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Model Professionalism from Merlin's blog

Just as photographers, or those claiming to be can do things which annoy models, the reverse is true as well. There are some things which are the responsibility of the model.

First is showing up on time. The photographer has put a lot of time in to the set up. Frequently has people assisting. Leaving everybody standing around waiting for a model that is late, or worse doesn't  show at all is very discourteous. Light changes with the time of day. The window of time to be able to shoot may be lost. If something goes wrong that you are late or can't make the shoot, calling is a must.

Be ready to shoot. If there is a makeup artist, that may be having no makeup. If you are doing your own makeup, that means having it ready. Don't wear clothing that leaves pressure lines, since what you end up wearing may show them. Don't go to the party the night before the shoot and arrive hung over.

If you bring an escort with you, make sure they know not to get in the way. Their job is to make sure you are safe, not to take pictures, direct, tell jokes, or disapprove of what you are doing. They should not become the photographers problem. Mom is generally not a good escort. Supportive boyfriend maybe, jealous boyfriend, probably not. Think about who is a good match for the shoot.

Listen to directions. Occasionally and idea may help, but also keep in mind, you can't see yourself, and may not know exactly what the photographer is trying to create.

Read the release. Make sure the deal is clear.

In soliciting TFP, or TFCD from a photographer, keep in mind fair trade value. If you need head shots, chances are that those are of no value to the photographer. The same is true if you plan to submit to a website that will take the copyright, or otherwise devalue the photos. If the photographer does not need the type of photos that you do, consider offering work on another project in exchange. If not, then consider paying the photographer for what you need.

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