Friday, August 7, 2009

Why TFP Photography sucks 99% of the time

A girl asked me what is TFP. I almost didn't want to tell her. I wrote about many of my mistakes with Time For Print experiences and it is best to skip it and focus on quality, professionalism, professional photographers, not amateurs and TFP bad photos.

It is rare that a TFP shoot will come out good. Mainly it is because amateur photographers do TFP.

Much, if not most, of the time what you get is pure crap, wasted time and bad photos with bad lighting, bad angles, and just bad experiences that do not propel you forward.

You want to work with a professional, someone who knows the craft of photographer and someone who can take a great photo. Not just someone holding a camera.

It is easy to be misled. It takes an inventive, smart, perspective eye to slow down and notice what professionalism is, and see that it is what you really need to get anywhere in modeling. You need to make sure the person holding the camera is not just another amateur and just "having fun" with the word "photographer".

Beware, it is better to aim higher, want more out of yourself and the person you choose to take your photo, aim for quality and you will get ahead faster.

I get it, you don't have a ton of money to spend on photography, but really to start modeling you only need 3 photos. That's 3! A nice headshot, a full body shot, and a shot showing you doing something, shopping, walking, laughing with some friends, you want to show photography that looks as if it could be an ad, that tells the agency, casting director, "she would be perfect for this ad, commercial etc". The idea is to look marketable, like you can model products naturally and represent brands and services. Don't waste your time counting how many photo shotos you have done if the quality is not there. Don't waste your time.

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