proportion can often find work!
can cover anything from facial portraiture to full nude! There are
styles of glamour modelling which are referred to as English
Magazine, Continental, American magazine etc! Fundamentally they are
soft PORN! There is no getting away from it! They involve anything
from displaying the genitalia to the use of sex toys etc! I
personally find this type of photography and modelling extremely
distasteful but as long as there are models who will do this sort of
thing, then there will be customers for it and I still respect them
for it as I have no right to judge!
Every day I
receive emails and photographs from aspiring or completely novice
girls wanting to become a glamour model! Most understand what it
entails but others naively think they are going to make a fortune
from merely facial modelling! Sadly this is most unlikely to happen!
modelling involves some form of nudity at some point! It is a sad
fact that if a model will not entertain at least topless modelling,
then she will get very little work compared to a model who will!
There are exceptions of course, but usually the model is exceptional too! Even
many famous models have modelled nude and there is no shame in that
providing it was tasteful! I personally never exceed what one would
class as a ' Page Three ' ( topless) style of photography!
Occasionally I shoot the odd nude photographs but only when
commissioned or for Fine Art work and only if I consider that the
poses meet my own personal level of respectability!
Fine Art is
usually shot in black and white ( monochrome ) and nudity in such
photographs is not usually perceived as sexual - it's either purely
artistic stylised work, sometimes bordering on the erotic erotic but
can be very fine work indeed! There are some excellent photographers
who are superb exponents of such work and I would advise any model
offered such work to accept it if the photographer is respected as
they will have something artistic to display for years to come!
earlier, there is no perfect glamour model - it is the eye of the
beholder! Ideally, the model should have a good, well proportioned
figure from size 6 to 12 ( other sizes are certainly not excluded ).
Height is not too important unless specified and as long as the
models' figure is in proportion! Bust sizes can vary from say 32A up
to DD, E, F etc! In other words, there is work for most models!
Breast enhancements can put the model at a disadvantage as some
photographers/clients/magazines don't employ models with this type
of figure alteration! The same goes for tatoos and piercings.
However, some clients are looking for this so it shouldn't prevent a
model from getting work!
If you are booked
for a Fine Art or Nude shoot - remember to remove any tight-fitting
underwear, long before you take part in the particular shots!
Failing to do this will result in indentations in the skin of the
model showing up on the finished photographs! Always take along a
warm dressing gown to a glamour or fine art shoot.
How do I start?
anything about it, first find out what glamour modelling entails!
Only when you have done this should you start to think about making
approaches to photographers and agencies!
Once you have
learned what is required get yourself photographed by a friend etc.
The photographs don't need to be professional but they need to be
reasonable! You should have a close-up of your face, a full length
frontal pose ( bikini is ideal ) and similar shots from side and
rear! That's all you need - the agency and/or photographer will know
from those what you look like and whether they want to take it
Avoid any agency
or photographer who requires you to send nude images before meeting
Once you have
armed yourself with the images, get in touch with good agencies or
photographers who appear respectable and explain what kind of work
you'd like to do! If they are interested in the copies of the
photographs you send them, they will respond usually favourably!
You can advertise
on the numerous photographic and modelling message boards on the
internet, but beware as there are lots of unsavoury characters out
there with let's just say, not nice agendas!
Avoid contact via
the internet with any supposed photographer who doesn't have a
website who advertises on the internet message boards, particularly
if they only have a Hotmail, AOl or Yahoo email address! Also avoid
anyone who doesn't have a landline or give a contact address! The
internet is wonderful when it comes to anonymity - make sure you
know who you are dealing with! Before you go to a shoot, find out
all about the photographer etc, including all contact details
references and if you are still not happy - skip it! It isn't worth
If you look at
this website, you will find all my contact details and telephone number(s). You may even have a reference from models if you wish!
That is the minimum level you need to be safe!
Chaperones are a great way for the female model to be safe when working with unfamiliar photographers but, can
create problems in their own right. It is normally advisable to take
someone along with you to shoots with photographers you don't know,
especially through internet contacts! However, I
don't recommend that you do this every time, especially with good
photographers as you need to become independent and professional and
some respected photographers can take exception to others being
there! The biggest drawback with chaperones is that they can on
occasions, get bored on shoots which may take several hours to
complete. Please ensure that the chaperone you take along is willing
to be patient and not distracting as, they can often ruin a shoot
due to their interference and it's quite understandable why some
photographers take exception to chaperones being present. You have to learn from experiences,
just don't let them be bad
fees - start slowly
Many new models
with perhaps three or four amateur shoots under their belt think
that they are experienced and can charge whatever they like! Far
from it! If you wish to be successful, then creep before you walk.
Start by doing perhaps quite a few unpaid TFP shoots ( your time modelling
for their time in photographs ) with good photographers. Gradually
you will learn how to pose etc from the photographer, then you can
think of charging for your services. You could of course reasonably
expect some travel expenses from photographers who advertise for
models for TFP/CD.
Fees on the
internet vary from as
little as £15.00 per hour to anything around £50.00 per hour or much more, but the latter usually involves some nudity, often quite
explicit! Shoots are usually around two hours or longer and often
the client will also pay reasonable travel expenses.
clients are often amateur photographers who have to hire studios
etc, so keep your fees reasonable and be reliable! Never, ever let a
photographer down who has gone to all the expense of booking
studios, make-up artistes etc! They will justifiably give you a bad
name and you could lose valuable work if word gets around that you
are unreliable! You will get a reputation for 'No Shows'!
