Two individual professionals (sometimes agency represented) working together - so who pays who in this case? Well oftentimes, shoots of this sort are done on a TF (or time for print/file) basis. As in trading. How does it work?
read on to find out - but be warned, it's a long one....
Models; generally arrive to a shoot with a large wardrobe selection, and for fashionable clothing - that usually doesn't come cheap. Albeit - everyone needs to wear clothes. Period. So in some cases they will have had that clothing in the first place. Regardless - this is the first price point to consider.
Anyone who values their own time as money should value someone else's time as money similarly. Being a good model is certainly a skill. You pay a model for her time because they follow pose directions more adeptly than your average person, and they will likely have their own unique repertoire of poses and facial expressions. Not to mention the fact that models are so often in front of cameras, that they don't usually get the awkwardness you'll associate with shooting anyone else you pick off the street.
For an average location shoot (which involves less equipment than a studio shoot) I will break down the value of gear in use. So camera, usually only one when shooting outdoors. 50D = ~$1000. Lenses - The three that come to every portrait shoot with me are; 28f/2.8, 50f/1.8, and 70-200f/4L. Total of those - ~$1100, I may bring the 10-22mm which tosses the value up to ~$1800. Lenses and camera covered. How about two memory cards and two camera batteries. Total about ~$300 there. So In order for me to shoot pictures of the optical quality I am accustomed to, for an average period of time being 2 hrs - runs about ~$3000.
Finally the lights themselves and their triggers, being pocket wizards - another ~$1100 right there (pocket wizards are ~$200 a piece!).
What's next? How about time for the photographer? Like the model's repertoire of poses and expressions, the photographer has a repertoire of lighting setups, angles and their own throw on posing. These all come from experience and education, neither of which come free or easy. What is different about the photographer's time involved in a shoot. Well unlike the model's, it isn't over when the shoot is.
We covered transportation above with the models so we can leave it at these two main points for the photographer.
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So that's about it. I wrote this with the intent of being as objective and non-biased to any side, as possible. I am not a model and so I don't know much more of the extra consideration that may go into a shoot. Just aimed to cover the bases as I did for the photographer. Now for the only opinionated part of this post (leave here if you want):
I think any model charging me to take her picture better be pretty spectacular, very much in demand, well experienced with some industry professionals and have some solid exposure in one form or another to a cross section of the public I wouldn't normally have access to, just to have me consider it at this point.
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