Professional photographers can be expensive. Some photographers and models do a TFP session, where no money is needed. TFP means that the prints from the photo session can be included in the modeling portfolio as well as the photographer's.
A lot of beginner models engage in TFP’s to build up their modeling portfolios. It does not mean that high quality images and great prints are not produced. Many photographers like to work with lesser known models whose previous work or look they find interesting. Modeling portfolios contain photographs from TFP sessions all the time, and have gotten callbacks from agencies and fashion editors.
PAID TESTS, TFP OR TEST FOR PRINTS
“TFP” is also used for a similar idea known as a “test” for prints. A “test” is a shoot where the photographer isn’t taking his usual fee from the model. However a somewhat established photographer (and anybody else involved like a makeup artist or stylist) may be paid a nominal fee for their time and effort, which is a small percentage of what they’d normally get for that level of photographic performance.
Some models will agree to pay a reasonable fee for testing with an established photographer to add to prints to their modeling portfolio. A photographer with a $2000 day rate might do a paid “test” for a few hours and only ask for a few hundred dollars if the model wants the right to use the pictures in her modeling portfolio. (If the model doesn't want the pictures, she obviously is not going to pay anything.)
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