Make sure you
make it clear to the client, the level to which you will model and
the fees you charge before commencing with any shoot! Some photographers often try to coerce the
model while at the shoot, into poses etc that she made clear she
doesn't perform! Do not give in - simply refuse and if being
harassed - leave the shoot! Obviously, there will be quite a number
of amateur photographers which hire you who quite simply get
their kicks from photographing near naked pretty girls, but even
these need not necessarily present any danger as they are mostly
harmless voyeurs but, take great care and always make it clear that
you are there for photographs only! For these reasons, I always
suggest the accompaniment of a chaperone.
Many models use
TFP shoots as a way of building up a portfolio which is fine. The
problem with this however, is that the photographs are usually those
of which the photographer has decided and may not be what you want.
It could take two years to get a decent portfolio built up. There
are a number of photographers like myself who offer starter
portfolios at very reasonable prices! The benefit of paying for a
starter portfolio is that you get all the basic shots that you need
right away, which saves a great deal of time and effort and
disappointment! This will get you noticed right away as it will show
you in various poses with differing looks!
Gradually, as you
get more work, you will build up your portfolio ever further,
particularly if you pose for photographers who specialise in
Many girls who
are aspiring glamour models, come to me with absolutely no
experience whatsoever in front of a camera for their very
first portfolio shoot. Even under those conditions I can achieve
excellent results which you can see from the first test shot of
Tracy-Leigh and the finished product below. I think you will agree
this is an excellent transformation which we both achieved within a
couple hours of the first click of the shutter. Enthusiasm and of
course modelling potential, such as in Tracy-Leigh's case, are far
more important than experience. I do not normally use stylists or make-up
artists for basic starters, but obviously can do so if required. Instead I simply help
you discover your own potential though a little creative photography
and direction with lots of encouragement. I work in a relaxed
atmosphere at your own pace and help you overcome any initial nerves
or shyness, which also prepares you for future work and photo
shoots. Make up artists are a valuable asset to any shoot and for
special shoots they are very much essential. However, it would be
very wise to learn the skills of how to use and apply makeup
correctly as it's an essential skill you must have for many shoots
with amateur photographers.
Below is another
example of a before and after shot of a new model.
are not essential for models but they can be very helpful to
photographers who contact you to see how you look, styles of work
and your fees etc! They make the model look more professional and
are a good shop window of your talent! Websites don't need to be
flashy or expensive! They just need to display your pics and details
in a tasteful and professional manner. Again, many like myself,
provide reasonably priced websites for such purposes!
As this is a new
web site, I am looking to feature a small number of suitable models
to give the site more interest. If you'd like to be a featured
model, then simply contact me to arrange a shoot. Owing to the style
of work I shoot, I would prefer those models who are particularly
interested in the Fine Art style of photography, but glamour
modelling is also fully acceptable. Preference would also be given
to those who are able to model up to tasteful 'Page Three' or Fine
Art nude as well as fashion and glamour. There is no question that
you will be asked to pose for any explicit images and you are very
welcome to bring along a chaperone, should you so wish.
the shoot, I will give the model a CD copy of all the images,
suitably edited after selection. I will then give the model a full
page of advertising on the web site under the featured model
section, together with the images we produced and the model's
details. This is a completely free service and the model is free to
place her contact details on the web page if she wishes.
To take advantage
of this offer please feel free to contact me.
Add your profile to this web site
permits, I aim to produce a small register of models that are
available for Fine Art style imaging to let other photographers who
specialise in this style of work, know of the models available in
each area. All you need do is email me a single image ( not greater
than 200KB ) plus your stats, including contact details and I'll
post these on a special web page over the coming weeks. I cannot
however, guarantee immediate inclusion as it will depend upon time
permitting but I will eventually get around to it!
Please mark your
email with 'PROFILE' as the subject line to avoid my spam filters.
The email address is shown on the contact page.
Age Restrictions - and the
I will always
need to have sight of proof of age where the model wishes to have
glamour images taken. Glamour models must be 18 years old or above
in order to model for most styles of glamour. Above 16's but under
18's are still subject to current 'Child Protection Laws' in the UK
as they are classed as minors. Where the model is under 18, she must
not pose for photographs which could be implied or perceived as
sexual in content, even if she is totally willing! I never shoot any
images of an under 18 without a suitable chaperone present.
suggesting to an under-age model that she should pose in such ways
or takes such photographs is liable to prosecution and may be put on
the sex offenders list! The only person who can take images of a
sexual nature of an under 18 are those who are either married to or
living with the model in a family relationship! However, the partner
must not show the images to anyone else or this relaxation does not
apply! Many photographers are just too scared to photograph under
18's but I think by and large, they are over-reacting! Providing the
images are sensible and non-sexual in content, what have they to
arranged, all images remain the copyright of myself unless the
images are part of a Private Boudoir portfolio, in which case all
copyrights are transferred to the client with the exception
where the client uses the images for financial gain.
All images shot
on a TFP/CD remain copyright of myself, but the model is free to use
these for self promotion providing she acknowledges photographer