Interesting concept, reminds me of the photography workshop models (workshop model circuit), also made possible more today because of the Internet. Many workshop hosts/promoters today, even sponsored ones, don't pay their models nada
, some even expect the models to pay their own travel expenses--yet they charge big bucks, to probably these same TFP photogs the blog talks about, to attend and photograph these gals. Basically it's the same atmosphere, just everyone paid someone to get there and work for free
It doesn't make sense, some of these promoters are making serious dollars upfront to pay their bills while models get stuck with TFP promises, some that never happen. I've seen workshop promoters who charge hundreds more with no real credentials, yet models show up, though usually over time they figure it out and move on, many disappointed and so-called "prints" never delivered. While I'll admit, I'm also slow for getting my post production out, at least my models get the opportunity to earn money, good money
, in addition to being published.
I was asked the other day about the fact that I'm asking my models for eclusivity (for workshops only) for my workshops, the answer was simple--you darn right--I pay their expenses, hotel, travel, food, drinks, etc., and give them an opportunity to make from $500 to $1500 in two days! Even the chance to get images too! I'm not going to have my workshop models, modeling for other workshops, especially since 95% of the other hosts don't pay the models just provide promises that are often left unfilled. If a model is working for someone else's workshop in the same venue--it doesn't make good business sense. Not to mention, most of my models get published!
Yeah, all workshops provide great networking opportunities, but it's still cost someone money (models, time off work, etc.) and someone (promoter/host) still made money besides the airlines, gas station, hotel and restaurants.
Yep, the TFP is very rampant
in the workshop business too, models get screwed in the end as promoters parlay the models' nieveness into their profits. The sad part, the attendees probably think the models are earning money. Now I'm not talking about "camera club" get-togethers, that's another story. I'm talking about workshop promoters who are sponsored (gaining a benefit there too) who should in turn take care of what eventually makes their workshops successful--the talent in front of the camera.
Dunno, but TFP was not something that I came from with 27-years of shooting, though we did "testing" with agency based models--but real testing was to help each other out, aspiring models and aspiring photographers--both usually broke and in the beginning of our careers.
Oh well, just ranting like the blog...thanks jimmy, and happy holidays, rg sends!
(Photo taken with on-camera flash